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Reviews of Fear Nothing (1997)

Review by nowirehangers (2007-01-27)
I used to read lots of Koontz a couple of years ago, but this was the first of his books that I've read in a very long time. The book is written in first person, the narrator being the main character, Christopher Snow, a man with a genetic disorder who finds himself in the center of a big mystery. As usual in Koontz' books, you get a good insight to the protagonists and their way of thinking. The first person approach, sticking to one character, makes the book fast paced. Mush of the story, however, seems to be recycled from "Watchers" and "Midnight" and possibly other books I haven't yet read. The ending might make a good action scene in a movie but feels like a bit of an anticlimax after a long buildup.

Overall, this is an easy read and a quite entertaining book, but it does not quite live up to the expectations you get after the first few chapters.

Review by mrdude (2005-05-03)
Fear Nothing, the first book in the Moonlight Bay Series by Dean Koontz is the first of two books revolving around Christopher Snow, a 28 year old resident of the small coastal California town of moonlight bay, who sufferers from a rare genetic disorder that causes him to have severe reactions to ultra violet rays from the sun.

The story starts with Christopher's father dieing of cancer. Christopher discovers that there is more to his fathers illness than meets the eye and soon becomes wrapped up in a town wide conspiracy.

The entire novel is written in first person, with the main character narrating, obviously retelling the story from some undisclosed time in the future. The bulk of the story occurs on the night of Christopher's fathers death, the book being broken up into five sections as the night progresses and a sixth section that takes place the following night. This does make for a somewhat unbelievable time-line, because a myriad of events occur in the first five sections but relatively little occurs in the last section which supposedly encompasses another entire evening.

I have extremely mixed feelings about this novel. On one hand the book is definitely your typical horror suspense thriller. At times the text can become quite preachy and in other instances quite cheesy. There were some saving graces though. Most of the cheesier and preachier portions of the novel didn't occur until the latter portion of the novel, and therefore I was too engrossed by then to put it down. That brings me to another point, it was extremely addictive. I am not sure if that is altogether a good quality but it did manage to get me to read it inside of two days during finals week. But what really held the novel together for me was the character development. Yes, most people probably look forward to the mutant cyborg space monkeys when they read a horror flick, but I do find it rare that I care about what happens to the paper thin characters as the apes tear them to pieces. So when I found myself fascinated with this character Christopher snow, and entirely more intrigued with his canine sidekick Orson I think I was destined to be hooked.

So, if your at a point where you need some light reading and maybe would enjoy an eerie plot line (not to worry, this one seems to be quite low in the scare factor) I would suggest this novel. Definitely something good to take your mind off the exams, not that you would want to do such a thing.

Review also posted at the IBDoF

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