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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  16,277 ratings  ·  363 reviews
'There is an Enemy. It is coming. It is relentless.'





Schoolteacher Jim Ironheart flies on an impulse to Portland, Oregon. There he risks his life to save a child from being killed. Reporter Holly Thorne witnesses his heroism, and is impressed by his self-effacement when he declines to be interviewed.





Burnt out, cynical, and looking for a life beyond journalism, Holly finds h
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Paperback, 506 pages
Published January 2nd 1992 by Headline (first published 1991)
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Dustin Crazy little brown owl
This is the Dean Koontz I love! I listened to this as an audio book a few years ago and was thrilled to re-experience the story in print. Cold Fire was published in 1991, after The Bad Place and before Koontz starting coming out with 2-3 novels each year. Some issues examined in Cold Fire include: Environmentalism, Religion and Mental Illness. Like many Koontz novels, this work crosses over many genres including: Science Fiction, Mystery, Suspense and Adventure.

It appears that Koontz has created
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Mark
Here is another to join the shelf entitled new authors I have encountered through Goodreads friends. In a line from left to right where extreme left is ' absolutely brilliant ' and extreme right is ' oh in the Name of all that's holy what the hell was that supposed to be ' Mr Koontz sits fairly squarely in the middle. I am pleased to have read one of his enormous works...over 500 pages....but as always with these multi-tomed writers, having seen so many on the bookshop shelves I was always hopin ...more
Lu
Hrm. Again, grown-up books are tricky. I've really been trying to find some I can appreciate, but this one didn't measure up. It was a suspense/mystery/pseudo sci-fi thriller type. And it was written by Dean Koontz who gets at least one whole shelf to himself at my tiny library.

This is the story of a man who somehow knows the future--he doesn't control when he'll know or what he'll know: but each time he follows the "directions" he saves someone's life.

Then he meets a reporter for a small time
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Tara Chevrestt
This was my first Koontz and I have always credited it with getting me hooked on the horror/mystery genre. The characters were realistic and likable. The romance between them despite their frightening situation in the windmill was superb. Never forgot it.
J.S. Bailey
HOLY CRAP THIS BOOK WAS AWESOME.

I have read a lot of Koontz. And I mean a LOT. He is my most-read author. I have now read more than thirty of his novels, and I plan to read many more.

This one was different. It was like an acid trip. I have never actually been on an acid trip, but I would imagine that being on one is somewhat like reading this novel. (Did I even read this novel? Am I really J. S. Bailey? Or am I really a forty-five-year-old man named Biff tied up in a straight jacket staring out
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Mike (the Paladin)
This is another one of those books that I think started out well. I liked the way it was unfolding, I liked the main character (though he was quite shallowly drawn) and I was really quite annoyed with Holly.

To be annoyed with a character there has to be something there. In this case she was a little more solid than Jim, even if annoying.

Unfortunately soon I was thinking "oh, are we going here?" And, we did. This isn't a bad book, but it could have been so much more. Koontz is a good writer and
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Patrice Hoffman
I really enjoyed reading this book. There was constant action and mystery. I've always enjoyed Dean Koontz writing and this book reminded me of all the things I loved about him since the first book of his I read. All through out the book I was really rooting for the main character. He's a likeable enough guy. Plus, who wouldn't appreciate a guy who risks his life to save people he's never met before.
At first, I thought that the female charachter was annoying. But, in most novels, there has to b
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Monica Go
The first half of the book was pretty good; I didn't know the premise so I found it very interesting and intriguing pretty much until they start thinking about what's controlling Jim. Then I liked it less. The idea that an alien force could be controlling him wouldn't be the first that comes in my mind. Of course we find out why at the end, but still, kinda strange to me, forced. Also the idea that Jim had all that power and could pretty much do everything was a little abstruse and unconvincing. ...more
Becky
as usual I like koontz.

I put this story down in order to read a few new others to my collection. Once I picked the book back up, immediately I was caught and drawn right back into the story of a man who saves people by intuition and woman reporter who is trying to find the tale. At first I didn't think this story would keep my attention, but because it is a Koontz I thought to try it - not a dissapointment!

It became a little mind binding by the end. One moment it is miracles, then it's extratere
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Nancy
I read Dean Koontz a long time ago. When he began writing more science fiction than supernatural, I looked elsewhere.
Cold Fire is, for the most part, a supernatural read with a little science fiction thrown in. The characters are good and the plotting is good and the ending makes sense.
Jim Ironheart is a special man. He knows when accidents are about to occur no matter where and makes a desperate and mostly successful effort to get there to save the potential victims no matter where they ar
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Tanja
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Remy
I got almost halfway finished, but I couldn't bear it. Really terrible book. I only read it because that is all I had on the way back from Paris.
Sarah Rios
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Anthony Policastro
In Dean Koontz’s Cold Fire, the author introduces his two primary characters – Jim Ironheart and Holly Thorne – by way of a series of heroic adventures. When Jim saves the lives of Billy Jenkins, in Portland, Oregon, and Lisa and Susan Jawolski, in the Mojave desert, and several other people, he falls into the radar, and into the scrutiny of Holly Thorne, a reporter for the Portland Press. Of course, Jim has special powers – he is somewhat of a mentalist or a psychic – and, thus, Holly soon disc ...more
Sally Wolf
Holly Thorne’s life and job as a reporter was at a stalemate until she meets a mysterious Good Samaritan named Jim Ironheart. Right before her eyes, he plucks a young boy from the street just minutes before a deadly truck comes sailing over the crest of a hill. Captivated by his blue eyes and humble manner she decides to use her skills as a reporter to track him down. What she finds was more bizarre then she could have imagined. The boy is not Jim’s only heroic act; stories all over the wire te ...more
Heidi Tighe
Ah, you gotta love Dean Koontz. I love how his stories often start out as thick, rich, larger-than-life mysteries, (what follows is a semi-spoiler.) (view spoiler)

It was clear to me that this was one of his earlier works. He ha
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Kelly
This book was a different kind of Koontz. A majority of his books have a vicious killer in them but this one is about a good guy for a change (but he does experience some dark evil encounters).

Basically, the main character has this amazing gift that at any given moment he gets a vibe that he needs to do something. But its always one step at a time. For example he will drop everything he is doing and jump in a cab. Then he realizes he needs to be to an airport, then looking at the flight board th
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Cherie
Holy crap this is a great book! Read it, read it, read it! I finished this book in exactly three days. I couldn't put it down. Fast paced from the word go. It's about an ex-school teacher who gets these premonitions that bad things are going to happen and he has to go stop them, even if it's across the country. But don't worry, he's rich so he can do that. Yes, this book is brain candy, but you won't ever regret reading it. At first you think he's getting these messages from God, then you think ...more
Kel Happylady
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Jade
Let me first start off by saying that Dean Koontz is someone I turn to whenever I’m looking for a light yet frightening read. I don’t expect his books to be amazingly good literary works with deep characters, lots of development, intricate plot twists, and so on. I expect his books to be scary, page-turning, and enjoyable to read. But unfortunately, that said…

This book was quite a disappointment to me. It started off as most of Koontz’ books do: characters with predictable names are introduced,
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Angela~twistedmind~
Mar 08, 2012 Angela~twistedmind~ rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of psychological thrillers
I just love this author! There are very few authors iincluded in my favorites but he is right up there at the top. Even his more lackluster stories are, more times than not, better than most. The man can spin a tale. So imaginative. So thought provoking with his random profound statements, some of which make you proud to belong to the human race, some that rock your convictions to the core. Such twists. Such turns. I was happily putting along, about 2/3 finished with this one and BAM I'm hit wit ...more
Tracy Walters
This book had me staying up til the wee hours of the morning to finish it.....it was GREAT!!!.....Jim Ironheart is a very intriguing and fascinating character......there is a part in the book about a plane crash that will make your heart beat out of your chest because it is so intense.....I found myself not breathing a few times because I was sucked into the story and felt like I was living thru it.......there was a part towards the end that WAS going to piss me off because I thought it was goin ...more
Patrick Gibson
There was a time when I thought Dean Koontz wrote circles around Stephen King. He wasn’t famous. He had a cult following and he made you feel like you just discovered someone cool. He was the anti-King you could keep to yourself or share with a selected few. Koontz, of course, went the way of all flesh and began cranking them out and repeating himself. Fame? Well, if ‘Family Guy’ rips on you, fame has become your enemy. I haven’t read a Koontz novel since Odd Thomas became a regular character. T ...more
Rena Sherwood
What if you were suddenly given the knowledge of when and how a person is going to die? Even if that person lives across the country or even in another continent? What would you do? These are the intriguing questions raised by Dean Koontz in his thriller “Cold Fire” (Berkley Publishing; 1991). Unfortunately, Koontz does not make the most of an initially compelling premise. He falls back on psycho-babble and horror cliches rather than striving to come up with some truly original storytelling.

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Samyann
Narrated by Michael Hanson and Carol Cowan, Cold Fire is approximately fifteen hours of listening. The original novel was published in 1991. When I first heard the stigmata issue, I rolled my eyes and thought I was in for a boring, religious diatribe. Fortunately, my initial fears were unfounded, and I kept listening simply because the story was so intriguing. Koontz is an amazing story teller, and as has been said, story trumps all.

The lead character, Jim Ironheart, has a gift; call it clairvoy
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Janet
I really liked the first three quarters of this book. Somehow all this business about the enemy was just too much like sci-fi. Mr. Kuntz often treads the line between these two genres quite successfully, but it's just getting harder for me to get involved in these scenarios. I think it's just me.
I also really missed the involvement of a wonderful, maybe even magical, dog. But that is just me.
The basic premise was great though. I love Jim Ironheart, including his name, and Holly Thorne, includin
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Russell
This book is terrible. So terrible I can't even bring myself to finish it. If anyone recommends me this douche-bag author again I will probably spit in their faces.

Two years on I finally finish it. The last 50 pages wasn't so bad, but what I enjoyed most was the "Afterwords" section, it was the only time I enjoyed Dean Koontz writing.
Julie Decker
The nature of Jim's abilities are a mystery, but he knows WHAT they are: his premonitions allow him to save people from certain death. When Holly learns about Jim and wants to investigate what's really going on, she finds herself falling for the man much more than the story, and as the origins of his abilities begin to come to light, they're both--literally--pulled into the nightmares.

One thing I liked was that the person with unusual powers wasn't unassuming and scared all the time like a lot o
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Marie
At first I was on the edge of my seat while reading this book. Soon, though, I felt betrayed by Koontz as he dragged me through a ridiculous conclusion to his well-begun tale. By the end of the book I couldn't have cared less about what happened to the characters.
Diane
Okay well I gave this one two stars because of the ending. I was enjoying the journey for most of the book, it kept my attention and I was eager to see where it would go. However, I really wanted a bam ending and I got a puff.
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