Velocidad/ Velocity (Spanish Edition)

ISBN: 9870404502
ISBN 13: 9789870404507
By: Dean Koontz

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Michael

"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.

J.S. Bailey

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

Chris

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.

Brad Bourne

If I could have given this no stars, I would. I will read a copy of the Gutenberg Bible from start to finish before I read another book by Dean Koontz.

Holly

Dean Koontz’s unique talent for writing terrifying thrillers with a heart and soul is nowhere more 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.VelocityBill 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 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 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. 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 are: The choice is yours.

Alejandro

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.

Momo

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.

Brandon

I've been listening to a lot of podcasts lately; one in particular that has recently been added to my weekly list is "Books on the Nightstand". The title is pretty self explanatory as it involves two people talking about what books they like while making a few recommendations to their listeners. One of the first episodes I listened to gave me a recommendation to Dean Koontz' Velocity. At this point, I've only heard the author's name thrown around - I've heard nothing neither good nor bad about his style or any of his work so I thought I'd give it a shot. Plot Summary Billy 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 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 Billy'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 Billy'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 Billy'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 Billy 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. Thoughts The concept of this book intrigued me. Ash picked this up for me while she was on vacation in Newfoundland and when she brought it to the cashier, the cashier gave it a ringing endorsement - she loved it. I was all excited to get started; I'd only heard good things at this point. As I read on through the book - I was pleased. I even found myself recommending it to others before I finished it. However, as I got closer and closer to the end - I became less and less enthusiastic about finishing it. Around the last 70 pages; I just lost interest. I'm not going to go out of my way to say that it was predictable - but I didn't understand why Billy held such strong conviction in who he thought the killer was. I didn't quite get that - and when the whole plot came together and you DO find out who the killer is, it's not very satisfying. I felt that Koontz' Billy was not a fully realized character; I had a hard time feeling sorry for him. It's not that I thought he deserved any of the mess that he was given - I just found myself not caring. There was enough substance to the book that I'm willing to give him another shot - I've been given a recommendation for another book of his (False Memory) and was told that this book was a poor place to start - so I might be picking that up this weekend. Obviously the man is successful, so he knows what he's doing - I just need to find something of his to enjoy.

Sarah

I bought this book because the synopsis sounded really good:If you don't take this note to the police...I will kill a lovely blond schoolteacher....If you do...I will instead kill an elderly woman active in charity work. You have six hours to decide. The choice is yours.Can you imagine how spooky that would be, to have the choice of who would die, depending on what you do? Of course, Billy, the recipient of the note, thought that it was all a big joke. Until someone died. And then he got another note...and another...and another. Now, he's racing against the the clock to find out the truth before more people die.

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:http://radiradev.blogspot.com/2013/08...

Sara Shaw

This book was very disturbing. It began with an annoying guy named Ned telling a *tourist* how his annoying neighbor got killed by a garden gnome that looked like Ned, by trying to piss on his living room windows from Ned's roof.. So he fell and died. The irony.If you think that's too much, then don't read this book. Because much more disturbing stuff lie ahead. But no, you should definitely read this book. It got boring for one chapter which is when he visited Ivy, but the other 76 chapters were awesome.

Todd

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.

Yasmine

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!

Rusty

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.

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.

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