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.
Luciacurrent last name, Rickenbahhas made a fortune by marrying rich men who tend to drop dead. But the superstitious blonde believes in more...more
I'm starting to question Nameless' mission. When does it stop being poetic justice and turn into vigilantism? Yes, the bad guys, (and gals now), are nasty people, but when you have a mysterious, rich, secret and powerful group, (like those who fund and guide Nameless), they can do whatever they want to whomever they want and whenever they want. I think that's a dangerous road to follow.
The narration is excellent throughout this ...more
I am blown away by this series. I can believe how much story is packed in just a few pages!
"The Praying Mantis Bride" has Nameless on a special mission. A man that was part of the Ace of ...more
This is a series where all the offerings are short stories. This is the third one and it can be read as a stand alone. It does tie in with the previous ones so the reader might not comprehend all of the proceedings. In this one, Nameless is assigned to go after a woman who is known as the Black Widow because she marries wealthy men and they end up dying tragically shortly afterwards.
I thought this one was the weakest offering so far. It wasn't the writing as the ...more
I just knew deep down that I was setting myself up for disappointment to continue this series. Surely I could handle another mediocre story to add to my reading challenge? The objectification/description of the new villain was god awful: she kept her body in shape because she caressed herself? Sure you can admire your body and kept yourself healthy but what the hell was that? It just sounds like she was referring to masturbation which does not make
sense either. I did not like ...more
The Praying Mantis Bride 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 to right ...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
Nameless, a man who does not know his real name because he suffers from amnesia, is on another case. He is given this case by an unknown entity but follows these orders because it allows him to rid the world of bad people.
In The Praying Mantis Bride, Nameless must eliminate a woman who marries rich, kills her husband, and inherits the fortunes. She has done this multiple times now and can not ...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
(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
The streak of fortunate novellas continues with this third installment. We are again projected into the mind of the Nameless, a mysterious vigilante interested only in the truth and not in justice.
The descriptions in this book are capable of evoking precise feelings that match perfectly what is going on in the page in that moment. Koontz has a knack for this: thanks to the way he narrates, the reader is sucked into the story completely.
The ending felt, ...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. Whos 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 fellow ...more
Nameless is at it again.
This time going after a woman named Lucia.
Lucia has killed 3 of their husbands, getting away with it each time, and making millions of their deaths.
But Nameless is going to change that.
And with some help... he does.
I need to know more about Nameless past. What happened to him? Why is he like this?
Im gonna continue to read this series and hope I get answers soon. ...more
Dean, the author of many #1 New York Times ...more