The Face Audio Cassette – Audiobook, 1 Apr 2005
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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.
"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.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
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?
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.
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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im new to Dean Koontz and have read several in the last few months. This one is worth a read in my opinion. Read morePublished 8 months ago by jean.t
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I felt that the beginning was somewhat slow, but the twists and turns of the plot were like a spider web encouraging further and further into its lair. Read morePublished 23 months ago by teresa long