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  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reissue edition (Dec 7 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425199584
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425199589
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 3 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #210,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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“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

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Tweeder on May 24 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Theresa Phillips on 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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I rarely read supernatural thrillers, because I have a hard time finding these kinds of stories credible. So I was pretty sceptical as I approached this book. I read the beginning in which the protagonist, Jim Ironheart, is driven by a voice in his head to leave his city to prevent that a certain event takes place. It isn’t clear exactly what it is about.
What won me and pushed me to go on was the author’s style and his beautiful prose. Koontz with a few words takes you inside the mind of the character and does so with a very suggestive language. It works so well that I decided to put aside my distrust of the paranormal theme and continue reading.
And I haven’t regretted it at all.
Although the paranormal element is central in this novel, the way it is told, the empathy that the author manages to create towards the two main characters (Jim and Holly) and being able to live their emotions firsthand shifts the focus from the supernatural to the characters themselves. The novel becomes their story. The ambiguity of Jim (and ambiguous characters are always my favourite) and the fears of Holly catch you. And that’s what makes the difference, because, when you create a bond with the characters, they become credible and with them everything that surrounds them, resulting in a solid suspension of disbelief.
Faced with this, had the book treated any other theme, it would still be able to conquer me.
In fact, although the events are impossible in real life, which usually makes me lose interest in the story (unless it is science fiction), this has not happened with this book, because the way they are presented makes them perfectly logical.
Finally, to conclude in the best way this novel, there is the open ending that makes you smile imagining what might happen next.

Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli, author of Red Desert - Point of No Return
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I am at a loss to understand the reputation Dean Koontz has garnered in the literary world. I wasn't sure my assessment was valid after only having read The Bad Place but upon finishing Cold Fire I am convinced it is. Cold Fire was interesting and tightly written for the first 200 or so pages and falls rapidly apart in the last 200. The dialogue is contrite, and unrealistic, the premise approaches juvenile, (could we be expected to believe an alien with a mental condition, God give me a break), and Koontz repeatedly lays everything out for his readers, no innuendo, or thinking required. He is not good at describing complex plot development and this is the way he conceals that weakness. Equally unbelievable was that Holly Thorne, a mediocre journalist at best (by the author's own admission), was repeatedly, with unerring accuracy able to psycho-analyze the protagonist with the skill of a seasoned psychiatrist. I'm sorry, we have Stephen King's, we have David Baldacci's, we have Patricia Cornwell's and Mary Higgins Clark's. Dean Koontz is in a category well below the skill and talent of any of these fine writers and should not (or at least for this book), be even remotely considered their peer.
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