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
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 seri ...more
I am blown away by this series. I can believe how much story is packed in just a few pages!
I'm going to go with 3.5 stars rounded up with this addition to the Nameless series.
The Praying Mantis Bride is about a calculating and evil woman that kills her husbands for their wealth. She's also incredible beautiful and superstitious.
Lucia Rickenbah gets her superstitious nature from her mother, who is a piece of work.
I can see why Lucia is so sc ...more
This is the third book in Amazon's original series Nameless. This time nameless is after a black widow. Lucia Rickenbah marries rich men and after some time they are dead. So far she killed three of her husbands and was able to get away from the crimes. And here where the vigilante Nameless comes to put this woman to sleep forever.
This novella was interesting and gripping. I liked it somehow more than the previous two books. Although the story itself is short Dean Koon ...more
Come closer and have a look at the world of "Nameless" the flawed anti heroe created by one of the most successful writters ever!!
Black widow Lucya Rickenbah kills husband after husband and "Nameless" is after her..
But this is none like Columbus my dear friends..
You have here a persecuter like none ever seen..
This is Dean Koontz at his best, so be prepare for surprisses in this uncanny ride!!
I had a big time reading this one..
Wish the same for you!!
"The Praying Mantis Bride" has Nameless on a special mission. A man that was part of the Ace of Dia ...more
-For a short novel this books just grabs you.
-Our legal system has it flaws. With the Black Widow being as rich she was, she could afford the best attorney that would get her off. Not to mention, the evidence would be hard to come by in the legal way. All her husbands that were killed, did not deserve die. The Black Widow was thinking of maybe get married again. One of the victim’s daughter just broke my heart to hear her side. Victims should not be forgotten.
-In this series, we meet a ...more
I love this series and the Nameless character, etc. This story wasn't one of my faves. Koontz writing is so good - the stories, the phrasing and the pacing, etc. I liked books 1 & 2 better. I will continue the series. ...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 writin ...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
Review of the Amazon Original Kindle eBook edition (2019)
I think I'm going to give up on the Nameless series. It is just too many borrowed and rip-offed ideas from past crime and noir genre themes and characters. I'm old enough to remember the Black Widow (1987) movie with an agent played by Debra Winger hunting down Theresa Russell character's husband killer.
The Praying Mantis Bride is one of the 6 novellas included in the Nameless Collection, a series of c ...more
I found this one to be humourous. (maybe I'm weird.) It was still shamelessly contrived, but I expected that from the Nameless series, by now. But I don't understand what (view spoiler)[ makes her a praying mantis if she didn't eat her husbands' heads . Lol (hide spoiler)]
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. Th ...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 w ...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 ge ...more
Dean, the author of many #1 New York Times bes ...more