Fear Nothing Hardcover – Large Print, Apr 1998
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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.
From School Library Journal
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I actually read "Seize The Night" before I read this first novel in Koontz's Christopher Snow series. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
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
"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
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 morePublished on May 27 2004 by B. Viberg
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 morePublished on March 28 2004 by RJ Bates
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 morePublished on Jan. 26 2004 by Lynnsey
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
Fear Nothing was an explosive fast paced thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the story. Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2004 by craig