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The Face Audio Cassette – Audiobook, 1 Apr 2005

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: ISIS Audio Books; COMPLETE & UNABRIDGED edition (April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753121301
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753121306
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 17 x 6.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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The Face mixes both elements of psychological and supernatural terror in an unusual and disturbing way. "The Face" is a Hollywood superstar who's never at home. For his lonely son Fric, that's the keynote of life: a father who gives him everything, including the run of a fabulous Bel Air mansion (the Palazzo Rospo) in a large estate, but no personal affection. A series of cryptic gifts arrive, suggesting a stalker's threat to the actor, but in fact the person in danger is 10-year-old Fric.

The house security boss, former LAPD cop Ethan Truman, isn't that worried. The Face is away as usual and the Palazzo's defences are spectacular. What does worry him is that after tracking down the middleman who delivered one of those sinister parcels, Ethan is killed--twice. But yet he lives, as though time has been rewound; and he keeps glimpsing an old friend who is very definitely dead.

Koontz's villain is a memorably unpleasant creation; thanks to wealth, contacts and horrible ingenuity, this bad guy is well-equipped to crack the Palazzo defences, kill Ethan and grab Fric. Gradually his inhuman scheme is revealed.

Meanwhile the supernatural element is working on the other side, though shackled by rules that forbid direct action. Fric gets disquieting phone calls warning that someone or something called Moloch, devourer of children, is coming and that the boy had better find a safe hiding place. Chillingly, the caller always knows exactly where Fric is and what he's doing. And these messages somehow don't register on the Palazzo's elaborate logging system.

Appalling rain drenches Los Angeles as Moloch's day approaches; Fric's terror grows, Ethan and a friend who's still in the LAPD follow hopeless leads and even the dead begin to despair of thwarting a psychopath who holds all the high cards. No plan, however, quite survives contact with reality. The finale offers extreme violence and electrifying twists, and delivers satisfaction. --David Langford --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Dean Koontz is not just a master of our darkest dreams, but also a literary juggler." --"The Times" (London)
"Dean Koontz almost occupies a genre of his own. He is a master at building suspense and holding the reader spellbound."--"Richmond Times-Dispatch
""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
""Still the DEAN of suspense...a rewarding climax...you'll enjoy the ride."--"People" Magazine
"Both terrifying and amusing, The Face is classic Dean Koontz--a blend of murder, mystery and wit...Koontz's dialogue is sharp, his characters multidimensional, and the plot is tight."--"New York Daily News"
"A modern Swift...a master satirist."--"Entertainment Weekly"

"From the Hardcover edition."

Dean Koontz is not just a master of our darkest dreams, but also a literary juggler. "The Times" (London)
Dean Koontz almost occupies a genre of his own. He is a master at building suspense and holding the reader spellbound. "Richmond Times-Dispatch
" 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
""Still the DEAN of suspense...a rewarding climax...you'll enjoy the ride." "People" Magazine
"Both terrifying and amusing, The Face is classic Dean Koontz a blend of murder, mystery and wit...Koontz's dialogue is sharp, his characters multidimensional, and the plot is tight." "New York Daily News"
"A modern Swift...a master satirist." "Entertainment Weekly"

"From the Hardcover edition."" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Hardcover
If you like Dean Koontz you will not be disappointed by this book. If you have never read any of his books what are you waiting for.
The relationship between the main characters, an ex homicide detective and the young boy he has to protect, builds throughout the book. As does the threat to both of their lives. This makes for an exciting finish to the book, you really don't know who will survive.
Dean Koontz just keeps getting better! cant wait for his next book!
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Format: Hardcover
Dean Koonts has done it again.A superb mixture of thriller with a sprinkling of the supernatural. The story GRABS you from the start, it makes you care about the characters. The story is a delight, the twists and turns are not obvious and you have to keep on reading.
Even when the story finishes you would like to know more and follow the characters as their lives unfold even further.
Its a great book you can't put it down.
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Format: Hardcover
One of Koontz's best yet! Although the book seemed a little slow in the beginning, you have to allow the author the benefit of the doubt when setting the scene, and creating the characters. And after he has done this, you will be utterly engaged. This has the sort of urgent drama that makes you want to scream in frustration at the characters' almost-too-slow realisation of where danger lies, in a pantomime-esque 'it's behind you' kind of way. I could not put this down, and as usual the author combines a page-turning thriller with a warm and touching message, and a fantastic and urgent finish. Totally Brilliant!
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Format: Hardcover
This book is excellent. What an imagination Koontz has! I have been reading his books for a decade and he still impresses me. I could not put this book down and I am now lost without it. The themes, the characters, the plot. It's all great. If you read this and enjoy it, then you may aswell purchase all his other books in bulk (so you don't have to pay for p&p) and forget about Stephen King.
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Format: Hardcover
This is the best film I've ever seen. And, before anyone starts thinking that somehow I've actually seen it in cinematic format, then stop. Sure, I'd watch the film, but this is one of those rare books where I truly envisaged the whole kit and caboodle (and without even realising that fact until I'd finished). Not just bits. The lot.
Starting the book, one feels a little in awe of its length, but not a single page fails to compel the reader into licking their cerebral lips for the next: humanity combating chaos, subtle yet gruesome depravity, sadness, contrition, and a thoroughly heart-thumping finale. It's not just a fact that, to quote the cliche, "I couldn't put the book down". The book wouldn't put me down. I lost sleep reading this, but by no means regret the sore eyes.
Dean Koontz is a master. Am I grovelling at his talent? Yes. So what?
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Format: Hardcover
I have been an avid reader of Dean Koonz novels for many years and he never ceases to amaze me.His recent novel The Face was,to me above his usual standards.It had the ususal mix of down to earth heros and crazy serial killers!! From the moment i picked the book up i couldnt put it down,i must have read it from cover to cover in a whole evening,thats the thing with Koontz,he keeps you wanting more.If you want a good novel to keep you occupied on a cold,dark winter evening,Koontz is the guy to to read.Not only does he scare the pants off you,he makes you want to hug the heros!!deffinately a book to put on your christmas list.
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Format: Hardcover
What's not to like? I won't get into the story itself, it can be read elsewhere, but come on!! The descriptions, the plotlines, the characters, the riddles, everything. This has to be The Masterpiece of Dean Koontz's career thus far. This is a perfect story, almost as perfect as they come, it even outdoes my faves such as 'Whispers', 'Intensity', 'Sole Survivor' and 'From the Corner of His Eye'. To those of you who didn't even get through half of the book: Give it another chance!! This is perfection.
What's not to understand? True, the lead character, Ethan Truman, gets killed off in chapter two and is back in chapter three, but if you guys'n'gals just hang in there, by the end it will make perfectly sense, and if you don't get touched and aren't filled with hope and joy when the last page is turned, then I dare say that your heart is made of stone. And yes, there is a large cast, but not as large as in, say, 'Strangers' or 'From the Corner of His Eye'.
This is a darn good novel; it has everything, love, horror, terror, hope, redemption...and in spite of the 600+ pages it is a fast read, immensely gripping, and not easily forgotten (but I'm also one of those guys who found that 'Mulholland Drive' has lots of meaning, and who never have found a movie going by so quickly).
Highly, highly, highly recommended.
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Format: Paperback
This was my first Dean Koontz book.
I had finished my last book and was just looking for a quick replacement.
Boy am I glad I picked this one!
The story had me gripped from start to finish with exciting twists and up-and-downs throughout.
I now want to read more Koontz books to see how he carries on with other story lines.
This is a criminal, supernatural story with a heavy (but not imposing) hint of social behaviour subtexts that blend together excellently!
Buy it now!
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