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Fear Nothing [Hardcover]

Dean Koontz
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Dec 4 1997
Moonlight Bay is a small, picturesque place on the shores of the Pacific, apparently no different from any other seaside town. But when night falls, it's obvious that this place has many secrets...

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If you think you've got it tough, meet Christopher Snow, the hero of Dean Koontz's novel Fear Nothing. Not only did his parents die under mysterious circumstances, but he's also being stalked by shadowy characters who want Snow to stop trying to find out how they died--or else they'll bump off his remaining loved ones (his supersmart, beer-lapping dog Orson; his best surfing buddy Bobby; and his late-night deejay girlfriend Sasha). And as if being on the lam in his own hometown, Moonlight Bay, California, isn't bad enough, Snow has to outrun his pursuers without leaving town. He has XP--xeroderma pigmentosum--a rare genetic affliction that forces him to avoid light. Cumulative exposure to sun, fluorescent lights, and the like will give him cancer eventually, and he doesn't dare leave the place where he's skillfully "done the mambo with melanoma" for all of his 28 years. Koontz makes the night-town of Moonlight Bay come alive in this sometimes pulse-pounding, sometimes funny, but mostly rather lyrical thriller. Fans of Koontz's legendary 1986 novel Watchers will love this book's similar theme: our hero and a loveable super-dog deal with a genetic engineering laboratory run amok. Horror fans will savor the evil mutant rhesus "millennium monkeys" who hunt Snow, the few scenes of eloquent gore, and the plight of certain mutating townsfolk who are, as they put it, "becoming" something very creepy.

Koontz gives Snow and Bobby a lingo that does for surfer talk what Austin Powers did for the Swinging '60s, and his metaphors are almost as madcap as Tom Robbins's: "As the chains of the swinging light fixture torqued, the links twisted against one another with enough friction to cause an eerie ringing, as if lizard-eyed altar boys in blood-soaked cassocks and surplices were ringing the unmelodious bells of a satanic mass." Sometimes Koontz's style goes over the top and wipes out, surfer-style, but for the most part, Fear Nothing will have readers bellowing "Cowabunga!" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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YA-Christopher Snow understands the night. He, like the owl, is nocturnal, living on the mysterious darker edge of society. Snow is afflicted with xeroderma pigmentosum, a rare and often-fatal genetic disease that makes ultraviolet rays-even those from lamps and televisions-deadly. His condition makes him a pariah in the isolated small town of Moonlight Bay where the ignorant and insensitive fear what they do not know. As the action begins, Snow's father dies, leaving him with only a handful of offbeat but fiercely loyal friends to turn to for understanding. At the morgue, Snow accidentally witnesses his father's body being replaced with the mutilated corpse of a vagrant. Before he can find out what is behind this scandal, he receives a frantic summons from a friend who is brutally murdered before she can finish explaining a strange story about monkeys and a secret project at the government compound at the edge of town. What begins as a disturbing puzzle quickly becomes a sinister conspiracy as Snow uncovers evidence of uncanny intelligence in many of the local animals and inhumanely vicious tendencies in some of the human residents of the Bay. They are "becoming" he learns, but becoming what? Chilling chase scenes steadily increase the breakneck pace as Snow, assisted by his remarkable dog, is pursued through the night by unseen forces. Despite some clunky and unnecessary surfer slang, fans will go wild for this well-plotted thriller.
Robin Deffendall, Prince William Public Library System, VA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A scream, literally! July 8 2004
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One of the top-notch books to come out of the Dean Koontz factory, this books succeeds in creating a surreal world with an unlikely hero - a guy who has a rare disease that prevents him from being exposed to sun light and restricts him to roaming at night.
Well, night is when the most interesting things happen in a Koontz story and more so in this one, keeping in mind the affliction of our hero.
Koontz spins a great yarn. The sense of horror is sometimes so palpable that it makes you go check your closets and pull at the locked doors to make sure they are secure. This guy knows how to scare the beezees out of you. That much is a given.
I recommend reading this tale during nights. Adds the extra chill to the whole experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definately in Koontz's top 5 March 14 2004
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Chris Snow is different from all the other residents of Moonlight Bay. Chris has made peace with a rare skin disorder which forces him to stay out of the light, and he must live his life by a system of one who embraces the dark. That is until the night that Chris witnesses the mysterious dissapearance of his dad's body from the morgue. When Chris begins to investigate, he is thrown into a mystery that only he can solve. The strange inhabitants of Moonlight Bay are not only after him to shut him up, but they are after his loved ones as well. Now the mystery of the town forces him to rise above all his fears and fight against the people of Moonlight Bay. It is a place, like all places that is a lot different after dark.
Right off the bat I am saying that Fear Nothing is in Koontz's top 5. Some people have refered to this book as a carbon copy of Koontz's other scary conspiracy book entitled "Midnight". While the stories are somewhat similar, Fear Nothing is much better in my opinion. The inhabitants and other strange creatures of Moonlight Bay add a terifying background to the story. The story itself repeatedly makes you ask the one question that all fans of fiction love to hear : "Who are they, and what are they hiding?" The ending to this book is extremely satisfying which provides for an enjoyable read overall. But what really sets this book apart is its characters! Chris Snow and his best friend Bobby have to be my favorite all time characters of his. The obversity that Chris must overcome to fight the town and protect his loved ones is amazing. Koontz gives INCREDIBLE dialogue to Bobby! I love the laid back and almost Zen like surfer way of life that he lives by. Fear Nothing also features a great dog named Orson, that is almost as good as Einstien in Watchers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars My First Thriller Feb. 17 2004
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Fear Nothing is the first book I¡¯ve read by Koontz, and it¡¯s also the first thriller I¡¯ve ever read in my life. I preferred and enjoyed reading this book late in the night, around 11 p.m. or 12 p.m. until i drown to dreamland. For some reason, while I had been reading this book, I had weird dreams, not exactly nightmares, but some shocking dreams that freaked me out that I would fear to dream again.
Chris Snow, the hero, has XP (xeroferma pigmentosum), a rare genetic disorder that damages the DNA if any part of the body is exposed with UV. One evening, Chris is asked to come to the hospital to see his father sleep forever, but then he witnesses his father¡¯s body being exchanged with a hitchhiker¡¯s body. The men involved in the plot chase Chris while Chris runs away from them to find some answers to the incident happened before the night ends.
There are three major reasons I liked this book. First is the role of animals. Chris¡¯s dog Orson is not a normal dog. He generally, according to my thoughts, understands everything Chris says and reacts to it. Also the cat that guides him out from the escape from the men who tries to catch him is so weird (in a good way). I have never seen and never will see a cat that guides human to a place and waits if falls behind. Second is the way Koontz unfolds the plot. Despite this book is in first person¡¯s perspective, Koontz doesn¡¯t tell how Chris feels directly, instead he tells the readers what happens around him or the scene seen through his eyes, and still keeps the scene exciting. It gave me opportunities to draw the scene in my head and imagine how the characters would have felt. Third is that every page makes the reader to read the next page.
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I haven't read a while lot of Dean Koontz, to be perfectly honest. The only other books of his I've read have been "From the Corner of His Eye" and "By the Light of the Moon." I enjoyed both of them and I enjoyed this one too, perhaps even more, but I did have problems with it.
This time out our hero is young Christopher Snow, a man with a rare disorder that makes his skin extraordinarily sensitive to light. As such, he has lived his life indoors and at night, and on the night his father dies, he begins to learn that the little town of Moonlight Bay may carry many more dangers than he ever anticipated.
In essense, this is a science fiction/horror tale and it's a pretty good one. Realistic monsters, both human and beast. A likeable hero and a good supporting cast. A character with guts, getting through a lot.
But there are some things I didn't like too. The prose is really, REALLY purple in this book. Okay so Chris, our first-person narrator, is a best-selling author. That doesn't mean every line in the book should read like it's dripping out of a college English textbook. Second, Koontz returns to his Superdog character that seems to pop in to several of his books. This time out, Orson proves to be my favorite of Koontz's Superdogs, but it's still overdone. And finally -- this is a book that has a sequel. That's all well and good -- it was published six years ago and I knew it had a sequel before I started reading it. The problem is that I could smell that sequel coming. I mean REALLY strongly. As I reached the final segment of the book I found myself thinking, "There's only 40 pages left. There's no way he can wrap all this up in 40 pages." I was right. Koontz leaves an awful lot dangling.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Uninteresting
I only got about 100 pages into this story. I found it to be depressing and the characters were not that interesting. Pick a different book instead of this one.
Published on Aug. 19 2011 by Metal Rules
5.0 out of 5 stars Grabbing!
"Fear Nothing" and "Seize the Night" on tape, read by Keith Szarabajka is compelling. His voice IS his character. My favorite Dean Koontz!
Published on Oct. 25 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Fear Nothing
Koontz (Sole Survivor, LJ 2/15/97) presents a masterly tale of one night in the California coastal town of Moonlight Bay as experienced by Chris Snow. Read more
Published on May 27 2004 by B. Viberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Dean Koontz Book Ever
This was the first book I had read of Dean Koontz's and I was very impressed. It was very realistic and believable for a horror novel. Read more
Published on March 28 2004 by RJ Bates
4.0 out of 5 stars Dean Koontz is a great author
Dean Koontz is one of the best authors I know. If you like books like Steven King or Dean Koontz writes then you will like Fear Nothing by Dean Koontz. Read more
Published on Jan. 26 2004 by Lynnsey
3.0 out of 5 stars Review of unabridged audio book version
Rating System:
1 star = abysmal; some books deserve to be forgotten
2 star = poor; a total waste of time
3 star = good; worth the effort
4 star = very good;... Read more
Published on Jan. 20 2004 by Erik1988
5.0 out of 5 stars Sleeping With The Lights On
Fear Nothing was an explosive fast paced thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the story. Read more
Published on Jan. 8 2004 by craig
5.0 out of 5 stars Beware the monkeys!
Fear Nothing is a horror book of the the 'science gone awry' variety. Christopher Snow, has a rare skin condition (XP), which makes him extremely sensitive to light. Read more
Published on Jan. 5 2004 by Serene Night
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his most lovable characters
Christopher Snow is one of Koontz's most lovable & memorable characters. And that's saying alot because Koontz has written many novels & all with great characters!! Read more
Published on Dec 30 2003 by Theresa W
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