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
GenreThriller, Fiction, Short Stories, Horror, Mystery

The Praying Mantis Bride (Nameless #3) Review

  • Char
    January 1, 1970
    The villains are female in this one, so that was a nice change. I'm starting to question Nameless' mission. When does it stop being poetic justice and turn into vigilantism? Yes, the bad guys, (and gals now), are nasty people, but when you have a mysterious, rich, secret and powerful group, (like those who fund and guide Nameless), they can do whatever they want to whomever they want and whenever they want. I think that's a dangerous road to follow.The narration is excellent throughout this The villains are female in this one, so that was a nice change. I'm starting to question Nameless' mission. When does it stop being poetic justice and turn into vigilantism? Yes, the bad guys, (and gals now), are nasty people, but when you have a mysterious, rich, secret and powerful group, (like those who fund and guide Nameless), they can do whatever they want to whomever they want and whenever they want. I think that's a dangerous road to follow.The narration is excellent throughout this series and even though it's not knocking my socks off, it was a free series, (with Prime) and I am interested enough to continue.
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  • Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT
    January 1, 1970
    Audio and story 5 Stars I am blown away by this series. I can believe how much story is packed in just a few pages!
  • Sheila Beaumont
    January 1, 1970
    This is the third book in Dean Koontz's "Nameless" series, and my favorite so far.
  • 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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  • Lisazj1
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars. While Nameless might have been dissatisfied with the results of this mission, I think it was almost just. (view spoiler)[I cant think of any two characters more deserving of doing each other in than these two horrible females, ugh. (hide spoiler)] 4.5 stars. While Nameless might have been dissatisfied with the results of this mission, I think it was almost just. (view spoiler)[I can’t think of any two characters more deserving of doing each other in than these two horrible females, ugh. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
    January 1, 1970
    Accidentally skipped book two...I enjoyed the superstitious characters. Lucia's mother was something else. Even more of a monster then her daughter. I think she got off too easy. Wish Ace would have brought her to Lucia's the same time Lucia arrived. She deserved the whole shebang just as much, if not more, then her daughter.
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  • ♥Sharon♥
    January 1, 1970
    Still intrigued by this guy Nameless!
  • NILTON TEIXEIRA
    January 1, 1970
    This one is really a great improvement. What a difference! I enjoyed every page. Im glad I did not quit the series after reading the first episode. This one is really a great improvement. What a difference! I enjoyed every page. I’m glad I did not quit the series after reading the first episode.
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  • Jim C
    January 1, 1970
    Actual rating is 2.5 stars.This is a series where all the offerings are short stories. This is the third one and it can be read as a stand alone. It does tie in with the previous ones so the reader might not comprehend all of the proceedings. In this one, Nameless is assigned to go after a woman who is known as the Black Widow because she marries wealthy men and they end up dying tragically shortly afterwards.I thought this one was the weakest offering so far. It wasn't the writing as the Actual rating is 2.5 stars.This is a series where all the offerings are short stories. This is the third one and it can be read as a stand alone. It does tie in with the previous ones so the reader might not comprehend all of the proceedings. In this one, Nameless is assigned to go after a woman who is known as the Black Widow because she marries wealthy men and they end up dying tragically shortly afterwards.I thought this one was the weakest offering so far. It wasn't the writing as the writing is on the same level as the first two books. I believe the problem is that this is the third offering in this series and we still have no idea about Nameless and his backers besides that they seem to have an inordinate reach with money and expertise to accomplish their goals. I liken it to if I went out for a meal and I might order one or two appetizers. Not three and that's what this is. It is once again a tease and we still haven't received the meat and potatoes of this story arc. I also didn't care for the actions of Nameless and his cohorts. They seemed to border on vindictive rather than serving justice. I have enjoyed the twists at the end of each story especially the last one. This one not so much as I felt like the author put it in there just to have one.This one wasn't my favorite for a variety of reasons. The writing is excellent but not enough meat to sink my teeth into. I will continue onto the next book but I am hoping that it will have content that satisfy my appetite.
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  • Dante
    January 1, 1970
    "All he wanted to do is films"
  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    This was not my favorite of the Nameless stories. The story itself was good - Preying Mantis (Black Widow). The man with no name tracks the multiple timed "widow" down or rather the Ace of Diamonds group does. The stage is set for payback, reminding me of scary poltergeist movies and books. This writing is perfect. The rating dropped for me because Koontz went into full-on horror mode. i just don't handle that well. Suffice it to say those that should be gone are gone by the end, sanity and all. This was not my favorite of the Nameless stories. The story itself was good - Preying Mantis (Black Widow). The man with no name tracks the multiple timed "widow" down or rather the Ace of Diamonds group does. The stage is set for payback, reminding me of scary poltergeist movies and books. This writing is perfect. The rating dropped for me because Koontz went into full-on horror mode. i just don't handle that well. Suffice it to say those that should be gone are gone by the end, sanity and all. It was nice to have a bit of a smile with Nameless and coworker. And a bit of philosophy while driving into the night is always good.
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  • David Dalton
    January 1, 1970
    Just zipping along, having read 3 of the 6 Nameless short stories. Already downloaded #4 via Prime. Quick easy reads. Who or what is ACE? Big budget for sure. Will we ever get the background on Nameless? Mysteries abound!
  • Christina
    January 1, 1970
    More disappointmentI just knew deep down that I was setting myself up for disappointment to continue this series. Surely I could handle another mediocre story to add to my reading challenge? The objectification/description of the new villain was god awful: she kept her body in shape because she caressed herself? Sure you can admire your body and kept yourself healthy but what the hell was that? It just sounds like she was referring to masturbation which does not makesense either. I did not like More disappointmentI just knew deep down that I was setting myself up for disappointment to continue this series. Surely I could handle another mediocre story to add to my reading challenge? The objectification/description of the new villain was god awful: she kept her body in shape because she caressed herself? Sure you can admire your body and kept yourself healthy but what the hell was that? It just sounds like she was referring to masturbation which does not makesense either. I did not like the superstitious aspect and I’m sick of hearing all about Nameless/Ace all over again.
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  • Shalini
    January 1, 1970
    Quite a twist in the story when Nameless went after another killer. A black widow who killed her husbands.The story was fun and the supernatural twist caught me unaware. I need to get to the next book pronto.
  • Claire Y
    January 1, 1970
    The woman in this story gives the "black widow" a run for her money.
  • Lena
    January 1, 1970
    A weak story of a merry gold digger and her belief in ghosts.
  • ChopinFC
    January 1, 1970
    4 Stars ( Excellent) The Praying Mantis Bride 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 4 Stars ( Excellent) The Praying Mantis Bride 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Stefanie
    January 1, 1970
    The Praying Mantis Bride is the third installment in the short story series, Nameless, by Dean Koontz.Nameless, a man who does not know his real name because he suffers from amnesia, is on another case. He is given this case by an unknown entity but follows these orders because it allows him to rid the world of bad people.In The Praying Mantis Bride, Nameless must eliminate a woman who marries rich, kills her husband, and inherits the fortunes. She has done this multiple times now and can not The Praying Mantis Bride is the third installment in the short story series, Nameless, by Dean Koontz.Nameless, a man who does not know his real name because he suffers from amnesia, is on another case. He is given this case by an unknown entity but follows these orders because it allows him to rid the world of bad people.In The Praying Mantis Bride, Nameless must eliminate a woman who marries rich, kills her husband, and inherits the fortunes. She has done this multiple times now and can not get away with it anymore.I enjoyed this third short story in the series and found it hauntingly creepy!TW: Murder, Ghost/Spirit World.
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  • Chris DiLeo
    January 1, 1970
    As with the three previous installments of Nameless's exploits, this one gives our hero every resource he needs and finds the baddie (a gorgeous woman, in this instance, who seduces rich men and murders them) defeated quite easily, though they have some cat-with-a-mouse fun with her first.Again, the writing is smooth and functional, the story quick, but it's not terribly satisfying. Of the three I've read so far, this one had the most interesting approach narratively speaking, but Koontz As with the three previous installments of Nameless's exploits, this one gives our hero every resource he needs and finds the baddie (a gorgeous woman, in this instance, who seduces rich men and murders them) defeated quite easily, though they have some cat-with-a-mouse fun with her first.Again, the writing is smooth and functional, the story quick, but it's not terribly satisfying. Of the three I've read so far, this one had the most interesting approach narratively speaking, but Koontz could've gone farther.
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  • Bernard Jan
    January 1, 1970
    In the third book of Dean Koontzs Nameless series The Praying Mantis Bride, the vigilante nomad Nameless is after a black widow who murders her husbands. Although this story didnt click with me as the first two: In the Heart of the Fire and Photographing the Dead, Koontzs writing is up to the task and meets our expectations! In the third book of Dean Koontz’s Nameless series The Praying Mantis Bride, the vigilante nomad Nameless is after a black widow who murders her husbands. Although this story didn’t click with me as the first two: In the Heart of the Fire and Photographing the Dead, Koontz’s writing is up to the task and meets our expectations!
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  • Shawn Deal
    January 1, 1970
    I havent been this sucked into a character of Dean Koontzs since Odd Thomas. I am really loving the character and where I do want to find out more about him, I love the character as it is as well. Very well done. I haven’t been this sucked into a character of Dean Koontz’s since Odd Thomas. I am really loving the character and where I do want to find out more about him, I love the character as it is as well. Very well done.
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  • Jane Costantino
    January 1, 1970
    This installment of the Nameless series started out very promising, I thought, Ok this story will be good. The person Nameless is going to punish is a gold digging murderess. By the end of the story the plot has gotten totally unrealistic. Not to mention, there still is no clue as to who Nameless is and why he is Nameless. This installment of the Nameless series started out very promising, I thought, Ok this story will be good. The person Nameless is going to punish is a gold digging murderess. By the end of the story the plot has gotten totally unrealistic. Not to mention, there still is no clue as to who Nameless is and why he is “Nameless”.
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  • Mark Noble
    January 1, 1970
    The Praying Mantis Bride, the third story in Dean Koontzs 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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  • 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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  • Paolo Mantovani
    January 1, 1970
    Another worthy addition to the seriesThe streak of fortunate novellas continues with this third installment. We are again projected into the mind of the Nameless, a mysterious vigilante interested only in the truth and not in justice.The descriptions in this book are capable of evoking precise feelings that match perfectly what is going on in the page in that moment. Koontz has a knack for this: thanks to the way he narrates, the reader is sucked into the story completely.The ending felt, Another worthy addition to the seriesThe streak of fortunate novellas continues with this third installment. We are again projected into the mind of the Nameless, a mysterious vigilante interested only in the truth and not in justice.The descriptions in this book are capable of evoking precise feelings that match perfectly what is going on in the page in that moment. Koontz has a knack for this: thanks to the way he narrates, the reader is sucked into the story completely.The ending felt, however, a bit rushed. I would have loved a bit more development. Still, I can only recommend this book. Moving on to the fourth in the series.
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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. Whos 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 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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  • Kathy West
    January 1, 1970
    Another 3 star readNameless is at it again. This time going after a woman named Lucia. Lucia has killed 3 of their husbands, getting away with it each time, and making millions of their deaths. But Nameless is going to change that. And with some help... he does. I need to know more about Nameless past. What happened to him? Why is he like this? Im gonna continue to read this series and hope I get answers soon. Another 3 star readNameless is at it again. This time going after a woman named Lucia. Lucia has killed 3 of their husbands, getting away with it each time, and making millions of their deaths. But Nameless is going to change that. And with some help... he does. I need to know more about Nameless past. What happened to him? Why is he like this? I’m gonna continue to read this series and hope I get answers soon.
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