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Cold Fire [Mass Market Paperback]

Dean Koontz
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Book Description

Dec 6 2004
Reporter Holly Thorne is intrigued by Jim Ironheart, who has saved 12 lives in the past three months. Holly wants to know what kind of power drives him, why terrifying visions of a churning windmill haunt his dreams, and just what he means when he whispers in his sleep that an enemy who will kill everyone is coming. “A master storyteller, sometimes humorous, sometimes shocking, but always riveting. His characters sparkle with life. And his fast-paced plots are wonderfully fiendish, taking unexpected twists and turns.” - The San Diego Union-Tribune
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Teacher Jim Ironheart, aptly named, is sent by forces unknown to save chosen people in life-threatening situations. By chance, a young but jaded reporter stumbles onto his missions, and joins him to investigate who is controlling him and why. Shared nightmares begin to point to an extraterrestrial influence, and the pair are forced to confront Ironheart's forgotten past for answers. Koontz ( The Bad Place , LJ 12/89), a master at maintaining mystery and suspense, weaves themes from earlier novels into this latest thriller. Even if the ending calls to mind DuMaurier and Hitchcock, Cold Fire contains all the ingredients--likable characters, nail-biting suspense, and above all, unlimited imagination--that will please Koontz's fans. For all popular collections. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club main selection; Mystery Guild featured alternate; previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/1/90.
-Eric W. Johnson, Teikyo Post Univ. Lib., Waterbury, Ct.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


“An extraordinary piece of fiction with unforgettable characters. It will be a classic.”—UPI

“Solid, satisfying, hair-raising…Koontz barely lets the reader come up for air between terrors.”—The Washington Post

“Gripping.”—Los Angeles Times

“A unique spellbinding novel with depth, sensitivity, and personality.”—Boston Herald
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Dean Koontz--Cold Fire (1991) May 24 2004
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A truly compelling story from beginning to end, "Cold Fire" might win "Dean Koontz's most bizarre novel about plane-crashes, stigmatas, aliens, psychic visions, and God" award. Set in sunny California, Jim Ironheart plays the protagonist, a regular school teacher who mysteriously sees visions of people who are supposed to die and then miraculously comes to their rescue. When Ironheart flies to Portland, Oregon to save a young child from getting pummelled by a drunk driver in front of a school, reporter Holly Thorne witnesses the feat and automatically becomes intrigued by the hero.
When fate brings the two together on a flight from California to Chicago, Holly realizes that her need for the nation's top story is getting her in over her head--Jim is on board to save a mother and her child on the flight because it is supposed to crash. The events after the plane crash are superior, with Jim and Holly diving into the extraordinary abilities that our hero possesses, but also the dark secrets about his past that he is keeping locked up inside.
Koontz uses his endless imagination to twirl his characters around with superb dialogue, mixing regular human fears (such as plane crashes, murderers, being alone in the dark, and guilt) with miraculously enigmas (such as telekinesis, psychic powers, religion, and psychological terror) to create stories that do not only scratch the surface of his readers, but also explodes into the very fiber of their being. The novel does get simply too outlandish at points and does not tie up enough loose ends (mainly because they are so many intangible thoughts and questions expressed throughout the piece); however, "Cold Fire" is another haunting tale that is so outrageous that it hits extremely close to home with its audience--something that no other author has been able to do so brilliantly in the past quarer century.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, with an odd twist Jan. 9 2002
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Considering this was the first Koontz book I read, and by now I've read many, I'm gald I started with this one. It turned out to be wonderful. I like the characters, in fact, in this book, I grew to really feel for the characters, and I felt all the pain for the main character. I have noticed in some Koontz book, his characters seem shallow and underdeveloped, but since there were only two, as in Intensity, you really become gripped by the suspense. I highly recommend it, though it does have an odd ending, but if you're into the paranormal, and like to think mental illnesses can indeed be more than you think, you'll love it!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Come on now, Koontz June 1 2004
By Tiayra
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I didn't know that Dean Koontz was into writing supernatural romance novels for Harlequin readers - until I read this book.
The main character is a psychotic and emotionally cold character who runs around saving people like some knight in shining armor, while shunning the spotlight.
And of course the female character, Holly, is obsessed by this mysterious stranger with a dark past, determined to psychoanalyze him, save him from himself, and fall madly in love with him.
The book starts out with typical Koontz humor and fast-paced action, but then turns into the type of smut you always see middle-aged women buying at Kmart. The characters and the plot are awful, with a totally predictable ending. I had to force myself to finish it because I could tell exactly what was going to happen, and I complained to my fiance about how bad it was while reading the last 100 pages.
But then I decided the book was almost so bad that it was good - to laugh at!
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4.0 out of 5 stars DK_fan Feb. 2 2004
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing but not bad Dec 9 2003
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This book had an interesting premise, with suggestions of a supernatural battle between good and evil, but around the midpoint of the novel it starts to stumble. The overly psycho-analytical therapeutic touchy-feely stuff at the end of the novel feels like it was written by a different author from the more action-oriented gung-ho beginning. The supernatural mystery aspect of this novel also suffered from this disjoint. A good mystery author misdirects the reader but still creates a logical chain of events. The "solution" to the mystery is a borderline deus ex machina that's totally unsatisfying. Many things that were suggested or built up at the beginning of the novel are rendered pointless by the end.
Having said that, Koontz's prose is certainly readable, his characters are interesting, albeit implausible, and the book was such a quick read that I can't feel too bitter about the ending.
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2.0 out of 5 stars It was okay Aug. 21 2003
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This one didn't do as much for me as his other books. I am a pretty big fan of his, but I didn't think this book compared to his others. It wasn't a terrible book, and I don't regret reading it. I just wouldn't recommend it, when Dean Koontz has written so many books that are a lot better.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cold Fire review March 13 2003
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I thought that the book Cold Fire was a great book. It had a lot of everything that I am looking for in a book mystery, suspense, and romance, things that will not normally physically happen in the "real world". The fact that what happens is going on in the book with saving peoples live with a slight mixture of romance, and mystery all in the same book. Dean R. Koontz puts everything in such a great spot so that it makes the whole story flow awesome. Koontz puts you right in the book with the characters and you feel scared when the characters do. I would defiantly suggest this book to anybody who has read his books before or are looking for something new; this would be a great book to read.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Already forgotten
Another forgotten and not-exciting item in Koontz range. I had read it when I still had the hope that Koontz would be a real writer but this was the last attempt and I left him in... Read more
Published on July 10 2004 by A guy loving talented guys
4.0 out of 5 stars Not His Best, But Definitely Worth the Money
This was the first time I was introduced to Dean R. Koontz. Although it is not the book that hooked me (see Watchers) it is a wonderful suspense novel. Read more
Published on Feb. 20 2003 by Nicole
3.0 out of 5 stars Page turner 'til the end....almost
I must echo the sentiments of many of my fellow reviewers. This book grips you at the beginning, but loses you at the end. Read more
Published on Sept. 6 2002 by Heath dela Cruz
4.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat Odd.
The book started out great with a man who appears out of nowhere to save the day when tragedy is about to strike. Read more
Published on Sept. 1 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars "Cold Fire" Left Me Cold
Gads, what a let-down!
This book starts out as an amazing, supernatural thriller that I simply couldn't put down. Read more
Published on June 26 2002 by Marifrances
3.0 out of 5 stars Weak, But Readable
This is one of the harder Koontz books to review. As others have noted, it starts out well and then goes nowhere...slowly. The payoff is inadequate, for the buildup. Read more
Published on April 7 2002 by Bruce Rux
5.0 out of 5 stars Dean Koontz's Cold Fire
Only a mad man is dead certain of his sanity. Or is he? Take a mysterious journey to a lighthouse with pschic Jim Ironheart and his arresting blue eyes and misremembered past. Read more
Published on April 1 2002 by Patricia Syner
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