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Chase Paperback – May 1, 1990
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- Publisher : Headline Book Pub Ltd (May 1, 1990)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0747235252
- ISBN-13 : 978-0747235255
- Item Weight : 4.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.45 x 0.59 x 6.93 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,891,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The reader here does a great job of keeping all the voices different. Between Chase and "The Judge", things could have gotten muddled, but he really puts great emotion into the story. The story was originally part of a larger collection, and I'm not sure why Brilliance Audio only released this rather than the whole thing, but I'm glad to have it.
It's not Dean's best work, but I would easily say it's from one of his peak writing periods as far as quality goes. Not one to miss!
‘Chase’ was published under another name (K.R. Dwyer) when it was initially released.
Ben Chase is a medically discharged soldier tackling PTSD who happened across, and intervened in a murder at a local make-out/lookout point. Consequently, the killer gets away, and his attentions are turned onto Chase himself. The murderer, calling himself ‘The Judge’ chooses his victims who he deems worthy of being judged and executed… now ‘The Judge’ has found Chase worthy of death from his past discretions.
There is play on whether Chase is imagining much of this predicament due to his mental condition, but I think it wasn’t utilized enough in the story line and could have been executed better.
Introduction of Glenda, a love interest for Chase, humanized our protagonist and made the book immensely more enjoyable. I was beginning to dislike Chase somewhat and found him difficult to relate to (though I am not the demographic for this novel) and wish she’d been introduced earlier to soften the rough edges, bringing some emotion in earlier to the plot line.
Maybe because I’ve read widely in this genre for the past 30 years, and a considerable number of Koontz’s later books, the plot was very predictable. It also failed to give me that shiver that I get from many of his titles. But for its lack in scare tactics, it makes up for in pacing - things amped up after the half way mark and I really started to enjoy ‘Chase.’
I can see precursors of elements that appear in his later novels, many of which are favorites (and have been turned into films) and how much Koontz has grown as a storyteller.
I’d only recommend this for hard core Dean Koontz fans – the story is a little dated and generic. There are far more enjoyable titles in his current catalog. But I have to admit I reveled in the nostalgia, it reminded me of the television and movies of the early 80’s
A couple of points that I found distasteful, was the message that homosexuals are evil and pedophiles – a trend of the time before realizing its discriminatory nature. And I’m not sure about the justified homicide angle, it was dark and trite. But that’s just me and my opinion…
Top reviews from other countries
Starts of pretty good, but felt the story became quite predictable,
The main character is great, but the villain is not that great.
am going to give this book 3 stars