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The Praying Mantis Bride

(Nameless #3)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  8,650 ratings  ·  398 reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 61 pages
Published November 12th 2019 by Amazon Original Stories
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sharon a grigsby Absolutely. The main character is the same, but the stories are not concurrent.

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The villains are female in this one, so that was a nice change.

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
Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT
Audio and story 5 Stars

I am blown away by this series. I can believe how much story is packed in just a few pages!
Sheila Beaumont
This is the third book in Dean Koontz's "Nameless" series, and my favorite so far.
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well this one was a surprise. We have Nameless taking out a black widow. And honestly this one was more delightful than the other two. Probably because of that ending and also the superstitious stuff that Lucia (the black widow) and her mother believed in like carrying an acorn to stop aging, stepping on ants causes rain, etc. Once again though I have to say that Nameless doesn't feel needed here.

"The Praying Mantis Bride" has Nameless on a special mission. A man that was part of the Ace of
Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
Accidentally skipped book two...I enjoyed the superstitious characters. Lucia's mother was something else. Even more of a monster then her daughter. I think she got off too easy. Wish Ace would have brought her to Lucia's the same time Lucia arrived. She deserved the whole shebang just as much, if not more, then her daughter.
4.5 stars. While Nameless might have been dissatisfied with the results of this mission, I think it was almost just. (view spoiler) ...more
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible
Still intrigued by this guy Nameless!
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This one is really a great improvement.
What a difference!
I enjoyed every page. Im glad I did not quit the series after reading the first episode.
Jim C
Feb 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Actual rating is 2.5 stars.

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
Nov 27, 2019 added it
Shelves: thriller
"All he wanted to do is films"
Nov 24, 2019 rated it liked it
This was not my favorite of the Nameless stories. The story itself was good - Preying Mantis (Black Widow). The man with no name tracks the multiple timed "widow" down or rather the Ace of Diamonds group does. The stage is set for payback, reminding me of scary poltergeist movies and books. This writing is perfect. The rating dropped for me because Koontz went into full-on horror mode. i just don't handle that well. Suffice it to say those that should be gone are gone by the end, sanity and all. ...more
David Dalton
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Just zipping along, having read 3 of the 6 Nameless short stories. Already downloaded #4 via Prime. Quick easy reads. Who or what is ACE? Big budget for sure. Will we ever get the background on Nameless? Mysteries abound!
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
More disappointment

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
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Quite a twist in the story when Nameless went after another killer. A black widow who killed her husbands.
The story was fun and the supernatural twist caught me unaware. I need to get to the next book pronto.
Claire Y
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
The woman in this story gives the "black widow" a run for her money.
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, audio, 100-or-less
A weak story of a merry gold digger and her belief in ghosts.
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 Stars ( Excellent)

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
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: koontz
finished this one yesterday in the tree stand good read five stars amazing kindle owned and following the theme as it develops a couple highlights:

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.
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Praying Mantis Bride is the third installment in the short story series, Nameless, by Dean Koontz.

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
Chris DiLeo
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
As with the three previous installments of Nameless's exploits, this one gives our hero every resource he needs and finds the baddie (a gorgeous woman, in this instance, who seduces rich men and murders them) defeated quite easily, though they have some cat-with-a-mouse fun with her first.

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
Bernard Jan
Dec 19, 2019 rated it liked it
In the third book of Dean Koontzs Nameless series The Praying Mantis Bride, the vigilante nomad Nameless is after a black widow who murders her husbands. Although this story didnt click with me as the first two: In the Heart of the Fire and Photographing the Dead, Koontzs writing is up to the task and meets our expectations! ...more
Shawn Deal
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: action, mystery
I havent been this sucked into a character of Dean Koontzs since Odd Thomas. I am really loving the character and where I do want to find out more about him, I love the character as it is as well. Very well done. ...more
Jane Costantino
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
This installment of the Nameless series started out very promising, I thought, Ok this story will be good. The person Nameless is going to punish is a gold digging murderess. By the end of the story the plot has gotten totally unrealistic. Not to mention, there still is no clue as to who Nameless is and why he is Nameless. ...more
Mark Noble
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Praying Mantis Bride, the third story in Dean Koontzs Nameless series is my favorite so far. We learn more about the Ace of Diamonds organization and understand that their resources appear to be unlimited, although we do not know where they come from. Nameless is supported by a small team as they plan the actions against their next target. He also has a full time helper, Devlin, an obvious pseudonym. We learn a few bits more about Nameless. He enjoys giving extravagant tips although he is ...more
I didn't like this one *quite* as much as the previous two, I think mostly because of the supernatural elements. Yes, there are also supernatural elements to the previous stories, but the particular type of supernatural element used here just didn't work as well for me.

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Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: worst, short-stories, 2019
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Paolo Mantovani
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another worthy addition to the series

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,
Pamela Scott
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it

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
Kathy West
Dec 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Another 3 star read

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.
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Acknowledged as "America's most popular suspense novelist" (Rolling Stone) and as one of today's most celebrated and successful writers, Dean Ray Koontz has earned the devotion of millions of readers around the world and the praise of critics everywhere for tales of character, mystery, and adventure that strike to the core of what it means to be human.

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