Nameless (Books 1-6) by Dean Koontz ~ Series of Short #Thrillers #AudioBookReview #Suspense #FridayReads

Author: Dean Koontz

Performed by Edoardo Ballerini

Released: November 2019 on Audible 

Category: Collection of Novellas, Thriller, Suspense, Audiobook, Book Review


If our memories make us who we are, who is a man without any? Nameless has only a gun, missions from a shadowy agency, and one dead aim: dispense justice when the law fails. As he moves from town to town, driven by splintered visions of the past and future, he’s headed toward the ultimate confrontation…

Nameless comprises six novella length stories (they can be bought separately) with hints of the supernatural and horror, about a man with no past.

None that he can remember anyway. The sense is a past trauma, or perhaps the shadowy figure who sends him on missions, wiped his memory…and his fingerprints. He can’t recollect anything prior to the nomadic life he’s been living for the past two years, while he’s been visiting death on those that are deemed to deserve it because they have escaped justice for their terrible crimes.

Everything Nameless needs for his missions is supplied by the mysterious Ace of Diamonds and his agency, including money, clothes and his new identity. The agency seems to have limitless resources and access to technology.

Nameless also has a strange ability, which sometimes catches him unawares with visions foreseeing the future, or maybe it’s his past, he’s not sure which.

He won’t share the vision with her, though not just because it is so terrifying. He will not share it because then she will ask if he can prevent this horror from occurring.

Sometimes he can. Sometimes he can’t. Certain events are lightly sketched on the future and can be erased. Others are woven into the fabric of all that is to come and resist being unravelled.

He never knows whether he will be successful.

The stories have threads of menace and atmosphere and, although I think it’s fair to say Nameless is a vigilante, if he is successful in his missions he’s saving lives, and people from untold misery and heartache.  His aim is to punish evil, which is pretty understandable given the nature of the villains and their horrific crimes. 

The stories are quick and easy to listen to. The only downside is having certain information repeated in each, especially when they are sold as one audiobook. Most people would start from book one if they were reading them individually, so the repetition isn’t really necessary. We do learn more of Nameless’ back story as the series concludes and memories return with a vengeance.

Listening to Edoardo Ballerini narrate was a definite plus.

Book links ~ Amazon UK | Amazon US 

About the Author

Acknowledged as “America’s most popular suspense novelist” (Rolling Stone) and as one of today’s most celebrated and successful writers, Dean Ray Koontz has earned the devotion of millions of readers around the world and the praise of critics everywhere for tales of character, mystery, and adventure that strike to the core of what it means to be human.

Dean R. Koontz has also published under the names Leigh Nichols, Brian Coffey, David Axton, Owen West, Deanna Dwyer and Aaron Wolfe.

Dean, the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers, lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever, Elsa, and the enduring spirit of their goldens, Trixie and Anna.

Author links ~ Website | Facebook | Twitter 

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