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Cold Fire [Kindle Edition]

Dean Koontz
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'There is an Enemy. It is coming. It is relentless.'

Schoolteacher Jim Ironheart flies on an impulse to Portland, Oregon. There he risks his life to save a child from being killed. Reporter Holly Thorne witnesses his heroism, and is impressed by his self-effacement when he declines to be interviewed.

Burnt out, cynical, and looking for a life beyond journalism, Holly finds her newshound's instincts rekindled when she discovers Jim has quietly performed twelve last-minute rescues in twelve far-flung places over the past four months. Realising she is on to the biggest story of her life, Holly traces Jim to California. He insists he is not a psychic; he simply believes God is working through him. Holly thinks his explanation is too easy, that there is no wonder in life, no great mystery.

She is dead wrong. For she and Jim are soon plunged into a dark sea of wonder, mystery - and stark terror. And, on the run for their lives, they will be forced to confront a savage and uncannily powerful adversary...

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Breathtaking and unique, COLD FIRE is international bestselling author Dean Koontz at his mesmerising best.

About the Author

Dean Koontz is an international household name whose novels have sold many millions of copies worldwide and have appeared on national and international bestseller lists, selling seventeen million copies each year. He lives with his wife Gerda, their dog Anna and the enduring spirit of their dog Trixie in southern California.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 600 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; New Ed edition (6 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
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I was born and raised in Pennsylvania where I graduated from Shippensburg State College (now Shippensburg University). When I was a senior in college, I won an Atlantic Monthly fiction competition and have been writing ever since. My first job after graduation was with the Appalachian Poverty Program, where I was expected to counsel and tutor underprivileged children on a one-to-one basis. During my first day on the job, I discovered that the previous occupier of my position had been beaten up by the very kids he had been trying to help and had landed in the hospital for several weeks. The following year was filled with challenge but also tension, and I was more highly motivated than ever to build a career as a writer. I wrote nights and weekends, which I continued to do after leaving the poverty program and going to work as an English teacher in a suburban school district outside Harrisburg. After a year and a half in that position, my wife, Gerda, made me an offer I couldn't refuse: "I'll support you for five years," she said, "and if you can't make it as a writer in that time, you'll never make it." By the end of those five years, Gerda had quit her job to run the business end of my writing career. Gerda and I live in southern California with their dog Anna, and the enduring spirit of their dog Trixie in southern California.

Dean Koontz is an international household name whose hugely entertaining parables for our times have been bestsellers in many countries, selling seventeen million copies each year.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good read from Mr Koontz 21 Dec. 2010
I enjoyed this particular foray into fantasy by Dean Koontz. In fact I found it a little scary in parts....(not a lot scares me these days). The special 'powers' the central character - Jim -possessed where extreme to say the very least and you had to suspend disbelief - a lot of suspension of a lot of disbelief - if you were to let the story carry you along through it's chapters. I did and it did.

However I would liked to have seen the concept of Jim's relationship with the priest who cared for him to have been explored in a little more depth, especially one apparently dramatic incident which was not really touched upon again.

Also I never really felt comfortable with the character of Holly Thorne - a little too bossy and prickly for my liking and her amateur and lone crusade to discover 'the truth' was downright dangerous to say the least.

....don't try this at home folks....

But all in all it was another rattling good read from Mr Koontz. Recommended
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his very best. 25 Dec. 2012
By Alison Towers VINE VOICE
Probably my all time favourite Koontz novel, and I think the first one I read, years back. I just read it again and it is still as gripping as the very first time I read it many moons ago.

A disenchanted woman journalist witnesses a man rushing to save the life of a child when he couldn't possibly know that there was any danger imminent, and so it begins. She discovers that far from this being some sort of anomaly, and that maybe it was just a case of the man having sharper hearing or senses, he has in fact done this many times over in a variety of locations both at home and abroad.

The Friend in his head, who compels him to journey in time to save the lives of individuals, he believes is an alien who lives under the pond by the windmill on his grandparent's farm where he grew up, and is the unearthly being that can see into the future and drives him to save those who will be of the great and the good.

There is love and the guardian spirit that rises in mostly everyone in times of great crisis to protect those we love deeply, and the salvation and great hope which makes this novel not only typical of Koontz's work but the one that compelled me to read everything he has written ever since.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A book of two halves. 5 Mar. 2008
"Cold Fire" by Dean Koontz is a book of two halves. In the first half, we learn that Jim Ironheart is receiving messages from somewhere. They tell him to go and save people. In response, we see him he criss-cross the country, chasing people down it save them.

In the second part of the book, he is tracked down by a reporter who works out that he has been somewhat successful at saving people (and not taking the credit). The reporter then talks him into returning to the area he grew up in to try and work out what the source of the messages are (Ironheart is convinced they aren't from God).

The book isn't bad. It rattles along at a fair old pace (especially in the first half), but later on it slows down considerably and gets slightly less interesting at that stage. The denouement of the book really doesn't work I don't think and as a result, lets the rest of the story down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling 4 Sept. 2007
By Hazel P
This is the first Dean Koontz book that I've read and having done so I felt compelled to come and leave a review here for it. Probably because it has been ages since I've read a book so fulfilling and with the same level of intense psychological drama as this one contained. I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of it- found myself swept up in the story almost from the first page- sorry to sound cliched but it's true.

For first time readers of Koontz and for people that miss those gutsy, smart and yet believable heroes in their novels I would definitely recommend this book. I usually start out extremely cynical about thriller/mysteries but I have to say this one was in no way what I expected. In fact every time I thought I knew how it was going to end my expectations would be thrown on it's proverbial head. An excellent read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 15 July 2000
As an avid Dean Koontz reader, I was really looking forward to this one, on the recommendation of some of my friends. It turns out that they were perfectly correct to recommend this book, it was Koontz at his best, writing in a way so that you think "Right, I will read to the end of the chapter" but then you read 3. Amazing, something that only he can do well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Believable characters and beautiful prose 19 Jun. 2015
By Anakina
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I rarely read supernatural thrillers, because I have a hard time finding these kinds of stories credible. So I was pretty sceptical as I approached this book. I read the beginning in which the protagonist, Jim Ironheart, is driven by a voice in his head to leave his city to prevent that a certain event takes place. It isn’t clear exactly what it is about.
What won me and pushed me to go on was the author’s style and his beautiful prose. Koontz with a few words takes you inside the mind of the character and does so with a very suggestive language. It works so well that I decided to put aside my distrust of the paranormal theme and continue reading.
And I haven’t regretted it at all.
Although the paranormal element is central in this novel, the way it is told, the empathy that the author manages to create towards the two main characters (Jim and Holly) and being able to live their emotions firsthand shifts the focus from the supernatural to the characters themselves. The novel becomes their story. The ambiguity of Jim (and ambiguous characters are always my favourite) and the fears of Holly catch you. And that’s what makes the difference, because, when you create a bond with the characters, they become credible and with them everything that surrounds them, resulting in a solid suspension of disbelief.
Faced with this, had the book treated any other theme, it would still be able to conquer me.
In fact, although the events are impossible in real life, which usually makes me lose interest in the story (unless it is science fiction), this has not happened with this book, because the way they are presented makes them perfectly logical.
Finally, to conclude in the best way this novel, there is the open ending that makes you smile imagining what might happen next.

Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli, author of Red Desert - Point of No Return
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Published 3 months ago by PAUL DEAN
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
At last a good ending in a Dean Koontz book. Read it in a few hours. Brilliant and original plot
Published 3 months ago by helen bromhead
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Brilliant book as usual love dean koontz👍👍👍
Published 5 months ago by Helga Izzard
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Another master story telling from a great writer.
Published 7 months ago by w lewis
4.0 out of 5 stars Cold fire, a great read.
This is the second time I have read this book. Fast paced and thrilling. Like many of Dean Koontz books it kept up the excitement to the end.
Published 9 months ago by rod
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
brilliant as always
Published 9 months ago by Dawn Beatson-NJie
5.0 out of 5 stars Twists and turns
Another great read which kept me guessing - a mix of is it sci-fi or fantasy or psychological - excellent. Great story, believable characters and satisfying end. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Julie Elizabeth Powell
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as expected.
Dean Koontz always writes well but, in Cold Fire, I found some of the imagery "clunky" and jarring (" the twilight pressed its purple face against the window" !! Read more
Published 17 months ago by Christine Owen
5.0 out of 5 stars The wife loved it.
My wife passed away recently. I can tell you though that she thoroughly enjoyed this book. She had read most of his books.
Published 17 months ago by JMK
3.0 out of 5 stars He has written better
I have read a lot of Dean Koontz books over the years, this one has an ok story, I keep some books to read again in the future, not this one, it started well but the female... Read more
Published 19 months ago by michael norris
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