“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.

“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.

Upcoming Book Reviews for Episode 21

The following book reviews will be appearing on the BookBanter site with the new episode which will be up on December 1st:

Depraved

Depraved by Bryan Smith

City of Night

Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein: Book Two City of Night by Dean Koontz

Dead and Alive

Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein: Book Three Dead and Alive by Dean Koontz

Leviathan

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld