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Fear Nothing

by Dean Koontz

Fear Nothing
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  • First Published:
    Feb 1998, 391 pages
    Paperback:
    Dec 1998, 432 pages

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Chris Snow discovers his mother was engaged in secret experiments on a nearby military base, experiments which went wrong and which produced monsters.

Enter a world unlike any other. A world of the night. A world created brilliantly by master suspense novelist Dean Koontz. The world where his blockbuster novels Fear Nothing and Seize the Night are set. Welcome to Moonlight Bay, California, home of Christopher Snow.

Forced to live in the shadows, Snow knows the night world better than the dark adversaries that stalk his quiet town. And along with his exceptional dog Orson, and his friends, Snow will challenge those who try to take advantage.

When you live in the darkness of Moonlight Bay as Christopher Snow does, and you are desperately trying to save the day, you abide by two guiding principles: fear nothing and seize the night!

Christopher Snow is different from all the other residents of Moonlight Bay. For Christopher has made a strange peace with a very rare genetic disorder shared by only one thousand other Americans, a disorder that leaves him extremely vulnerable to the light. His life is filled with the fascinating rituals of one who must embrace the dark. It is only at night that he is truly free. And then he witnesses a murder in the night--a murder only he can solve.

While investigating the death of his mother who was a scientist, Chris Snow discovers she was engaged in secret experiments on a nearby military base, experiments which went wrong and which produced monsters. The next he knows, the monsters come visiting and they are not friendly.

Chapter One

On the desk in my candlelit study, the telephone rang, and I knew that a terrible change was coming.

I am not psychic. I do not see signs and portents in the sky. To my eye, the lines in my palm reveal nothing about my future, and I don't have a Gypsy's ability to discern the patterns of fate in wet tea leaves.

My father had been dying for days, however, and after spending the previous night at his bedside, blotting the sweat from his brow and listening to his labored breathing, I knew that he couldn't hold on much longer. I dreaded losing him and being, for the first time in my twenty-eight years, alone.

I am an only son, an only child, and my mother passed away two years ago. Her death had been shock, but at least she had not been forced to endure a lingering illness.

Last night just before dawn, exhausted, I had returned home to sleep. But I had not slept much or well.

Now I leaned ...

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The Denver Post

Koontz has created his most unusual and interesting protagonist ever....He manages to tweak the page-turning urge and keep the reader in suspense....This series of novels could turn out to be his most popular yet.

People

Terrormeister Dean Koontz's Adrenaline-pumping new adventure demonstrates a master of darkness's continuing power to scare the daylights out of us.

The San Francisco Examiner

Dean Koontz believes his latest mystery-terror-thriller is his best work. And he is right. ... Fear Nothing will make you fear almost everything. A terrific tale.

Publishers Weekly

As usual, Koontz presents a unique fictional world grounded in convincing detail; even the surf-lingo banter between the main characters plays its part, adding an ironic note that heightens tension. This is only the second book Koontz has written from a first-person point of view, and the ploy works well: Readers will be riveted to the narrative ... Koontz's familiar theme of life's victims defying the odds emerges here as forcefully as it does in Sole Survivor and Intensity, but Snow's physical limitation gives it a more dangerous and intriguing edge.

The Sunday Express (London)

Plausibly chilling...Koontz at his best.

The London Times

This is a moral fable for the turn of the millennium, an engagingly written, hugely entertaining parable for our times.

Reader Reviews

Ally10

Fear Nothing-
This intriguing novel was the best book the author, Dean Konntz, has EVER written. This epic masterpiece is filled with mystery and thrilling action.Christopher Snow, a victim of a condition called xeroderma pigmentosum or XP, means he can not be ...   Read More

Bruce

wow
This book was amazing. I can not wait to read the sequel to it. The inspiration and devotion that Chris Snow represents is astonishing. I love bobby with his surf lingo and the crazed monkeys attacking and killing. I love the way Dean Koontz writes...   Read More

Becca

Ho my Gosh.
What can I say? Other than... WOAH THAT BOOK WAS TOTALLY AWESOME!!! I read that book over the summer with a sprained ankle.. while camping. I read the book it 3 days. it was amaaaaazing. They mystery was magnificently carried out, beautiful, ...   Read More

Mya, 14

I loved Fear Nothing! It took me a while to get into it, but after that, I flew threw it. Chris is such and intoxicating character. I have read dozens of Deans Koontz's books, and Fear Nothing and Sieze the night. I can't wait for the final book.

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