Fear Nothing (Moonlight Bay #1)
This is the one and only Dean Koontz novel I've ever read, since it managed to put me right off DK forever.
It wasn't awful, but wow, it was just so, so (so, so, so) many extra and unneeded words. IIRC, it took the main character something like seven full pages just to make his way up a flight of stairs at one point, and it wasn't because the steps were just that exciting. I can't believe I actually finished this.
I guess some writers are just not for me.
Most of the story takes place during two nights. Chris visits several people. There are long, vague, incomplete conversations with each person. There is a conspiracy/mystery and Chris is trying to figure out what is going on. Most people tell him things like “stop investigating. If you know too much you will regret it. The end of the world as we know it has begun.” A couple of people are angry and ac ...more
Despite not being a big fan of the 'formula novel' - you know, all those books that authors constantly crank out and end up on the top of the NYT bestseller's lis ...more
I love this book. I really do. I’m not certain why, really. Dean Koontz is a schmaltzy writer. He overuses analogies and some of them are rather bizarre. Many of his books have similar details — bad ass chicks, unlikely heroes, a golden retriever or two. They start to blur together after a while. But when I was in middle school and ...more
Dean Koontz has the skill to write books that sustain the suspense and deliver engaging action, but he fails to do both with this one. The novel is narrated in the 1st person, a technique Koontz employed for the first time in Twilight Eyes, back in 1987. Sine the main character is a sur ...more
His girlfriend Sasha and his boyhood friend Bobby are his closest companions and they both love him dearly and would do anything for him.
Christopher Snow is the best-known resident of 12,000-strong Moonlight Bay, California. This is because 28-year-old Chris has xeroderma pigmentosum (XP), a light-sensitivity so severe that he cannot leave his house in daylight, cannot enter a normally-lit room, cannot sit at a computer. Chris' natur ...more
I reread this as a botm fo ...more
This first book of the so-called "Moonlight Bay" trilogy has an intriguing main character, (Christopher Snow), an interesting premise involving secret experimentation at an abandoned military base using retroviruses to enhance intelligence in animals, and a nice setting on the California coast. Unfortunately, it just never quite lived up to its promise. It seemed like every time my interested started to peak, the main character waltzed of ...more
[these comments are taken from a mailing list discussion and contain spoilers]
[on chris snow]
I'm only halfway through the first half and so far I'm not especially enamoured with him. His illness seems to be the most interesting thing about him and I think that's explained well enough.
I didn't understand his reaction to witnessing the body swap. I guess if he'd done something sensible then we wouldn't have a book to read but I'd have preferred it if he had tried to do something sensible before...more
Fear Everyone, May 25, 2009
By Todd R. Jordan (St. Peters, MO United States) - See all my reviews
Chris Snow may have a genetic disorder and a deadly one at that, but nothing keeps him from being the master of Moonlight Bay at night. Fear Nothing is the story of Chris Snow, his dog, Orson, and their friends as two dramatic days pass in Moonlight Bay.
The story begins with the death of Chris's father at the local hospital. Chris soon discovers bodies going unexpected places ad well as an unexpect ...more
In 23 B.C., the poet Horace said, "Seize the day, put no trust in the morrow."
The irony of Horace quote is that Christopher Snow seize the night instead and marvels at it. While everybody slumbers, he prowls the street from dusk 'til dawn. Twenty-eight years old Chris have a Xeroderma-Pigmentosum since birth and no one suspected him to reach adulthood.
In the event of his father's death, Chris doesn't have the time to grieve, he must survive the night and search for the truth. Without fear, he ...more
I was exhausted from the narrator constantly trying to convince me that he and his friends were just so cool. The dialog was unnatural. The jokes were cheeseball. The author seems to forget at one point that we already know there are crazed monkeys on the loose and presents a character's odd security system as if we didn't know why he had it.
This s ...more
Dean R. Koontz has also published under the na ...more