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Velocity ➵ [Reading] ➷ Velocity By Dean Koontz ➪ – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Dean Koontz s unique talent for writing terrifying thrillers with a heart and soul is nowhere evident than in this latest suspense masterpiece that pits one man against the ultimate deadline If there Dean Koontz s unique talent for writing terrifying thrillers with a heart and soul is nowhere evident than in this latest suspense masterpiece that pits one man against the ultimate deadline If there were speed limits for the sheer pulse racing excitement allowed in one novel, Velocity would break them all Get ready for the ride of your life Bill Wiles is an easygoing, hardworking guy who leads a quiet, ordinary life But that is about to change One evening, after his usual eight hour bartending shift, he finds a typewritten note under the windshield wiper of his carIf you don t take this note to the police and get them involved, I will kill a lovely blond schoolteacher If you do take this note to the police, I will instead kill an elderly woman active in charity work You have four hours to decide The choice is yoursIt seems like a sick joke, and Bill s friend on the police force, Lanny Olson, thinks so too His advice to Bill is to go home and forget about it Besides, what could they do even if they took the note seriously No crime has actually been committed But less than twenty four hours later, a young blond schoolteacher is found murdered, and it s Bill s fault he didn t convince the police to get involved Now he s got another note, another deadline, another ultimatumand two new lives hanging in the balance Suddenly Bill s average, seemingly innocuous life takes on the dimensions and speed of an accelerating nightmare Because the notes are coming faster, the deadlines growing tighter, and the killer becoming bolder and crueler with every communication until Bill is isolated with the terrifying knowledge that he alone has the power of life and death over a psychopath s innocent victims Until the struggle between good and evil is intensely personal Until the most chilling words of all areThe choice is yours.


About the Author: Dean Koontz

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 humanDean, the author of many 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 Facebook Facebook DeanKoontzOfficialTwitter DeanKoontzWebsite DeanKoontz.



10 thoughts on “Velocity

  1. Will M. Will M. says:

    A very weak novel by Koontz it s like he was contradicting himself when he gave the book a title of Velocity when in reality it was slow as shit The main character was really likable at first, but he slowly became boring as the novel went by I didn t seem to hold my interest because most of the book contained nothing but jibber jabber A lot of useless stuff written just for the novel to be longer than it should be The amount of useless things said over powered the little of action that th A very weak novel by Koontz it s like he was contradicting himself when he gave the book a title of Velocity when in reality it was slow as shit The main character was really likable at first, but he slowly became boring as the novel went by I didn t seem to hold my interest because most of the book contained nothing but jibber jabber A lot of useless stuff written just for the novel to be longer than it should be The amount of useless things said over powered the little of action that the novel had The plot had huge potential, but the jibber jabber really destroyed it A supposed suspenseful novel turned into a sleep inducing one It took me forever to finish this almost a month and that means that I really wasn t interested I finished it just for the sake of it, and because I really hate to DNF a book I haven t really seen the truth in If you like Stephen King, then try Dean Koontz just yet, but maybe some of his other better novels would make me realize the implication.1.5 5 stars I m sure that I didn t pick up the wrong Koontz novel based on the synopsis, because that shit was good and exciting It s also not because I wasn t in the mood for such genre, because I was The book was just terrible for me, let s leave it at that Nothing works for everybody anyway Once again, I m still not giving up on Koontz, because his Odd Thomas novels were quite entertaining anyway at least the ones I ve currently read Read at your own risk


  2. Alejandro Alejandro says:

    This is indeed a novel with speed incorporated As the title Velocity hints the rhythm of the narrative A clear fast tempo.You are barely getting comfy in your seat when you realize that you need to fasten your seatbelt right away The premise is simple but performed in a brilliant and very entertaining way.I liked real quick the protagonist and I fear even quicker from the antagonist Nothing is left to the chance You will witness a carefull crafted masterful plan by the villain.I enjoyed i This is indeed a novel with speed incorporated As the title Velocity hints the rhythm of the narrative A clear fast tempo.You are barely getting comfy in your seat when you realize that you need to fasten your seatbelt right away The premise is simple but performed in a brilliant and very entertaining way.I liked real quick the protagonist and I fear even quicker from the antagonist Nothing is left to the chance You will witness a carefull crafted masterful plan by the villain.I enjoyed in the way that story develops since you realize that the protagonist takes sound and reasonable decisions at each moment that he she needs to take a choice It s not like Oh, for Christ s sake Why in the world he is doing that He she drives me nuts Oh, no, no I think that the protagonist reacts in a very believable way.Moreover, the story is totally set in a real world ambiance, you won t met any paranormal force.The evil here is very real and truly scary with a flesh and blood psychopathic criminal.Also, since it s a very entertaining story and real page turner, you will read it real quick.Highly recommended


  3. Chris Chris says:

    Usually people go on smoke breaks at work to take a break from their routine paper pushing to talk all raw about chicks and cuss a lot Thank god where I work I can do these things from the comfort of my desk, so when I go on a smoke break I can talk about things that actually take up to ten minutes to discuss seeing as I ve been seeing the same chick for years I don t have much in the way of interesting conversation anyway Sometimes I will rap about the futility of Chicago football, usually Usually people go on smoke breaks at work to take a break from their routine paper pushing to talk all raw about chicks and cuss a lot Thank god where I work I can do these things from the comfort of my desk, so when I go on a smoke break I can talk about things that actually take up to ten minutes to discuss seeing as I ve been seeing the same chick for years I don t have much in the way of interesting conversation anyway Sometimes I will rap about the futility of Chicago football, usually I m rapping in a negative manner about the clods I have to deal with in a day s work, or sometimes movies and music, and once in a great while, I ll actually discuss a book Usually it s just one person talking about the book and how much it ruled or sucked while the other person nods with slight enthusiasm this is because finding two people who have read the same book and can openly discuss it in this day and age is less common than finding a large chunk of platinum sticking out of the ground Well, even if you re not on quite the same page, or in the same book, for that matter, you can get a recommendation of worth Or, you can be led into the fallacy that Dean Koontz is worth a shit as an author Sure, someone might say hey, if you like Stephen King you ll love this guy , and in the seldom used recesses of the mind you think, hmmm, I ve been seeing Koontz s name for ages, he s obviously a NY Times bestseller several times over, maybe it s time to finally give the guy a chance And Velocity is exactly the type of reason that I m not listening to anyone tell me that a particular author is worth a damn I ll go back to either judging books by their cover or getting some recommendations from Brick , the spirit I channel via my ouija board About all I can say on a positive note about this book is that I wasn t exactly offended by it, not as if that is a rave review, but nothing within made me throw it out the window, a fate that s been suffered by only two books in my time It just doesn t do anything for me no entertainment, no enlightenment, it certainly didn t make my manhood any bigger Good old Billy, the common Everyman, becomes a pawn in a dangerous game being perpetrated by a crafty villain with the singular goal of psychologically harassing him while offing people The catch prior to every murder, the killer leaves Billy a note giving him two choices, either take no action and he ll kill victim A or to run to the cops and he ll kill victim B As the game plods along, he starts including people who are close to Billy or at least could be people close to him, as the descriptions of the victims are always vague enough not to point to anyone in particular as potential victims, and our intrepid bartender has to use every shred of cunning and resourcefulness he can muster to rise to the challenge to reveal the identity of this vicious bastard and kick his ass The killer, of course, isn t about to let him do that, and begins planting evidence on Billy s property, pestering him over the phone, dropping misleading clues as to his identity, and generally being a nuisance After the killer makes a few personal appearances and beats Billy down and becomes and even bigger pain in the ass, the final confrontation is afoot, in what might be the most mundane and completely preposterous finale imaginable


  4. Phrynne Phrynne says:

    Not the best Dean Koontz I have ever read but I still enjoyed it very much The best part is the way he develops Billy s character from the start of the book to the end Who would have thought such an ordinary man could be capable of such extraordinary things The ending is clever too Just as the reader thinks it is all over..it isn t This is why I enjoy this author so much He doesn t need me to be analytical or critical all I have to do is sit back and enjoy the fun Not the best Dean Koontz I have ever read but I still enjoyed it very much The best part is the way he develops Billy s character from the start of the book to the end Who would have thought such an ordinary man could be capable of such extraordinary things The ending is clever too Just as the reader thinks it is all over..it isn t This is why I enjoy this author so much He doesn t need me to be analytical or critical all I have to do is sit back and enjoy the fun


  5. Maciek Maciek says:

    Velocity is the essence of mass market fiction Billy Wiles, an everyman bartender finds a note under the windshield of his car If he takes it to the police, a schoolteacher will die If he doesn t, an old woman will be killed Billy visits his cop friend and tells him about the note The cop thinks it s a hoax and tells Billy to dismiss it It turns out it s not the schoolteacher dies Billy starts receiving other notes, forcing our bartender to choose the fate of people that are close to h Velocity is the essence of mass market fiction Billy Wiles, an everyman bartender finds a note under the windshield of his car If he takes it to the police, a schoolteacher will die If he doesn t, an old woman will be killed Billy visits his cop friend and tells him about the note The cop thinks it s a hoax and tells Billy to dismiss it It turns out it s not the schoolteacher dies Billy starts receiving other notes, forcing our bartender to choose the fate of people that are close to him Velocity moves along nicely and is fairly suspenseful until its faults start to kick in In one scene the cops drive over to Billy because he mistakenly called 911 They grill him and even search his house In another scene the cops give Billy details of a classified investigation over the phone without bothering to check who s calling caller ID is enough.Also another flaw is Koontz s limited knowledge of personal computers Billy is worried about somebody checking his internet activities at the library computer because it could have a keylogger Hasn t he heard about browsing history The biggest plot hole of all deal with disposing dead bodies As Billy has to do something with quite a few of them, where does he go You got it, to the Giant And Deep Hole No One Knows About Several times It s a deep lava vent hole that goes hundreds of feet down it s essentially bottomless and is conveniently located in his friend s backyard, so Billy doesn t even have to do much driving Of course everything is nicely solved in an epilogue, because it s a Koontz novel and the good guy doesn t have to face the consequence of his actions.All the action is interrupted by dialogues, which are thinly veiled Koontz s personal ideas about things like modern art, universities and scientists, and Billy s deep, philosophical thoughts about himself, painkillers, and the world in general they must sound profound, but not be too complicated for the average bored housewife to understand It seems to me that Koontz has found his niche or rather a whole shelf at the nearest Wall Mart Because that s what it is, folks the Wall Mart of fiction Quoting T.S Eliot and Hemingway does not make a book smart There are shades of a good moments in Velocity, but the whole book will evaporate from your mind quickier than a dead body goes down that damn hole


  6. Richard Richard says:

    This is the first Dean Koontz novel I have ever read I had thought of him as a sort of lesser version of Stephen King pulpy and popular While there was that in this novel, it was well crafted The protagonist, Billy Wiles, proved to be a complex character The identity of the villain was kept secret until close to the end And there were literary allusions sprinkled throughout the book, which was a refreshing surprise The final scene seemed a little facile, and the villain seemed a little to This is the first Dean Koontz novel I have ever read I had thought of him as a sort of lesser version of Stephen King pulpy and popular While there was that in this novel, it was well crafted The protagonist, Billy Wiles, proved to be a complex character The identity of the villain was kept secret until close to the end And there were literary allusions sprinkled throughout the book, which was a refreshing surprise The final scene seemed a little facile, and the villain seemed a little too much like a character out of a James Bond film However, this did not detract too much from my enjoyment The book was suspenseful and gripping The title reflected not only important elements of the story, but also the pace at which I read it


  7. Jordon Greene Jordon Greene says:

    Koontz s Velocity is an utterly satisfying and exciting thriller The characters are so intricate and the story detailed I thought I had it figured out about half way through but instead Koontz through me for a loop, and a good one it was I highly recommend Velocity.


  8. Bren Bren says:

    A fine line separates the weary recluse from the fearful hermit Finer still is the line between hermit and bitter misanthrope Dean Koontz, VelocityImagine if you were to go to your car and had a note waiting for you in the way that Billy did What on earth would you do I must say I have not read much of Koontz work I did enjoy this fast paced little mystery though The person who gave this novel to me said she had a tough time getting into it but I didn t The beginning starts powerfully A fine line separates the weary recluse from the fearful hermit Finer still is the line between hermit and bitter misanthrope Dean Koontz, VelocityImagine if you were to go to your car and had a note waiting for you in the way that Billy did What on earth would you do I must say I have not read much of Koontz work I did enjoy this fast paced little mystery though The person who gave this novel to me said she had a tough time getting into it but I didn t The beginning starts powerfully and I was drawn right in.SPOILERS I d like to say the whole book was as good as the beginning but it wasn t It was still worth reading, particularly if you like a good mystery.I enjoyed most of Velocity The issue for me was the ending.There are also not alot of suspects in our pool to choose from It is pretty easy to figure out who did it The ending seemed overly dramatic when Billy is fighting the villain and I caught myself rolling my eyes a few times.What I liked best..surprisingly..was the very unusual love story That is not the main focus of the story but it is in a way if that makes any sense I found Billy s devotion to his girl to be quite touching and the book is worth reading just for that.3.5 stars I enjoyed Velocity


  9. Sarah Sammis Sarah Sammis says:

    Velocity starts with death by garden gnome and gets weirder from there.The back of the book has the message If you don t take this note to the police and get them involved, I will kill a lovely blond schoolteacher If you do take this note to the police, I will instead kill an elderly woman active in charity work You have four hours to decide The choice is yours Going on that piece of information alone, one might think that Velocity will be a typical ticking time bomb type thriller it i Velocity starts with death by garden gnome and gets weirder from there.The back of the book has the message If you don t take this note to the police and get them involved, I will kill a lovely blond schoolteacher If you do take this note to the police, I will instead kill an elderly woman active in charity work You have four hours to decide The choice is yours Going on that piece of information alone, one might think that Velocity will be a typical ticking time bomb type thriller it isn t.Bill Wile isof an antihero than protagonist He wants nothing to do with this secret person taunting him and framing him for murders Because of his own shady past he doesn t feel comfortable going to the police even though he wants to.For observant readers, Koontz leaves lots of clues They are hidden in plain sight This is not a connect the dots mystery but one a second reading, the clues are there, popping out from the most unexpected places


  10. Claudiu Claudiu says:

    If you are an avid reader of thrillers, you are instantly hooked when you read the backcover of Dean Koontz s novels written between 1995 2010 The bad thing about his novels is that the premises are very good but the novels lack execution This is also the case of this 2005 novel called Velocity translated into Romanian by Liviu Radu a good translation where the premise is very entertaining and it could have made a solid thriller if Koontz wouldn t have mixed genres and if he would have If you are an avid reader of thrillers, you are instantly hooked when you read the backcover of Dean Koontz s novels written between 1995 2010 The bad thing about his novels is that the premises are very good but the novels lack execution This is also the case of this 2005 novel called Velocity translated into Romanian by Liviu Radu a good translation where the premise is very entertaining and it could have made a solid thriller if Koontz wouldn t have mixed genres and if he would have paidattention to small and irrevelant details such as what is the motivation of the antagonist or how are clues being given to the protagonist The ending felt a bit rushed All in all, this a good read, good and entertaining, but I still feel kinda disappointed that Koontz hasn t offeredand that the hasn t playedwith the potential of his premise a premise which shows an author with a solid imagination


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