beadmahn, October 28, 2008 (view all comments by beadmahn)
This is a series that may never be finished - know that before you ever begin the book. But also know that if you enjoy the writings of Dean Koontz you may not care that it never gets beyond book two. This is another classic tale from Koontz's very fertile imagination. The characters are crisp, the storyline is many layered, the conflict is clear, and the action is fast. Once again, Koontz delivers with a great story extremely well told.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"In this grisly thriller, the first in a new series by bestsellers Koontz and Anderson, Dr. Frankenstein has survived into the 21st century, masquerading as biotech tycoon Victor Helios. Helios wants to replace flawed humanity with his New Race, people born and fermented in pods, their personalities programmed by him, their imperfections removed in the lab. But at least one of his creations has become a serial killer, trying to assemble the perfect woman from parts of many. Like expert plate-spinners, the authors set up a dizzying array of narrative viewpoints and cycle through them effortlessly. These include one of Victor's creations who suffers from autism and is trying to understand it; a cloned priest who serves as a clandestine member of Helios's army; Helios's custom-made wife, unique among his creations in that she's allowed to feel shame; and, tying it all together, a classic buddy-cop set of homicide detectives who slowly come to understand that the butcher they're chasing isn't quite human. The odd juxtaposition of a police procedural with a neo-gothic, mad scientist plot gives the novel a wickedly unusual and intriguing feel. The familiarity of the Frankenstein myth makes much of the story arc predictable, but it's still a compelling read, with an elegant cliffhanger ending." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
This first title in the mesmerizing four-book paperback original series — Dean Koontz's Frankenstein — is a brilliant re-imaging of the classic story that only world-renowned and New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz could conceive, bringing the two hundred-year-old "monster," a literate, mysterious loner, to modern day New Orleans on the trail of his creator and the serial killer he has spawned.
A brilliant re-imagining and updating of the classic Frankenstein story that only Dean Koontz could conceive, Prodigal Son is the first volume in a four-book series that opens with the "monster" — Deucalion — coming to modern-day New Orleans, where he will join forces with a street-smart police detective and her partner on the trail of a macabre serial killer...a serial killer spawned, Deucalion will discover, by his own creator, Dr. Victor Frankenstein, now Victor Helios.
Deucalion has survived for two centuries, given near immortality by the furious lightning storm that brought him to life. But he is no monster — not anymore. While he carries a quiet mystery about him, Deucalion is literate, intelligent, and very much in control of himself, almost as if he has an inner peace. For two hundred years Deucalion has thought himself alone among men, an aberrant creation of an evil mind. Now he will find that his fellows are legion...that they live among us at every strata of society...and that his nemesis, Victor Frankenstein, has survived the centuries as well...and dreams of seeding the earth with his creations.
Loosely based on Dean Koontz's Frankenstein, the national network television series scheduled to begin airing on USA at Halloween, and co-authored with Kevin Anderson, subsequent volumes in the series will continue Deucalion's pursuit of Victor Helios and his unnatural army, in partership with two tough, bemused New Orleans cops, and will move back and forth in time as well, unspooling Deucalion's story from the time the original story closed. Rich, suspenseful, heartbreaking and terrifying, Dean Koontz's Frankenstein will explore as only "the master of the psychological drama" (Larry King, USA Today) can, the heights to which we might aspire, the depths to which some may fall, and what, in the end, it means to be truly human.
The "New York Times" bestselling author brilliantly re-imagines the classic story in a mesmerizing original four-part series that brings the 200-year-old "creature," a literate, mysterious loner, to modern day New Orleans on the trail of his creator and the serial killer he has spawned.
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