“Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein Book One: Prodigal Son” by Dean Koontz (Bantam, 2005)

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In the Frankenstein trilogy, bestselling author Dean Koontz goes on a tangent from his usual novels with this short series taking on arguably one of the two most famous horror novels of all time (the other being Dracula, of course), but putting a whole new spin on it that will leave readers reaching out for the sequel.

In a world much like our own just about everyone knows about Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.  What everyone doesn’t know is that it was based on a legend about a scientist known as Dr. Frankenstein.  Only he somehow managed to make himself immortal and is now alive and well in the twentieth century, living in the United States.  And over the last century he has been busy.  His new and improved “creatures” now walk the streets as ordinary looking humans with extraordinary powers.  Only some of them are starting to “malfunction,” killing innocent human beings in the process.  Victor Helios, as the doctor is now known, doesn’t care, continuing to create, with the goal of taking over the world with a perfect race.

Deucalion, Frankenstein’s original monster, who is now forced to come to the Untied States to face the growing evil and put a stop to it.  Meanwhile detectives Carson O’Connor and Michael Maddison get to deal with all the mangled and destroyed bodies that keep showing up, trying to put the pieces together and figure out what is really going on.

Prodigal Son is a strong start to the trilogy that reveals Koontz still has some great stories to tell.  With an abrupt end, readers will be grabbing for book two, City of Night, and book three, Dead and Alive, now finally available.

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Originally written on August 13th, 2009 ©Alex C. Telander.

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