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Fear Nothing by Dean Koontz
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Mar 25, 09

Read in March, 2009

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 into a considerably exciting time. Koontz does write this sort of thing well after all.

Characters are the stand out element here, their interchange of dialogue, the study of their personal values, it's all delivered in a way that feels natural, despite the surrounding sci fi elements. Plotting is well conceived, although it remains covered in mystery over most of the duration of the book. By the time things are truly clear to the reader, there's hardly any resolution as much as sequel preparation. This is clearly evident, as the climax doesn't really compare to the edge-of-seat tension present in earlier sections of the story. Not a major problem, although a complete experience shouldn't be expected from these 488 pages alone.

While I believe this novel does suffer from some occasionally slow pacing at times and an anti climactic ending (therefore a three star choice over four, close call though), it is exciting, mysterious, and at times quite gripping. Good fun.
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Lisa Rathbun Well said! I agree!

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