Monday, December 13, 2010

Fear Nothing.

Title/Author: Fear Nothing (Moonlight Bay series #1) by Dean Koontz.

Genre: Horror/Thriller.

Publisher: Random House Audio.

Source: Borrowed from Library.

Favorite character: Christopher Snow.

Favorite quote: “Sometimes there is no darker place than our own thoughts, the moonless midnight of the mind.” –Christopher Snow.

All in all: Fun!

Synopsis: 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. An then he witnesses a murder in the night--a murder only he can solve. –

My opinion: The narration was absolutely excellent. Keith Szarabajka did an amazing job of differentiating between voices, breathing life into the characters and lulling me into the story and into Christopher’s life.
Audio Narrator Keith Szarabajka

In the early part of the novel, Christopher witnesses some odd events that eventually take him deeper and deeper into his town’s secrets and ultimately a conspiracy. As he tries to find the truth, he discovers that his parents were somehow involved, and that some of the citizens of Moonlight Bay are not who he thought they were. The only people he can still trust are his best friend Bobby, his girlfriend Sasha and of course his dog, Orson. Boy, Koontz really loves dogs!

There was quite a bit of telling in this book that took me out of the story.  However, it is Christopher's thoughts that pertain to the plot.  I do think that some of it could have been taken out to keep me more engaged within the moment. 

There is a good amount of tension and I was very curious to find out what was behind the subterfuge.   While I listened, I tried to think of all the reasons the odd things were happening. Aliens? Government experiments? Creatures from another dimension? When the reveal came, I was not blown away but was not totally  disappointed either.  ***SPOILER ALERT:  I was hoping for more of a supernatural reason but the one provided is creepy and the results that stem from this secret are frightening.   Fans of Koontz’ other books may feel that this plot is an offshoot of Watchers and even gives a shout out to the book. :END SPOILER ALERT***

The best thing about this book is the characters. I appreciate Chris’s dilemma and Koontz went into detail regarding his limitations.  Tasks that I take for granted; seeing a butterly, running to the store, switching on a lightbulb, Christopher can’t do because of his XP. His parents modified their house and lives to accommodate their child, using candlelight, low watt bulbs and dimmers. Christopher has to explore the outside after sundown and subsequently develops an appreciation and kinship with the night. Throughout all of this Christopher is a delightful character. The humor is remarkable. I have never laughed out loud so much while hearing a scary story. I enjoyed the banter between Chris and Bobby and I loved his conversations with his dog, Orson, and how he imagined the dog’s commentary.

His friend Bobby is a stereotypical surfer. He is laid back and tries not to worry about anything. His whole mentally is to enjoy life. Sasha didn’t give me too much except for the way that Christopher saw her, which was as a beautiful, sweet and loyal person. But maybe she’ll have more of a part in the following books.

I’m not sure if I would read the next book, Seize the Night, but I would definitely listen to it because I like the characters so much.

3 ¾ out of 5 stars.


Savannah said...

I have heard a lot about this author, although I have not picked up any of the books. Nice review.

Jenny said...

I haven't read much Dean Koontz (actually any) but I love someone who writes brilliant characters and it sounds like that is the strength of this one:) I also love that he uses dogs in the story, I'm always a fan of a fellow dog lover! Fabulous review, loved reading your thoughts!

Nicole Sheldon said...

When I started as a "reader" I was a teen and seriously into horror. Dean Koontz was my favorite author at the time, however as I grew older and became more aware of writing as a whole.. I moved away from him. I've read nearly all of his books, including this one.I found most of them good. My favorite is The House of Thunder. But for me, he lacks imagination as you progress through his books. You begin to see the same characters and same plot. If you're looking for good Dean Koontz, I'd be happy to recommend.

Midnyte Reader said...

@Nicole-I've read many of Koontz's books as well most a very long time ago. I pick audio books to listen to that I feel may be fairly "light" and easy to pay attention to. I think he fits the bill.

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