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Summary

From the celebrated imagination of Dean Koontz comes a powerful reworking of one of the classic stories of all time. If you think you know the legend, you know only half the truth. Here is the mystery, the myth, the terror, and the magic of...

Every city has its secrets. But none as terrible as this. He is Deucalion, a tattooed man of mysterious origin, a sleight-of-reality artist who has traveled the centuries with a secret worse than death. He arrives in New Orleans as a serial killer stalks the streets, a killer who carefully selects his victims for the humanity that is missing in himself. Deucalion's path will lead him to cool, tough police detective Carson O'Connor and her devoted partner, Michael Maddison, who are tracking the slayer but will soon discover signs of something far more terrifying: an entire race of killers who are much more - and less - than human and, deadliest of all, their deranged, near-immortal maker: Victor Helios - once known as Frankenstein.

©2005 Dean Koontz (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Loved it!

I really wasn't sure what to think about this book when my husband first suggested it. The story has been told and finished, what more was there to add?! Everything as it turns out!
Koontz writing is easy to get I to, I was hooked almost straight away. The narrator is simply brilliant at his job!
If you want to have a little bit of a weird murder mystery with compelling characters, this is for you!!

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Addictive listening

Loved this book, addictive from the start. Beautifully wrote with a huge vocabulary of verbs. A sence of empathy for all characters.

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  • AmeliaD
  • 08-06-18

A modern masterpiece

"Frankenstein: Prodigal Son", a true modern masterpiece of by one of the preeminent masters of suspense, a must-read for anyone with an interest in this genre. The narrative is, frankly, beautifully crafted. Detailed, descriptive, completely engaging, it grabs onto your psyche and never lets go. The most logical and frightening continuation of Mary Shelley's classic, it totally engages the reader on a visceral level. I think Mrs. Shelley would be proud.

Christopher Lane's narration of this modern classic is very near to perfection. Smooth and erudite, almost hypnotic, he has absolutely captured the spirit of the work. Listening to his reading is an undeniable pleasure. Even more impressive than his general narration is that he has almost perfectly captured the myriad accents and dialects found in the region of southeastern Louisiana, particularly in New Orleans itself. It is difficult enough for non-natives to reproduce even one of these regional dialects; very few in the entertainment industry accomplish even that. For Mr. Lane to have mastered several of these speaks to a remarkable talent. Do not bypass this novel, this series. Reading Dean Koontz's "Frankenstein" is a singular experience. Hearing it performed is a sensory delight.

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  • Sheila
  • 14-06-18

Too Violent and Twisted for Me

The story is an extremely novel extension of the Frankenstein story with several very clever twists. Unfortunately it was much too dark and violent for my taste.

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  • Natalie Fayman
  • 22-06-18

Nothing pisses me off more than a book without an ending!

The story was interesting enough, if you are not too much of a stickler for believability. But it ends abruptly and without resolution of any of the major plot lines. Even knowing that a book is the first in a series, I still expect it to be a self contained story with a reasonable conclusion of the majority of the threads woven throughout the story. I have no problem with a few open ends and segues leading to sequels. But this is literally like someone ripped the last three chapters off the end of the book and threw them away and published what was left. Sorry Mr Koontz, but I won’t be spending any more time with this series.

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  • Mark
  • 10-06-18

Pretty boring

I was excited about this story - Frankenstein's next chapter in the modern world. In this novel, Victor Frankenstein (with a new name) lives and is creating an army of "monsters." Meanwhile, two New Orleans police detectives are trying to solve a series of murders with severed body parts as the common link. Most of the novel is told through the various creatures created by Victor. None of these creatures is very interesting. Most of this novel feels like I am getting background info. I assumed that the second half of the book would jump into an engaging story. Very little happened. After getting through 2/3 of this novel, I finally quit. There were three characters I did like. I liked the scenes with the two police detectives, and I loved Deucalion, the original Frankenstein monster. Had more of this novel followed them, I would have liked this a lot more. I see that the is a "Book One." So maybe this whole book is just background for the subsequent books, which have more plot. This book was not for me.

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  • Melanie
  • 08-06-18

I really enjoyed this book.

Even though the Frankenstein story isn't new, I found this story to be very original. And I enjoyed it tremendously. Not only is it a new take on an old story, but i liked the characters. On one hand you have the sexy, tough as nails, bad ass chick detective, and on the other hand her hot, wise cracking partner that are in love with each other. Even though this book is in no way a romance, there is some tension because there can never be anything between them. Police rules, they couldn't only no longer be partner, but couldn't even be in the same department.

I'm looking forward to this growing into a series.





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  • Lindsey Soliday
  • 19-07-18

Not What I Expected

I really liked Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas books, but this one was just weird and disturbing. An interesting twist on an old classic, but really grotesque and hard to get through.

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  • Shel1972
  • 11-07-18

Good beginning

This is a new take on the Frankenstein monster tale and I actually quite liked it. The two detectives were interesting and I liked their relationship. What I didn’t understand is why Deucalion would be so abnormally huge when he was put together from the body parts of regular criminal type guys. But, whatever. I still liked his character and thought Christopher Lane did a great job of voicing him in particular. I would definitely recommend this one.

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  • George Barker
  • 05-07-18

Excellent

I think Dean Koontz a great writer but I was hesitant in reading a reimagined Frankenstein. I was very pleasantly surprised. I finished it in two days and I’m starting the 2nd book immediately. A fantastic book and narrator!

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  • Paul
  • 03-07-18

Aimless

This story starts with an interesting concept, but never really finds direction. Characters are flat and several characters never intersect the main story. It's like they went forced in just to add more chapters.

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  • W. Brooks
  • 01-07-18

Just not my cup of tea

I tried, but just could not get into this story. It wasn’t bad. I just didn’t connect with it. The narration was good.

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