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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Dean Koontz's The City.

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If you don’t take this note to the police . . . I will kill a lovely blond schoolteacher. . . . If you do . . . I will instead kill an elderly woman active in charity work. You have six hours to decide. The choice is yours.
 
The typewritten note under his windshield seems like ju
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Published June 29th 2007 by Bantam (first published 2005)
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Will M.
A very weak novel by Koontz. it's like he was contradicting himself when he gave the book a title of "Velocity" when in reality it was slow as shit.

The main character was really likable at first, but he slowly became boring as the novel went by. I didn't seem to hold my interest because most of the book contained nothing but jibber jabber. A lot of useless stuff written just for the novel to be longer than it should be. The amount of useless things said over powered the little of action that th
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Alejandro
Dec 06, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel, horror
This is indeed a novel with speed incorporated!

As the title Velocity hints the rhythm of the narrative. A clear fast tempo.

You are barely getting comfy in your seat when you realize that you need to fasten your seatbelt right away!

The premise is simple but performed in a brilliant and very entertaining way.

I liked real quick the protagonist and I fear even quicker from the antagonist.

Nothing is left to the chance. You will witness a carefull crafted masterful plan by the villain.

I enjoyed i
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Chris
Jan 05, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Usually people go on smoke breaks at work to take a break from their routine paper-pushing to talk all raw about chicks and cuss a lot. Thank god where I work I can do these things from the comfort of my desk, so when I go on a smoke break I can talk about things that actually take up to ten minutes to discuss (seeing as I’ve been seeing the same chick for years I don’t have much in the way of interesting conversation anyway). Sometimes I will rap about the futility of Chicago football, usually ...more
Phrynne
Jan 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not the best Dean Koontz I have ever read but I still enjoyed it very much. The best part is the way he develops Billy's character from the start of the book to the end. Who would have thought such an ordinary man could be capable of such extraordinary things. The ending is clever too. Just as the reader thinks it is all over.....it isn't! This is why I enjoy this author so much. He doesn't need me to be analytical or critical; all I have to do is sit back and enjoy the fun. ...more
Maciek
Velocity is the essence of mass-market fiction. Billy Wiles, an everyman bartender finds a note under the windshield of his car - If he takes it to the police, a schoolteacher will die. If he doesn't, an old woman will be killed. Billy visits his cop friend and tells him about the note. The cop thinks it's a hoax and tells Billy to dismiss it. It turns out it's not - the schoolteacher dies. Billy starts receiving other notes, forcing our bartender to choose the fate of people that are close to h ...more
Richard
Oct 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Richard by: Stephen Hegedus
This is the first Dean Koontz novel I have ever read. I had thought of him as a sort of lesser version of Stephen King--pulpy and popular. While there was that in this novel, it was well crafted. The protagonist, Billy Wiles, proved to be a complex character. The identity of the villain was kept secret until close to the end. And there were literary allusions sprinkled throughout the book, which was a refreshing surprise.

The final scene seemed a little facile, and the villain seemed a little to
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Jordon Greene
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Koontz's Velocity is an utterly satisfying and exciting thriller. The characters are so intricate and the story detailed. I thought I had it figured out about half way through but instead Koontz through me for a loop, and a good one it was. I highly recommend Velocity. ...more
Bren
Nov 17, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery fans.
Recommended to Bren by: Evie.
“A fine line separates the weary recluse from the fearful hermit. Finer still is the line between hermit and bitter misanthrope.”
― Dean Koontz, Velocity



Imagine if you were to go to your car and had a note waiting for you in the way that Billy did. What on earth would you do?

I must say I have not read much of Koontz work. I did enjoy this fast paced little mystery though. The person who gave this novel to me said she had a tough time getting into it but I didn't. The beginning starts powerfully
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Melissa Goodnight
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, lr-bookcase
I loved this book. The character development was incredible, as in almost all Koontz novels, and Billy felt like a real person. I loved the ending and the twist, I was sitting on my couch going "Oooohhhhh!!!!!" Those are the best moments that only an amazing book can bring. Must read!!! ...more
Sarah Sammis
Dec 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Velocity starts with death by garden gnome and gets weirder from there.

The back of the book has the message: "If you don’t take this note to the police and get them involved, I will kill a lovely blond schoolteacher. If you do take this note to the police, I will instead kill an elderly woman active in charity work. You have four hours to decide. The choice is yours." Going on that piece of information alone, one might think that Velocity will be a typical "ticking time bomb" type thriller; it i
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Matthew
Maybe only 3.5 stars

This book was a bit of a misnomer for me. I thought the beginning was unique, intense, dripping with dark humor, and full of cliffhangers. At that point, each chapter added more and more to the speed of the story as the velocity increased and Billy's life quickly careened off course.

Then, about halfway through, the breaks were thrown on. Gone were the cliffhangers. The shorter, more intense chapters became interspersed with longer, more introspective chapters as Billy came cl
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Amanda
Mar 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I read a lot of Dean Koontz books in my teenage years. His writing style is very easy to adapt to and the stories are usually fast paced and fun. I have found that his books can be hit or miss...I loved some and couldn't finish others. Velocity ranks as one of my favorites by Koontz.

The Good: The author wastes no time in getting the story started. The reader is emerged in the action and adventure from the first chapter. The game of cat and mouse that is played between Billy and the unknown kille
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Jo Ann
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is only my second Koontz, and it was a big upgrade from my first experience with this author. Velocity is an appropriately named title for this quick read. This is one of those edge of your seat experiences. I'm usually pretty good at guessing who the villain is, but Koontz managed to keep me in suspense till almost the very end. I half guessed correctly, but I didn't see the second punch coming. Way to go Mr. Koontz! ...more
Beth Frink
Jul 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was an easy read--couldn't put the book down. Very interesting, and really makes you think. What would you do, if you were given a choice like this? ...more
Still
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Thriller enthusiasts
Recommended to Still by: I was curious about the author's success
Billy Wiles is a bartender in a Napa Valley lounge.
He works the day shift from around 11:00 a.m. until shortly after 6:00 p.m. helping the night shift barkeep during the 4-6 rush hour.
It's a nice, peaceful bar. No troublemakers. No hassles. No drama.

One night Billy goes out to his Explorer and finds what appears to be a handbill underneath his windshield wiper-blade.
He unfolds the neatly folded sheet of paper and finds the following:


If you don't take this note to the police and get them invo

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Claudiu
If you are an avid reader of thrillers, you are instantly hooked when you read the backcover of Dean Koontz's novels written between 1995 - 2010. The bad thing about his novels is that the premises are very good. but the novels lack execution.

This is also the case of this 2005 novel called Velocity (translated into Romanian by Liviu Radu - a good translation) where the premise is very entertaining and it could have made a solid thriller if Koontz wouldn't have mixed genres and if he would have
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Alex
Nov 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Velocity by Dean Koontz
Napa County California seems to be a quiet place were not much really happens but things change when Billy Whiles gets off work at the local bar and finds a note under his windshield stating "If you don't take this note to the police and get them involved, I will kill a lovely blond schoolteacher. If you do take this note to the police, I will instead kill an elderly woman active in charity work. You have four hours to decide. The choice is yours." Billy takes the note to
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DoodlePanda
Dean Koontz at his best!

Billy is just a man working in a bar. Until a murderer decides to play a game. Against his will Billy is drawn into a race against time. Will he discover who the killer is before it's too late?

This book keeps you guessing who the killer is, with a lot of twist and turns. The suspense lasts till the very end.

I really enjoyed reading this book, would recommend!!
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Brandy
Aug 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! It was very suspenseful and a PAGE TURNER!! Its go go go and hard to put down! I would definitely recommend this book! Had a strong lead character! I gave this book five stars!
Holly
Apr 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: who like fast pased murder mysteries
Recommended to Holly by: DJ CC
Dean Koontz’s unique talent for writing terrifying thrillers with a heart and soul is nowhere more evident than in this latest suspense masterpiece that pits one man against the ultimate deadline. If there were speed limits for the sheer pulse-racing excitement allowed in one novel, Velocity would break them all. Get ready for the ride of your life.

Velocity

Bill Wile is an easygoing, hardworking guy who leads a quiet, ordinary life. But that is about to change. One evening, after his usual eight-
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Tim
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2000s, reviewed
When I was a kid, my sister used to read me those Choose Your Own Adventure books aloud (you remember them, don’t you? If you do go to page 23. If you don’t go to page 42). It was always great fun for me, but sometimes, as all children need to do, I had to share and begrudgingly let someone else make the decisions. While it was still good fun, there would always be that moment where I sat there thinking “Why would you possibly choose that option?” I bring this up, because from the start this boo ...more
J.S. Bailey
Dec 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fast, entertaining read. I thought the bad guy's motives were a little iffy, though. ...more
Cody | CodysBookshelf
I think I owe Dean Koontz an apology. As of late he's - finally - won me over enough for me to include him in my definite list of "favorite authors" without inwardly cringing. Sure, he's written a few bad books, and yes, he's become rather formulaic over the last decade or two, but overall he ain't such a bad guy. I've always sort of written him off and joked about him, and yeah, he's written some real stinkers (Relentless, anyone?) but the dude has talent.

In case you can't tell where I'm going
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A man can be destroyed but not defeated.
- Ernest Hemmingway, The Old Man and The Sea

April 2016 Group Read in the Koontzland - Dean Koontz Group.
March 2011 Group Read in the Koontzland - Dean Koontz Group.

This was the second Dean Koontz book that I read (after Watchers which unlike most people - didn't do it for me)- Velocity is the one that fish-hooked me and really nailed me down as a fan, even though the main character's actions drive me crazy! This is my fourth time reading Velocity :-)
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Troy
Aug 13, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Velocity certainly interested me enough to encourage quick reading, so the skeleton of the story can't be that bad. But I can only give it the two-star "it's okay" rating because everything about the novel, except its spine, seemed to be too thin. I guess I mean that several things happened so quickly that Koontz forgot to make any explanatory links between them. The novel felt very thrown together, as if maybe the author had promised to write something, but was very behind. Variations on the un ...more
Jane Stewart
I like suspense and danger but not this type of suspense and danger.

I purchased this three years ago. I could not finish it. I did not do a review at the time thinking Koontz was not an author for me. Recently I read Lightning by Koontz and loved it. Therefore I’m now reading several of his books. I’m posting this as part of a group of reviews for comparison purposes - for readers who have tastes similar to mine.

I was frustrated, afraid, and felt hopeless watching Bill being threatened and manip
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Fred
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
The theme starts with what should you do with a note receive to kill?
Take it to the police and kill a school teacher -or-keep it to kill an elderly woman? Decide in 6 hours.
Is it real or just a joke from a friend? Billy Wiles (bartender/writer) needs to track murders and following notes to the killer.

A good suspense novel & the reading is fast.
Ilia-Renee
I own a few of Koontz books, but this is the first that I’ve read and wow! It was so good. So fast paced and kept me on the edge of my seat. I read a lot of thrillers, so I really look for things that are different. The killer in this book was doing things that I haven’t read in a book before. It was so sadistic and I loved it so much!
Aniket
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An incredibly satisfying ending. I will be writing a detailed review of this book later. In the wake of all the horror, adrenaline and breathlessness, all I can say right now is that I absolutely loved this thrilling tale.
James
Sep 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Velocity is the first Dean Koontz novel that I have read, primarily because he writes in a genre I am not particularly fond of. Actually that’s not really true – I like a good thriller, but I am a pretty squeamish kind of guy, and Koontz (or so the book blurbs would imply) has a tendency to delve into the darker and more horrific sides of human nature. Having said that, I must admit I really enjoyed Velocity. I couldn’t put it down, turning the pages into the wee small hours of the morning.

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