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Fear Nothing by Dean Koontz
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Oct 02, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: science-fiction

Christopher Snow lives in the sleepy little town of Moonlight Bay. He has a rare disease called XP which prevents him from getting any sunlight or being in bright light at all. His body doesn’t repair ultra-violet damage the way most bodies do. Therefore Christopher is resigned to live his life by the night and he knows just about every inch of Moonlight Bay.

His girlfriend Sasha and his boyhood friend Bobby are his closest companions and they both love him dearly and would do anything for him.

He lives with his dog, Orson, who almost seems to be able to understand what you’re saying and respond.

On this night, Christopher Snow’s father, who is afflicted with cancer, dies. Chris makes a rare venture out into the world of light to go to the hospital to see his father one last time before he dies. After he’s gone and the body is taken to be cremated, Chris remembers his father wants to be cremated with a picture of Chris’s mother who died two years ago in a car accident. He rushes down to the basement to catch up with the men who took the body, but instead he finds an odd scene. A man in a van brought another body of a dead hitchhiker to be swapped out with Chris’s dad. Apparently someone wants to do more tests on Chris’s father.

This is the beginning of a strange night full of events for Chris Snow which leads him to discover a frightening military experiment has been going on in Moonlight Bay for years. It’s the end of the world as we know it and it’s too late to stop what’s already happened.

What’s worse, Chris’s mother was involved in the whole thing and as it turns out, she may have been murdered or killed herself.

Chris tries to find the truth in amid all the lies and secrets. He risks his life and his friends’ lives in this pursuit.

The ‘frightening experiment’ involves gene splicing which will allow superior intelligence. It has been tested on a variety of animals and in the first batch, although they exhibited superior intelligence, they also exhibited massive violence and hatred.

This book reminded me too much of Watchers and it even refers to The Francis Project that was behind all the happenings in Watchers. The difference is that this book didn’t have any of the heart that Watchers had. It was well written and suspenseful, but in the end, I didn’t really care about any of the characters. Orson didn’t win me over as much as Einstein. And the violent creatures resulting in the experiment didn’t have the heart that The Outsider was known to have.

Overall, this was a big let down. There’s another book with the same characters, but they didn’t win me over enough to want to read more about them.
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