Nigh Chills is about a scientist that has discovered a way to brainwash people, to open their minds using subliminal ads and then program them to do what you'd like. The concept is chilling. The story is interesting and you're kept on the edge of your seat most of the time. And the characters are enjoyable. If you're a fan of Koontz's earlier works, you'll enjoy this.
if you like to have chills down your back and can't get enough... this is a must read. i couldn't put it down til the last page. a great read!
A nightmare of rape, murder and mutilation, in Kootz usual style. If you like this author, this is one of his bests. I did enjoy it.
Great thriller, scary in parts.
As always a great read by Koontz, this book is about an sickness that breaks out, and people are getting night chills from this sickness. I enjoyed it as I do all Koontz books
The fever is spreading; seizing the men and women of Black River, plaguing them with night chills, driving them to violent acts of rape and murder. Designed by top scientists, and unleashed in a monstrous conspiracy - its deadly spell can unlock the most frightening potential of the human mind.
Great book for Koontz fans and anyone looking for that creepy chill!
ISBN 0425098648 - Before the story begins, Koontz gives a little history of mind control and subliminal advertising. This is, one assumes, to give greater credence to the tale he spins and, to a degree, it succeeds. At the very least, I started the book willing to believe that the technology in it was real or possible.
Paul and Annie Annendale had vacationed in Black River every summer with their two children, hoping to instill in them love and respect for nature. They'd met and befriended Sam Edison, the owner of the general store, years ago and developed the habit of spending a night with him before heading into the woods to camp. After Annie's death, their daughter Rya convinced Paul that they should continue the tradition and soon Paul had met and fallen in love with Sam's daughter Jenny, who moved home after her marriage fell apart. This summer would be no different - or so they thought. Arriving at the tail-end of a town-wide flu epidemic, they begin to enjoy their vacation in the small mill town.
What they don't know is that their timing couldn't be better - or worse. Ogden Salsbury, a scientist at a private company owned by millionaire H Leonard Dawson, has been working on government research into subliminal advertising and has made a huge discovery. Taking it to Dawson, who brings in General Klinger, he convinces both men that they can have unimaginable power. Dawson is a religious fanatic who would like to bring the world to Jesus, Klinger is a military man who wants power for power's sake and Salsbury is a twisted man who wants to control a world that has mistreated and disrespected him for his whole life. After two years, Salsbury is testing the program in Black River. The two groups of people come together in this small town and the fight for control of the minds of the citizens of Black River is on.
A quick read, and kind of average. The graphic sex scenes are a little over the top, maybe only because they are almost all sexually perverted (rape, rape of a woman in front of her husband and son, beating and raping a woman with a gun...). The idea might have been to make the reader horrified by Salsbury, but somehow I ended up horrified by Koontz. The ending is too simplistic, considering the scope of the mind control. The best part of the book, if you're interested in subliminal messages in the real world, might be the References listed in the back, citing about 20 books and magazine articles.
Typical Koontz. Good Read.
This is old, yellowed copy, but a GREAT book! I think that Koontz' work is all really good. This one is about subliminal messages and how they are used.
Another great Dean Koontz book!
Enjoyable conspiracy novel that will keep you interested. The characterization of the guy's daughter in this is a bit too contrived for my taste, but that is a minor annoyance.
This is one that gets ya thinking.
Seems like a scary night book.
Not a bad book, but not one of his best either. Also does not translate well to audio book at some points.
Good edge-of-your-seat thriller!
If you are a Dean Koontz fan, then you are sure to enjoy one of his earlier works: circa early 1970's.
A horrible epidemic is plaguing Black River, driving its victoms to murder...
Seizing the men and woman of Black Rivers Ploguing them with night chills. Driving them to violent acts of rape and murder.
Designed by top scientists, and unleashed in a monstrous conspiracy it's deadly spell can unlock the most frighteding potential of the human mind.
The nightmare is real. and death is the only cure...
From Inside Cover:
The fever is spreading. Seizing the men and women of Black River. Plaguing them with night chills. Driving them to commit violent acts of rape and murder.
Designed by top scientists and unleashed in a monstrous conspiracy - its deadly spell can unlock the most frightening potential of the human mind.
The nightmare is real. And death is the only cure.
"The fever is spreading.... seizing the men and women of Black River. Plaguing them with night chills. Driving them to violent acts of rape, murder - and mutilation. Designed by top scientists, and unleashed in a monstrous conspiracy - its deadly spell can unlock the most frightening potential of the human mind. The nightmare is real. And death is the only cure..."
The fever is spreading...men and women of Black River are having night chills. They are being driven to violent acts of rape and murder. Death is the only cure.
Seizing the men and women of Black River. Plaguing them with night chills. Driving them to violent acts of rape and murder. Designed by top scientists and unleashed in a monstrous conspiracy- its deadly spell can unlock the most frightening potential of the human mind. The mightmare is real. And death is the only cure...
never read it.but i hear hes a great writer.