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Publisher's Summary

Christopher Snow is the best-known resident of 12,000-strong Moonlight Bay, California. This is because 28-year-old Chris has xeroderma pigmentosum (XP), a light-sensitivity so severe that he cannot leave his house in daylight, cannot enter a normally-lit room, cannot sit at a computer. Chris' natural element is the night, and his parents, both academics, chose to live in Moonlight Bay because in a small town Chris can make the nightscape his own, roaming freely through the town on his bike, surfing in the moonlight, exploring while most people sleep.

But Chris' brilliant mother, a scientist, was killed in a car accident two years ago, and as the book opens his father, Steven Snow, is dying of cancer; Chris' protected life is about to change forever. We meet Chris as he is carefully preparing himself to go out in the late-afternoon sun to visit the hospital. In his last moments of life his father tells Chris he is "sorry" and that Chris should "fear nothing", cryptic words that Chris cannot really relate to.

Steven Snow's body is removed to the hospital basement for transport to the funeral home/crematorium, and when Chris goes downstairs for a final moment of farewell, he witnesses a frightening and clandestine encounter: the funeral director and another man Chris doesn't recognize are substituting the body of a hitchhiker for Steven Snow's body, which is being taken not to the crematorium but to some secret destination.

For Chris, this scene is the first intimation of a conspiracy that he will come to realize envelopes many of his townspeople. His parents knew of it and wanted to protect Chris from it. His best friend has had hints of something wrong because of the frightening nocturnal visitors that have come to his beach house. And the first person to try to explain to Chris what's going on, and warn him about the special danger he himself is in, will be hideously murdered.

©1998 Dean Koontz; (P)1998 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Szarabajka's reading, like Koontz's writing, sweeps listeners into the exciting adventure and keeps them rooting for the unlikely hero." (AudioFile)

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KOONTZ DOES NOT DISAPPOINT! A must-listen!

What did you love best about Fear Nothing?

I was not prepared for the weirdness in the town in which Christopher Snow resides. Through the revelation of what was happening was my favorite, along with his friends Sasha and Bobby, and I absolutely adore his loving dog, Orson. I enjoyed Snow's "conversations" with Orson. Thrilling was the surprise awaiting. No more needs to be said on that, but it was something I did not expect and found it delightful and funny. Though this book is dark and sometimes nightmarish, there are a lot of humorous parts throughout. Thank you to those who recommended this series.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes, without giving too much away, listeners will grasp what that was. I am looking forward to the second in the series, "Seize the Night." I have to see where the story takes me.

What does Keith Szarabajka bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I do not read books anymore. I so enjoy audio books and Keith was one of my favorite narrators throughout the many books Alexa has read to me.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me laugh. No crying, but heartfelt feelings as Christopher weaves the intricate storylines of his relationships with his parents and the closeness of his beloved dog and friends.

Any additional comments?

I heard that a third book may be coming out. I will continue my fantastic, though fearful journey now as Alexa continues with the much-anticipated "Seize the Night." Hopefullly, there will be more to come in this mysterious and exciting series. Thanks to both the author and narrator and hope for more from both of them together.

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Good Listen

I liked the story I will check out The rest of the Chris Snow series

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Soooooo gooooood

I totally loved the book. I could picture everything as if I were living it. I read it at least twice a year, it's so good.

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Excellent work!

Loved this novel, though the author is a bit more...monotone than I find fully enjoyable.

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Mediocre For Me

Sorry to say, for me, the story was a bit slow and uninteresting. Unfortunately I bought the sequel, Seize The Night along with this book. I'll listen to it and hope the story gets more interesting, but not until I listen first to something different and more interesting.

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Love Dean Koontz, but....

If you could sum up Fear Nothing in three words, what would they be?

Long, drawn out

If you’ve listened to books by Dean Koontz before, how does this one compare?

Usually Dean Koontz, keeps you listening, on the edge of your seat. I found my mind wandering as I was listening as he would drone on and on about small things.

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The Best of Koontz.

This is book one of two in the Moonlight Bay series. Now, "Seize the Night"

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Another winning novel by Koontz

great story line. good character development. I can't wait to see what's next!

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Fear Nothing is outstanding!!!!!

The first book of a two book series with Christopher Snow is an awesome and well told story about Moonlight Bay and it's deep mysteries. One of Dean Koontz's best stories, it screams to be made into a movie.

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Awesome! Koontz at his best!

Where does Fear Nothing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Wow, that's a tough question to answer because I listen to many different authors each writing totally different styles from the other: Sidney Sheldon, Danielle Steel, Louis L'Amour and many others over the course of probably 40+ years.This is the first Dean R. Koontz (actually I'm assuming it's still the original Dean "R." Koontz even though now the author 's name seems to be listed only as "Dean Koontz", which I suppose could be a son, grandson, etc..as I have not looked into that subject matter) book/book-on-tape/audiobook I have read/ listened to in many years. I've read approximately 20 of his books but not since about 25 or 30 years ago. Now I'm starting to go back through most of my favorite authors and listen to the audiobook versions of the books I've read using my iPad. My all time favorite read is "Master of the Game" by Sidney Sheldon. "Fear Nothing" by Dean Koontz MAY BE (not quite sure yet, but leaning that way) my second favorite. It's difficult to pin myself down to a definitive answer. I'm sure, at least at this point, it's one of my top 10 favorites! I'm not limiting my answer to only what I've listened to on Audible. I'm including all the "books-on-tapes", as they used to be called back in the day of cassettes, and all the audiobooks I've listened too from all sources.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Again, wow! Koontz did a brilliant job bringing each of his characters to life. From "Snowman" to Bobby, the millionaire "beach bum" (at least I understood him to have become a millionaire between his inheritance from a friend and his wave tracking internet business), to Chris "Snowman" Snow's girlfriend, (I hate to admit it but her name escapes me at the moment, I think it was Sasha). Koontz breathed life into them all, including the chief of police, the animal whisperer/ former football player that lived on the boat and the female friend who first tried to warn Chris as the two of them set at her kitchen table downing, as I recall, apricot brandy (again, all these names escaped my feeble mind at this moment). However, given the in depth backstory of Chris' faithful companion, I believe my favorite character was Orson! I don't want to give anything away, so I'm not sure what to say about Orson. His character solidified as my favorite even more as I read on into the second book of the series, "Seize the Night ".<br/><br/>Great book! Colorful characters!<br/>

Which character – as performed by Keith Szarabajka – was your favorite?

This question is an easy one for me to answer - Bobby! Szarabajka performed almost all of the characters with ease (there were maybe just two minor female characters that I believe, with maybe a bit more practice, or coaching, he could have performed these two characters a little more realistically - even so, he still did good enough with all of the characters). In my opinion, however, he just fell so effortlessly right into Bobby, from any character he was reading, but especially from Chris. One could actually see that the two had, indeed, been life long friends. Their communication with each other rang true. Bobby, in his own right, was just real! Bobby, without doubt, was my favorite character as performed by Keith Szarabajka.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. I would have loved to have been able to listen to this book all in one sitting, but twelve and a half hours is a bit too long for me to listen to all at once.

Any additional comments?

I'm not really sure what else to say. I don't want to give any details away but I definitely recommend that everyone who likes Koontz, or any good thriller/mystery novel, be sure to listen to "Fear Nothing" and follow it up by his "Seize the Night". They're both not to be missed! Happy Reading!