Cold Fire

Cold Fire

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by Dean Koontz
     
 

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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. "Koontz's sleekest novel in years!"--Kirkus.

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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. "Koontz's sleekest novel in years!"--Kirkus.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Koontz ( The Bad Place ) leads us a nice chase for about two-thirds of his latest thriller, after which he sinks into soap opera. Responding to an inexplicable compulsion, ex-schoolteacher Jim Ironheart flies from Southern California to Portland, Ore., where he averts, at the last minute, the accidental death of a schoolboy. Local reporter Holly Thorne, taken with Jim's piercing gaze, sets up a computer search for data on similar rescues. She finds a dozen such cases across the U.S.; every news item mentions a mysterious ``Jim'' with penetrating eyes. As she follows the story of a lifetime, Holly realizes Jim is being guided by some strange Power. Confronting him, she finds he has no idea of the source of the Power. Now in love with Jim, Holly starts sharing his nightmares and abandons the story to help him. Their initially exciting adventures then yield to rather tepid encounters with ``The Friend,'' who may be: an alien on earth for 10,000 years; ``The Enemy'' in disguise; a projection of Jim's hyperkinetic personality; or all of the above. Suspense succumbs to psychobabble, ushering in a predictable ending. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club main selections; Mystery Guild featured alternate. (Jan.)
Library Journal
Teacher Jim Ironheart, aptly named, is sent by forces unknown to save chosen people in life-threatening situations. By chance, a young but jaded reporter stumbles onto his missions, and joins him to investigate who is controlling him and why. Shared nightmares begin to point to an extraterrestrial influence, and the pair are forced to confront Ironheart's forgotten past for answers. Koontz ( The Bad Place , LJ 12/89), a master at maintaining mystery and suspense, weaves themes from earlier novels into this latest thriller. Even if the ending calls to mind DuMaurier and Hitchcock, Cold Fire contains all the ingredients--likable characters, nail-biting suspense, and above all, unlimited imagination--that will please Koontz's fans. For all popular collections. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club main selection; Mystery Guild featured alternate; previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/1/90.--Eric W. Johnson, Teikyo Post Univ. Lib., Waterbury, Ct.
From the Publisher
“An extraordinary piece of fiction with unforgettable characters. It will be a classic.”—UPI

“Solid, satisfying, hair-raising…Koontz barely lets the reader come up for air between terrors.”—The Washington Post

“Gripping.”—Los Angeles Times

“A unique spellbinding novel with depth, sensitivity, and personality.”—Boston Herald

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560541790
Publisher:
Macmillan Library Reference
Publication date:
11/09/1992
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
652

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“An extraordinary piece of fiction with unforgettable characters. It will be a classic.”—UPI

“Solid, satisfying, hair-raising…Koontz barely lets the reader come up for air between terrors.”—The Washington Post

“Gripping.”—Los Angeles Times

“A unique spellbinding novel with depth, sensitivity, and personality.”—Boston Herald

Meet the Author

Dean Koontz, author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers, lives in Southern California with his wife Gerda.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Newport Beach, California
Date of Birth:
July 9, 1945
Place of Birth:
Everett, Pennsylvania
Education:
B.S. (major in English), Shippensburg University, 1966
Website:
http://www.deankoontz.com

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Cold Fire 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 115 reviews.
haylie1 More than 1 year ago
I am reviewing my favorite book I have read this year Cold Fire by Dean Koontz. It is a science fiction/action novel that will have you on the edge of your seat. The story begins in southern California , Laguna Niguel. The main charactar is Jim Ironheart and Koontz takes him on one heck of a ride. Anyone that likes action movies will love this book. This book relates to all young high school students, college students or slightly older. I have had this book for a year I bought it at a yard sale to bring my Koontz total to a shocking twenty five books. It is the fifth book of my collection I have read this year and it was hands down the one book I refused to put down. The main character Jim Ironheart has saved twelve live in three months and a reporter Holly Thorne is intrigued by him. . He is doing amazing things like flying from Laguna Niguel to Portland to save a boy from being ran over by a drunk driver in the last second. He don't know why he does these random heroic acts saving lives. So is Mr. Jim Ironheart a gifted or a physic. I can guarantee you'll have a great time figuring it out. The most bizarre thing is it all started at on old Wind Mill. This book has non stop action fast cars, explosions, gun shooting, aliens its all here. This is hands down a classic if you have never read Dean Koontz I strongly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You won't want to put this one down, great story new twists and turns. Right up there in the class of Watchers and Strangers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book this winter i cpuld not put it down...even when i wasnt reading i was wondering what gonna happen...Great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, and those that say it was predictable how the hec do you get that..?? It didnt turn out like I expected at all!!!...I couldnt hardly put the book down..couldnt wait to see what was going to happen next...and the ending did surprise me...!! Enjoyed it thoroughly...!!
LovetheKoontz More than 1 year ago
This is by far one of the best Koontz books I've read. Couldn't put it down. Keeps you guessing with twists and turns until the very end. Classic Koontz style. This was my second read. Will most definitely read it again in the future.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My first Koontz book I got for xmas. My wife knows I love to read. So I delved into this book not knowing how Koontz was as an author. Well, let me tell you that each chapter reveals more and more of our friend Jim and his prescient power. From his extremelly horrific dreams that Holly and him share to his outings to save the day, we are filled with such intense heart pounding suspense that verily I tell you now, I have a VERY hard time setting it down to do other stuff at the end of a chapter. Great Book. Looking forward to MORE KOONTZ!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my first Dean Koontz novel I have ever read, and let me just say, it did not dissappoint! The story line is riveting and pulls the reader in from almost the very first page. Jim Ironheart and Holly Thorne are two of the most intriguing characters I've ever read about and I could not wait to find out what happens to them next. Some novels become cluttered with too many characters to keep track of but this one only focuses on Jim and Holly, with minor characters along the way and I greatly enjoyed that. Overall, this was an excellent read and probably one of the best books I've ever read, it keeps you going until the last page. I can't wait to start my next Dean Koontz novel!!
SnapeLover More than 1 year ago
I have read almost everything Koontz has written. This is by far the best ever! I found this by accident when researching writing styles here at B&N.com. Dean has written a new forward in this book explaining why this is his favorite of his books. He also explains why he will never allow a movie to be made of this story. OMG! I cried when I finished it, I did not want it to end. So many times I have read a story that feels like the author did not know how to finish or resolve the plot. Goodness; what an ending! You will not be disappointed with this brilliant work!
songcatchers More than 1 year ago
Throughout the whole novel we are kept guessing as to what drives Jim Ironheart to save certain lives. Jim seems like a very troubled fellow but likable. We root for him when he races across the continent to save some 10 year old boy. We root for him when he's wandering in the desert looking for himself. We root for him when the plane he is on is about to crash. And we root for him when he finally sees his past and his world comes tumbling down.

Coldfire is both a supernatural and psychological thriller. At parts it is downright terrifying! We wait to see what the horrifying nightmares of the windmill suffered by both Holly and Jim mean. There is a twist at the end that I never saw coming. I don't think I'll ever look at a windmill again without remembering this book
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first Dean R. Koontz book I read but it made me want to get all the Koontz books available. This book was Great! Totally awesome.
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Stevie_Jo More than 1 year ago
Jim Ironheart is a man who puts himself right in the path of Death and Danger with a fearless expression in his very blue eyes. The very first time we meet him, he's having one of his "visions" or premonitions about someone dying and he has to go save them. During this little adventure, he meets Holly Thorne, a journalist for a newspaper who decides eventually to quit her job and join forces with Jim because he is so extraordinary. And she's crazy in love with him.After only knowing him for like ten minutes...Anyway, the whole first part of the book--because it's divided into three parts--is meant to show you Jim's good, heroic side. We're supposed to see how he tries to live a purposeful life by saving random people from random tragic events. Most of them are children (understandably so since he was traumatized as a child and probably feels like by saving children, he's giving the hurt child within himself some closure from the past) and all of them are kind of neat in the detail that Koontz provides. So in the second part, we focus on deciphering how Jim knows these things. We learn that it has something to do with a windmill that he spent a lot of his time in when he was growing up. He lost his parents when he was ten and he was sent to live with his grandparents, so like any traumatized child, he took great refuge in something strange and secluded: like the windmill. But this is seriously weird stuff. The walls of the windmill start glowing; Holly is having these dreams that are memories of Jim's past; something--called The Friend--inside the windmill starts to talk to them; The Enemy materializes in broad daylight for everyone to see. I'm disappointed with the way things went, though. I expected--or rather, anticipated, hoped--for something entirely different to come out of this. In no way did I buy the whole alien thing. Like Holly, I was a skeptic as to the glowing wall and all that. But unlike Holly, I was not so easy to accept the truth of what was going on. Oh well. I have to give Koontz some credit for using awesome metaphors and analogies to get his point across. His detail was tangible and poignant, not empty and hallow like some sci-fi writers. Every detail mattered so if you read this book, pay attention. I know I've given a lot away but it's worth the read anyway. If for no other reason than the journey.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago