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Publisher's Summary

Reporter Holly Thorne is intrigued by Jim Ironheart, who has saved 12 lives in the past three months. Holly wants to know what kind of power drives him, why terrifying visions of a churning windmill haunt his dreams, and just what he means when he whispers in his sleep that an enemy who will kill everyone is coming.
"A master storyteller, sometimes humorous, sometimes shocking, but always riveting. His characters sparkle with life. And his fast-paced plots are wonderfully fiendish, taking unexpected twists and turns." ( The San Diego Union-Tribune)
©2004 Dean Koontz (P)2004 Brilliance Audio
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1 out of 5 stars
By Malia Nash on 11-11-11

A real disappointment

It should have been a great story but it just didn't mesh. I kept at it, listening until the end, even though, frankly I found myself bored about half way thru. I didn't buy the romance between Holly and Jim and the anger that kept popping up seemed contrived as though Jim's rage was something he was told to display and not what he actually felt.

I don't normally give one star ratings because very few books elicit such a strong reaction as to make me feel as though I've wasted my time but this was a book that could have been so good. Perhaps if Koontz had either gone the religious route or the alien route and then settled on the reality, the reader would have felt a sense of nightmare, discovery, and healing. Instead Koontz had the character and thus the reader barely (key word here, BARELY) examine the core beliefs of religon and alien ideology, like skimming thru a thick medical book and then going, ok, here's the answer--now you're cured.

Ah huh.

None of it felt real.

And neither did Holly or Jim or the world of "Cold Fire".

Carol Cowan's performance was fine but Michael Hanson sounded, perhaps, HE was bored with the book.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Michael on 07-18-08

Above average Koontz

Cold Fire is a pleasant little Koontz. It has good amount of weirdness and two nice primary characters. There are not as many developed characters as I like in a great Koontz novel and there is no dog (bummer). There are really only 2 and a half characters, which is unusual for Koontz. Not one of the greats but above average Koontz.

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