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Cold Fire Hardcover – Jan 1 1991


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Putnam Pub Group (T); 1st Edition edition (January 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399135790
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399135798
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,035,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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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 Rebekah Phillips on Jan. 9 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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By Tiayra on June 1 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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By "dk_avidfan" on Feb. 2 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I ENJOY READING KOONTZ'S BOOKS AND "COLDFIRE" WAS ONE THAT GOT
ME GOING,I COULDN'T PUT THE BOOK DOWN.BUT I HAVE TO SAY THAT I
STARTED GETTING A LITTLE BORED WITH THE BOOK WHEN I REALIZED
WHAT WAS HAPPENING IN THE STORY.BUT I FINISHED THE BOOK AS ANY
DK_fan WOULD DO.
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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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By K. L. Obrien on 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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By Jill Sahrhage on 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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