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Fear Nothing (Moonlight Bay #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  31,285 Ratings  ·  887 Reviews
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
Hardcover, Large Print, 577 pages
Published April 1st 1998 by Thorndike Press (first published 1998)
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Mary Kate Fear Nothing? Not at all. It sounds like you may be describing the Odd Thomas series. I haven't read those books but that sounds a bit familiar. Fear…moreFear Nothing? Not at all. It sounds like you may be describing the Odd Thomas series. I haven't read those books but that sounds a bit familiar. Fear Nothing is about unraveling a military/science conspiracy in Moonlight Bay.(less)
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Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, re-read
Koontz Group Read September 2017

Second read - 2017
These are the Items not listed in my first read.

- Chris Snow born with "XP" - Xeroderma Pigmentosum - skin cancer when exposed to bright lights. During day, Chris always wears sunglasses, as light can make him "blind". ("Wikipedia" lists - 1 person per 250,000 in USA has XP.)

- This allows him go to Kirk's Funeral Home at night & prove his father's body was swapped at Mercy Hospital. They would not let him enter to see the body, they sai
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

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.
Andre Gonzalez
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an exciting, suspenseful book! Chris Snow is a complex character and I look forward to seeing what happens next in the series!!
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
Jan 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dean-koontz
I loved this book! Christopher Snow is a character to remember. He's one of my favorites.
Aug 17, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Shawnee Bowlin
Dec 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 02, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.

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
Matt Barker
Feb 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Patrick Kiernan
This was a great read can't wait to read the second book in the trilogy
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
It's easy to see why Christopher Snow of Moonlight Bay has such a fan following. The story and dialogue is entertaining and the writing is intriguingly executed. Dean Koontz Addicts continue to hold out hope for book three, Ride The Storm, to be completed and published even though it's been 20 years since the journey began.

This series is recommended for readers who are interested in venturing into the mysterious threshold of alternate realities.

Some Favorite Passages:

He was great because he was
Benjamin Thomas
Mar 27, 2014 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 interest started to peak, the main character waltzed off
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
C.P. Cabaniss
"Although I wasn't trained for this work, there was no one but me to do the job."

This quote really sums up almost every Dean Koontz protagonist, and Christopher Snow is no different. Although there is darkness and creepiness in this book, it is very inspiring. It gives hope, because no matter what is happening in the world, there is always something good out there.

"A lot of the time, reality is what you make it."

I don't know why I haven't read this book before, because it's one of the best
Oct 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, favourites
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
T.C. Michael
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an enjoyable book, particularly because I really like Christopher Snow and his nighttime adventures. His health condition, XP for short, makes him see very personable and realistic. Plus, for the most part, I like his personality.

I read Seize the Night, book 2, first because I didn't know it was a series until after I finished it. Comparing that book to Fear Nothing, I feel that the actual plot itself and the sense of adventure is a little bit better in Seize the Night, but I feel like
Mel Ann
When its down to a man that has to live by night, a deejay, a surfer and a dog to save the world, I kind of feel like all is lost.

Chris Snow has his hands full with the revalations that he is dealt in a 12 hour period after his fathers death. Everything he knows and everyone he thought he knew are under scrutiny. And why not when you wrap a twisted situation into the mix and there is death and destruction surrounding you. Im such a short period everyone he holds dear are willing to band togethe
Mar 25, 2011 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
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
Diane Lynch
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book. I now know why so many fans want a another Moonlight Bay book. It is amazing how Dean Koontz intertwines his books. The reason behind the plot of Fear Nothing stems from the golden retriever we meet in Watchers which was originally published 3 years earlier. Many fans want Odd Thomas and Chris Snow to meet. We left Odd at a dinner in Moonlight Bay. Chris Snow is such an original Character. I've never heard of the condition Chris suffers from but it is real. To be able to write a st ...more
joseph tudda
Jun 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another of my favorite Koontz books... wish he would write another in this series
Cyril Patrick Feerick
Surprisingly good....
Feb 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
I love EVERYTHING about his book and am sad there hasn't been a continuance to this series.

Reread 6/8/17
Mar 16, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jamie Girard
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dean-koontz
Still a favorite

No matter how many times I read the Moonlight Bay books, they never get old, never get stale. Love DK for his imagination and storytelling ability.
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, own
Christopher Snow is born with a rare disease that allows him to only come out at night. His most faithful companion is his overly intelligent dog, Orson. After Christopher loses both of his parents, he discovers something big. Something that a good bit of people in town already know of and it's not a good thing: mutations of cells in humans and animals. Will Christopher be a martyr or is he just as vulnerable as everyone else? I'm not sure so that's why I will continue to the second book in the ...more
Bastian Mejlgaard
May 29, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Leisha Wharfield
The protagonist borders on enjoying relationships with other characters -- they're spelled out, people! -- then Koontz goes his own way: "All was blackness on blackness." Enjoy your stay in his peculiar psychic meltdown. I did.
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“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.” 2390 likes
“Sometimes there is no darker place than our own thoughts; the moonless midnight of the mind.” 19 likes
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