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Fear Nothing (Moonlight Bay #1)

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Christopher Snow is different from all the other residents of Moonlight Bay, different from anyone you've ever met. For Christopher Snow has made his peace with a very rare genetic disorder shared by only one thousand other Americans, a disorder that leaves him dangerously vulnerable to light. His life is filled with the fascinating rituals of one who must embrace the dark ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published December 1st 1998 by Bantam Books (first published 1998)
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Mar 30, 2016 Eilonwy rated it it was ok

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.
Jane Stewart
Too weird. No good story underneath. Events not supported. Lots of threats. Things not explained.

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
Aug 24, 2007 Tanya rated it really liked it
I picked up this book at the airport when I came dangerously close to finishing my current book (The Unthiknable Thoughts of Jacob Green) before my 4 hour flight back to Chicago from LA. It was the best choice they had. I anticipate a mediocre reaction to this book. I like Koontz, but a lot of his books seem to be too similar for me.

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
Nov 23, 2015 Corielle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
“Never leave a friend behind. Friends are all we have to get us through this life–and they are the only things from this world that we could hope to see in the next.”

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
Matt Barker
Feb 28, 2010 Matt Barker rated it really liked it
AWESOME! This book grabs you from the beginning and pulls you through a page turning adventure. I starting the follow-up book as soon as I finished this one. More on that one later.

Publisher's Summary

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
Shawnee Bowlin
Dec 23, 2012 Shawnee Bowlin rated it it was amazing
Orson and Christopher Snow make wonderfully perfect buddies in this thriller/drama by Dean Koontz. Orson was a sweetheart of a dog, and Christopher was charming and very likeable. I would have liked to have read more about the mysterious cat, Mungojerrie, but it was still fun to get a few peeks into his character. The one scene that disappointed me involved the priest and Christopher in the attic. Other than that, the book kept me interested and excited to see what would happen next as Christoph ...more
Dec 28, 2015 Holly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dean-koontz
I loved this book! Christopher Snow is a character to remember. He's one of my favorites.
Fear Nothing introduces Christopher Snow, a 20-something surfer who suffers from Xeroderma Pigmentosum - he can't go out during the day, as light is deadly for him. All light. Chris lives by candles, and by night.

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
Oct 02, 2009 Lynda rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
Christopher Snow lives in the sleepy little town of Moonlight Bay. He has a rare disease called XP which prevents him from getting any sunlight or being in bright light at all. His body doesn’t repair ultra-violet damage the way most bodies do. Therefore Christopher is resigned to live his life by the night and he knows just about every inch of Moonlight Bay.

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 has a rare condition called Xeroderma pigmentosum which prevents his body from repairing the damage done by uv light from the sun, light bulbs, etc., so he is a person of the night. Accompanied by his dog Orson, girlfriend Sasha and friend Bobby, he accidentally uncovers a secret from an apparently abandoned military base in Moonlight Bay. As he attempts to learn more about it, he and his friends are met with increasing amounts of threats and violence.

I reread this as a botm fo
Oct 27, 2010 T. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series astonished me back into reading. When I was much younger I was most peculiar, so I spent my days doing whatever it is that comes to mind: pounding gumamela flowers in my backyard to make bubbles, peering down this most curious hole in the ground (turned out to be our pozo negro, ick!), learning how to ride a bike (bruises and all), reading the telephone directory upside down, and more. When there is that much to do in 1998, how can I find the time to sit down and just be interested i ...more
Mar 25, 2011 Louize rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Oct 23, 2009 Pygmy rated it it was ok
The main character has an overly philosophical tone of voice and overuses the word "I" (a common failing in many 1st person POVs, IMO), and many of the characters don't seem to talk very naturally, but it seemed interesting enough, and in terms of evoking a creepy horror feel, Koontz does a decent job. However, halfway through the book, my patience was sorely tried with excessive surfer-lingo that may in fact be accurate, but which to my ears sounded unimaginative, unfunny, and smacked too much ...more
Калоян Захариев
Дийн Кунц в пълния му блясък. "Не бой се от нищо" е типичен представител на по-ранния му период, където научното зло дебне, готово да плаши, убива и унищожава. Нямам как да не се направи паралел с "Пазители", но това по никакъв начин не влошава качеството на романа, дори напротив.
Действието на "Не бой се от нищо" се развива в Мунлайт Бей - малко градче на брега на океана. То си има свой много специален обитател - Кристофър Сноу, който страда от рядко заболяване. За него слънцето е смъртоносно и
Apr 03, 2011 Mike rated it it was ok
Will not be going further with this series. Main character and about ten other Koontz books are repetitive carbon copies of each other with the same dog and the same supporting characters.
Crystin Goodwin
Aug 14, 2016 Crystin Goodwin rated it really liked it
The first 'scary' book I've ever read - and the one that taught me that even though I don't like scary movies, I adore scary books. That edge-of-your-seat feeling, the up-and-down pacing, the morbid sense of curiosity that keeps you turning the page ... I'm not quite sure if this book is considered a true horror or just a thriller, but it's definitely creepy!

I found the main character to be interesting and likeable, the events to be unexpected yet still in the realm of (theoretical) possibility
This book was interesting. I like Dean's writing, you find yourself attached to the story and characters, especially the male protagonist. I feel like Chris is a different kind of Odd and I wonder if all male protagonists in Dean's books will be endless variations of Odd. On one hand it can be good since he's a wonderful character but on the other hand it may be bad and as a reader you may begin to feel tired.
But since this is the first book I've read of Koontz that is not part of Odd Thomas se
Benjamin Thomas
Mar 30, 2014 Benjamin Thomas rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Once again, Dean Koontz proves he is a hit or miss writer.

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
Jan 15, 2009 Stefanie rated it really liked it
In Fear Nothing , Koontz introduces Christopher Snow, a 28 year old man who had been born with the bizarre genetic disorder xeroderma pigmentosum (XP). Victims of XP are extremely sensitive to cancers of the skin and eyes, and even momentary exposure to light is cumulative, so eventually could prove fatal. Because of this Chris continually avoids the light of day, and leads the vampire’s life in the dark of night. He lives in a small and seemingly peaceful California town. Yet events he witnesse ...more
Mar 03, 2011 Nadia rated it it was ok
I came in to reading this book with excitement from my previous experiences with Dean Koontz's books, but was a bit disappointed. The beginning of the book starts with death of the main character's dad, a place that would have been a good way to draw me in if I could have connected with the main character. That was one of the biggest problems of the book, Christopher Snow was just someone I couldn't relate with. The only thing I found particularly interesting about him was his... erm... XP. Basi ...more
Kirsty Darbyshire

[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

Jan 12, 2014 Peggy rated it really liked it
The hero in this story is Christopher Snow. He suffers from a medical condition called xeroderma pigmentosum. This means his skin and eyes cannot be exposed to sunlight. The book therefore pretty much plays out at night, in a small seaside town called Moonlight Bay. Walking his dog in night time and complete darkness when no-one else is around, Christopher starts to see strange going-ons and all kinds of weird characters emerge which become more and more threatening. It becomes apparent that the ...more
May 25, 2009 Todd rated it really liked it

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
Mar 25, 2009 Fennec rated it liked it
This novel manages to be highly suspenseful yet bizarrely laid back. In part because of the California attitudes of the protagonist, also in part of the pacing rolling along leisurely through dense descriptions. And on that latter note, a page turner doesn't require such rich definition, but that direction is chosen here nonetheless. I found this to be highly atmospheric at times, and distracting at others. When things do add up for the better, it makes for a creepy experience, which translates ...more
Carole Cross
Aug 25, 2007 Carole Cross added it
Recommends it for: Highly
Dean Koontz casts an amazing story based on Christopher Snow living in a California small coastal town. Chris has XP a DNA abnormality that keeps him away from light - sunlight, bright lights of any kind can give him skin cancer so he lives his life in the night. The small town he lives in becomes strange and the people act bizzare on the night of his father's death. The trail he takes to find out the reasons for this insanity take him to places he's never been before and introduces him to anima ...more
Nicholas Beck
Jul 12, 2010 Nicholas Beck rated it really liked it
Shelves: koontz
Fear Nothing was Dean Koontz at his best. The surprises and thrills of the story made me keep reading, trying to figure out what was happening in the strange town of Moonlight Bay. This book was everything I hoped that it would be, and more with Christopher Snow's brilliant dog Orson. My favorite stories are always the ones where a dog plays a crucial role in the novel. This dog was essential to the plot at every twist and turn in the story, and I liked every page of it. The way Koontz was able ...more
Feb 29, 2016 Nancy rated it really liked it
This book was in the tradition of Dean Koontz "weird" and very well done. It's amazing to me that his words can conjure a such a clear visual image. The plot, while complicated, is easy to follow. Unfortunately, the audio was difficult to hear - had to listen with earbuds because I could not get the car radio speakers loud enough.
Monique Hendriks
May 07, 2016 Monique Hendriks rated it liked it
Exiting read, but towards the end it becomes very much cliche. I was very disappointed by the ending. I like the humor though and love the dog!
Jun 11, 2009 Julie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: friends
Recommended to Julie by: self
What I loved about this thriller was the relationships between Christopher Snow and his girlfriend, as well as his dog. The personalities of these characters were constructed better than Odd Thomas and a few other books of his that I couldn't get into, unfortunately. I believe he needs to devote more time to details of each novel vs. cranking out book after book. Also, he needs to develop his characters identity to be more unique. There are threads to his writing style that take me back to his o ...more
Jan 20, 2013 Becca rated it really liked it
"Good but I didn't like it quite as much as False Memory or Corner of His Eye. This is the first of the Moonlight Bay series featuring Christopher Snow who suffers from XP, an illness making him essentially allergic to light. Nonetheless, he lives each day to the fullest, roaming his small town of Moonlight Bay at night with his special dog, Orson. So much laid back descriptive passages and use of simile and the like that I found it a bit distracting, though an interesting and compelling premise ...more
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