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 BloodAnyone 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 OwnFrom New York Times Bestselling Author Dean Koontz Comes In The Heart Of The Fire , Part Of Nameless , A Riveting Collection Of Short Stories About A Vigilante Nomad, Stripped Of His Memories And Commissioned To Kill Follow Him In Each Story, Which Can Be Read Or Listened To In A Single Sitting


10 thoughts on “In the Heart of the Fire

  1. Peter Peter says:

    I didn t read a Dean Koontz novella for ages and quite liked this one Fast paced, with a shot of supernatural mystery, a psychic investor without memory he goes by the name of Nameless drives to Worstead County He plans to eliminate a psychopath and child molester What is the problem in his task And why is the job so dangerous Dean Koontz sends you on an intriguing journey with Ben Shepherd the name Nameless uses Will he succeed and defeat a mighty enemy Compelling action meets crim I didn t read a Dean Koontz novella for ages and quite liked this one Fast paced, with a shot of supernatural mystery, a psychic investor without memory he goes by the name of Nameless drives to Worstead County He plans to eliminate a psychopath and child molester What is the problem in his task And why is the job so dangerous Dean Koontz sends you on an intriguing journey with Ben Shepherd the name Nameless uses Will he succeed and defeat a mighty enemy Compelling action meets crime meets clairvoyant If you re looking for a perfect blend of supernatural and crime you should take a look at this easy and quick to read novella Enjoyed it and will read the next novella of this six volumes series Glad to be back with Dean Koontz Recommended


  2. Constantine Constantine says:

    Rating 3.5 5.0Genre Mystery Thriller Short StoryA good start for a series We follow a nameless character, I think he calls himself nameless too He is a vigilante though he rejects to be called that Ace of Diamonds Another unknown character gives him this mission to take down a corrupt cop.The story is linear but has lots of mystery to it Of course, we don t get answers to who Nameless is and why is he doing what he is doing It makes thingsintriguing to start the next book in the Rating 3.5 5.0Genre Mystery Thriller Short StoryA good start for a series We follow a nameless character, I think he calls himself nameless too He is a vigilante though he rejects to be called that Ace of Diamonds Another unknown character gives him this mission to take down a corrupt cop.The story is linear but has lots of mystery to it Of course, we don t get answers to who Nameless is and why is he doing what he is doing It makes thingsintriguing to start the next book in the series It was an entertaining short thriller It makes one wonder where the next events will lead the main characterAvailable on Kindle Unlimited


  3. Char Char says:

    I was expecting a dog, a good guy and a bad guy I got all 3 but in spite of that, I liked this short story The above is the reason I quit reading Koontz in the first place It seemed to me that all of his books were the same After WATCHERS and a few other Koontz books made me quickly fall in love with him, the re use of that same formula over and over again made me fall out of love with him, just as quickly I like the mystery surrounding Nameless, and I m in to see what happens next.


  4. Kimberly Antill Kimberly Antill says:

    In the Heart of the Fire is a very quick read, but in a few pages Dean Koontz managed to write an interesting tale A clairvoyant vigilante called Nameless hunts down an evil predator The events in this story cover some difficult issues but Koontz never becomes too graphic Book one has left me with a lot of unanswered questions I m curious to knowabout Nameless and the Ace of Diamonds So I look forward to the next installment.


  5. Obsidian Obsidian says:

    Not a bad first book in the series Just a bit too new Koontz for me I was hoping for some horror, but this one will do There s a damn dog, but at least it s not a golden retriever And for once the dog didn t have super powers I think that the flow after a bit was a bit off And I think that Nameless felt like a hybrid of Odd Thomas and a few Koontz heroes mixed in At least this guy doesn t seem to be a former military man with the ability to just shoot people in like five seconds I will s Not a bad first book in the series Just a bit too new Koontz for me I was hoping for some horror, but this one will do There s a damn dog, but at least it s not a golden retriever And for once the dog didn t have super powers I think that the flow after a bit was a bit off And I think that Nameless felt like a hybrid of Odd Thomas and a few Koontz heroes mixed in At least this guy doesn t seem to be a former military man with the ability to just shoot people in like five seconds I will say that the idea behind this is intriguing and some of the beats the story takes are really good Koontz has put out a short story collection that I thought was really good in the past, and you can see some of that still here In the Heart of the Fire is the first book sets up the premise of a lone man with a network of allies who can see the past and future Using that he seems to be going around to root out evil This first book has Nameless helping a widowed woman Jenny with a young boy and girl A corrupt sheriff Soakes and deputy seem to have a yen for young girls and Nameless knows if he doesn t get involved the whole family can be wiped out.Not too much to say about Nameless He can t remember his past, but has a special ability to see the past and future And he knows sometimes he can t change what is shown to him in the future He is working with a group people called Ace of Diamonds and a person called Ace I assume that Nameless s ability has been tested so they know that the people they target are evil and are fine with doing what they have to in order to ensure other s safety I am curious how Nameless got this ability though and hope that gets shown eventually.I liked the character of Jenny and thought her doing what she could to keep her family safe was admirable Though there are mentions of what Soakes and his acolyte have done to young girls, it s not spelled out explicitly to readers I am quite okay with that Soakes reminds me a bit of Koontz villains from the past They all seem to talk like dime store bad guys and have the most ridiculous thoughts The writing is typical Koontz, low on horror for those who are hoping This seems firmly mystery, thriller, and suspense The flow was off a bit at the beginning, but gets interesting as you have Jenny recount her story After that things get a bit slow again The setting of this town in Texas where Soakes rules at times feels oppressive Koontz describes the heat and the solitary nature of the homes and people You can see quite easily how some family s can disappear I thought the ending was great, but wantedsomething to occur It just seemed a bit too easy


  6. Richard Richard says:

    A clever idea for a protagonist.Ace of Diamonds is an agency outside of the law, but what side of justice do they take Nameless is their agent but is he a gun for hire or a vigilante one man army.In a well orchestrated operation this guy alights from a bus and follows his preplanned instructions Since this is the first in a series of short stories we do not know if he is light or dark However, his status as an agent is bizarre as amnesia and a lack of memories makes him almost an automaton.Fo A clever idea for a protagonist.Ace of Diamonds is an agency outside of the law, but what side of justice do they take Nameless is their agent but is he a gun for hire or a vigilante one man army.In a well orchestrated operation this guy alights from a bus and follows his preplanned instructions Since this is the first in a series of short stories we do not know if he is light or dark However, his status as an agent is bizarre as amnesia and a lack of memories makes him almost an automaton.Fortunately he is good at following his brief and in his conversations his humanity comes through in empathy and determination to right a wrong.So we have a hero and in this first case we have in coming up against the county Sheriff what chance one man against the law Horrible crimes are uncovered with little chance of a conviction unless someone rats him out Nameless carries out his work in a cross between the A Team, Charlie s Angels and Mission Impossible Accomplished author good route into his work Clever base for a series Great to see how the sting unfolds and the psychological means deployed The bit with the dog is both a telling moment in the final outcome and a realistic piece on the threat of animals, especially when trained by evil men


  7. Sheila Beaumont Sheila Beaumont says:

    Excellent short thriller with hints of the supernatural, the first in Dean Koontz s new Nameless series Loved the dog I m looking forward to reading the other five books in this series.


  8. Deb Deb says:

    This is a real page turner, fast and exciting The Dean Koontz style I love.


  9. Michael Hicks Michael Hicks says:

    My review of IN THE HEART OF THE FIRE can be found at High Fever Books.I used to be a voracious reader of Dean Koontz back in the 90s and early part of the 2000s, but fell off the bandwagon around the time By the Light of the Moon and a string of other clunkers came out and he traded the intriguing and unfinished Christopher Snow series for the much too earnest and goofball comedy of Odd Thomas Koontz was growing increasingly saccharine and annoying at the turn of the century, putting a particu My review of IN THE HEART OF THE FIRE can be found at High Fever Books.I used to be a voracious reader of Dean Koontz back in the 90s and early part of the 2000s, but fell off the bandwagon around the time By the Light of the Moon and a string of other clunkers came out and he traded the intriguing and unfinished Christopher Snow series for the much too earnest and goofball comedy of Odd Thomas Koontz was growing increasingly saccharine and annoying at the turn of the century, putting a particular emphasis on, if not full blown worshipfulness of, dogs It got to the point, for me, that his books became quasi religious and overly mystical treatises on the magic, beauty, and healing powers of dogs It was all dogs, all the time I had to step away from the author and his peculiar nonsense, going cold turkey after a string of disappointments Still, every now and then, I got the urge to check in on him, see what he was up to, and maybe Google him to see if he d started a dog worshiping cult yet With his recent publishing deal through , and the simultaneous release of the six novellas comprising the Nameless series, it seemed like a good time to see what was going on for the first time since 2006 s The Face.In the Heart of the Fire is mostly a solid, and surely disposable, bit of entertainment It s the kind of story that doesn t ask of lot of the author, mostly because it s a highly slimmed down reduction of the highly formulaic stories Koontz has been telling for decades now, nor does it ask much of the reader besides an hour or so of attention and a lack of better things to read Even then, you could mentally check out for a few pages at a time and not really miss much here The character of Nameless, dubbed so because of the amnesia that has wiped out all but the last two years of his memory, is basically Koontz s high tech, supernatural version of Lee Child s Jack Reacher or a far less engaging riff on the old Lance Henriksen show, Millennium He s a clairvoyant nomad, working for a secret organization that relies on superior computer hacking skills to deliver justice outside the reach of the law In this introduction to Nameless, he s traveled to a small Texas town under the iron fist of Sheriff Russel Soakes, a pedophile Soakes has targeted a single mother, intent on snatching her child for his version of fun in his underground playroom Those who have crossed paths with Soakes have gone missing, and Nameless is in town to put an end to his predatory reign Coming in at only 62 pages, In the Heart of the Fire is quick and easy read, and features some of Koontz s familiar, well worn staples there s the hi tech, cutting edge shenanigans, a supremely smart and repulsive villain, and it takes him all of 13 short paragraphs to drop in his first mention of a dog And, of course, a dog figures into the story, but, surprisingly, not in a front heavy, scene stealing role, nor as a divine, magical, alien, or genetically engineered dog there to save humanity Koontz also manages to keep his intrusive and goofy New Age y Catholic sentimentality out of the plot, although his card carrying Republican beliefs do seep in a bit early on, like when Nameless reminds a woman victimized by Soakes that the country is crawling with psychotic gangsters from Central America and littlethan a page later the pedophile villain is described an enlightened progressive lawman Although these tiny instances of Koontz s politicking are small, they were enough to get me Googling whether or not he s a Trump supporter who went all in on PizzaGate I couldn t find anything conclusive on those fronts, and despite this read not being particularly great, I suppose I ll give book two a shot just for the hell of it, in the hopes there s actually something worthwhile to sink into.So, this introduction to Nameless isn t particularly good, but it s not entirely bad either, so it s a perfectly middle of the read, unenthusiastic three stars It s one of those book s that s just kind of there and has been done better elsewhere by plenty of other writers If you re looking for something you can read with your brain parked in neutral, I suppose you could do a lot worse than In the Heart of the Fire Of course, you could also do a hell of a lot better, and frankly that s been true of Koontz books for going on two decades now


  10. Lyn❤Loves❤Listening Lyn❤Loves❤Listening says:

    Audio and story 5 Stars