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Photographing the Dead

(Nameless #2)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  19,911 ratings  ·  895 reviews

A self-styled artist is getting away with murder in Death Valley. If all goes well, so will Nameless. In part two of the Nameless series, the relentless avenger is haunted by nightmares of the past and visions of what’s to come.

Palmer Oxenwald’s hunting ground is the Mojave wasteland. His victims are random tourists and hikers. His trophies are cherished photographs of the

Kindle Edition, 58 pages
Published November 12th 2019 by Amazon Original Stories
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Ed Raner He was given a taste of his own medicine. He used to torture small animals so Nameless and another of Ace's "helpers" drugged him, took him to his hou…moreHe was given a taste of his own medicine. He used to torture small animals so Nameless and another of Ace's "helpers" drugged him, took him to his house, then turned a BIG cat loose in the house. No details of that encounter.(less)

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May 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
This time Nameless goes by the name of Kenton Mallory. He's tracking down Palmer Oxenwald, a photographer being a sociopath inside. Palmer's true identity is "Death, Death incarnate, and Death has no illusions." He's the son of a rich politician and seems to be above the law. Nobody knows how evil this man is and what cruel deeds he already has committed. Except for Nameless. Another straight to the point investigation story with some eerie and supernatural elements. Who is Nameless and who sent ...more
"Nameless" continues his cat and mouse game with evil in Photographing the Dead. I have to admit the second installment of the Nameless series wasn't quite as interesting for me as the first. The take down of the photographing killer wasn't nearly as elaborate as it was in the first book even though I did think it was a bit more bizarre.

I still enjoyed the clairvoyant moments and actually wish there had been a bit more. And I am still waiting to have some answers about Nameless and Ace of Diamon
This was not quite as good as the first. However, I'm still interested in Nameless' background and I shall continue on. ...more
Mar 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Rating: 3.5/5.0


This is the second installment in this series. Nameless continues doing what he knows best as a vigilante. This time he is after psycho photographer who is targeting random tourists and hikers. This story was enjoyable too as the first one. Fast-paced and short too.

This story has still not given us any idea about the background of Nameless.
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
"I don't have a home just a mission". ...more
Jim C
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the second short story that is part of a series by Dean Koontz and I believe it is only available through Amazon. In this one, Nameless (yeah that is his name) is sent out again to stop an evil sociopath. Once again, Nameless is backed by an organization that has fountains of knowledge and funds that the authorities do not have.

I have to say that I did enjoy this book much more than the first offering and now I am definitely intrigued by this series. The first book was set up as we get i
Nov 13, 2019 rated it liked it
This one was just okay too. I think I am getting a bit disappointed since Nameless doesn't really need to go toe to toe with the bad guys. They end up caught, he with help disposes of them. We get some clues to his past in this one. I wish all of the bad guys didn't have some weird God complex. The first two in this series sound similar.

"Photographing the Dead" has Nameless hunting down another serial killer. This one gets off by photographing the men and women he comes across and kills. Nameles
4.5 stars! This one had a very fitting end, I was quite pleased. :) There's also a tiny peek into what I think *maybe* might a bit of Nameless's own past. We shall see.

Another excellent narration by Edoardo Ballerini, who is new to me as reader, but he sets the perfect tone for Nameless.
RM(Alwaysdaddygirl) Griffin (alwaysdaddyprincess)
5 stars

Hopefully review down the road.

Debbie "Buried in Her TBR Pile"
4 stars

I am hooked on this series - hope it continues. Who is Nameless? Who does he work for? Why is his memory only 2 years? What is his background? I love how he metes out karmic justice. These are novellas - so they are perfect for short trips, etc.
Sheila Beaumont
The second book in the "Nameless" series, even better than the first. ...more
Montzalee Wittmann
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Photographing the Dead
Nameless, Book 2
By: Dean Koontz
Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
I love the way the story unfolds and I especially love the ending!
Great narration!
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well plotted and quickly paced thriller. Tidy, satisfying ending.
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This pulled me in as Nameless continued his drive for bestowing justice on killers and abusers in the most just manner.
I liked when some parts of his memories returned which gave me an idea of what could have been his personal life.
This book left me eager to get to book 3
A vigilante who was part psychic too
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Getting better and better, folks!!
"Nameles" is indeed haunted by visions of the past, medial and psychic he is the perfect anti heroe for this fulminating fantastic series..

In this episode he must confront and face a dangerous and cunning mad man..
Insane and bloodthirsthy like a canal rat, Palmer Oxenwald search the Mojave wastelands for his new victims..
Only killing others can he sexually be satisfied!!
Come and see for yourself if you dare!!

But don't blame me if after reading this one, your ni
Armand Rosamilia
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another quick and fun read, Nameless is a great character and I love how meticulous he is when it comes to the next mission. I could read a hundred of these, and I hope someday I'll get to! ...more
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
This second installment in Koontz' "Nameless" series is very good and even better than the first. ...more
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible
Enjoy #2 and still intrigued by the guy Nameless. This guy Palmer Oxenwald was a nut case!🤪
The narrator is really good too!
Don Rich
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Classic Koontz, but over way too soon.
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
More of a 3.5+, but another enjoyable entry in the collection.
May 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-books
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Feb 08, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Liked it slightly less than the first, the inner monologues were a little bit too long for how short these books are.
Dee Cherry
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Part 2 kept me reading to see how this villain would meet his end. Mild suspense, good ending
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This one was much better than the first episode.
It felt like a different author wrote it.
The writing and the story was direct, clear and very engaging.
Michael Hicks
My review of PHOTOGRAPHING THE DEAD can be found at High Fever Books.

Dean Koontz delivers up another serviceable thriller, minus the thrills, in his series of novellas from Amazon revolving around the amnesiac character, Nameless.

Like its predecessor, Photographing the Dead is quick, easy read, one that doesn’t ask a lot of the reader and delivers just as little in return. This time around, Nameless is playing mind games with Palmer Oxenwald, a serial killer who has a passion for photography in
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 Stars (Highly Entertaining)

Photographing the Dead is part of a compelling, and highly addictive series by Dean Koontz- about a highly skilled 'killer' dubbed 'Nameless'. Nameless has retrograde amnesia and does not recall anything beyond 2 years prior. 'Nameless' is a highly skilled assassin, and he acts in 'vengeance' taking odd jobs from his handler, only in the name of 'revenge'. Each tale in these short, but fast paced novellas surround a different scenario where 'nameless' is involved t
Chris DiLeo
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
So, I read this second installment in the Nameless series much faster than the first one. That is in part because this story is more interesting, has more moving parts, and has a better villain, but my quick reading is also because I wanted to see if Koontz was going to challenge himself a bit.

He did not.

In his 1981 book HOW TO WRITE BEST-SELLING FICTION, Koontz advises writers to "[h]it your hero with startling and/or frightening complications, one after the other. Be tough on him" (132).

Bernard Jan
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An artist of death versus nameless nomad with unclear memories of dead beyond the veil of amnesia and the strong sentiment for children, dogs and protection of the innocent. A quick, likable and easy read about hunting the human hunter in the Mojave wasteland.
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