Velocidad/ Velocity (Spanish Edition)

ISBN: 9870404502
ISBN 13: 9789870404507
By: Dean Koontz

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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.

Sarah ( Paris )

.بيلي الشاب الطيب الذي يعمل بكد ..والذي لايملك في حياته إلا كتبه ..ورعاية حبيبته والتي دخلت غييبوبة بسبب تسمم غذائي ..كل شيء هاديء وجيد ومثالي ..حتى ..ذاتَ مساء بدأت الحكاية ..يخرجُ بيلي من عمله ..ليواجه كابوساً .. عندما بدأ مختلٌ بإرسال رسائل تهديد بقتل أناس لا يعرفهم ..مع موعد نهائي .." وتحدي يقول الخيار خيارك "تقتل مدرسة شقراء ثم تصل رسالة أخرى ..فيعرف بيلي أنه قاتل جاد ..... مجرد التصور انكم قد تكونون مكان بيلي كافِ لإرعابكم ..وشجاعته فقط مع نضاله من أجل من يحب .. سيخرجه من هذا الموقف ..والنهاية مفاجئة جدا ..:)وجميلة أيضا ...

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.

Michelle

I always love Dean Koontz books for 3 reasons: his writing is spare and elegant, his heros always manage to kick a little butt instead of whining and being reactive and on the defensive, and there's usually some romance involved.I liked this book because it explored the different reasons for people's characters to evolve and change, and because the main character really went head to head with a crazy serial killer and despite the odds he did pretty well. Many many people in his situation would have just cracked and given up. However, it wasn't my favorite of Koontz's books because I felt it went a little too long on the dark side of things before turning around and introducing some hope and light back into the story.

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.

Tom

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.

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.

Alex

Velocity by Dean Koontz Napa County California seems to be a quiet place were not much really happens but things change when Billy Whiles gets off work at the local bar and finds a note under his windshield stating "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." Billy takes the note to a friend; police officer named Lanny Olsen who dismisses the note as a sick joke. However the next day a lovely bond school teacher shows up dead in Napa County. Soon Billy begins to receive more notes giving him similar decisions and his quite life is turned upside down. Billy Whiles is a lonely bartender whose bride-to-be, Barbra, went into a coma four years earlier. He doesn’t have any close friends and passes his time doing wood work. He was previously an author however; when Barbra went into a coma he lost interest. The theme of the story is that things can change at any moment. Billy lived a quiet life but things defiantly changed when he started getting the notes. He quickly went from one of the more quiet laid back people in Napa County to someone being antagonized by a serial killer, and even drawn to kill……again. Velocity is defiantly a great action-adventure/suspense novel. It captivates and will always leave you wondering what will be around the next corner. Velocity is with out a doubt one of the best books I have ever read. Dean Koontz has defiantly created another masterpiece.

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.

Brittany

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.

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.

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.

Gina

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.

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.

Jmrathbone

A bartender come out to his car after his shift and finds a typewritten note that says: “If you don’t take this note to the police and get them involved, I will kill a lovely blond schoolteacher somewhere in Napa County. If you do take this to note to the police, I will instead kill an elderly woman active inn charity work. You have six hours to decide. The choice is yours.”Guess what he does. He doesn’t take it to the police, of course, he seems to really believe he is responsible for the death of one or the other of these women. When a novel starts with a premise like that, I should have known the book wasn’t worth reading. It would make a good movie, though. Lots of action. There are lots of products named in the novel, maybe a movie is what Koontz had in mind when he wrote it, money from the companies whose products are featured.

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