The Praying Mantis Bride (Nameless #3)
A deadly black widow has eliminated three husbands and counting. But Nameless knows her one weakness. To bring truth and its consequences to her crimes, the vigilante must spin a web of his own in part three of the Nameless series.Lucia—current last name, Rickenbah—has made a fortune by marrying rich men who tend to drop dead. But the superstitious blonde believes in more than money and murder. Nameless’s job is to scare a confession out of Lucia, and as the psychological warfare escalates, even he may be in for a shock.From #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz comes The Praying Mantis Bride, part of Nameless, a riveting collection of short stories about a vigilante nomad, stripped of his memories and commissioned to kill. Follow him in each story, which can be read or listened to in a single sitting.

The Praying Mantis Bride (Nameless #3) Details

TitleThe Praying Mantis Bride (Nameless #3)
Author
ReleaseNov 12th, 2019
PublisherAmazon Original Stories
Rating
GenreShort Stories, Thriller

The Praying Mantis Bride (Nameless #3) Review

  • Obsidian
    January 1, 1970
    Well this one was a surprise. We have Nameless taking out a black widow. And honestly this one was more delightful than the other two. Probably because of that ending and also the superstitious stuff that Lucia (the black widow) and her mother believed in like carrying an acorn to stop aging, stepping on ants causes rain, etc. Once again though I have to say that Nameless doesn't feel needed here. "The Praying Mantis Bride" has Nameless on a special mission. A man that was part of the Ace of Well this one was a surprise. We have Nameless taking out a black widow. And honestly this one was more delightful than the other two. Probably because of that ending and also the superstitious stuff that Lucia (the black widow) and her mother believed in like carrying an acorn to stop aging, stepping on ants causes rain, etc. Once again though I have to say that Nameless doesn't feel needed here. "The Praying Mantis Bride" has Nameless on a special mission. A man that was part of the Ace of Diamonds network is murdered and all signs point to his wife. Doing a study of her (Lucia) they find out the woman has somehow come up empty every time she's married. One wonders how the police ignored it. We get some interesting conversations with the family members and then we watch as Nameless and associates set things up to cause Lucia to have a fate worse than what she doled out to others.Lucia is more developed than the other villains. I felt a bit sorry for her though when you read about her mother and what was going on there. White cats are good luck, but I can’t tolerate them quick and restless. Lots of Benadryl keeps them content.”Nameless carries a pistol in a shoulder holster under his sport coat. He’s tempted to draw it and shoot the woman in the foot to see if the chicory root works.I would be too. What a mess Lucia's mother is. I think the biggest issue I have with the writing regarding Nameless is it's a bit repetitive at this point. No one is going to read story 3 before the first one so having Koontz remind us again that Nameless has amnesia, he thinks he agreed to whatever was done to him, how he can sleep and tell himself what time to wake up is so not needed at this point. The flow worked a lot better in this one. The setting of this book is mostly at Lucia's home. The ending made me laugh, I sometimes forget that Koontz can be humorous.
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  • Romeo
    January 1, 1970
    Number 3 in the series and while it is very good I don't think I enjoyed it as much as the first two. A woman is hunting and murdering husbands for the inheritance. The plan is very elaborate and seems to involve a lot of moving parts. Obviously if there woman is as diseased as the book portrays her to be she should be punished but it seems the plan is very sadistic. I think it's becoming a little hazy where it comes to how far someone should go in exacting revenge. Justice? Or as the Number 3 in the series and while it is very good I don't think I enjoyed it as much as the first two. A woman is hunting and murdering husbands for the inheritance. The plan is very elaborate and seems to involve a lot of moving parts. Obviously if there woman is as diseased as the book portrays her to be she should be punished but it seems the plan is very sadistic. I think it's becoming a little hazy where it comes to how far someone should go in exacting revenge. Justice? Or as the protagonist calls it, "truth". Then again it seems even they are seeing some of the problems, since no truth was going to be gleamed for these kills after the plan falls apart. Still great read and will be continuing with the series.
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  • Mark Noble
    January 1, 1970
    The Praying Mantis Bride, the third story in Dean Koontz’s Nameless series is my favorite so far. We learn more about the Ace of Diamonds organization and understand that their resources appear to be unlimited, although we do not know where they come from. Nameless is supported by a small team as they plan the actions against their next target. He also has a full time helper, Devlin, an obvious pseudonym. We learn a few bits more about Nameless. He enjoys giving extravagant tips although he is The Praying Mantis Bride, the third story in Dean Koontz’s Nameless series is my favorite so far. We learn more about the Ace of Diamonds organization and understand that their resources appear to be unlimited, although we do not know where they come from. Nameless is supported by a small team as they plan the actions against their next target. He also has a full time helper, Devlin, an obvious pseudonym. We learn a few bits more about Nameless. He enjoys giving extravagant tips although he is not sure why he does it. He definitely enjoys the surprise and the joy but he feels there is maybe something from his buried past that drives it. He also makes it clear in this story that the team is not a typical vigilante group looking for justice. Rather, their missions are meant to uncover the truth. Each of their missions is instead intended to bring truth and its consequences into the life of someone who has woven a persona of lies, thereby putting an end to his or her crimes. The villain in this story is Lucia, a terrifying and calculating black widow who has murdered a boyfriend and three husbands. She received early training from her mother, Valjean, who hammered her husband to death and then threw herself down the stairs, with little Lucia in her arms, to bruise herself so the authorities would buy her story of self-defense from an abusive husband. Lucia killed her high school boyfriend when he reneged on a promise to marry her and then perfected her trade with three husbands, each more wealthy than the previous, accumulating a fortune of hundreds of millions of dollars.In the first two stories, Nameless has no problem dispatching the villains to hell. In this story their intention is to drive Lucia insane and have her committed to an asylum as her fitting punishment. They use her intense superstition as a lever to unhinge her. But their plan is derailed. The denouement is filled with humor as much as terror as Lucia gets her due.
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  • wally
    January 1, 1970
    finished this one yesterday in the tree stand good read five stars amazing kindle owned and following the theme as it develops a couple highlights:Not every case requires him to kill, but when he does, he kills known murderers whom the law will not touch or the courts acquit for one reason or another. They want not merely to destroy the woman psychologically and prevent her from murdering again, but also to terrify and torment her so that she feels keenly the sword of justice.One big problem. finished this one yesterday in the tree stand good read five stars amazing kindle owned and following the theme as it develops a couple highlights:Not every case requires him to kill, but when he does, he kills known murderers whom the law will not touch or the courts acquit for one reason or another. They want not merely to destroy the woman psychologically and prevent her from murdering again, but also to terrify and torment her so that she feels keenly the sword of justice.One big problem. They are not, not, not in the business of assuring justice where it has been denied. Justice has been twisted by culture and politics until its meaning is everywhere contested. Each of their missions is instead meant to bring truth and its consequences into the life of someone who has woven a persona of lies,that last seems to be a development, a kind of evolution from where it began...so...so what? so should be interesting to see further developments.
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  • Bookphile
    January 1, 1970
    I didn't like this one *quite* as much as the previous two, I think mostly because of the supernatural elements. Yes, there are also supernatural elements to the previous stories, but the particular type of supernatural element used here just didn't work as well for me.(view spoiler)[If you want specifics, I think it's really a matter of taste. The psychic abilities are okay devices for me, but I don't personally like ghost stories as much, so I didn't like the haunting elements in this one. I I didn't like this one *quite* as much as the previous two, I think mostly because of the supernatural elements. Yes, there are also supernatural elements to the previous stories, but the particular type of supernatural element used here just didn't work as well for me.(view spoiler)[If you want specifics, I think it's really a matter of taste. The psychic abilities are okay devices for me, but I don't personally like ghost stories as much, so I didn't like the haunting elements in this one. I was fine with a character who's superstitious about them, but once they became "real", it pulled me out of the story a bit. YMMV, though. If ghost stories are your thing, you're likely to enjoy this more than I did. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Coty
    January 1, 1970
    really not up to par with its two predecessors. I wasn't enthralled by the story, because it seemed rush, and the way the female character was discussed was just off-putting. it's also annoying that Dean Koontz feels the need to reiterate again who Nameless is (or rather, isn't, I guess?) I understand he must want these stories to be able to stand on their own, but it always frustrates me to have to deal with recaps in sequels. I hope that the following stories won't be as disappointing, will really not up to par with its two predecessors. I wasn't enthralled by the story, because it seemed rush, and the way the female character was discussed was just off-putting. it's also annoying that Dean Koontz feels the need to reiterate again who Nameless is (or rather, isn't, I guess?) I understand he must want these stories to be able to stand on their own, but it always frustrates me to have to deal with recaps in sequels. I hope that the following stories won't be as disappointing, will hopefully offer more insight into Nameless, as I am genuinely interested in his creation, that this is just an outlier and will be the weakest in the series, but we'll just have to see
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  • Pamela Scott
    January 1, 1970
    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres...And things just get more and more intriguing with the Nameless series. This is my favourite tale so far. This time around, you find out that Nameless does not work alone. He is one of who knows how many operatives all with fake identities whose pasts have been erased. Who’s pulling the strings? Why? This had a bit more action that the rest of the series and was quite dark and gory at times, especially towards the end. I loved the way Nameless and his https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres...And things just get more and more intriguing with the Nameless series. This is my favourite tale so far. This time around, you find out that Nameless does not work alone. He is one of who knows how many operatives all with fake identities whose pasts have been erased. Who’s pulling the strings? Why? This had a bit more action that the rest of the series and was quite dark and gory at times, especially towards the end. I loved the way Nameless and his fellow vigilantes terrorise and torment nasty Lucia. This was a stroke of genius. I look forward to the next outing.
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  • Lennie Grace
    January 1, 1970
    Oh god! I've loved all the "Nameless" stories I've read/listened to so far, but if I was forced to pick out a favorite, this would probably be it. :D A mix of thriller, ghost story, and a "Deadly Women" episode, this short story has a bit of everything I like! :D This was awesome and just a bit scary. Okay, a lot scary. And I loved it. It was great. Highly recommended! I really liked the scenes with the mother character. She is awesomely crazy, and the book is worth a read just for her! :D On to Oh god! I've loved all the "Nameless" stories I've read/listened to so far, but if I was forced to pick out a favorite, this would probably be it. :D A mix of thriller, ghost story, and a "Deadly Women" episode, this short story has a bit of everything I like! :D This was awesome and just a bit scary. Okay, a lot scary. And I loved it. It was great. Highly recommended! I really liked the scenes with the mother character. She is awesomely crazy, and the book is worth a read just for her! :D On to the next story! :D
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  • Tere Fredericks
    January 1, 1970
    Story Getting Intense Lucia has just cremated her third husband, shot dead in a Paris restaurant, presumably a victim of a terrorist. We join Nameless as he is interviewing Lucia's mother, who claims not to know where Lucia is. Lucia left home, looking back only with 20 cartons of Christmas cigarettes. Perhaps mom can help in Nameless another way? More and more people seem to be a part of the life Nameless has made for himself. He is not surprised by nor does he question their presence. Very Story Getting Intense Lucia has just cremated her third husband, shot dead in a Paris restaurant, presumably a victim of a terrorist. We join Nameless as he is interviewing Lucia's mother, who claims not to know where Lucia is. Lucia left home, looking back only with 20 cartons of Christmas cigarettes. Perhaps mom can help in Nameless another way? More and more people seem to be a part of the life Nameless has made for himself. He is not surprised by nor does he question their presence. Very strange.
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  • Lorraine
    January 1, 1970
    OMG!!! WHAT A WILD READ!!!This book, is probably the most intense book, YET!!This has to be the most complex, crazy mission that Nameless has been on!!A woman who has been murdering Husbands for their millions of dollars. Murders, she has been committing since her first kill, in High School. The ending, is the wildest thing I think I have ever read!!PS: You might want to keep a light on...as you read this...LOLBut anyway....lol...I'm off to read the next book!!
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  • Johnny
    January 1, 1970
    Better than the second story, not as good as the first, the redeeming factor is a supernatural element included for a deus ex machina effect. This time around, Nameless doesn't get just one partner but an entire team to prepare for this story's villain's termination. I liked it better when he was acting alone, simply getting his intel from Ace to go where he is needed.
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  • Denice Langley
    January 1, 1970
    Dean Koontz has given us a "character", Nameless, who travels the world, administering a righteous form of justice to those whose crimes would go unpunished. Koontz' writing gives Nameless a humanity while also making him an oddly creepy character, typical Koontz. A short read, about 60 minutes for me, but very well developed and defined in this short story.
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  • Margaret
    January 1, 1970
    Loving this!Once again, Nameless has a goal to aim for.Lucia, bride in the books title, is in for some surprises doled out by the main man himself!I am loving this series, loving the way Nameless and the Ace team plan their schemes and the not knowing what that is until the end! Brilliant!!
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  • Randy Tramp
    January 1, 1970
    Lucia, a black widow has killed three rich husbands for their money. Nameless knows her one weakness and he will use it. He spins a web of his own in order to scare a confession out of her.Talk about psychological warfare. What a creepy story, with weird characters. I loved it. Looking forward to the next one in the series.
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  • Nikki
    January 1, 1970
    Greed Kills This might be my favorite of the series so far. Rarely are we introduced to a female character with such darkness and capacity for evil, which is a nice change of pace. The depths of depravity that some will sink to in the name of greed, whose open maw can never be satisfied.
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  • Tina
    January 1, 1970
    I really wish these stories were longer but man am loving them regardless. Quick little bursts of happiness, just not for the characters . Superstition and murder, how make an evil woman demented. A little back story helps to understand why she's kind of the way she is. No excuses for murder though. 🙌I really wish these stories were longer but man am loving them regardless. Quick little bursts of happiness, just not for the characters 😂. Superstition and murder, how make an evil woman demented. A little back story helps to understand why she's kind of the way she is. No excuses for murder though.
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  • Michael Thompson
    January 1, 1970
    Not As GoodI really enjoyed the first two stories in this series. This third one was not nearly as good. The story plot was interesting, but the enjoyment was lessened by too many euphemisms. Sorry! I am a huge Koontz fan - yet for me this one was a little off the mark!!.
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  • Laura Lavender-blackwood
    January 1, 1970
    I need moreGreat read onve again wish this series was a little longer. You only get bits abd pieces of the players at a time. Which leaves you wanting more and more. I love Nameless but I need answers dang it.
  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    The Praying Mantis BrideI have enjoyed reading every book that you have had published. You are a very accomplished storyteller. Nameless is one of many memorable characters. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
  • Lallen
    January 1, 1970
    GoodGeez, this bride was one evil woman. Now finished with book 3 I this series and I’m really getting curious about Nameless. Mr. Koontz has dropped a few more hints, but I’m still guessing
  • J. C. Jenkins Jr
    January 1, 1970
    Don't fear the Reaper.Nothing is over until it's truly over. Love one another and treat them as you would treat yourself comes true in this story. Take heed you mighty and love everyone or face the consequences.
  • Lorie
    January 1, 1970
    Rivitingread, as were the previous two. This story continues to take the reader on Nameless' journey. The who, what, why and how has yet to be revealed and yet the story continues to captivate. Onto book four ...
  • MELISSA
    January 1, 1970
    Deadly wifeWhat creativity and imagination Mr Koontz employs to create the character Nameless and the organization funding the “justice” served so efficiently to evil people. Fascinating reading.
  • Denise White
    January 1, 1970
    WowThis story was really good... spin on a black widow.. she was crazy and so was her mother.. the ending was very satisfying... off to the next installment!!
  • christine mc girr
    January 1, 1970
    CreepgVery bizzare reading not my usual type. I felt it was very rushed stloryline. I would not recommend this book to my friends.
  • Brent Bug
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this book the most out of this series, Koontz kept you interested. Great Series each book is a story by itself only takes a few hours to read so enjoyable.
  • HOLLY CLAGHORN
    January 1, 1970
    Another great book written by Dean Koontz.
  • Karina
    January 1, 1970
    Another great readThird book in the Nameless series is suspenseful and thrilling! Dean Koontz can really tell a story and keep you up at night
  • Agnes Lee
    January 1, 1970
    I love Koontz, the ending was justifiable I don't want to give much away. I see that some of his fans are split on this one but it worked for me.
  • Sheryl A. Burke
    January 1, 1970
    Easy to readKeeps you interested and not wanting to stop reading. The ending was not expected. Read this book....Who is Nameless. Love Easy to readKeeps you interested and not wanting to stop ✋reading. The ending was not expected. Read this book....Who is Nameless. Love
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