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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (18,190 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dean Koontz Narrator: Keith Szarabajka Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Moonlight Bay Trilogy Release Date:
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Christopher Snow is the best-known resident of 12,000-strong Moonlight Bay, California. This is because 28-year-old Chris has xeroderma pigmentosum (XP)—a light-sensitivity so severe that he cannot leave his house in daylight, cannot enter a normally-lit room, cannot sit at a computer. Chris’s natural element is the night, and his parents, both academics, chose to live in Moonlight Bay because in a small town Chris can make the nightscape his own—roaming freely through the town on his bike, surfing in the moonlight, exploring while most people sleep.

But Chris’s brilliant mother, a scientist, was killed in a car accident two years ago, and as the book opens his father, Steven Snow, is dying of cancer; Chris’s protected life is about to change forever. We meet Chris as he is carefully preparing himself to go out in the late-afternoon sun to visit the hospital. In his last moments of life his father tells Chris he is “sorry” and that Chris should “fear nothing”—cryptic words that Chris cannot really relate to.

Steven Snow’s body is removed to the hospital basement for transport to the funeral home/crematorium, and when Chris goes downstairs for a final moment of farewell, he witnesses a frightening and clandestine encounter: the funeral director and another man Chris doesn’t recognize are substituting the body of a hitchhiker for Steven Snow’s body—which is being taken not to the crematorium but to some secret destination.

For Chris, this scene is the first intimation of a conspiracy that he will come to realize envelopes many of his townspeople. His parents knew of it and wanted to protect Chris from it. His best friend has had hints of something wrong because of the frightening nocturnal visitors that have come to his beachhouse. And the first person to try to explain to Chris what’s going on—and warn him about the special danger he himself is in—will be hideously murdered.

In the 24 hours this book encompasses, Christopher Snow will find out that, sheltered though he’s been, he has the soul of a fighter and an adventurer. By the end of the book he will have killed a man, will have discovered the role his own mother played in the birth of the conspiracy, will have come to recognize the extraordinary guardians that, unknown to him, have watched over him for years. He will realize that some people hate him, others revere him, and neither his own life nor those of anyone he knows will ever be the same.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Judy | 2/10/2014

    " Koontz's books are good for late night fluff. Makes you afraid of things that go bump in the night. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lisa | 2/9/2014

    " "Fear Nothing" has given me a new perspective on all animal life and genetic modification. As a Biologist, I am aware of manipulation within the bacterial population. However, Koontz's novel adds depth to the reality of our human future changing for the worse due to uncontrolled experimentation and greed. I quickly fell in love with the Novel's main character Chris Snow and his loveable dog. The trials that Chris had encountered during his life enabled him to muster the strength and courage to deal with his parents death and protect those in his life that he loves. I especially enjoy the format of Koontz's novel as told first person and takes us as readers down one story line without flipping back and forth between scenes and characters. Although somewhat disappointed that the ending to this novel did not provide a clear "winning" ending for Chris Snow, I am looking forward to reading the subsequent novel "Seize the Night" which may perhaps provide a resolution to this foreboding devastation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Julie | 2/8/2014

    " To date, one of the strangest books I've ever read. And yet, I found myself purchasing this one and its sequel so that my husband can read them. Intriguing in its own crazy way, it was fun to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rick Robinson | 2/5/2014

    " I like all of Dean's books, and this is a great one. "

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