Velocidad/ Velocity (Spanish Edition)

ISBN: 9870404502
ISBN 13: 9789870404507
By: Dean Koontz

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The book striked my curiosity, my attraction to mystery, and my purse.The back cover posted a note from a nobody that told Billy Wiles to choose whether to let a lovely blond school teacher be killed if he didn't report it to the cop, or to let an old woman active in charity work die if he did bring it to the cop.As a brooding, none-of-my-business 34 year old bartender, Billy is picturized to be a very sad, calm, yet full of measurements when he had to clean up for every trace of his involvement in the the murders that kept coming to frame him as the ultimate suspect. Conversations are rare in this very thick book, letting the reader to wade into the deepest thoughts of a person like Billy (I took liberties of imagining him as a mature Richard Gere, hmm...). I like the design of the book, very strong, hugh, and simple, although I still can't really figure out the choice of the title (Koontz did mention it in the story, but that's just it.)I bought it while waiting for my friend Amelie in Gunung Agung bookstore, Blok M Plaza for only Rp 75. 000. I'm glad that I picked it out of many selections of cheap English novels there. Go Billy Wiles!

Matt Barker

This was a fantastic book from beginning to end. Once you start reading this book, you will not be able to put it down until it is all over.Publisher's SummaryBill Wile 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 car.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.It 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 24 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 ultimatum...and two new lives hanging in the balance.Suddenly Bill's average, seemingly innocuous life takes on the dimensions and speed of an accelerating nightmare. 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 are: the choice is yours.


Koontz books usually entertain me quite well even though they're not mind-shattering in the least bit, but I never got into Velocity. Koontz' characters tend to be one dimensional, but still likeable, and I think the biggest flaw with this book is I really did not care for the protagonist at all. Koontz' plots are often so far out there (for the record I'm not against fantasy at all) that they relyh heavily on the reader ignoring the unrealistic parts of the plot a bit and rooting for the main character, but I did not like this character the slightest bit and I found the tidbits we learn from the character's past to be way too contrived and cheezy to buy into enough to like him. I found the ending absolutely horrible.

Michael Stretton

I don't know why some people are so complicated with their reviews - if you've read the book you either liked it of didn't. Someone complaining about it being believable or not...... it doesn't matter. People go to the cinema to watch films that are unbelievable and still enjoy them so why not a book?The first book I read of Dean Koontz was "The Husband" and it was written in the same style or vein as The Velocity. This book made me laugh, made me listen to the noises at night after I'd laid down, and made me glance at the fridge door when I got up in the morning. It was also very spooky in places and you could cut the tension with a knife.Quite simply just read the book and enjoy it. No book is everybody's taste and the two books have covers that even describe how the books were going to play out (the white cover issues that is)so I don't want to know about your life - just the book.Personally I recommend "Velocity" to anyone that loves thrillers, it was all action from start to finish and I even found myself wondering how I would handle the situation that Billy Wiles found himself in.A wonderful, fast pace and easy to read book - I'm recommending it to anyone who just likes a good book - it floated my boat!


Local tavern bartender, Billy is drawn into a cat and mouse game with a mysterious unknown “freak” who ensnares him into a plot of serial killing high jinks. This was my first Dean Koontz book and I have to say I wasn't very impressed. The story was interesting but otherwise unbelievable. I am all for suspending belief but this novel asks a bit too much of the reader.Billy moved through the story in an almost robotic nature, disposing of dead bodies like one would dispose of used tissues. The absurdity that your average, sane, decent and innocent person would engage in corpse disposal, evidence tampering and murder was just a bit too much for me. There was nothing in Billy’s background that could explain his indifference and paranoid motivation, on the contrary his background as a mild mannered writer with a tragic adolescence was completely incongruent with his behaviour throughout the novel. I was left feeling annoyed, and found myself rolling my eyes. I even found myself feeling a bit sorry for the serial killer having selected a target that seemed so cold and impassive. I am going to give Mr. Koontz the benefit of the doubt and assume that this was not him at his best.

J.S. Bailey

This was a fast, entertaining read. I thought the bad guy's motives were a little iffy, though.

Beth Frink

This book was an easy read--couldn't put the book down. Very interesting, and really makes you think. What would you do, if you were given a choice like this?


I think somebody recommended this to me once as a mind-bending book. As soon as I remember who it was, I'll set out to dropkick them into a caldera of an active volcano.Every valuable thought in this book was written by T.S. Eliot. The protagonist is a well-read man, a once young author, who now and then ponders the moral and existential implications of his own actions; and so, whenever Koontz needs to denote those moments, he fills the once young author's inner dialogue with quotations from Eliot. Which just looks awkward and entirely incongruous — a bit like if an art student decided to enhance a painting with fragments from Dali. It does nothing for the art student's work, only makes the deficiencies of the new piece stand out much more sharply in contrast with the work of a master.All in all, “Velocity” is a story of how to defile a premise. Take an intriguing first act, escalate the underlying implications in the beginning of the second, then, by the third, attach a host of tacky Hollywood twists, paint your story like a cheap tart, kiss it goodbye and tell it to go earn you some money. Every single significant thing that happens after Billy Wiles arrives at the library is something that belongs in a mediocre popcorn flick, not in a book. Add to that an unhealthy modern-Catholic worldview that permeates the entire conversation with the reader, subtract any possibility of its examination, observe characters tutting at scientists and paying lip service to haruspicy.P.S.There seems to be some frequent poetic significance attached to the new moon that Billy notices at night. It even makes an appearance during the last words before the epilogue. Mr. Koontz, there's no such thing on this planet as new moon at night. Just doesn't happen. It's the one lunar phase that comes and goes with the sun. Your characters can find an obscure mention of a crime without knowing any specifics beforehand in the space of a few minutes on Google, you can't spare five minutes to google this?


I don't blame Koontz for writing a crappy book. I blame myself for reading it. "Twilight Eyes" is the only reason I ever pick up a Koontz novel. I keep thinking that someone with the talent to write suck a book had to have written something else worthwhile. Maybe so, but folks, this ain't it.


Velocity was the first book that I ever read by Dean Koontz. The idea of the book was original and creative. The plot alone was interesting enough to ensure that the book wouldn’t be “bad” but that doesn’t mean that it didn’t disappoint.The first chapter throws Bill into a crazy inescapable situation and you’re immediately eager to find out what Bill will chose and what the next note will bring. There are a lot of questions the reader will develop throughout the story because the source of the notes is a mystery. Unfortunately, while Koontz did a great job of pulling the reader in and building suspense, he falls short when it comes to the climax. I feel as though the mood of the book reached a plateau and then remained stagnant. The mystery’s reveal was predictable and common. While the beginning of the book flourished, it loses its gusto and dies before the story’s end.I think that Dean Koontz could have achieved a lot more with this book. Perhaps he was rushed to finish, perhaps he was sick of this particular story, or maybe he just couldn’t think of a “shocker ending”. Whatever the reasoning, this book’s potential was never meet.I give this book a 3 star rating because it was an enjoyable read. It wasn’t engrossing, it didn’t capture my thoughts while I wasn’t reading… it was just a book that I read and didn’t hate. There were good things about the book. Koontz is a phenomenal author and I doubt that anything he releases will ever be awful, but this book didn’t do him justice. While this book received the a lot of media advertisement and hype(making him a “known” author), I think this book is only credit worthy in description; not in detail.

Jane Stewart

I like suspense and danger but not this type of suspense and danger.I purchased this three years ago. I could not finish it. I did not do a review at the time thinking Koontz was not an author for me. Recently I read Lightning by Koontz and loved it. Therefore I’m now reading several of his books. I’m posting this as part of a group of reviews for comparison purposes - for readers who have tastes similar to mine.I was frustrated, afraid, and felt hopeless watching Bill being threatened and manipulated by the killer. Each time the killer killed someone he would plant murder evidence in Bill’s home or property. Bill had to frantically search, find, and get it out. I prefer the protagonist be able to have some control over something.My feeling: The killer is laughing as he forces a bug to run around in a maze, eventually planning to squish him. I am the bug. This was no fun. Maybe it was good at the end, but I couldn’t stand being in the maze long enough to get there.


I rarely give a book a five star rating but I loved this book. If you can get by some of the grisly, yucky stuff, it is a "can't put it down" book. It is definitely his best book in my opinion.


Velocity is another Koontz novel in which we watch the protagonist taken through more twists and turns than a person has a right to survive, yet amazingly the guy does. This story is more a story about transformation than other books by Koontz. The lead character is taken on a breakneck ride over a few days. He is taken from mild mannered bar tender to ... well you'll have to read. What I liked most about the book was watching this man become something he fears. The journey is more than it seems as the battle of wits with the antagonist progresses. What starts with a simple note with no explanation turns into a running effort to uncover who the killer is and what the motive is. Koontz does a good job of making everything relevant. There might seem to be a lot of words flowing, but so many small things become important to the overall story. As an aside, this one gave me more the spooky feeling than other books by Koontz. Even more so as it became clearer where things were headed. Not my favorite book by Koontz, but an enjoyable fairly well paced novel. I polished it off in one day.

Radi Radev

Първият преведен на български разказ на Дийн Кунц беше публикуван във в. "Други светове". По-късно си купих "Светкавица" и останах очарован. После гледах филма "Пазители", който е създаден по роман на Кунц и бях впечатлен. По някое време прочетох и книгата "Убежище", и станах завинаги негов почитател.Дийн Кунц е писател, който чрез описания на природата и поведението на животните може да направи алюзия за мислите, намеренията и действията на своите герои.Романът "Ускорение" е дълбок, в него можем да прочетем сериозни и критични разсъждения за цялото ни общество:"От другата страна на магистралата 12-метровият дървен мъжага се напъваше да се спаси от тежките смазващи колела на индустрията, на бруталната идеология или на модерното изкуство."Главният герой в книгата трябва да си избере кой да умре. Дори бездействието му е вид избор. Лошият герой притежава ума на Ришельо, Макиавели и Ханибал Лектър. Той винаги изпреварва, предугажда и успява да убие преди Били Уайлс да реагира и да направи каквото и да е. Убиецът успява да демонстрира пълното и всеобхатно значение на думите зъл гений. Били е най-обикновен барман и не знае как да се противопостави. Отиването му в полицията е предовратено от заплахи за поредно убийство.Злият герой успява да постави добрия в безизходно положение и се опитва да го обезсърчи напълно.Кунц описва всичко това по поетичен начин:


"Life you may evade, but death you shall not." This is my first Koontz book. I had heard he was similar to Stephen King. While I'm not sure if I agree with that after reading this book, I definitely have found a great author who I'll try to continue to read. This book is a gripping, thrilling roller-coaster. An average bartender has his life dramatically change after becoming the pawn in the sick and twisted mind games of a psychopath. Koontz does a magnificent job with suspense, keeping you guessing the fate of the characters, who the killer will maliciously torture and murder next, and who the killer could be. I recommend this to any fans of this genre, and any fans of Koontz.

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