Audio Review 44 // Nameless: Season One by Dean Koontz (Part One)

What! Something new, something not sci-fi...Time to rage quit.

No, seriously I felt I needed a refresher so I picked up season one of Dean Koontz Nameless. I hadn't heard of this series before so was going in completely blind. All I can tell you is this "season" is made up of six short tales and we will go through half of them today and the other half next week.

Book One: In the Heart of the Fire

A bloodthirsty sheriff is terrorizing a small Texas town where justice has been buried with his victims. Until Nameless arrives—a vigilante whose past is a mystery and whose future is written in blood.

Anyone who crosses Sheriff Russell Soakes is dead, missing, or warned. One of them is a single mother trying to protect her children but bracing herself for the worst. Nameless fears the outcome. He’s seen it in his visions. Now it’s time to teach the depraved Soakes a lesson in fear. But in turning predators into prey, will Nameless unearth a few secrets of his own?

Great intro tale. The fast pace kept the story moving and gave no chance to become bored. The main character Ben Shepherd creates flashbacks to a Jason Bourne Style character. With no name or memory, he is mysteriously guided to a crime by the Ace of Diamonds, one that the police can't solve. I did find it a bit strange to discover this character is a psychic (not really needed in my opinion). His opening mission with us the reader is to take down a psychopathic, child molester sheriff and damn does he take him down.

Very solid opener, I'm hooked already.

Book Two: Photographing the Dead

A self-styled artist is getting away with murder in Death Valley. If all goes well, so will Nameless. In part two of the Nameless series, the relentless avenger is haunted by nightmares of the past and visions of what’s to come.

Palmer Oxenwald’s hunting ground is the Mojave wasteland. His victims are random tourists and hikers. His trophies are cherished photographs of the damage he’s done. His greatest threat is Nameless. Two men with one thing in common: memories of the dead. For a psychopath like Palmer, they’re a clear rush in black and white. For Nameless, they’re visions of violence are buried and erased. But for how long?

This time Nameless is chasing down a perverted killer, who enjoys revisiting a similar spot to kill. He then takes photos of his victims to remember his kills. This story though good lacked the uniqueness of the first, and the retribution came too quickly. What this book does give us is a bit more insight into his 
special gift and answers a bit more about Nameless's background.

On to book three.

Book Three: The Praying Mantis Bride

A deadly black widow has eliminated three husbands and counting. But Nameless knows her one weakness. To bring truth and its consequences to her crimes, the vigilante must spin a web of his own in part three of the Nameless series.

Lucia—current last name, Rickenbah—has made a fortune by marrying rich men who tend to drop dead. But the superstitious blonde believes in more than money and murder. Nameless’s job is to scare a confession out of Lucia, and as the psychological warfare escalates, even he may be in for a shock.

This is properly the best in the first three tales. For the first time in the series, the "Villian" is a woman, aka a Praying Mantis. She has managed to outlive three husbands each richer than the last (also strongly hinted some lovers have disappeared). This is a really dark story as the main character Nameless keeps seeing his own death. It would seem the villain had a terrible childhood, which though her actions are unforgivable they become more understandable. It also had me questioning if Nameless is a force of good or just a vigilante working for a rich and maybe corrupt organization?

As an opening into a new series and a new to me author, I am impressed. The narrator is easy to listen to and I found myself easily hooked straight away. I am excited to post up the next three titles. Until then thank you for checking in and please use the links below to help support me.

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