A frightening novella from the #1 New York Times master of suspense...
Ben Chase is a war hero, but a reluctant one. He struggles with bitter memories and feels alienated from the culture to which he has returned. When he claims that a psychopath is stalking him, he has by then made such an outsider of himself that no one believes him. He must resurrect the repressed warrior within to save himself and a woman he comes to love. Heroes need monsters to slay, and they can always find them - within if not without.
©1972 K. R. Dwyer (a pseudonym for Dean R. Koontz), published by Random House, New York, New York; revised version © 1995 by Dean R. Koontz. (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
Chase is a Koontz novella from 1972. I enjoyed the protagonist and a number of story elements, but Chase had less character development and interesting action than the many longer (and better) Koontz novels. The romantic interest (and the protagonist’s only friend) is introduced quite late in the book, with little time left for development. I enjoyed what there was, but it ended far too soon, feeling truncated, and like about one-half of a really good Koontz novel. The narration is very good, clear, clean, and with subtle emotionality that enhance the story. I won’t read this again, but enjoyed what it was.
"Interesting, dark, and disturbing"
Yes, it was a listen that kept me involved with the character. Chase clearly was dealing with demons, and his actions specifically at the end was a moment I didn't see coming.
Not sure, nothing to really change.
Yes, Nick's performance was great.
Yes, the racist related component extracted an emotion out of me, the end really surprised me, I was caught off guard.
"Flawd Hero takes on a Killer~ 4 STARS~VG~"
PLOT: War Hero Ben discovers a killer and hunts him down.
EARLY Koontz still a very good story~ Flawed Vietnam War Hero Ben CHASE likes to drink to escape the memories of killing civilians in Viet Nam. He is pretty much a local hero when his reward is a new CAR~ ending up at local hang out he spots a man sneaking up on a couple making out in their car. Ben's training has him saving the girl but the boy dies of wounds. Ben's post traumatic stress disorder and alcoholic tendencies have the local law doubting his story. Ben is soon receiving phone calls from a nut called "The Judge' who decides he needs to get rid of Ben for wrecking his plans to carry out' his form of justice' for sinners. This story holds the interest and moves along very well. I give it 4 STARS~ for interesting detective work and finding the "JUDGE".....
"You start to become Ben Chase"
In true Dean Koontz fashion, as you lose yourself into the book, you feel that you are experiencing the story of Ben Chase and life suddenly becomes very exciting. I'd love to see other books about Ben Chase.
"Not His Best"
I love Koontz's work, and I routinely give him two thumbs up on most anything he writes, because they are usually delightful. This one starts darker than some of his others, and sweeps to a conclusion faster than most of his work. The last couple of chapters of the book feel like he just got tired of writing this one, and it feels like a rushed effort. The story was still enjoyable, but the bad guy in the end was disappointing.
"The motivations of the characters was weak"
Yes, because I love Dean Koontz. He never fails to entertain even if it's not one of his best works.
There are really only three people in the story and the murder. I had problems with the time sequences and the motivation of the antagonist. It wasn't buffed out as well as it could have.
The least interesting part of the story was the shell shock that the protagonist suffered. I grew tired of hearing about it and how it was crippling his life, yet he was able to function. 'Let's just get on with it'.
When he tricked the bad guy
No, NO, NO, NO. He was not the most interesting person I've ever met in literature and I would not miss him if I never met him again. Odd Thomas is better.
It was a good 'one-time thing but not again.
"A Short Wow"
A very quick read; not like most King novels, this one could happen to anyone. Published in 1971, Love interest for our Vietnam war depressed hero makes him feel like life is worth living. Good characters, nice twists. The hero takes the situation in his hands and does the right thing. I liked it.
"again wish i hadnt gotten a audio book"
after a first bad experience , i tried out another audio book, i love Koontz, however although the voice of the narrator is easier to listen too , it gets very monotone, and he misses cues for dramatic effect as well as rhythm, taking it back to a bad overall experience, i couldn't listen past the first ten minutes.
no other experience not willing to take a chance again after this
poor rhythm, trying to speak for a female character and sounding like a man mocking a woman's voice
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