“Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein Book 3: Dead and Alive” by Dean Koontz (Bantam, 2009)

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Sadly this final showdown, in the concluding volume of Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein, doesn’t deliver the climax and denouement that addicted readers were impatiently waiting years for.  The many monsters that Victor Helios has created are starting to malfunction, performing cannibalistic acts on themselves, as well as attacking and killing innocents.  Helios pretends it is a minor thing, capturing those that are malfunctioning and dumping them in a specific place where all his other rejected freaks are; little does he know there is an uprising developing with these rejects, as they come up with an ultimate plan to capture and kill their master.  Meanwhile, Deucalion is working his way through Helios’s creatures, killing and shutting them down one by one in an attempt to get closer to his creator.  And the detectives who are on the case are doing their best to stay live, being greatly outmatched against these monsters.  It all comes down to a final scene that I won’t reveal for the readers, but will ultimately leave everyone feeling dissatisfied and unrequited.

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Originally written on November 23rd, 2009 ©Alex C. Telander.