The Mercy of Snakes (Nameless #5)
A series of suspicious deaths in a retirement home draws Nameless into the confidence of a terrified former resident—and into the dark heart of a shocking conspiracy. In part five of the Nameless series, it’s time to hunt.Oakshore Park is Michigan’s most exclusive assisted-living community. Presided over by two killer angels of mercy, it’s also the go-to facility in assisted dying. For a cut, they make impatient heirs happy. Nameless must concoct a scheme just as cunning. But righteous retribution stirs disquiet in the avenger as light starts to shine on the black hole of his past. Should he welcome it or keep running?From #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz comes The Mercy of Snakes, 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 Mercy of Snakes (Nameless #5) Details

TitleThe Mercy of Snakes (Nameless #5)
Author
ReleaseNov 12th, 2019
PublisherAmazon Original Stories
Rating
GenreThriller, Fiction, Short Stories, Mystery

The Mercy of Snakes (Nameless #5) Review

  • Sheila Beaumont
    January 1, 1970
    The fifth entry in Dean Koontz's "Nameless" series, and the best yet. In this one Nameless is sent to deal with a doctor and nurse who are being paid to murder residents of an upscale assisted-living community by heirs who are impatient to get hold of their money. One more story to go. I wonder if we (and Nameless) will find out something about his forgotten past.
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  • Montzalee Wittmann
    January 1, 1970
    The Mercy of SnakesNameless, Book 5By: Dean KoontzNarrated by: Edoardo BalleriniMoney is more important than life in the nursing home. Nameless comes to settle the score.Great story! Good narration too!
  • Obsidian
    January 1, 1970
    Spoilers for events from Nameless #1, "In the Heart of the Fire".Had to go to the gym to workout, which was a welcome break from this series. Honestly this is just boring. At this point what is the purpose of Nameless. The guy barely does anything. He does kill someone in this story, but other than that, why would someone need to have amnesia to do this. His "powers" are not in play in this one either. We hear more about the purple blue eyed woman and I now hate the colors purple and blue. "The Spoilers for events from Nameless #1, "In the Heart of the Fire".Had to go to the gym to workout, which was a welcome break from this series. Honestly this is just boring. At this point what is the purpose of Nameless. The guy barely does anything. He does kill someone in this story, but other than that, why would someone need to have amnesia to do this. His "powers" are not in play in this one either. We hear more about the purple blue eyed woman and I now hate the colors purple and blue. "The Mercy of Snakes" has Nameless getting introduced to a man who suspects the doctor at the elderly care facility he stayed at is in cahoots (I like that word) with shiftless heirs and helping to bump people off. There's another problem I now have, why does Nameless need to even go and talk to these freaking people? Just throw cash in the mail. Anyway, Koontz then shifts over to the doctor and nurse and shows how ruthless they are. Of course Ace and associates have special plans for everyone involved.The writing at this point feels forced. I just didn't care at all what was happening. I really wish that Koontz had thought this through better. We keep hearing the same things over and over. The only things that changes is the people who Nameless and friends have plans to take out. Also Nameless in this one starts some special kind of bullshit (sorry for the swearing) about three sets of people in this world and I am having flashbacks to some of Koontz's more sanctimonious books and my eyes hurt from rolling."First are those for whom the words right and wrong have no meaning other than for such as traffic directions:"Uh huh."Second are those who recognize right and wrong, a natural tao, and who try to live by what is right, as much as they can. These people are aware that real and implacable evil exists in the world; however, as a psychological defense mechanism, many of them grossly underestimate the prevalence of it."You know I get that there's evil in the damn world. So do many people. Turn on the freaking news. Read about what we are doing to kids on the border. Read about hate crimes and how some people go oh well. Ugh. I hate that Koontz acts like he cracked a damn code or something."Third are those who, busy with their lives, haven’t given much thought to right and wrong. When encountering profound evil, they are not sure what to think about it, and they seek to understand it as a complex phenomenon when in fact it’s simple."If there's a dog in this damn book I am going to break something.At this point I can't even say the doctor and nurse in this one are profoundly evil. I am going to save that for the sheriff from story one who murdered whole families in order to rape children. These people just seem greedy for greed's sake.The flow was off in this one. I just felt like the whole thing was a slog. I wanted it to be over.The ending of course now has Nameless still super concerned about the three people he keeps seeing.
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  • NILTON TEIXEIRA
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting Not bad. But not very exciting. I thought that the previous two novellas were better. Looking forward to reading the final instalment.
  • Shalini
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this section of Nameless's journey when he pursued a doctor and his nurse for the deaths happening in the nursing home.Nameless was more proactive and I loved the speed at which the book got read.
  • Henry
    January 1, 1970
    Very Good SeriesThis is the fifth in Dean Koontz' Nameless series. It was a very enjoyable read. I am looking forward to the sixth and apparently the last in the series
  • Lisazj1
    January 1, 1970
    It's so satisfying to see the bad guys get theirs. Yeah, the series is becoming a bit formulaic because Nameless is who he is *without knowing more of him* and he does what he does. Only the who and how change. But I'm enjoying it for what is is.
  • Shorty
    January 1, 1970
    Edoardo Ballerini is the narrator.
  • ChopinFC
    January 1, 1970
    4 Stars ( Excellent)The mercy of Snakes is part of a compelling, and highly addictive series by Dean Koontz- about a highly skilled 'killer' dubbed 'Nameless'. Nameless has retrograde amnesia and does not recall anything beyond 2 years prior. 'Nameless' is a highly skilled assassin, and he acts in 'vengeance' taking odd jobs from his handler, only in the name of 'revenge'. Each tale in these short, but fast paced novellas surround a different scenario where 'nameless' is involved to right a 4 Stars ( Excellent)The mercy of Snakes is part of a compelling, and highly addictive series by Dean Koontz- about a highly skilled 'killer' dubbed 'Nameless'. Nameless has retrograde amnesia and does not recall anything beyond 2 years prior. 'Nameless' is a highly skilled assassin, and he acts in 'vengeance' taking odd jobs from his handler, only in the name of 'revenge'. Each tale in these short, but fast paced novellas surround a different scenario where 'nameless' is involved to right a previous wrong. Each novella is more addictive than the previous ones, and are 'free' for those who have Amazon prime series. I've given the 'audiobooks' (also included in prime) a shot and they're a gem, and the entire collection is utterly irresistible!
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    Number 5 in the nameless series. I like this one very much. The stories of Ace, the organization and Nameless are again serving up justice by destroying some very evil people. The actual who and circumstances of the crimes and psychopathic tilt are not at the forefront for me anymore. Evil is evil and does not grow or change. It can be gotten rid of by the Good or so I hope. In this one, I noticed more how Nameless seems. He seems to have no emotion doing or watching the deaths of the culprits. Number 5 in the nameless series. I like this one very much. The stories of Ace, the organization and Nameless are again serving up justice by destroying some very evil people. The actual who and circumstances of the crimes and psychopathic tilt are not at the forefront for me anymore. Evil is evil and does not grow or change. It can be gotten rid of by the Good or so I hope. In this one, I noticed more how Nameless seems. He seems to have no emotion doing or watching the deaths of the culprits. Dare I say it? No job satisfaction. Detached from it all, tic all the boxes and move on. But as I notice this it also seems that he is feeling closer, at least nigglings of memory, nothing remotely clear coming through. He is frightened by this and may ask for help from ACE to bury it deeper. Meanwhile, as he is driving in the night he once again sees the ethereal young woman and two children. This time he reaches out but is left with nothing. Are they past or future?I am having so many questions in this book...Who is ACE? Big tech, big government, new world order, AI, Nameless himself, spiritual being, God. Perhaps Nameless is an AI breaking through to becoming human or this is his program with humans no longer running the show? Oh dear, Koontz got in my brain. i need some sleep.And by the way, am I mistaken or has there been other evil women in his books. Two out of 5 stories HMM.
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  • Richard
    January 1, 1970
    While I am pleased these short stories about the Ace of Diamonds an agency that handles Nameless a fixer, bringer of retribution and the judge, jury and executioner of those evil serial killers beyond the arm of the law, are not formulaic.That said he arrives on a bus with an assumed name ready to be the practical embodiment of his employers research and terminate the evil perpetrators.In this instalment a retirement community is too successful and impatient relatives need to speed nature along While I am pleased these short stories about the ‘Ace of Diamonds’ an agency that handles ‘Nameless’ a fixer, bringer of retribution and the judge, jury and executioner of those evil serial killers beyond the arm of the law, are not formulaic.That said he arrives on a bus with an assumed name ready to be the practical embodiment of his employer’s research and terminate the evil perpetrators.In this instalment a retirement community is too successful and impatient relatives need to speed nature along so they can enjoy their inheritance. They may have thought such dreams could never be realised until the doctor of the assisted-living facility proposes assisted dying euthanasia.Nameless carries out his instructions faultlessly and the killing is brought to an end in a violent manner. Since this series is five in of the six written we are given more background on how this unknown instrument of destruction came into being. He knows he has been treated possibly with his consent to bring about his amnesia. However, his visions and memory barbs are becoming more intense. Moving into the final story the reader wonders whether a great denouncement will real the whole backstory and if ‘Nameless’ was as much a victim as he has become a predictor. It is hard to warm to the character other than the crux of the work he undertakes is to confront evil and restore peace and closure for those affected by its reach.
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  • Romeo
    January 1, 1970
    I know that it's following the same avenger/punisher/good guy who can exact justice or vengeance for the wrongs that no other can punish for, but it's not bad. Maybe it's not bad because it's so short so I can finish it in one sitting, but I still find some enjoyment in it. There are some good quotes in the book about what I think Dean Koontz is wrestling with, is justice leaving this planet, can justice really be given out when too many people are fighting over what that even means? The main I know that it's following the same avenger/punisher/good guy who can exact justice or vengeance for the wrongs that no other can punish for, but it's not bad. Maybe it's not bad because it's so short so I can finish it in one sitting, but I still find some enjoyment in it. There are some good quotes in the book about what I think Dean Koontz is wrestling with, is justice leaving this planet, can justice really be given out when too many people are fighting over what that even means? The main character might be one dimensional but it fits with the narrative. I am just wondering where it is going once this series is done.Would probably rate it a 3.5 if I could but have to give it to the author because of a few highlights I recorded.
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  • Mark Noble
    January 1, 1970
    The Mercy of Snakes is the 5th story in Dean Koontzs Nameless series. By now, the format of the story is familiar. The Ace of Diamonds has identified another evil person who manages to avoid the grip of justice. Nameless is dispatched to ensure that the truth is outed and that the evil is punished or eliminated. The villains in this story euthanize unsuspecting elderly residents in a very upscale assisted living residence that caters to wealthy patrons in Charlevoix, Michigan. Dr. Murdock The Mercy of Snakes is the 5th story in Dean Koontz’s Nameless series. By now, the format of the story is familiar. The Ace of Diamonds has identified another evil person who manages to avoid the grip of justice. Nameless is dispatched to ensure that the truth is outed and that the evil is punished or eliminated. The villains in this story euthanize unsuspecting elderly residents in a very upscale assisted living residence that caters to wealthy patrons in Charlevoix, Michigan. Dr. Murdock Pennyman is the founder and owner. In addition to the home, he has started two other businesses that are far more lucrative: he sells drugs to the black market in Detroit and offers a euthanasia service to young heirs who are too impatient to wait for their wealthy relatives to die of natural causes. He has enlisted the help of a nurse, Teresa Jean Garland, a former pole dancer who killed a pimp while she was in college and who decided to become a nurse so she could marry a rich doctor. She never found a doctor to marry but has a hot relationship with Pennyman while making more money than she ever dreamed possible as his partner. They use a local private investigator with absolutely no morals, Robert Dufraine, to investigate the families of residents to find likely targets. Nameless arrives in upper Michigan with the full support of the Ace of Diamond’s research and resources as well as a clever plan that will trick the bad boys (and girl) into punishing each other, leaving Nameless with just one piece of evil to dispatch directly. The plot is grim but Koontz uses a high level of humor to soften the impact. The villains in this story are not the smartest. It reminded me a bit of some vintage Dutch Leonard, who also used Michigan as a setting. Of course, good triumphs over evil. At the end of the story, Nameless has the most vivid encounter yet with the ghosts or spirits of the woman and kids who have haunted him through the series. He is afraid to learn the truth about these people and is contemplating asking The Ace of Diamonds to help him push this memory back into oblivion. With only one more story left, I am hoping that we finally get to know what caused Nameless’s amnesia. Each story has focused on uncovering the truth hidden by corrupt, immoral and evil people. It is only fitting that this truth that Nameless is so fearful of uncovering is finally revealed.
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  • Stefanie
    January 1, 1970
    Nameless is at it again in this fifth book of a short story series by Dean Koontz.This time around Nameless needs to stop a serial killer from killing the elderly in the fine estate neighborhood that he owns so their family members can get their inheritance.This one didnt do it for me. The concept was lost and there was no suspense or thrill in this one. Definitely my least favorite of this series so far.One plus? Nameless seems to be remembering things, but cant piece anything together and I am Nameless is at it again in this fifth book of a short story series by Dean Koontz.This time around Nameless needs to stop a serial killer from killing the elderly in the fine estate neighborhood that he owns so their family members can get their inheritance.This one didn’t do it for me. The concept was lost and there was no suspense or thrill in this one. Definitely my least favorite of this series so far.One plus? Nameless seems to be remembering things, but can’t piece anything together and I am really intrigued to see if he does regain his memory and if he does, what does his past hold?TW: Murder, Elderly Abuse.
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  • David Dalton
    January 1, 1970
    Who is Nameless?We keep getting clues, but no solid leads. Who is Nameless? How did he become who he is now? Only one more Nameless short story left. Then what ? Hopefully a full length origin story.
  • Leslie
    January 1, 1970
    Great book. Much better then books 2, 3 & 4 in this series. Almost as good as the first book. Well done Dean Koontz. Cant wait to complete this series. Wonderful author indeed. 😁💜 Great book. Much better then books 2, 3 & 4 in this series. Almost as good as the first book. Well done Dean Koontz. Can’t wait to complete this series. Wonderful author indeed. 😁💜
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    Loving this series of short stories - only one more to go!
  • Dee Cherry
    January 1, 1970
    Series continues to hold my interest as Nameless is sent to rid the world of more villains. The various settings and characters prove and are good examples that evilness occurs in all situations
  • Karsyn
    January 1, 1970
    Meh - probably my 2nd least favorite. Just didn't care for the story.
  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent series, enjoyed them all!!!
  • Armand Rosamilia
    January 1, 1970
    Another great addition to this quick-read series. I hope there will be more coming after the sixth and (hopefully not) final book, which I'm diving right into!
  • Gav451
    January 1, 1970
    Fun read but still no ilumination.This was as deftly told as the previous instalments and was a satisfying quick read. It took about an hour in all so you can get a coffee, find a comfortable spot and just enjoy the ride. Its a single mission so the story wraps up nicely and while there is a back story, 5 episodes in and we are still no closer to learning any it. We are provided with only the briefest of hints. I suspect these free amazon stories are a prequel to a novel Mr Koontz is going to Fun read but still no ilumination.This was as deftly told as the previous instalments and was a satisfying quick read. It took about an hour in all so you can get a coffee, find a comfortable spot and just enjoy the ride. Its a single mission so the story wraps up nicely and while there is a back story, 5 episodes in and we are still no closer to learning any it. We are provided with only the briefest of hints. I suspect these free amazon stories are a prequel to a novel Mr Koontz is going to publish, they could be a way of drawing you in. I think it may have worked as I would like to know more about the organisation Nameless works for as well as his back story.On its own terms this worked. I enjoyed the revenge caper. Will is translate to a longer more nuanced narrative? We can only wait and see..... 4 Stars for the fun.{and thankfully still no sign of magic dogs or God}
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  • Jack
    January 1, 1970
    Reasonably good installment of the Nameless series. Nameless is beginning to remind me of Dexter. A vigilante serial killer. At least he's just killing bad guys and there isn't really any doubt that they're bad. On to the final chapter
  • Regis
    January 1, 1970
    Yet another superb episode. Absolutely cannot wait to see how it all ends.
  • wally
    January 1, 1970
    finished yesterday the 21st of november 2019 good read five stars amazing kindle owned highlighted a couple places definition of types of people in the world not so much in this one like i'd highlighted in the other four and i've opened the last #6 but have not begun to read. i've wondered about some of the current stories published where often the protagonist executes a kind of frontier justice, takes the law into his own hands...usually "his" can't think of any female protagonists though i finished yesterday the 21st of november 2019 good read five stars amazing kindle owned highlighted a couple places definition of types of people in the world not so much in this one like i'd highlighted in the other four and i've opened the last #6 but have not begun to read. i've wondered about some of the current stories published where often the protagonist executes a kind of frontier justice, takes the law into his own hands...usually "his" can't think of any female protagonists though i suspect there are stories like that i've read though none comes to mind immediately...one that does...that c.j. box protagonist...and...can't think of her name...there, as i recall, she is law enforcement but...ummm, nothing comes to mind to say she is the fabled judge jury executioner. jack reacher...that guy from louisiana and montana...his law enforcement types do the rough 'em up thing, smack guys around, old school i guess, hey? sean o'brien in that last tom lowe story i'd read...remarked in that review that john d macdonald's travis mcgee had never...to my recollection...been judge jury execute...save for that one story that stood out so much because he did do that...so what?times changing? and then you look for parallels in today's world and one could make the argument that that is happening. maybe always been that way?
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  • Nicky
    January 1, 1970
    Just one book left to go, enjoyed all of them and read them very fast. I hope there are more books to follow, more info about Nameless though please.
  • Lybo Buchanan
    January 1, 1970
    This is the fifth Book in the Nameless series. These are novellas, revolving around a man who has no memory beyond 2 years ago, does not know his own name, and is clairvoyant. He dishes out justice to those considered above the law, or the law simply cannot reach. He is not a vigilante, since he works under the direction of a group he only knows as the Ace of Diamonds. They are precise in their knowledge of who they're dealing with & what needs to be done & how to do it. Nameless is This is the fifth Book in the Nameless series. These are novellas, revolving around a man who has no memory beyond 2 years ago, does not know his own name, and is clairvoyant. He dishes out justice to those considered above the law, or the law simply cannot reach. He is not a vigilante, since he works under the direction of a group he only knows as the Ace of Diamonds. They are precise in their knowledge of who they're dealing with & what needs to be done & how to do it. Nameless is their instrument. Angels of mercy in an assisted living community, are cutting lives short. Not for mercy & pain relief for the victims, but to assist their heirs in obtaining what they want...for a price. Now Nameless must execute a plan to not just stop them, but for retribution to the victims. In so doing, more cracks appear in his memory block, causing him great concern. Something he will need to deal with soon.
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  • Carolyn Injoy
    January 1, 1970
    I received a complimentary Kindle copy of The Mercy of Snakes (Nameless Book 5) by Dean Koontz in an Amazon promotion in exchange for a fair review.I gave this book five stars because I found it fascinating. It is an ongoing story about "Nameless". I look forward to reading the last book that in this series, Memories of Tomorrow (Nameless Book 6).Nameless makes a self discovery: "By now, he should not be the least surprised by the capacity of evil people to deceive their credulous frinds and I received a complimentary Kindle copy of The Mercy of Snakes (Nameless Book 5) by Dean Koontz in an Amazon promotion in exchange for a fair review.I gave this book five stars because I found it fascinating. It is an ongoing story about "Nameless". I look forward to reading the last book that in this series, Memories of Tomorrow (Nameless Book 6).Nameless makes a self discovery: "By now, he should not be the least surprised by the capacity of evil people to deceive their credulous frinds and neighbors--or by the unconscious preference of so many people to be deceived. He has known many murderers.""Recently, he's had reason to suspect that cracks are developing in his engineered amnesia and that memories unwanted might abruptly cascade upon him in drowning torrents."Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Mercy-Snakes-N...
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  • Tere Fredericks
    January 1, 1970
    There Are Snakes Here. Watch For ThemThis one is almost personal to me. I worked at a law firm which defended an angel of mercy. Just finished the case and had it boxed up before I was hired. Pity. Two very different people join together in their positions at an elder condo area (not assisted living, which is available should the need occur) to help the rich get even richer. It's actually admirably diabolical. Nameless has plans for these two. On a personal note, I admit to admiring Mr. Koontz's There Are Snakes Here. Watch For ThemThis one is almost personal to me. I worked at a law firm which defended an angel of mercy. Just finished the case and had it boxed up before I was hired. Pity. Two very different people join together in their positions at an elder condo area (not assisted living, which is available should the need occur) to help the rich get even richer. It's actually admirably diabolical. Nameless has plans for these two. On a personal note, I admit to admiring Mr. Koontz's use of adverbs at one point. I bet it felt good. Nameless does have the nightmare again and his brain is starting to itch–is this the past or the future? Did he...?
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  • Kirsten
    January 1, 1970
    Nameless is a Good Short SeriesSo far out of this series, this story for some unknown reason is my least favorite. But it is still a good read. Perhaps it's because I got lost a couple of times and had to reread some sections. I don't know. I do love this Nameless series. Wish it wasn't short. But all good things eventually will have to come to an end. I do feel like with the other books there was a build up before the jobs were done. This one seemed to happen quicker. It doesn't take away from Nameless is a Good Short SeriesSo far out of this series, this story for some unknown reason is my least favorite. But it is still a good read. Perhaps it's because I got lost a couple of times and had to reread some sections. I don't know. I do love this Nameless series. Wish it wasn't short. But all good things eventually will have to come to an end. I do feel like with the other books there was a build up before the jobs were done. This one seemed to happen quicker. It doesn't take away from the story. I am curious about the past life if Nameless. Pieces get thrown in the story. That did make me lose track here and there.Again, it's a good book and great series.
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