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The Face (2003)

by Dean Koontz

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When little black presents begin to arrive at popular actor, Channing Manheim‘s house it is the job of his head of security, Ethan Truman, to figure out what the threat is and protect the “Face” and his family. While Ethan is busy trying to understand what these morbid gifts mean, other characters are busy living their lives and telling their side.

Dean Koontz’s novel “The Face” is without a doubt a superb example of storytelling. Changing between the voices of various characters has enabled Koontz to provide a well-woven tale filled with mystery, horror and suspense. The narrators include Channing’s son, Fric, to Ethan’s detective friend, Hazard, a childhood of Ethan’s, Dunny and finally Corky Laputo. Through their eyes and Ethan’s, Koontz slowly reveals what those little black gifts mean and what that means for inhabitants of Manheim’s mansion as well as those who have contact with the main characters.

While there are some supernatural style occurrences in the novel they do not distract from the tale and have a tendency to actually come across as imaginings. A long read, the short chapters provide the motivation to continue on and the mystery of what is to happen urges you to quicken the pace. ( )
  JEB5 | Oct 30, 2013 |
This book was beyond captivating-it was an intense read! You will not be disappointed in this book at all. Make sure you have time because you won't want to put it down!
  Bettyb30 | Jun 24, 2013 |
It's a really creepy, interesting book. Dean Koontz has an inimitable style that is crisp and concise while still captivating the reader. The premise is fascinating, and his characterization of the villian had me laughing aloud in spots.


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  mephistia | Apr 6, 2013 |
"The Face" is my second go at Koontz work and it has done nothing but increase my interest on his work.
With a great and memorable vilan, this book is an easy and extremely enjoyable reading experience with a bit of humor, a lot of characters, which are revisited many times by Koontz throughout the book and the always present supernatural, all in all a great story hard to put down.

A great read. ( )
  ricardob | Mar 31, 2013 |
More detective novel than Koontz's usual thrillers. Ethan Truman is head of security of the actor known as The Face of Hollywood. When his boss starts getting weird packages Ethan has to track down who and where they are coming from before harm can occur to his bos and his bosses son. Now a bad way to spend an afternoon in the sun. ( )
  Scoshie | Oct 11, 2011 |
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The civilized human spirit...cannot get rid of a feeling of the uncanny. --Doctor Faustus, Thomas Mann
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This book is dedicated to three exceptional men--and to their wives, who have worked so very hard to sculpt them from such rough clay. From the ground up: To Leason and Marlene Pomeroy, to Mike and Edie Martin, and to Jose and Rachel Perez. After The Project, I will not be able to get up in the morning, spend a moment at home during the day, or go to bed at night without thinking of you. I guess I'll just have to live with that.
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After the apple had been cut in half, the halves had been sewn together with coarse black thread.
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Ten-year-old Aelfric Manheim is home alone when he receives a call from a stranger with a simple and terrifying message, "There is trouble coming, young Fric...You're going to need a place to hide." Meanwhile, security chief for the Manheim estate, former detective Ethan Truman, is tailing a "deader than dead" body that got up and left the morgue when he vividly experiences his own death--twice. In The Face, Dean Koontz delivers yet another spellbinding and chilling novel, where real and imagined monsters walk the streets, ghosts travel through mirrors, and the devil makes house calls. Stalked by both real and supernatural evil, the bright and sensitive Fric, virtually orphaned by his A-list Hollywood parents, and the brave but disillusioned former detective Ethan Truman, himself suffering from the loss of his wife, must rely on their wits and each other to escape a dark and disturbing fate.

The supernatural lurks just beneath the surface of the "real" in Koontz's novels, and The Face is no exception. Ghosts, angels, demons, child predators and serial anarchists run rampant in Koontz's tale--the unsuspecting reader never knows what is real or imagined until the characters themselves know--creating a disorienting and frightening experience, and one that is vintage Koontz. Whether it be the real-life "agents of chaos" who roam the world creating mayhem and death or the phone lines that carry words of the dead to the living, this is Koontz at his most powerful and terrifying.

In The Face, Koontz has created a modern fable for adults, taking the bones from tales of old and breathing new life into the characters. Clearly written for adults, The Face nevertheless channels the wit and wisdom of Aesop as well as the violence and villainy of the Brothers Grimm. While Koontz's penchant for elaborately singsong descriptions can be grating, ultimately it lends this tale its folkloric quality, i.e. "The June-bug jitter, scarab click, tumblebug tap of the beetle-voiced rain spoke at the window, click-click-click." In this fable, the world is a menacing and threatening place for adults and children alike, and the naïve and uninformed go trip-trapping through life with no notion of the trolls that lurk in the dark. The moral of this story is that, good or evil, you will get what is coming to you; it's up to you to succeed or fail for you alone decide your path punishment or redemption. --Daphne Durham

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When a Hollywood star becomes the target of a twisted killer, ex-cop Ethan Truman confronts the secrets of his tragic past and premonitions of his own impending violent death as he struggles to solve the macabre riddles of a killer.

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