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Don’t look down.…
Because you’re trapped on the 40th floor of a deserted office building by a psychopath called "The Butcher".
Don’t look down.…
Because you’re an ex-mountain climber and a fall from Everest left you with a bad leg and a paralyzing fear of heights.
Don’t look down.…
Because The Butcher has slaughtered the guards and short-circuited the elevators - the stairways are blocked, and for you and the beautiful woman with you, there’s only one escape route.
Don’t look down.…
Because 600 feet of empty space are looking back at you.
©1977 Nkui (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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By Abstractchick on 08-09-13

Some good surprises in store...

I thought this would be a stock hero hunting a killer story. It is actually pretty good. I had to keep listening to it all the way through! Thank goodness it isn't a long book because I wouldn't have been able to get anything done! I always hesitate to read thrillers because they are gory or get too much into the detective or cop detail, but Koontz has a good pace at building the story and seems to have a pretty good knowledge of a couple of areas. Be aware there are a couple of graphic parts if you are sensitive to that. The story is full of surprises all the way to the end. I have not listened to Koontz novel before and after this listen, would choose another of his books.

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By Michael on 12-29-13

Good Old Koontz but…

This early Koontz is not his best work, but not his worst. I found it mildly interesting, but a bit derivative, a bit formulaic, and at points a bit silly. The situations sometimes become absurd. Other suspense authors do this ad-nausium, but Koontz usually can be relied upon to get quite strange, but almost never dumb. One of the things I like best about Koontz is I almost never find myself thinking “Oh come on, that is just silly”. The Face of Fear is one of the few exceptions. The very Columbo-like detective seemed derivative and was not compelling. The story as a whole was also more formulaic than the best of Koontz. There were a few things I liked about this story but far from enough to make this a great Koontz.

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By Amazon Customer on 05-03-14

Good early Dean Koontz novel

Face of Fear is an early(ish) work from one of the outstanding writers of modern times, this one is a fast paced thriller that never gets boring and is just about the right length.

Patrick Lawlor does a very good job on the narration & the whole thing is quite a satisfying experience.

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By Richard on 08-29-13

Surprisingly good and not too supernatural

If you could sum up The Face of Fear in three words, what would they be?

Mystery, Suspense, Action

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Face of Fear?

The surprise ending

Any additional comments?

On the whole, I'm not keen on supernatural books but this one is more of a murder mystery where the main character happens to be psychic. Well written and well read. My only complaint would be that there's not much breadth to the plot or characters but as a quick dose of a good story it works well.

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