In the Heart of the Fire (Nameless #1)
A bloodthirsty sheriff is terrorizing a small Texas town where justice has been buried with his victims. Until Nameless arrives—a vigilante whose past is a mystery and whose future is written in blood.Anyone who crosses Sheriff Russell Soakes is dead, missing, or warned. One of them is a single mother trying to protect her children but bracing herself for the worst. Nameless fears the outcome. He’s seen it in his visions. Now it’s time to teach the depraved Soakes a lesson in fear. But in turning predators into prey, will Nameless unearth a few secrets of his own?From #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz comes In the Heart of the Fire, 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.

In the Heart of the Fire (Nameless #1) Details

TitleIn the Heart of the Fire (Nameless #1)
Author
ReleaseNov 12th, 2019
PublisherAmazon Original Stories
Rating
GenreThriller, Fiction, Mystery, Short Stories, Crime, Horror, Audiobook, Suspense, Mystery Thriller, Novella

In the Heart of the Fire (Nameless #1) Review

  • Peter
    January 1, 1970
    I didn't read a Dean Koontz novella for ages and quite liked this one. Fast paced, with a shot of supernatural mystery, a psychic investor without memory (he goes by the name of Nameless) drives to Worstead County. He plans to eliminate a psychopath and child molester. What is the problem in his task? And why is the job so dangerous? Dean Koontz sends you on an intriguing journey with "Ben Shepherd" (the name Nameless uses). Will he succeed and defeat a mighty enemy? Compelling action meets crim I didn't read a Dean Koontz novella for ages and quite liked this one. Fast paced, with a shot of supernatural mystery, a psychic investor without memory (he goes by the name of Nameless) drives to Worstead County. He plans to eliminate a psychopath and child molester. What is the problem in his task? And why is the job so dangerous? Dean Koontz sends you on an intriguing journey with "Ben Shepherd" (the name Nameless uses). Will he succeed and defeat a mighty enemy? Compelling action meets crime meets clairvoyant. If you're looking for a perfect blend of supernatural and crime you should take a look at this easy and quick to read novella. Enjoyed it and will read the next novella of this six volumes series. Glad to be back with Dean Koontz. Recommended!
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  • Constantine
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 3.5/5.0Genre:Mystery Thriller + Short StoryA good start for a series. We follow a nameless character, I think he calls himself nameless too! He is a vigilante though he rejects to be called that. Ace of Diamonds (Another unknown character) gives him this mission to take down a corrupt cop.The story is linear but has lots of mystery to it. Of course, we don't get answers to who Nameless is and why is he doing what he is doing. It makes things more intriguing to start the next book in the Rating: 3.5/5.0Genre:Mystery Thriller + Short StoryA good start for a series. We follow a nameless character, I think he calls himself nameless too! He is a vigilante though he rejects to be called that. Ace of Diamonds (Another unknown character) gives him this mission to take down a corrupt cop.The story is linear but has lots of mystery to it. Of course, we don't get answers to who Nameless is and why is he doing what he is doing. It makes things more intriguing to start the next book in the series. It was an entertaining short thriller. It makes one wonder where the next events will lead the main character. Available on Kindle Unlimited
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  • Kimberly
    January 1, 1970
    In the Heart of the Fire is a very quick read, but in a few pages Dean Koontz managed to write an interesting tale. A clairvoyant vigilante called "Nameless" hunts down an evil predator. The events in this story cover some difficult issues but Koontz never becomes too graphic. Book one has left me with a lot of unanswered questions. I'm curious to know more about "Nameless" and the Ace of Diamonds. So I look forward to the next installment.
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  • Char
    January 1, 1970
    I was expecting a dog, a good guy and a bad guy. I got all 3- but in spite of that, I liked this short story. The above is the reason I quit reading Koontz in the first place. It seemed to me that all of his books were the same. After WATCHERS and a few other Koontz books made me quickly fall in love with him, the re-use of that same formula over and over again made me fall out of love with him, just as quickly. I like the mystery surrounding Nameless, and I'm in to see what happens next.
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  • Tim
    January 1, 1970
    Another short story that seems so. 3 of 10 stars
  • Obsidian
    January 1, 1970
    Not a bad first book in the series. Just a bit too new Koontz for me. I was hoping for some horror, but this one will do. There's a damn dog, but at least it's not a golden retriever. And for once the dog didn't have super powers. I think that the flow after a bit was a bit off. And I think that Nameless felt like a hybrid of Odd Thomas and a few Koontz heroes mixed in. At least this guy doesn't seem to be a former military man with the ability to just shoot people in like five seconds. I will s Not a bad first book in the series. Just a bit too new Koontz for me. I was hoping for some horror, but this one will do. There's a damn dog, but at least it's not a golden retriever. And for once the dog didn't have super powers. I think that the flow after a bit was a bit off. And I think that Nameless felt like a hybrid of Odd Thomas and a few Koontz heroes mixed in. At least this guy doesn't seem to be a former military man with the ability to just shoot people in like five seconds. I will say that the idea behind this is intriguing and some of the beats the story takes are really good. Koontz has put out a short story collection that I thought was really good in the past, and you can see some of that still here. "In the Heart of the Fire" is the first book sets up the premise of a lone man with a network of allies who can see the past and future. Using that he seems to be going around to root out evil. This first book has Nameless helping a widowed woman (Jenny) with a young boy and girl. A corrupt sheriff (Soakes) and deputy seem to have a yen for young girls and Nameless knows if he doesn't get involved the whole family can be wiped out.Not too much to say about Nameless. He can't remember his past, but has a special ability to see the past and future. And he knows sometimes he can't change what is shown to him in the future. He is working with a group/people called Ace of Diamonds and a person called Ace. I assume that Nameless's ability has been tested so they know that the people they target are evil and are fine with doing what they have to in order to ensure other's safety. I am curious how Nameless got this ability though and hope that gets shown eventually.I liked the character of Jenny and thought her doing what she could to keep her family safe was admirable. Though there are mentions of what Soakes and his acolyte have done to young girls, it's not spelled out explicitly to readers. I am quite okay with that. Soakes reminds me a bit of Koontz villains from the past. They all seem to talk like dime store bad guys and have the most ridiculous thoughts. The writing is typical Koontz, low on horror for those who are hoping. This seems firmly mystery, thriller, and suspense. The flow was off a bit at the beginning, but gets interesting as you have Jenny recount her story. After that things get a bit slow again. The setting of this town in Texas where Soakes rules at times feels oppressive. Koontz describes the heat and the solitary nature of the homes and people. You can see quite easily how some family's can disappear. I thought the ending was great, but wanted more something to occur. It just seemed a bit too easy.
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  • Richard
    January 1, 1970
    A clever idea for a protagonist.Ace of Diamonds is an agency outside of the law, but what side of justice do they take. Nameless is their agent but is he a gun for hire or a vigilante one man army.In a well orchestrated operation this guy alights from a bus and follows his preplanned instructions. Since this is the first in a series of short stories we do not know if he is light or dark. However, his status as an agent is bizarre as amnesia and a lack of memories makes him almost an automaton.Fo A clever idea for a protagonist.Ace of Diamonds is an agency outside of the law, but what side of justice do they take. Nameless is their agent but is he a gun for hire or a vigilante one man army.In a well orchestrated operation this guy alights from a bus and follows his preplanned instructions. Since this is the first in a series of short stories we do not know if he is light or dark. However, his status as an agent is bizarre as amnesia and a lack of memories makes him almost an automaton.Fortunately he is good at following his brief and in his conversations his humanity comes through in empathy and determination to right a wrong.So we have a hero and in this first case we have in coming up against the county Sheriff - what chance one man against the law?Horrible crimes are uncovered with little chance of a conviction unless someone rats him out. Nameless carries out his work in a cross between the A Team, Charlie’s Angels and Mission Impossible. Accomplished author; good route into his work. Clever base for a series. Great to see how the ‘sting’ unfolds and the psychological means deployed. The bit with the dog is both a telling moment in the final outcome and a realistic piece on the threat of animals, especially when trained by evil men.
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  • Sheila Beaumont
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent short thriller with hints of the supernatural, the first in Dean Koontz's new "Nameless" series. Loved the dog! I'm looking forward to reading the other five books in this series.
  • Deb
    January 1, 1970
    This is a real page turner, fast and exciting. The Dean Koontz style I love.
  • Michael Hicks
    January 1, 1970
    My review of IN THE HEART OF THE FIRE can be found at High Fever Books.I used to be a voracious reader of Dean Koontz back in the 90s and early part of the 2000s, but fell off the bandwagon around the time By the Light of the Moon and a string of other clunkers came out and he traded the intriguing and unfinished Christopher Snow series for the much too-earnest and goofball comedy of Odd Thomas. Koontz was growing increasingly saccharine and annoying at the turn of the century, putting a particu My review of IN THE HEART OF THE FIRE can be found at High Fever Books.I used to be a voracious reader of Dean Koontz back in the 90s and early part of the 2000s, but fell off the bandwagon around the time By the Light of the Moon and a string of other clunkers came out and he traded the intriguing and unfinished Christopher Snow series for the much too-earnest and goofball comedy of Odd Thomas. Koontz was growing increasingly saccharine and annoying at the turn of the century, putting a particular emphasis on, if not full-blown worshipfulness of, dogs. It got to the point, for me, that his books became quasi-religious and overly-mystical treatises on the magic, beauty, and healing powers of dogs. It was all dogs, all the time. I had to step away from the author and his peculiar nonsense, going cold turkey after a string of disappointments. Still, every now and then, I got the urge to check in on him, see what he was up to, and maybe Google him to see if he’d started a dog worshiping cult yet. With his recent publishing deal through Amazon, and the simultaneous release of the six novellas comprising the Nameless series, it seemed like a good time to see what was going on for the first time since 2006’s The Face.In the Heart of the Fire is mostly a solid, and surely disposable, bit of entertainment. It’s the kind of story that doesn’t ask of lot of the author, mostly because it’s a highly slimmed-down reduction of the highly formulaic stories Koontz has been telling for decades now, nor does it ask much of the reader besides an hour or so of attention and a lack of better things to read. Even then, you could mentally check out for a few pages at a time and not really miss much here. The character of Nameless, dubbed so because of the amnesia that has wiped out all but the last two years of his memory, is basically Koontz’s high-tech, supernatural version of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher or a far less engaging riff on the old Lance Henriksen show, Millennium. He’s a clairvoyant nomad, working for a secret organization that relies on superior computer hacking skills to deliver justice outside the reach of the law. In this introduction to Nameless, he’s traveled to a small Texas town under the iron fist of Sheriff Russel Soakes, a pedophile. Soakes has targeted a single mother, intent on snatching her child for his version of fun in his underground playroom. Those who have crossed paths with Soakes have gone missing, and Nameless is in town to put an end to his predatory reign. Coming in at only 62 pages, In the Heart of the Fire is quick and easy read, and features some of Koontz’s familiar, well-worn staples: there’s the hi-tech, cutting edge shenanigans, a supremely smart and repulsive villain, and it takes him all of 13 short paragraphs to drop in his first mention of a dog. And, of course, a dog figures into the story, but, surprisingly, not in a front heavy, scene stealing role, nor as a divine, magical, alien, or genetically engineered dog there to save humanity. Koontz also manages to keep his intrusive and goofy New Age-y Catholic sentimentality out of the plot, although his card-carrying Republican beliefs do seep in a bit early on, like when Nameless reminds a woman victimized by Soakes that the country is "crawling with psychotic gangsters from Central America" and little more than a page later the pedophile villain is described "an enlightened progressive lawman." Although these tiny instances of Koontz’s politicking are small, they were enough to get me Googling whether or not he’s a Trump supporter who went all-in on PizzaGate. I couldn’t find anything conclusive on those fronts, and despite this read not being particularly great, I suppose I’ll give book two a shot just for the hell of it, in the hopes there’s actually something worthwhile to sink into.So, this introduction to Nameless isn’t particularly good, but it’s not entirely bad either, so it’s a perfectly middle-of-the-read, unenthusiastic three stars. It’s one of those book’s that’s just kind of there and has been done better elsewhere by plenty of other writers. If you’re looking for something you can read with your brain parked in neutral, I suppose you could do a lot worse than In the Heart of the Fire. Of course, you could also do a hell of a lot better, and frankly that’s been true of Koontz books for going on two decades now.
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  • Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT
    January 1, 1970
    Audio and story 5 Stars
  • Juli
    January 1, 1970
    He is called Nameless. He doesn't remember his name or his past. The man is a wanderer, a whisp of smoke, a force to be reckoned with that will be forgotten after he leaves. He is a killer....but only of those who need killing. He receives assignments from a person known only as Ace of Diamonds. And then he kills. Quick. Clean. No trace left behind. In this first Nameless story, the target is a pedophile sheriff. He has been victimizing people for a long time, destroying the proof of his deeds. He is called Nameless. He doesn't remember his name or his past. The man is a wanderer, a whisp of smoke, a force to be reckoned with that will be forgotten after he leaves. He is a killer....but only of those who need killing. He receives assignments from a person known only as Ace of Diamonds. And then he kills. Quick. Clean. No trace left behind. In this first Nameless story, the target is a pedophile sheriff. He has been victimizing people for a long time, destroying the proof of his deeds. Nameless comes to town to make him pay. There are six stories in the Nameless series. The tales are short and easily read (or listened to) in one go. The series is included with Prime Reading, Kindle Unlimited and Audible Originals. I chose to listen to the audio version. Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini, the audio is just over 1.5 hours long. It was an easy listening length to enjoy while preparing breakfast for the family and dropping everyone off at work and school. Great start to a series....I'm anxious to learn what happens in the rest of the stories!I like these collections of Amazon Original Stories. They are perfect length for listening to in one session and there are a variety of topics...true crime, dystopian apocalypse, the future, climate change, family secrets and more. I also like the fact that the audible narration is included with the KU or Prime Reading ebook. Perfect length for casual listening. I'm definitely going to listen to the rest of this collection. Suspenseful, entertaining and an interesting take on the vigilante assassin plot.
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  • NILTON TEIXEIRA
    January 1, 1970
    Well... this short story of only 62 pages was not very well developed and It’s a bit confusing. Too many names involved in a very short time. And the story wasn’t that engaging. I thought I was reading 162 pages.There are some good moments. Actually, the best parts are when the main character has visions of occurrences in the future or from the past.This is the first of a series of short stories, especially for Amazon. As I’m a Amazon Prime subscriber, I have access to this series (and several o Well... this short story of only 62 pages was not very well developed and It’s a bit confusing. Too many names involved in a very short time. And the story wasn’t that engaging. I thought I was reading 162 pages.There are some good moments. Actually, the best parts are when the main character has visions of occurrences in the future or from the past.This is the first of a series of short stories, especially for Amazon. As I’m a Amazon Prime subscriber, I have access to this series (and several other authors) at no extra charge). If I had to purchase a copy of this novella I would have felt extremely disappointed.Although I did not enjoy this one, I’m looking forward to reading the next episode, hoping that it will get better.
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  • Montzalee Wittmann
    January 1, 1970
    In the Heart of the FireNameless, Book 1By: Dean KoontzNarrated by: Edoardo BalleriniNameless deals with a corrupt Sheriff and associate. Dozens of missing people, mostly young girls, have gone missing since the Sheriff came into power. Great story and narration.
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  • Norah Una Sumner
    January 1, 1970
    i hate men...super interested to see where this series goes! i hate men...super interested to see where this series goes!
  • Dante
    January 1, 1970
    “You must be tired".
  • Henry
    January 1, 1970
    Good StartThis is a good beginning to the "Nameless" series by the very prolific Dean Koontz. You will not be disappointed.
  • Lisazj1
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars! If every one of these snippets *too damn short* are like this, I’m going to love this series! I really like Nameless already. I want to know more about him too but at the same time, I kind of don’t mind knowing him just as we do. I don’t know who’s pulling Nameless’s strings but they’re kind of my heroes. Justice is sweet. Great narration as well, and I’m already into the next one! ❤️
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  • Tom Mc Kenna
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Stars rounded up to 5 Stars. Woo! This guy Nameless really intrigues me. Sort of a Jason Bourne type (trained assassin with amnesia) except the organization he is working for at least at this point seems to be working for good and their goal is to discharge justice against evil. There is even a Charlie handler type as in Charlie's Angels named Ace of Diamonds who texts instructions instead of calls. Okay I'm hooked onto the next installment.
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  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    4 starsI listened to this one - it was good. I couldn't put it down. I want to read/listen to the others in the series. Who is Nameless? From where/who does he get his orders? Why can't he remember anything from his past? He makes sure that people are held accountable for their actions.
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  • RM(Alwaysdaddygirl) Griffin (alwaysdaddyprincess)
    January 1, 1970
    5 stars.Very short book but a page turner. It is a gruesome subject. The author unique and wonderful writing style makes this book a winner plus the ending. These were two evil villains that show proof that evil does exist in this world. I look forward to the next book in this series! I plan to reread down the road.🇺🇸🦋🐼💀
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  • Armand Rosamilia
    January 1, 1970
    Gritty and slightly different from what I'm used to from Koontz, which is a good thing. I love how lately his work keeps me guessing, and he's not afraid to go really dark, which I enjoyed. On to the next one!
  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    Well written beginning to the Nameless series. The two main themes in my mind are absolute power corrupts and karma is a b*tch. Though the story is dark, it's not graphic in a way that horrifies.
  • Chelsey (a_novel_idea11)
    January 1, 1970
    Not for the faint of heart! But definitely grabbed my attention more than I expected and I’ll certainly be picking up more of these novellas!
  • ♥Sharon♥
    January 1, 1970
    Oooh I think I’ve stumbled upon a great series of short reads! Interested in this guy Nameless. 🤔🤔
  • LenaRibka
    January 1, 1970
    Not for me.
  • Jim C
    January 1, 1970
    This book is a short story and is part of a series of short stories. In this one, we follow the main character, Nameless, as he helps a woman protect her children from a sheriff of a local county who likes little children. Nameless has the power to see the future and he is associated with an organization that gives him resources to help his mission.I liked this first story of this series but I wasn't blown away. I think I will enjoy the subsequent books because this short story was part set up a This book is a short story and is part of a series of short stories. In this one, we follow the main character, Nameless, as he helps a woman protect her children from a sheriff of a local county who likes little children. Nameless has the power to see the future and he is associated with an organization that gives him resources to help his mission.I liked this first story of this series but I wasn't blown away. I think I will enjoy the subsequent books because this short story was part set up and getting into the series. I have been reading Dean Koontz for over thirty years and I believe this factored into my rating. I felt like this was nothing new and I have been here before with him. Everything was fine. The characters were fine, the dialogue was your typical Dean Koontz dialogue, a dog was involved in a scene, and you will despise the antagonist. I did like the ending which I thought was a little darker than I am use to with Koontz.I do think this series has potential and I am looking forward to the next book. I do think it did not help releasing six of these related books as short stories and not releasing it as one novel. I believe this is only available at Amazon and it smells like something they cooked up. I am hoping the more time I spend with Nameless and find out about his mystery the more I end up enjoying these short stories.
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  • Dwayne Roberts
    January 1, 1970
    An interesting story. It reminds me of Dexter some.
  • Asheley
    January 1, 1970
    Perfect length to listen to while I made dinner tonight! I started when I began prep work on my meat and vegetables and I finished just as my oven timer went off 😊Nameless is a vigilante that cannot remember his own past. He has visions of strangers’ past and future. In this installment, he helps a widowed woman and her two small children by taking care of the sheriff that has forced them live in fear. The sheriff is an awful monster of a person and Nameless really makes him pay.Because of the s Perfect length to listen to while I made dinner tonight! I started when I began prep work on my meat and vegetables and I finished just as my oven timer went off 😊Nameless is a vigilante that cannot remember his own past. He has visions of strangers’ past and future. In this installment, he helps a widowed woman and her two small children by taking care of the sheriff that has forced them live in fear. The sheriff is an awful monster of a person and Nameless really makes him pay.Because of the short length, there isn’t enough time to dive too deeply into detail and extensive characterization. It held my attention from start to finish and was exactly what I expect from a short story. I especially love the length of this one because it wraps up nicely and I’m invested enough in Nameless to grab the next one when I’m working on another chore.Audiobook Notes: Edoardo Ballerini narrates it very well and I could feel the suspense build with each chapter. Title: In the Heart of the Fire by Dean KoontzSeries: Nameless #1Narrated by: Edoardo BalleriniLength: 1 hour, 31 minutes, UnabridgedPublished by: Brilliance Audio
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  • David Dalton
    January 1, 1970
    I am liking Nameless. What a novel idea for a character. The Equalizer with an edge so to speak.The key question is who is this Ace of Diamonds and what is his tie to Nameless?Six short stories. I am intrigued. Count me in. Plus, it is written by Dean Koontz. On to the next Nameless I am liking Nameless. What a novel idea for a character. The Equalizer with an edge so to speak.The key question is who is this Ace of Diamonds and what is his tie to Nameless?Six short stories. I am intrigued. Count me in. Plus, it is written by Dean Koontz. On to the next Nameless
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