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Publisher's Summary

He's Hollywood's most dazzling star, whose flawless countenance inspires the worship of millions and fires the hatred of one twisted soul. His perfectly ordered existence is under siege as a series of terrifying, enigmatic "messages" breaches the exquisitely calibrated security systems of his legendary Bel Air estate.

The boxes arrive mysteriously, one by one, at Channing Manheim's fortified compound. The threat implicit in their bizarre, disturbing contents seems to escalate with each new delivery. Manheim's security chief, ex-cop Ethan Truman, is used to looking beneath the surface of things. But until he entered the orbit of a Hollywood icon, he had no idea just how slippery reality could be. Now this good man is all that stands in the way of an insidious killer - and forces that eclipse the most fevered fantasies of a city where dreams and nightmares are the stuff of daily life.

Enter a world of marvelous invention, enchantment, and implacable intent, populated by murderous actors and the walking dead, hit men and heroes, long-buried dreams and never-dying hope. Traversing this extraordinary landscape, Ethan will face the secrets of his own tragic past and the unmistakable premonition of his impending violent death as he races against time to solve the macabre riddles of a modern-day beast.

A riveting tour de force of suspense, mystery, and miraculous revelation, The Face is that rare novel that entertains, provokes, and uplifts at the same time. It will make you laugh. It will give you chills. It will fill you with hope.

©2003 Dean Koontz; (P)2003 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Great kudos to Koontz for creating, within the strictures of popular fiction, another notable novel of ideas and of moral imperatives." (Publishers Weekly)
"Dean Koontz is not just a master of our darkest dreams, but also a literary juggler." (The Times (London))
"...The suspense builds smoothly and steadily in Baker's hands." (AudioFile)

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Good Book - Horrible Narration

The book was good, not one of his best, best still very good. The narrator was horrible. I found I couldn't finish listening to the book and ended up reading it instead. The narrator's voice is without question the most irritating thing I have ever heard; comparable to nails on a chalk board. I would recommend reading the book to ensure enjoyment rather than listen to it.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Surprisingly good

I'm not a person who likes supernatural stories so I rarely even look at a Dean Koontz book but I love mysteries and this one sounded promising. And it was as good as it's reviews. I HAD to keeplistening and found it extremely well written. I was able to suspend my dislike of the supernatural aspects of it and just enjoy it for the mystery it presented.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Raymond
  • 09-17-03

Ray's Cares

The story line was interesting but I kept looking for an excuse for the mystic ghost line and never found anything that made me feel it was real. In addition the author was unbelievably verbose and repetitive. I couldn't wait for a lot of these chapters to end so we could get on with the story. The reader did a good job.I stuck with he story to see how it ended but it was rough going.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Robert
  • York, ME, USA
  • 08-19-03

Makes you want to stay in your car all day.

Dean Koontz is a wonderful author and I was very excited to see a new release out so quickly on audible. Those of us who love his books will not go away dissapointed for the storyline weaves back and forth in a very easy to follow manner. Also, the narrator does an exceptional job of capturing the attitude and mindset of the characters with great skill.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Real Monsters and Heroes

Face isa book written by a master story teller that has grown both in style and in the way he surprises and delights the readers. I did not find the end as predictable as others have, instead thought the end was suspensful and with a very good twist. The story is new and fresh, and keeps your attention fully engaged, while you laugh and keep the lights on (to keep the fear away). It keeps you hooked until the last word. So glad today is Saturday and I was able to concentrate in the second audio part. Koontz has once again weaved a great tale with monsters and heroes for everyone.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Donn
  • Hinckley, MN, USA
  • 07-03-03

Look for the abridged

buy the abridged version if it is available. I had to force myself thru the first 10 hours. good thing I was a captive audience (driving). The last third was good. The first hour of Up Country was much better than any of the first 10 hours of The Face.

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  • Howard
  • marshville, NC, USA
  • 10-12-03

Oh Please !

This is the first book I have not finished in more than 50 years of reading. I must admit, if you like Dickens endless words and descriptions you'll love this. How else can an author of mystery books get to 19 hours of audio without at least half of it being repetitive and mostly useless long wordy descriptions of things that have no value to the story. The writer must have had the most complete thesaurus in the world at his side while writing so he could torture the reader with every synonym available. I surrender. Enough......Enough, and let me live to read something else another day.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Harris
  • Syosset, NY, USA
  • 06-25-03


In this novel Koontz managed to eliminate all suspense and mystery by having his characters become cartoon equivilents. He even went as far as having a black detective saying to himself while entering a perps house "Feets don't fail me now" in true Amos and Andy style. While the use of supernatural phenomena has been used successfully in many novels, an author has to be very careful as to the extent of it's use so as not to totally damage the storyline. At this he was not terribly successful. All told a mildly interesting work that somewhat holds your interest, but could have been much better.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Dean Koontz has become a writer I can only describe as, verbose, bombastic, wordy, gabby, garrulous, long winded, loquacious, redundant, repetitive and tedious. Anyone who read the book will recognize the parallel I am drawing (the scene where Corky walks into the arcade) Listening to this book was akin to physical pain at times. The author spends so much time over describing and using un-needed and certainly unwanted metaphors that the plot becomes stale. I have given Mr. Koontz the benefit of the doubt for the last time.

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  • Victoria
  • Taylor Mill, KY, USA
  • 06-08-04

Who wrote this book?

I have read almost all of Dean Koontz's works-and loved them. His characters usually have so much depth. Lately, however, I'm beginning to wonder if he isn't using a Ghost Writer. WIth that said, this book is somewhat entertaining-however, I would recommend you choose something else. The worst part was the narrator. He whines through the reading in a horrendously nasal voice-agonizing! I almost decided not to listen to the book after the first 5 minutes based on this alone. I will never purchase another book spoken by ths narrator. Don't bother buying "The Taking" either. I just finished reading this book and it was terrible. It had about as much depth as a plate glass window.

10 of 14 people found this review helpful