Cold Fire

Cold Fire

by Dean Koontz


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A man on a mission must come to terms with his forgotten past in this gripping thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425247327
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/05/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Dean Koontz, the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers, lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever, Elsa, and the enduring spirit of their goldens, Trixie and Anna.


Newport Beach, California

Date of Birth:

July 9, 1945

Place of Birth:

Everett, Pennsylvania


B.S. (major in English), Shippensburg University, 1966

What People are Saying About This

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“An extraordinary piece of fiction with unforgettable characters. It will be a classic.”—UPI

“Solid, satisfying, hair-raising…Koontz barely lets the reader come up for air between terrors.”—The Washington Post

“Gripping.”—Los Angeles Times

“A unique spellbinding novel with depth, sensitivity, and personality.”—Boston Herald

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Cold Fire 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 123 reviews.
haylie1 More than 1 year ago
I am reviewing my favorite book I have read this year Cold Fire by Dean Koontz. It is a science fiction/action novel that will have you on the edge of your seat. The story begins in southern California , Laguna Niguel. The main charactar is Jim Ironheart and Koontz takes him on one heck of a ride. Anyone that likes action movies will love this book. This book relates to all young high school students, college students or slightly older. I have had this book for a year I bought it at a yard sale to bring my Koontz total to a shocking twenty five books. It is the fifth book of my collection I have read this year and it was hands down the one book I refused to put down. The main character Jim Ironheart has saved twelve live in three months and a reporter Holly Thorne is intrigued by him. . He is doing amazing things like flying from Laguna Niguel to Portland to save a boy from being ran over by a drunk driver in the last second. He don't know why he does these random heroic acts saving lives. So is Mr. Jim Ironheart a gifted or a physic. I can guarantee you'll have a great time figuring it out. The most bizarre thing is it all started at on old Wind Mill. This book has non stop action fast cars, explosions, gun shooting, aliens its all here. This is hands down a classic if you have never read Dean Koontz I strongly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You won't want to put this one down, great story new twists and turns. Right up there in the class of Watchers and Strangers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book this winter i cpuld not put it down...even when i wasnt reading i was wondering what gonna happen...Great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, and those that say it was predictable how the hec do you get that..?? It didnt turn out like I expected at all!!!...I couldnt hardly put the book down..couldnt wait to see what was going to happen next...and the ending did surprise me...!! Enjoyed it thoroughly...!!
LovetheKoontz More than 1 year ago
This is by far one of the best Koontz books I've read. Couldn't put it down. Keeps you guessing with twists and turns until the very end. Classic Koontz style. This was my second read. Will most definitely read it again in the future.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My first Koontz book I got for xmas. My wife knows I love to read. So I delved into this book not knowing how Koontz was as an author. Well, let me tell you that each chapter reveals more and more of our friend Jim and his prescient power. From his extremelly horrific dreams that Holly and him share to his outings to save the day, we are filled with such intense heart pounding suspense that verily I tell you now, I have a VERY hard time setting it down to do other stuff at the end of a chapter. Great Book. Looking forward to MORE KOONTZ!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my first Dean Koontz novel I have ever read, and let me just say, it did not dissappoint! The story line is riveting and pulls the reader in from almost the very first page. Jim Ironheart and Holly Thorne are two of the most intriguing characters I've ever read about and I could not wait to find out what happens to them next. Some novels become cluttered with too many characters to keep track of but this one only focuses on Jim and Holly, with minor characters along the way and I greatly enjoyed that. Overall, this was an excellent read and probably one of the best books I've ever read, it keeps you going until the last page. I can't wait to start my next Dean Koontz novel!!
SnapeLover More than 1 year ago
I have read almost everything Koontz has written. This is by far the best ever! I found this by accident when researching writing styles here at B& Dean has written a new forward in this book explaining why this is his favorite of his books. He also explains why he will never allow a movie to be made of this story. OMG! I cried when I finished it, I did not want it to end. So many times I have read a story that feels like the author did not know how to finish or resolve the plot. Goodness; what an ending! You will not be disappointed with this brilliant work!
songcatchers More than 1 year ago
Throughout the whole novel we are kept guessing as to what drives Jim Ironheart to save certain lives. Jim seems like a very troubled fellow but likable. We root for him when he races across the continent to save some 10 year old boy. We root for him when he's wandering in the desert looking for himself. We root for him when the plane he is on is about to crash. And we root for him when he finally sees his past and his world comes tumbling down.

Coldfire is both a supernatural and psychological thriller. At parts it is downright terrifying! We wait to see what the horrifying nightmares of the windmill suffered by both Holly and Jim mean. There is a twist at the end that I never saw coming. I don't think I'll ever look at a windmill again without remembering this book
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first Dean R. Koontz book I read but it made me want to get all the Koontz books available. This book was Great! Totally awesome.
ScribbleScribe on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book, is a very forgettable book. Don't bother with it.
les121 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A creepy and suspenseful read. It's right up there with Koontz's best novels like Odd Thomas and it's much deeper and well thought out than some of his more recent works. His writing is excellent, as always, with a fast paced plot and carefully drawn characters that pull the reader into the story. This is classic Koontz, a great paranormal thriller.
buffalogr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Others rate this book as "forgettable" and I already have. However, it was enjoyable and I finished it with relish.
wispywillow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not horrible, but not great. I recently read "Odd Thomas," and that I LOVED. "Cold Fire," though, isn't as good. It started out wonderfully and I was extremely intrigued... but as it went on, the plot seemed to weaken a bit, to flounder. I haven't read enough Koontz novels to know if this one is typical of his works, but "Cold Fire" doesn't hold a flame (no pun intended) to "Odd Thomas."
ajlewis2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My first, and my last Koontz. In spite of the fact that action happens and I was curious what on earth was going on, this book got boring fast. I only read a few chapters.
timtom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mildly entertaining, but easy to read (and to forget), perfect for a long flight. A bit far-fetched.
DanStratton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I don't want to talk too much about the plot of this book. It has many twists and turns that are best experienced. It starts out with a man who is drawn to a specific place and time just in time to save a boys life from a drunk driver. A reporter who happens to be there tries to get the story from him can only get a name. He wants his privacy and doesn't want to be made into a hero. The reporter doesn't think too much about it until a few days later she reads of another child on the other side of the country being saved by a mysterious stranger who would only give his name before disappearing into the crowd. A quick search reveals this man has been doing this a lot, all over the nation. The rest of the book is something you should read for yourself. Mr. Koontz's style is very polished and very easy to read. He doesn't let the writing stand in the way of the story and it slides easily along, always forcing you to turn the next page. I read this book in a few hours. It was wonderful. And, it taught me something about myself, which is his goal, as stated in an interview he did on and for that I am appreciative. It is always good to learn something about oneself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it - am surprised at myself that it took me so long to discovrer it. Keep themcoming MR K? Your afterward was a fun read also. JDL 9/24/18
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