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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,315 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dean Koontz Narrator: Dylan Bake Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Acknowledged as America s most popular suspense novelist (Rolling Stone ) and as one of today’s most celebrated and successful writers, Dean Koontz has earned the devotion of millions of readers around the world and the praise of critics everywhere for tales of character, mystery, and adventure that strike to the core of what it means to be human. Now he delivers the page-turner of the season, an unforgettable journey to the heart of darkness and to the pinnacle of grace, at once chilling and wickedly funny, a brilliantly observed chronicle of good and evil in our time, of illusion and everlasting truth. 

He’s Hollywood s most dazzling star, whose flawless countenance inspires the worship of millions and fires the hatred of one twisted soul. His perfectly ordered existence is under siege as a series of terrifying, enigmatic messages breaches the exquisitely calibrated security systems of his legendary Bel Air estate.

The boxes arrive mysteriously, one by one, at Channing Manheim’s fortified compound. The threat implicit in their bizarre, disturbing contents seems to escalate with each new delivery. Manheim’s security chief, ex-cop Ethan Truman, is used to looking beneath the surface of things. But until he entered the orbit of a Hollywood icon, he had no idea just how slippery reality could be. Now this good man is all that stands in the way of an insidious killer and forces that eclipse the most fevered fantasies of a city where dreams and nightmares are the stuff of daily life. As a seemingly endless and ominous rain falls over southern California, Ethan will test the limits of perception and endurance in a world where the truth is as thin as celluloid and answers can be found only in the illusory intersection of shadow and light.

Enter a world of marvelous invention, enchantment, and implacable intent, populated by murderous actors and the walking dead, hit men and heroes, long-buried dreams and never-dying hope.

Here a magnificent mansion is presided over by a Scottish force of nature known as Mrs. McBee, before whom all men tremble. A mad French chef concocts feasts for the mighty and the malicious. Ming du Lac, spiritual adviser to the stars, has a direct line to the dead. An aptly named cop called Hazard will become Ethan’s ally, an anarchist will sow discord and despair, and a young boy named Fric, imprisoned by celebrity and loneliness, will hear a voice telling him of the approach of something unimaginably evil. Traversing this extraordinary landscape, Ethan will face the secrets of his own tragic past and the unmistakable premonition of his impending violent death as he races against time to solve the macabre riddles of a modern-day beast.

A riveting tour de force of suspense, mystery, and miraculous revelation, The Face is that rare novel that entertains, provokes, and uplifts at the same time. It will make you laugh. It will give you chills. It will fill you with hope.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kathryn Bain | 2/18/2014

    " Why didn't anyone ever tell me to read Dean Koontz before? He is so good at keeping you on the edge of your seat. Nothing like throwing someone into a tall building with a killer. His descriptions bring you into the story. This book brought me right to the edge (or in this case, to the ledge). My heart raced and my palms actually sweated. I loved this book. One of the best I've ever read. And when I thought I knew who the bad guy was, I was wrong. Makes me love it even more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Paul Anderson | 2/18/2014

    " This isn't a bad book by any means, but it definitely blends in with the rest of the mediocre Koontz books. This is probably best suited for Koontz fans, and most likely wouldn't lure anyone into becoming an avid fan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by William | 2/15/2014

    " Knocked this out in a day. Very fast paced and exciting. Maybe a little too sappy an ending but it was a good read anyway! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Gillian | 2/12/2014

    " He is back, the author who grabs you, shows you the way then reassures you..... before pulling not just the rug out from beneath you but blows it up. "

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