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The Face of Fear Mass Market Paperback – May 15, 1989
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You and your friend Sarah are being chased by a homicidal maniac through an office building in the middle of the night. You take refuge in an empty office like frightened cockroaches, but the doors are forced open, revealing your antenna-quivering vulnerability. In desperation, you scramble up and down elevator shafts with one lame leg dangling helplessly behind, and try other life-threatening feats that seem to be more appealing than getting an ice-pick through your skull.
The most horrifying thing about this scenario: the person chasing you is not a disgruntled co-worker, and it's not your boss! It's a notoriously murderous rapist, and he's just about to get you or Sarah every turn of the way. And then you remember the terror of falling while climbing Mount Everest and you think you've figured out how to escape... but have you? You still haven't figured out who will be crushed by the monster snow-plow!
I've never read many thrillers before--much less Koontz--but I was trapped with this book in a strange hotel in a strange city, and was then kept awake the rest of the night wondering what those noises were outside my door. Koontz has, apparently, done it again. And I fear I may now be hooked on thrillers.
“Real suspense...tension upon tension!”—The New York Times
More Praise for Dean Koontz
“Dean Koontz is a prose stylist whose lyricism heightens malevolence and tension. [He creates] characters of unusual richness and depth.”—The Seattle Times
“Tumbling, hallucinogenic prose....‘Serious’ writers...might do well to examine his technique.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Lyrical writing and compelling characters...Koontz stands alone.”—Associated Press
“In every industry there exist ‘artists’ that are not only unforgettable, but know their craft better than the rest. Dean Koontz...is among these artisans.”—Suspense Magazine
“[Koontz] has always had near-Dickensian powers of description, and an ability to yank us from one page to the next that few novelists can match.”—Los Angeles Times
“Perhaps more than any other author, Koontz writes fiction perfectly suited to the mood of America...novels that acknowledge the reality and tenacity of evil but also the power of good...[and that] entertain vastly as they uplift.”—Publishers Weekly
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The Ugly: I loved this book, I am putting that out there right now. But there is one aspect of the book that hurt me. It started out real quick, the pacing was amazing. Then all of a sudden when the action did begin to pick up and the killer was chasing Graham the book just became slow. Fair warning, it slowed way down.
The Bad: There is one part in the slowness of the book that’s not as bad because it does help with figuring out the end of the story. What seemed to be a throw away character at first turned out to be the one to figure out what was going on. He was a medical examiner in the vain of Ducky from NCIS. The point of the part to get the audience thinking for the rest of the book as to what could be going on.
The Good: Everything that Koontz did when it came to explaining. He went into great detail, and unfortunately, that also slowed everything down. Now, granted, that is the ugly of the book, but it is also the best thing of the book. Not everyone is a mountain climber, so when he was telling what was going on, it only helped that he explained everything. Nobody would have known what he was saying if he didn’t go into explanation.
Final Thoughts: All this book did was make me want to try my hand at mountain climbing sometime. I did really enjoy this book, probably more than a lot of people would have.
I had to slog through the book, thankfully it was not that long, and the ending was not even a real shock. The same snow storm/blizzard scene really got boring and repetative. I will continue to read Koontz but I would pass on this one.
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