But Chris' brilliant mother, a scientist, was killed in a car accident two years ago, and as the book opens his father, Steven Snow, is dying of cancer; Chris' protected life is about to change forever. We meet Chris as he is carefully preparing himself to go out in the late-afternoon sun to visit the hospital. In his last moments of life his father tells Chris he is "sorry" and that Chris should "fear nothing", cryptic words that Chris cannot really relate to.
Steven Snow's body is removed to the hospital basement for transport to the funeral home/crematorium, and when Chris goes downstairs for a final moment of farewell, he witnesses a frightening and clandestine encounter: the funeral director and another man Chris doesn't recognize are substituting the body of a hitchhiker for Steven Snow's body, which is being taken not to the crematorium but to some secret destination.
For Chris, this scene is the first intimation of a conspiracy that he will come to realize envelopes many of his townspeople. His parents knew of it and wanted to protect Chris from it. His best friend has had hints of something wrong because of the frightening nocturnal visitors that have come to his beach house. And the first person to try to explain to Chris what's going on, and warn him about the special danger he himself is in, will be hideously murdered.
©1998 Dean Koontz; (P)1998 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
"Szarabajka's reading, like Koontz's writing, sweeps listeners into the exciting adventure and keeps them rooting for the unlikely hero." (AudioFile)
Koontz creates a sinister moonlit world to which Chris Snow, the teller of this story, is perpetually condemned due to a rare skin condition which means that the light which he so longs for, would in time kill him.
But that is just the start of it ... something fantastical has been going on at the old abandoned army base just outside town, things that both thrill, and terrify. Chris, the hunger of curiosity insatiable, must find out what is happening, and worst of all, what caused it.
As usual Dean Koontz's character development, narrative progression and an uncanny ability to describe nocturnal beauty, plunges the reader directly into the romance of what Chris Snow sees as he leads his quazi-vampire life. All acts are justified and flow liquidly throughout the tidal motion of this book, however, as with life, this tale does not draw to a firm conclusion, possibly a flaw in Koontz's books. Closure seems hard for him to find. This may be that there are very few authors that can suspend reality so completely, yet make it almost plausible, but when you turn off the story, your left with a yearning, a feeling of loss for that world. A sign of a good book or a run away train which the author just has not got the steam to keep up with?
When I first started to listen to this I couldn't get into it so I listened to something else and came back to it . I'm glad I did. Anyone who has listened to 'Marley and Me' narrated by the author John Grogan will know its sometimes hard to listen to a nasal American accent and the narrator of this sounds similar in tone. The book however is thrilling and certainly chilling . Without giving away too much of the plot , The main character of the book is a sufferer of a condition called XP which makes him ultra sensitive to light.Exposure to light will result in cancers quickly followed by painfull death , so it's no surprise that he chooses to sleep by day and live his life by night. The sleepy town in which he lives , Moonlight Bay , has cruelly given him the name of 'the night crawler'and to some he's just someone to pick on . He does have friends though like his old surfer pal Bobby and his gal pal Sasha . Things start to get weird on the night his father dies and appologises for leaving him his legacy on his death bed.What does it mean ? And why does his fathers body get kidnapped and replaced by that of a tramp for the cremation.What is wrong with the animal population of Moonlight Bay and is our mans dog Orson as smart as he acts? A thrilling listen with some genuine skin crawling caracters . highly recommeded .
Am a long haul truck driver, and just recently finished listening to this book. I had listened to Seize the Night last year, and was wondering why some part didnt make sense.
After listening to this I realized it is the first book of a series. I was so enthrawled with the book I couldnt wait to get away from the shipping dock so I could head down the road to finish listening to this book.
A must listen for all Dean Koontz fans.
Audible Please Please Please get Seize the Night. I really want to listen to both books back to back.
"The Best of Dean Koontz"
Several years ago I had the pleasure of listening to "Fear Nothing" on cassette. At the time it was my first introduction to Dean Koontz. I was hooked immediately! Since that time I've gone through every Dean Koontz story that Audible has made available. Some have been good. Some have been bad (i.e. "The Taking").
"Fear Nothing", and its sequel "Seize The Night", are by far the best stories that Koontz has ever produced! I'm glad to see that "Fear Nothing" has finally made it to Audible! The characters are well developed. The settings are incredibly detailed and compelling. The narration is wonderful! And Koontz does an amazing job of leading you just far enough that your imagination runs away with you, providing just enough hints at what is really going on to lead your mind on some pretty amazing journeys. In the end some of the truth is revealed, but much is left to the sequel (which is every bit as good!). PLEASE listen to this book. You will not be disappointed! And Audible, PLEASE get "Seize The Night"!
Note: "Fear Nothing" and "Seize the Night" are the first two books in what Koontz has promised will be a trilogy. The final book in the series, "Ride the Storm", was originally promised two years ago. Koontz has said, in several interviews, that the story is half done but is turning into a magnum opus. Here's to hoping it comes out soon!
"Did not want it to end!"
I have become a huge Dean Koontz fan because of novels like this and Odd Thomas. Great characters that overcome unusual circumstances to be the unwilling hero. Christopher Snow is a character you can bond with, damaged but triumphant despite the situation. Can't wait for the next installment.
"KEEP THE LIGHTS ON!"
THIS is Koontz at his best. Starts a bit slow, but, OH BOY, does it pick up. It takes you places you never thought you'd go... Twists and turns in the plot galore, KEEP THE LIGHTS ON AS YOU LISTEN TO THIS, I'm blind, NO PROBLEM! ;-)
DO NOT forget to get the follow up book to this, after you listen to this, called "Sieze the Night". IT's as good or better than "Fear Nothing". BUT, read them in order!
"My favorite Koontz"
Fear Nothing was the first Koontz book I read long, long ago and is still my favorite of all the Koontz I have read. The best part of this book is the superb characterization and the mystery. The story is less than perfect, but it does not matter as the characters, relationships and writing are so great. The narration is fantastic bringing the characters to life. There is a lot of the story that is left to your imagination, not all questions are answered, and the story gets pretty weird. For me, this added to my enjoyment. It seems these story issues really bother some readers – but not me. This novel stands alone, but is followed by Seize the Night, which can also be read alone. For many years Koontz has been promising a third volume in the series, but don’t let that stop you from reading the first two now.
"Solid Koontz book"
I really enjoyed this one. A couple reviews back I was dissatisfied with Koontz but this book has made me a loyal fan once again. Short book but a lot of character development and not too "dog focused", a lot of his books have a special dog in it. Narrator (although sounds like he smokes quite a bit) did a great job. Looking forward to my next Koontz book!
"Christopher Snow is a great character!"
It ranks pretty close to the top for it's originality.
Yes and this was a fast paced book with great twists and excitement.
I have - he is always, always fantastic - he is so great with his delivery of characters. This one is as great as his other readings.
Pros, Good narrator,great characters, and a cool premise,pretty good ending especially if it goes on in more books. I enjoy the way DK writes, and I've liked, or loved almost every one of his books I've read. Which have been a lot over the years.
There were only a few things I consider cons. I love DK's descriptive writing, but even I have to admit there were a few times in this book where I was thinking ok we get it, on with the story please. Maybe its because my college teacher sternly cautioned me about over using certain words or terms I noticed the use of things like "however" and "never the less" over and over.
Having said that I'd recommend this audio book, and enjoyed it a lot. I finished in 3 days getting back to it whenever I could.
"Wax and wane"
Koontz is a good storyteller, which is why I listen to him (and read his occassional book), but I find in this book he spends WAY too much time inside the subject's head explaining over and over to the reader (listener) such unimportant mind-numbing minutia about him; how decent of a person he is, how sensitive he is, how understanding he is, how patient he is, how wonderful his relationship is with his girlfriend, about his great and godly dog - so much waxing and waning over and over throughout the book. It wouldn't be so bad if it were leading to something, and only discussed a couple times, but he keeps going on beating the same sensitive pony tail crap about the hero into our heads that it drove me to fast-forwarded the ipod. I would hit play to see if I went too far, but would find that he was still talking about some issue that he already beat to death through the previous chapters. Aside from that, the basis of the story is a good one, but the ending is predictable and soft. It is a good time killer, but don't look here for any real literary or deep writing.
"Too weird. No good story underneath."
Events not supported. Lots of threats. Things not explained.
Most of the story takes place during two nights. Chris visits several people. There are long, vague, incomplete conversations with each person. There is a conspiracy/mystery and Chris is trying to figure out what is going on. Most people tell him things like “stop investigating. If you know too much you will regret it. The end of the world as we know it has begun.” A couple of people are angry and accusing toward Chris saying “You are responsible for this.” Most people know things, but they won’t tell Chris. Instead they say “you shouldn’t know all of it, just enough to forget what you saw.” There is a tell all at the end where Chris finds answers in a letter. I did not enjoy it. I felt like I was watching the author’s dreams.
Here’s an example of Chris visiting Roosevelt, a friend. Roosevelt knows what is going on but he won’t tell Chris. Instead it’s a long scene with Roosevelt talking to Chris’ dog Orson and talking about other pets and animals. Finally at the end of the scene, Roosevelt tells Chris that he must not ask any more questions or “they” will kill Chris’ friends, but “they” are not interested in killing Chris. He won’t give any more details.
Too many things are not explained, for example: Why some revered Chris and were in awe of him and wouldn’t kill him. Why wouldn’t people tell Chris the whole story? What happened and why with the hitchhiker. The title of the book didn’t make sense. Those were the dad’s last words to Chris. I wanted more details about why and what happened to the dad. Why Chris’ friendship with Manuel is now over. Why did Orson hate Chris temporarily three years ago. What was the cause and motive for Chris’ mother’s death? What are the motives for why some monkeys are killing humans. What’s the deal with dolls that looked like Chris? I wanted to know more about the leader of the monkeys? How did that work? How did that start?
What I liked: Chris had a genetic disorder. He will develop skin cancer and eye cancer from light bulbs and the sun. It’s almost a miracle that he’s lived to age 28. He knows he doesn’t have a long life ahead. I liked his attitude about living. After a major crisis that almost killed Chris and his friends, a friend asked “what do we do now?” Chris said “get a beer.” She said “after that?” Chris said “Can’t drink beer forever. Catch a wave.” Although he’s carrying a gun (for the first time in his life) he’s not worrying about things. It’s calming to see his attitude.
The narrator Keith Szarabajka was excellent. I’d be interested in another book just for his narration. At times his voice is gravelly and low. I really liked listening to him.
Genre: mystery suspense.
Ending: good for now.
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