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In Portland, he saved a young boy from a drunk driver. In Boston, he rescued a child from an underground explosion. In Houston, he disarmed a man who was trying to shoot his own wife. Reporter Holly Thorne was intrigued by this strange quiet savior named Jim Ironheart. She was even falling in love with him. But what power compelled an ordinary man to save twelve lives in three months? What visions haunted his dreams? And why did he whisper in his sleep: There is an Enemy. It is coming. It’ll kill us all…?

Includes an afterword by the author
Published: Penguin Group on
ISBN: 9781440619274
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Holly Thorne’s life and job as a reporter was at a stalemate until she meets a mysterious Good Samaritan named Jim Ironheart. Right before her eyes, he plucks a young boy from the street just minutes before a deadly truck comes sailing over the crest of a hill. Captivated by his blue eyes and humble manner she decides to use her skills as a reporter to track him down. What she finds was more bizarre then she could have imagined. The boy is not Jim’s only heroic act; stories all over the wire tell of a blue-eyed man who saves people just in time and then disappears into the shadows. When Holly finally catches up with Jim, she learns that he needs her. His gift of being lead to save people is tearing him apart, and without a little love to keep him together he may just go mad.
This book is about the power of literature to influence the mind of a boy to do extraordinary things with his gifts a force so influential that it last until his adult life, and the power of love to tame it all. I love this book and unlike Dean Koontz’s other books Cold Fire is not as filled with horror, just suspense and mystery that will keep you turning the pages. This was my second time through this book and it will not be the last. I would recommend this to anyone who likes Sci-Fi, mystery, suspense, love, romance, and books that change your life forever.
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Others rate this book as "forgettable" and I already have. However, it was enjoyable and I finished it with relish.more
My first, and my last Koontz. In spite of the fact that action happens and I was curious what on earth was going on, this book got boring fast. I only read a few chapters.more
This book, is a very forgettable book. Don't bother with it.more
Mildly entertaining, but easy to read (and to forget), perfect for a long flight. A bit far-fetched.more
A creepy and suspenseful read. It's right up there with Koontz's best novels like Odd Thomas and it's much deeper and well thought out than some of his more recent works. His writing is excellent, as always, with a fast paced plot and carefully drawn characters that pull the reader into the story. This is classic Koontz, a great paranormal thriller.more
Jim Ironheart, a man of mystery, and Holly Thorne, a reporter from Portland, hook up in southern California to unlock the secret of Jim's incredible ability to predict dire circumstances under which someone is destined to die.... and in foreseeing it, he steps in and is able to thwart the machinations of fate.I've only read a few other Koontz books, but this one I really enjoyed because I couldn't see where the plot was going. I love being surprised by a book and this one just kept throwing plot twists throughout. It was suspenseful and original and I couldn't predict it, which in my mind, makes a great read.more
This is surely worth the read, but it is not going to impress anyone as one of Dean's best work. It deals with telekenesis and is imminently forgettable after a few days.more
I don't want to talk too much about the plot of this book. It has many twists and turns that are best experienced. It starts out with a man who is drawn to a specific place and time just in time to save a boys life from a drunk driver. A reporter who happens to be there tries to get the story from him can only get a name. He wants his privacy and doesn't want to be made into a hero. The reporter doesn't think too much about it until a few days later she reads of another child on the other side of the country being saved by a mysterious stranger who would only give his name before disappearing into the crowd. A quick search reveals this man has been doing this a lot, all over the nation. The rest of the book is something you should read for yourself. Mr. Koontz's style is very polished and very easy to read. He doesn't let the writing stand in the way of the story and it slides easily along, always forcing you to turn the next page. I read this book in a few hours. It was wonderful. And, it taught me something about myself, which is his goal, as stated in an interview he did on ABCNews.com and for that I am appreciative. It is always good to learn something about oneself.more
Not horrible, but not great. I recently read "Odd Thomas," and that I LOVED. "Cold Fire," though, isn't as good. It started out wonderfully and I was extremely intrigued... but as it went on, the plot seemed to weaken a bit, to flounder. I haven't read enough Koontz novels to know if this one is typical of his works, but "Cold Fire" doesn't hold a flame (no pun intended) to "Odd Thomas."more
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Holly Thorne’s life and job as a reporter was at a stalemate until she meets a mysterious Good Samaritan named Jim Ironheart. Right before her eyes, he plucks a young boy from the street just minutes before a deadly truck comes sailing over the crest of a hill. Captivated by his blue eyes and humble manner she decides to use her skills as a reporter to track him down. What she finds was more bizarre then she could have imagined. The boy is not Jim’s only heroic act; stories all over the wire tell of a blue-eyed man who saves people just in time and then disappears into the shadows. When Holly finally catches up with Jim, she learns that he needs her. His gift of being lead to save people is tearing him apart, and without a little love to keep him together he may just go mad.
This book is about the power of literature to influence the mind of a boy to do extraordinary things with his gifts a force so influential that it last until his adult life, and the power of love to tame it all. I love this book and unlike Dean Koontz’s other books Cold Fire is not as filled with horror, just suspense and mystery that will keep you turning the pages. This was my second time through this book and it will not be the last. I would recommend this to anyone who likes Sci-Fi, mystery, suspense, love, romance, and books that change your life forever.
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Others rate this book as "forgettable" and I already have. However, it was enjoyable and I finished it with relish.more
My first, and my last Koontz. In spite of the fact that action happens and I was curious what on earth was going on, this book got boring fast. I only read a few chapters.more
This book, is a very forgettable book. Don't bother with it.more
Mildly entertaining, but easy to read (and to forget), perfect for a long flight. A bit far-fetched.more
A creepy and suspenseful read. It's right up there with Koontz's best novels like Odd Thomas and it's much deeper and well thought out than some of his more recent works. His writing is excellent, as always, with a fast paced plot and carefully drawn characters that pull the reader into the story. This is classic Koontz, a great paranormal thriller.more
Jim Ironheart, a man of mystery, and Holly Thorne, a reporter from Portland, hook up in southern California to unlock the secret of Jim's incredible ability to predict dire circumstances under which someone is destined to die.... and in foreseeing it, he steps in and is able to thwart the machinations of fate.I've only read a few other Koontz books, but this one I really enjoyed because I couldn't see where the plot was going. I love being surprised by a book and this one just kept throwing plot twists throughout. It was suspenseful and original and I couldn't predict it, which in my mind, makes a great read.more
This is surely worth the read, but it is not going to impress anyone as one of Dean's best work. It deals with telekenesis and is imminently forgettable after a few days.more
I don't want to talk too much about the plot of this book. It has many twists and turns that are best experienced. It starts out with a man who is drawn to a specific place and time just in time to save a boys life from a drunk driver. A reporter who happens to be there tries to get the story from him can only get a name. He wants his privacy and doesn't want to be made into a hero. The reporter doesn't think too much about it until a few days later she reads of another child on the other side of the country being saved by a mysterious stranger who would only give his name before disappearing into the crowd. A quick search reveals this man has been doing this a lot, all over the nation. The rest of the book is something you should read for yourself. Mr. Koontz's style is very polished and very easy to read. He doesn't let the writing stand in the way of the story and it slides easily along, always forcing you to turn the next page. I read this book in a few hours. It was wonderful. And, it taught me something about myself, which is his goal, as stated in an interview he did on ABCNews.com and for that I am appreciative. It is always good to learn something about oneself.more
Not horrible, but not great. I recently read "Odd Thomas," and that I LOVED. "Cold Fire," though, isn't as good. It started out wonderfully and I was extremely intrigued... but as it went on, the plot seemed to weaken a bit, to flounder. I haven't read enough Koontz novels to know if this one is typical of his works, but "Cold Fire" doesn't hold a flame (no pun intended) to "Odd Thomas."more
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