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From the celebrated imagination of Dean Koontz comes a powerful reworking of one of the classic stories of all time. If you think you know the story, you know only half the truth. Get ready for the mystery, the myth, the terror, and the magic of…Dean Koontz's Prodigal SonEvery city has secrets. But none as terrible as this. His name is Deucalion, a tattooed man of mysterioFrom the celebrated imagination of Dean Koontz comes a powerful reworking of one of the classic stories of all time. If you think you know the story, you know only half the truth. Get ready for the mystery, the myth, the terror, and the magic of…Dean Koontz's Prodigal SonEvery city has secrets. But none as terrible as this. His name is Deucalion, a tattooed man of mysterious origin, a sleight-of-reality artist who’s traveled the centuries with a secret worse than death. He arrives as a serial killer stalks the streets, a killer who carefully selects his victims for the humanity that is missing in himself. Detective Carson O’Connor is cool, cynical, and every bit as tough as she looks. Her partner Michael Maddison would back her up all the way to Hell itself–and that just may be where this case ends up. For the no-nonsense O’Connor is suddenly talking about an ages-old conspiracy, a near immortal race of beings, and killers that are more—and less—than human. Soon it will be clear that as crazy as she sounds, the truth is even more ominous. For their quarry isn’t merely a homicidal maniac—but his deranged maker.From the Paperback edition....

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Prodigal Son Reviews

  • Dirk Grobbelaar
    2019-04-14 03:50

    Out of the last of the twilight came Deucalion with a suitcase, in clothes too heavy for the sultry night.Koontz does a pretty good job of extrapolating the Frankenstein mythos. He doesn’t do much to alter the original history, but instead focuses on a “what if” scenario. What if Mary Shelley’s novel was an account of actual events? What if Victor and his creation were still around today? How could that have come about? What would they be doing? Etcetera. This kind of thing has a multitude of possibilities, limited only by the author’s imagination, and it’s obvious that DK had quite a bit of fun with Prodigal Son.The story is paced very well, perhaps at the expense of deeper character development, but it’s a ripping yarn. There are some surprises, notably concerning the nature of the characters and how Koontz set his story up. Is it somewhat absurd? Of course it is. I would expect no less. Between the Mad Scientist, the New Race, the Serial Killer and Deucalion there is bound to be a fair amount of mayhem. This is good, if you’re inclined towards Speculative Horror fiction.I bow to no one.Deucalion is, of course, an enigma. A curious mixture of affability and disdain, vulnerability and invincibility, he strides from the obscurity of the last two hundred years into modern day New Orleans. Of the protagonists in this novel, and there are more than one, I obviously liked him the most. Who wouldn’t? Although, to be honest, he doesn't really feature enough.Do you believe in evil?The novel raises a plethora of moral dilemmas. There is a philosophical argument in here somewhere; you won’t have to search too hard to find it, but you may get waylaid by the simmering violence.All flesh is grass, and withers, and the fields of the mind, too, are burned black by death and do not grow green again.What can I say? I enjoyed it.

  • Katiria
    2019-04-09 07:52

    I really love and enjoy Dean Koontz Frankenstein graphic novel, that I wanted to give the novel version a chance. Because I had a feeling that I would love the novel more. And ohh boy I sure did love and enjoy the novel version more. I know this book was not for every readers in fact I know some readers love the graphic novel more, which I totally understand why. But I absolutely love and enjoy the novel version much more, there were some things that didn't have in the graphic novel that it had in the novel version. I won't go into too much details about Prodigal Son, because I don't want too spoil it for any readers. But this is actually the first novel that I read by Dean Koontz and yup you guessed it, it won't be my last book that I read a book by Dean Koontz. I just love the plotline and concept of this amazing book, it was unique and very different take on Frankenstein, which I couldn't put this book down. I needed to know and learn more about Deucalion, Victor, Carson O’Connor her little brother and partner. I just need to read more about them. Because I love every character in this book except for Victor he is just pure evil and is a menace to society. I just felt so bad for what he was putting his subjects into. Ugh Victor Frankenstein is just pure evil and cold hearted, plus he does not care even a little bit for man kind. He is such a horrible, terrible and horror person, he is also a very disgusting individual as well. I thought all the characters were well rounded and very developed. And I absolutely love the real raw and gritty writing style, I know in my early 20's I wouldn't love this kind of writing style. But now in my mid 30's I absolutely love this kind of writing style. I would love too read more raw and gritty writing style in books more often. But all and all I absolutely loved and enjoyed Prodigal Son, I can't wait to continue on reading City of Night next!

  • Marvin
    2019-04-26 05:59

    I occasionally get the urge to read a Koontz novel. Some of his earlier works like Watchers are quite exciting. I keep hoping his current novels will return to his earlier high standards. However his later books, Relentless being a prime example, simply do not work well and hints of a writer who may now be writing to a formula and for the money. I hope that's not true but it is my suspicion.Dean's Koontz Frankenstein pastiche of which this is the first part does not reduce that fear. In fact, this may be the worst Koontz novel I've ever read. Even at his worse, Koontz is a quality writer of horror and suspense but this doesn't even read like his style, leading me to the conclusion that collaborator Kevin J. Anderson was more than second fiddle on this project. There are plenty of tell-tale annoyances throughout such as Patterson-like short chapters (most are less than four pages), alternating scenes that do not meld together (I guess that happens later in the series), and a wandering style that screams , "I'll tell you in the sequel!". I doubt Mary Shelley would have been very happy with this book. I certainly wasn't.

  • TK421
    2019-04-07 06:52

    I have heard many times from fans of Dean Koontz that they were upset because Koontz used "no-name" writers to co-author his retelling of Mary Shelly's classic story, FRANKENSTEIN. Let me put some of this nay-saying to rest. Kevin Anderson is not a no-name author. He has written numerous novels for the Star Wars universe (the bounty hunter trilogy is a lot of fun), and he has also written for X-Files. I'd say that's two pretty solid foundations to stand upon. As for the story itself, I really enjoyed it. The pace was fast, keeping me wanting to turn pages well into the night. The New Orleans setting is perfect, giving a creepy quality to an already creepy story. And who doesn't love an almost seven feet tall protagonist in Deucalion? As for the human characters, I am confident that they will be fleshed out in future installments. This series has serious potential. RECOMMENDED

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2019-04-24 06:41

    Hummmmm...... Well, I'm one of those people, possibly one of the few people who wasn't enthralled by Mary Shelly's classic. So even though I like "much of" Dean Koontz's writing I put off reading this one for some time.Bottom line on it is that it's pretty good.The book is readable. Koontz can do good serviceable writing, sometimes his prose is almost inspired. Here it's largely the former. Building on the general idea from the Shelly book he expands the story. We're led to believe that Shelly somehow must have been told something about the real events of "the Creature's" creation and the events that followed.But they weren't all the facts nor were the "facts" she related all accurate. You see Victor Frankenstein is far more evil than he appeared in that book, and he's still alive, still "out there" trying to replace God.So, good read. I found myself largely interested. The female protagonist is well written...the New People are actually a little unbelievable. Some of the things they can do, can survive and so on are really over the top.But this isn't the only place we see that so suspend your belief...or disbelief and enjoy the book. It's just good old literary junk food.

  • Crystal
    2019-04-08 04:41

    I was obsessed with reading more and more of this book until I was all the way through. One of my favorite features was the short chapters with a revolving point of view between different characters; making it hard to put down as you wanted to know each character's thoughts on each change of events. Also, even though the point of view is constantly shifting, the plot still remains clear and consistent. Though so.e subjects were glossed over ; possibly being left for another volume, the main theme was resolved by the ending- thus not leaving a cliff hanger just because the story would continue in another book.I'm excited to read book two but I'll wait until I have a day off so I can give the focus I would like.

  • Logan
    2019-04-06 01:51

    Having never read a Dean Koontz novel and intrigued by the C.S. Lewis quote at the beginning of this book (I'm a huge Lewis fan), I picked this up, thinking that maybe this would be a good first exposure to Koontz's writing.It wasn't. If I had to describe it in one word, the word I'd pick would be "ridiculous." The word fits every character, scenario and action in the entire book. We have Frankenstein's monster who, apparently, found God and joined a monastery. We have Dr. Frankenstein himself, under a cool new nickname, who has discovered the secret to immortality and thus has descended into a nihilistic wonderland. We have a fabulous serial killer who has also discovered the secret to immortality (through daily vitamins, shampooing and exercise!) and serves no purpose in the story whatsoever except as a horror gimmick and a posthumous deus ex machina. Then we have the protagonist, an anime-perfect heroine with bigger balls than any of the men in the book and no personality whatsoever. Along with Ms. Ballbuster is her namby-pamby detective partner. Together, this wacky cast and others merge together to create a heaping, steaming ball of uselessness.The characters have no personality at all (for a couple of them, that's even a part of their character!). There are scenes where you can't even tell who's talking. The "big twist" at the end that sets up the rest of this story can be seen a hundred miles away. The people act ridiculous and talk ridiculous. The story, though having a decent concept, goes nowhere at all. Finally, the portrayal of autism in this book is so laughably inaccurate and stereotypical that it almost comes off as insensitive. Dean Koontz's Frankenstein is the literary equivalent to a horrible Hollywood remake of a remarkable classic film. I didn't bother to finish this series; instead I picked up his Odd Thomas series, which is far superior to this trash.

  • Nick
    2019-04-24 02:32

    This hurts because I like Dean Koontz. Oh man is this a bad book. The writing is just incredibly sappy especially the dialogue where the police officer attempts to speak in "street" language to relate to gang bangers. Wow, I can't see that anyone ever talked like that and it not only seems dated but something that an old white guy would think that minorities speak like. It was just really putrid. No more for me.

  • Helen
    2019-03-28 06:40

    Wow, this was a fun and a surprisingly interesting continuation of the Frankenstein story that ties directly into the original. Deucalion, the original monster, has been living in a Tibetan monastery where he has found a sense of peace. Of course, he eventually learns that his creator is still alive under the name of Doctor Helios and travels to New Orleans in preparation for the eventual confrontation and discovers that he is not alone and that Doctor Helios has been very, very busy.

  • Jessica
    2019-03-31 03:31

    When I picked up this book at my mom's house and read the back cover, I literally said out loud, "Oh no he DIH-uhnt!" Thank you, Dean Koontz, for making me channel Ricki Lake reruns.Koontz has apparently run out of ideas for trite, one-dimension characters, and he's abandoned all pretense at being original. Instead of taking a break from publishing utter crap, he copes with this by cannibalizing fucking FRANKENSTEIN.

  • Amanda
    2019-04-04 02:30

    I'm one of the few people in the world that was never really turned on by the Frankenstein story. I found it fairly boring when I tried to read it (even though I was in junior high at the time) and I never got into the movies either. The story just didn't strike me as something I'd find exciting. I had the same expectations for Koontz's new series based on the legendary story, but at the suggestion of my mom, I decided to give it a try. The story takes place in Lousiana where women are being found murdered, specific body parts having been removed from the corpse. Men are also being found, only it seems that their organs have been diligently removed. While the police deduce that they have a serial killer on their hands, the plot is a bit more complicated than that. In fact, the book lends itself to several different twists and turns that could go anywhere in the next part of his series (which I have yet to read). There's a potential romantic relationship going on with the partners on the case. There's the arrival of Deucalion, the two hundred year old "monster" and first work of Dr. Victor Helios, aka Frankenstein, who knows his maker, knows his whims, and is determined to help put a stop to his evil genius tendencies, tendencies which include the development of a new race of beings, superior in every way to humans who see Victor as their "Father." There's Randall Six, the man made autistic who seeks the answer to why another like him is happy where he is not. Amidst the characters is a struggle for those made by the doctor, those who are not human, are not made by the same God but who wish to experience the fulfillment and happiness they see in those around them. This book was great. It kept me hooked through the whole thing and makes me excited for more in the series even though I haven't yet even picked up Book 2. Koontz creates an atmosphere of horror, mystery, romance, and a world that is slightly disturbing. There is an anticipation brought on by not knowing who's human and who's a creation of Frankenstein and how they will be revealed. Admittedly, Koontz's take on the story makes me want to go back and give the original a second glance, something I'll probably consider doing in the near future.

  • Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews
    2019-04-09 03:55

    Do you remember the first years of American Idol? When one of the contestants would give a particularly good, unique performance of a “classic”, Randy Jackson would say, “You made it your own, dawg!” Well, Dean Koontz certainly has made Frankenstein his own.There is a certain wow factor that an author like Dean Koontz brings to his stories. He goes well beyond the basic storyline, with multilayered storylines, complex characters and well developed comic relief. It is with good reason that Koontz occupies so much space on the horror shelf of my local bookstore.Prodigal Son has two storylines that are intertwined. Koontz has woven them together like a master. There is the arc of this book, and above and beyond that is that of the series as a whole. The two flow seamlessly together and it all makes perfect sense.In my mind there are two sets of characters. Detectives O’Connor and Maddison carry the story. They are well developed, interesting characters that I felt a connection to and want to know more about. But beyond them is Deucalion and his nemesis. These two are darker characters with secrets that only time can fully reveal.Balancing everything are the comic elements; Koontz has chapters dedicated to banter between O’Connor and Maddison over who should drive the car, and paragraphs about Cheez-Its. These are the factors that make a book more enjoyable.I have found a new series that I want to continue and a classic that I feel I need to read. What more could a reader want from a book?

  • Salymar
    2019-04-11 07:53

    This is the first Dean Koontz novel I read so I decided to do a little research about him; and here's what I read: According to his official website and book blog sites, Dean Koontz is one of the good authors who brought several of his books to appear on the New York Times Bestseller List. He is famous for his novels which can be perfectly described and categorized as suspense thrillers with elements of classic horror, science fiction and satire.Frankenstein (Book One: Prodigal Son) is one of Dean Koontz's best known novels. It is a combined science fiction-horror mystery, and satirist novel. It is actually a modern version of Mary Shelley's highly-acclaimed novel Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus in 1818. Mary Shelley's version of Frankenstein is about an eccentric mad-scientist, Victor Frankenstein who creates a grotesque creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment (dead bodies, electricity, lightning and some other stuff). Although Dean Koontz didn't change the horror/goth-ish like theme of Shelley's version, he, however, contemporized Victor Frankenstein's image and "WORKS". Imagine the change from ugly stitches into unnoticeable beautiful sew patches and Dean Koontz named them as the "New Race".Dean Koontz made me like Science-Fiction and Horror novels. His talent in writing didn't fail to meet my expectations. I'm going to read more and more of his works! :)

  • T.C. Michael
    2019-04-15 23:35

    This book really struggled to keep my attention. I found myself getting bored and thinking about other things while listening to the audiobook. The characters, pretty much all of them, could have been a little more entertaining. Especially Frankensteins monster (can't remember his name) and the two detectives. I'm not sure I want to continue reading this series. Dean Koontz had an introduction at the beginning of this book where he talked about the TV deal and how the producers didn't follow his vision of the story. Thus leading to him and the director leaving the project. Here's where I sound really crude: I don't blame the production company for wanting to change the story or characters a bit. This story, or rather, the way the story is laid out is stagnant and has the potential to be much better. The idea or concept is really intriguing; Dr. Frankenstein creating a secret "new race" of immortal and powerful beings that will one day replace regular people or the "old race" and his original creation is one of the saviors of humanity. It is definitely a neat modern idea on an old story, but it just didn't hold up to the original idea. I'm not entirely sure this even deserves three stars, but out of respect for Koontz, I'll leave it at that.

  • Stephen
    2019-03-31 01:52

    3.0 to 3.5 stars. This was a really fun, fast paced read. I thought the main character of Deucalion was well done and gave you a character you could really cheer for in the story. The human characters were pretty two dimensional, except for Victor Frankenstein who was a good villian. This minor gripe aside, the story is worth a read.

  • Rebecca McNutt
    2019-04-03 05:41

    Once again Dean Koontz has amazed me with his horrific and vibrant writing, in this case coupled with the talents of Kevin J. Anderson, giving a fantastic retelling of the horror classic Frankenstein. This book is definitely worth reading if you're a horror or thriller fan.

  • Martin Maher
    2019-04-25 23:30

    `The Prodigal Son`is Dean Koontz`s modern tale of the well known classic; Frankenstein. I wasn`t sure whether I would like this, as remakes often aren`t that good, but decided to give it a try as I like Dean Koontz`s writing. `The Prodigal Son`is a modern tale of Frankenstein set in modern day New Orleans in the USA. I really liked this book because he totally re-invented the story of Frankenstien in a way that made it work for modern readers. I was glad that the giant-monster-bolts-in-the-throat type of Frankenstein wasn`t potrayed in the book, but rather a more charismatic type of character. The story starts off in modern day New Orleans where Victor Helios (formally Victor Frankenstein) is producing a `New Race`of people, that will terminate the so-called Òld Race`& all of the chaos that comes with it, thereby creating a pefect world where there is no god & science is all that matters. Victor is 200 years old & is secretly planning this operation in New Orleans. His original creation (called Deucalion in this book; after a mythological being) comes to the city upon learning that the scientist is still alive. Prior to this he thought that he was dead. Once again Dean Koontz writes wonderfully in this book. One thing I really liked about this book is that he doesn`t just re-write a classic, but re-invents it. After 200 years, the once man; Victor Frankenstein has become a monster, going to horrific lengths in order to create the perfect race, & with it have unimaginable power. Deucalion on the other hand, has developed over the 200 years, from a monster to a human being, who has over the long period of time started to develop a soul, & with it a greater understanding of the world & all it`s mysteries. A realy enjoyable read, & I will be looking forward to reading the next installment of the series.

  • Red Fields
    2019-04-21 07:48

    INCREDIBLE! Once I started reading, I wondered how an author's mind could wrap around a story and tell it like Dean Koontz did with his first installment of his trilogy, "Frankenstein." Once finished, you HAD to know what happened next! Let me tell you the about the hold this book held over me. My national chain bookstore stays open here in Richmond VA till 11pm, right? Its now 10:45 p.m., I'm calling to see if they have in stock Book 2, they do, I'm gone!!! I make it back home around 11:30pm, driving much slower I might add, stayed up till dawn reading, caught a cat nap refueling the brain cells because I finished the novel before 9am the following morning. Now come on July 28th, at least that's the date my pre-order ships for the third and final installment to this utterly captivating wonderful story!!! WTG DEAN!!! You think its possibly to fall for a character made from criminals whose face is half destroyed by his maker and half handsome? Can't tell you how it happens but can tell you I love the name Deucalion! ;o )

  • Michael
    2019-04-21 00:50

    I was interested in reading this book because it featured two of my literary interests in it; Frankenstein and a serial killer. While this book was entertaining, I just couldn’t enjoy this book at all. I kept comparing it to the original Frankenstein book and keep wishing this book referenced it more or had the same level of complexity. This book was simply a mad scientist creating his own race for his own gratification. Then you have the work obsessed detective and their partner who is in love with them; while the roles seem to be reversed in this book (the male detective stuck in the friends-zone). I kind of feel like this book is too much of a clique and possible just a generic mystery formula that has been overdone. There was nothing about this book that makes me want to continue reading the series.

  • Kenny Bellew
    2019-04-17 04:41

    This books was published in 2005, and, with hindsight being 20/20, it would be easy to nitpick the technology that Koontz gets wrong when it comes to life longevity and over-the-counter supplements, and I could even forgive his telling us that the chief villain stores stolen body parts in real Tupperware in his freezer and not explain any concern for ice crystal damage to organ cells in long-term storage (in Tupperware). And it is a freezer, not some special liquid nitrogen setup. Even with its problems, the story is engaging and moves along. However, as I was reading this, thinking about what I would rate it-- I was prepared to give it a 4-star rating (3/4ths the way through the book), but then the book ends abruptly, almost in mid sentence with tons-- I mean tons of things unresolved. Actually, nothing is resolved. It's like, if you want to know how this story ends, read my next book.

  • Bilbo Baggins
    2019-04-04 00:41

    3.5If you can get past the cringy idea of a modern Frankenstein,Then it's pretty alright. Haha the serial killer stuff really got me, and it intrigues me enough to continue with the series.

  • Lady Delacour
    2019-04-24 05:44

    Now that's how you tell a story.So much fun!!Loved the nod to Mary Shelley.Well written and well narrated.

  • Joseph
    2019-04-27 07:52

    I checked this book out from the local library at the request of a friend. I suspect she hasn't read it, and I cannot in good conscience recommend that she does. I tend to stay away from horror movies and books because they seem almost universally uninspired, and Prodigal Son is no exception.I walked into this knowing that it was a reimagining of a literary classic, but even for a take-off on an old, established story, the plot is bland and trite. Depending on the chapter, it alternately reads like a poor-quality buddy cop drama and a poor-quality slasher flick.The characters are no better. The leads are a dedicated yet underappreciated female detective and her snarky, laid-back partner. (Naturally, there's loads of unresolved sexual tension between the two.) This is a combination that we've seen millions of times before, and it's rarely, if ever, successfully executed. Once again, it falls painfully flat here.On the villainous side, we have a competing duo of pseudo-Nietzschean übermenschen, another cliché that's been attempted and failed countless times. Their cartoonish supervillainy wouldn't be quite so silly if they were approached with some amount of facetiousness, but this book views them with utter seriousness, and firmly insists that the reader do the same. Equally bizarre is the red-herring, a truly uninteresting pile of narcissistic, egotistical refuse. His death would come as a blessing were it not for the fact that the only available replacements as villains are the aforementioned failed supermen.Supporting characters fare about as well. The vast majority of them are one-dimensional. Very few of them seem remotely interesting, and I feel that if this story had belonged to one of them, it would have been markedly more interesting. Alas, the development that we do see is laughably short, and once it occurs, the characters are quickly dropped.Being a fan of Terry Pratchett, I've become accustomed to reading without specifically delineated chapters. At first I welcomed the reversion to the norm offered by Prodigal Son, as it provided me with numerous convenient stopping points. Unfortunately, I soon realized that this these small bites were little more than literary junk food: unhealthy, unfulfilling, and ultimately leaving the reader worse for the experience.

  • Josh
    2019-04-25 02:37

    Dean Koontz's Frankenstein series builds upon the classic book by Mary Shelley, using both Frankenstein and his monster as near immortals who each have lived in plain view of the public yet are hidden by the fictitious account of their evolution in the original book. As to not discard the concept, rather enhance and modernize it, the characters transition into a new landscape. Koontz maintains a thread of continuity while writing a new and fantastical setting for the monster and his creator. PRODIGAL SON is a blend of horror, police procedural, and thriller and serves as a great introduction to a diverse cast of characters. The plot largely revolves around a serial killer who takes parts of his victims and then evolves into a gruesome horror story with abominations walking the earth with strange abilities.There really is no good verses evil typecasting in PRODIGAL SON as Koontz (and Kevin J. Anderson as co-author) establish the key players, each with their own motivations; just some more murderous than others. PRODIGAL SON is a quick read (something that I've found during all three reads) and really establishes this new take on Frankenstein quite well. Don't expect the same story as Mary Shelley, this series is new and follows a rather different path. http://justaguythatlikes2read.blogspo...

  • Angie
    2019-04-20 01:38

    I first read this years ago when it was newly released and it was better than I remembered. The story is about Victor Frankenstein, who 200 years after he created his monster is still creating his new race in modern day new Orleans.I liked how messed up his people are, so confused about why they are and most it seems, feeling like there is part of them missing. This ends up causing one of them to rebel and start murdering old race people( ordinary humans)All the different ideas in this book seem to work well. I absolutely loved Deucalion, the original monster. Something that annoyed me some was the joking bantering detectives, Carson and Michael. It was just a bit full on for me, it got tired. But everything else I loved, and if they had been a bit less jokey I'd of given the book 5 stars. And the end was good, I'm very curious to find out what skittered away from Harker at the end!So if you like Dean Koontz I'd say give this book a go, I was sorry about what happened to Erica 4, I liked her.

  • Siobhan
    2019-03-29 07:36

    Koontz takes the original Frankenstein story and creates something wonderful. Taking the idea of the classic story, Koontz places Frankenstein and his monster in the modern world. This story leaves you asking who the real monster is – whether it the grotesque monster happens to be the real monster or whether the creator of such a creature was the real monster.In the usual Koontz fashion we come to love and hate the necessary characters, watching as the story unfolds. With new modified versions of his monsters being sent out into the world countless people are in danger as the mad scientist himself sets off to change the course of nature. Luckily, his monster is not as dead as he had originally thought and this time he has help: although there are more problems in the world than is apparent to anyone (be them good or bad) upon first glance.It’s a must read for anyone who love Koontz or the classic Frankenstein story.

  • Bark
    2019-04-02 23:44

    This was a fast paced read for me and not many are these days. Koontz takes the two pivotal characters from Shelly's "Frankenstein" and brings them forward to modern times. Dr. Frankenstein is still up to his unethical tricks and has managed to prolong his own life through various methods while his first creation named "Deucalion". Deucalion has spent many years searching for purpose and has quietly been living among monks to find peace. He is brought out of his world of tranquility when he learns that Dr. Frankenstein is still creating monsters (though this time via modern methods). One of Dr. F's creations has gone renegade and become a serial killer and collector of various body parts. Deucalion, because he knows Dr. F's motives so well, joins forces with the police to help find the killer. This book held my attention from beginning to end with an interesting story as well as interesting characters. It's humorous and horrifying and a very good read.

  • Michelle *The Bookish Hobbit*
    2019-04-27 06:35

    I have GR friends who liked this book, and I'm very sorry to them, but I just couldn't finish this novel. I don't have anything against retellings, so that isn't my problem. My problem is that I just didn't like Frankenstein being portrayed as a sexual sadist; how he was mortified by the silliest things his wife did (her flower arrangments!), how he was just an odd duck in general. There are other things I didn't like either, but I just don't know how to word it at the moment. Just not feeling this one.

  • Matthew
    2019-04-25 06:59

    Seems to be a pretty good start to this series. It opens more doors than it closes. I do not feel that someone could be satisfied reading just this book alone. I am interested to see what book 2 will bring. Once again, Koontz has created maniacal madmen driven by the torment in their minds and their desire to conquer at the cost of humanity.

  • Marc-Antoine
    2019-04-12 03:33

    I think I'm really going to enjoy this series, the first is a true pleasure to read.