“Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein Book Two: City of Night” by Dean Koontz (Bantam, 2005)

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In Prodigal Son, readers learned of the existence of Victor Helios’s (formerly known as Dr. Frankenstein) creatures which he has continued to make over the centuries.  In City of Night, readers learn the extent to which these many hundreds of creatures have infiltrated every level of society.  They look much like you or I, but are incredibly powerful, and in many ways unstoppable.  The creature known as Deucalion – the original monster created by Frankenstein – has returned to New Orleans to try and stop them and end Victor’s experiments, along with the help of Detectives Carson O’Connor and Michael Maddison.  Carson and Michael have a growing relationship for each other that aches to stretch beyond the boundaries of professional partners, but they know they have to stop Helios first before they can give into their desires.  While Deucalion was programmed to never harm his master, Helios, he infiltrates the complex network, taking down the creatures and freaks, which he has no qualms about doing. City of Night loses the momentum generated by Prodigal Son somewhat with an introduction of many new characters – mostly Helios’s creatures – that can befuddle the reader at times, but nevertheless builds to what will hopefully be an epic climax in the third book of the series, Dead and Alive.

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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.