The Praying Mantis Bride
A deadly black widow has eliminated three husbands and counting. But Nameless knows her one weakness. To bring truth and its consequences to her crimes, the vigilante must spin a web of his own in part three of the Nameless series.
Lucia—current last name, Rickenbah—has made a fortune by marrying rich men who tend to drop dead. But the superstitious blonde believes in more...more
"The Praying Mantis Bride" has Nameless on a special mission. A man that was part of the Ace of ...more
Again, the writing is smooth and functional, the story quick, but it's not terribly satisfying.
Of the three I've read so far, this one had the most interesting approach narratively speaking, but Koontz ...more
Not every case requires him to kill, but when he does, he kills known murderers whom the law will not touch or the courts acquit for one reason or another.
They want not merely to destroy the woman psychologically and prevent her from murdering again, but also to terrify and torment her so that she feels keenly the sword of justice.
One big problem. ...more
And things just get more and more intriguing with the Nameless series. This is my favourite tale so far. This time around, you find out that Nameless does not work alone. He is one of who knows how many operatives all with fake identities whose pasts have been erased. Who’s pulling the strings? Why? This had a bit more action that the rest of the series and was quite dark and gory at times, especially towards the end. I loved the way Nameless and his ...more
100.0% "“It was self-defense.”
“Where did you get the knife? You didn’t have it on the plane.""
December 2, 2019 –
100.0% ""“You think you’re so beautiful,” Valjean says, “but all I see is a maggot disguised in a human skin. Your father was a maggot, and you’re a maggot, and you’ll get on your knees!"
"The greedy pig needed to apologize for treatin’ me like shit all these years. All she needed to do was apologize.”
“But now you’ve killed her,” Devlin says."
December 2, 2019 –
Valjean Jones described: "Gathered in the armchair in the cat-littered living room of her corroded and immobile mobile home, she is wasted into a bony form that suggests some species of spider that, instead of building webs, spins misery that sustains her in place of food."
I gave this book five stars because I found it fascinating. It is an ...more
By this I mean that it carries all the typical tenants of his work. Bad guy (woman in this case), likable protagonist, a plot that may or may not revolve around poltergeists...this is all stuff we’ve seen before from Koontz.
Then again, what we haven’t seen from Koontz in a while (8 novels at least), is a story (well, series) that’s been as consistently enjoyable as Nameless. ...more
(view spoiler)[If you want specifics, I think it's really a matter of taste. The psychic abilities are okay devices for me, but I don't personally like ghost stories as much, so I didn't like the haunting elements in this one. I ...more
... than the first two in the Nameless series. Better-written, not just a better story, but the latter, too. Even a bit of humour at the end of this, which is sorely lacking in the first two. An enjoyable quick read. Still one or two trademark Koontz frown-making (on the part of the reader as you try and figure out what on earth he thinks he’s saying) colourful descriptions like the one about the moon progressing along its groove of an orbit to eventually fall ...more
A mix of thriller, ghost story, and a "Deadly Women" episode, this short story has a bit of everything I like! :D This was awesome and just a bit scary.
Okay, a lot scary. And I loved it.
It was great. Highly recommended! I really liked the scenes with the mother character. She is awesomely crazy, and the book is worth a read just for her! :D On to ...more
“They are not, not, not in the business of assuring justice where it has been denied. Justice has been twisted by culture and politics until its meaning is everywhere contested. Each of their missions is instead meant to bring truth and its consequences into the life of someone who has woven a persona of lies, thereby putting an end to his or her crimes.”
Really enjoying these short stories of Nameless. Each book it’s own case that gives the pertinent detail and wraps ...more
Lucia has just cremated her third husband, shot dead in a Paris restaurant, presumably a victim of a terrorist.
We join Nameless as he is interviewing Lucia's mother, who claims not to know where Lucia is. Lucia left home, looking back only with 20 cartons of Christmas cigarettes.
Perhaps mom can help in Nameless another way?
More and more people seem to be a part of the life Nameless has made for himself. He is not surprised by nor does he question their presence. Very ...more
The villainess was fearless, focused and fierce in her determination 'to have and to hold' her husbands possessions. In a way you feel sympathy for her once your introduced to her mother and how hateful she is. However, as we make our own decisions you see she has steered her own course and has set her own fate.
Nameless and the team bring justice as only they can.
I gave it four stars as it's a quick, intense read with a satisfying ending.
This book, is probably the most intense book, YET!!
This has to be the most complex, crazy mission that Nameless has been on!!
A woman who has been murdering Husbands for their millions of dollars. Murders, she has been committing since her first kill, in High School. The ending, is the wildest thing I think I have ever read!!
PS: You might want to keep a light on...as you read this...LOL
But anyway....lol...I'm off to read the next book!!
Once again, Nameless has a goal to aim for.
Lucia, bride in the books title, is in for some surprises doled out by the main man himself!
I am loving this series, loving the way Nameless and the Ace team plan their schemes and the not knowing what that is until the end! Brilliant!!
Dean R. Koontz has also published under the ...more