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The Dead Town (Dean Koontz's Frankenstein #5)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  5,408 ratings  ·  425 reviews
Dean Koontz’s enthralling Frankenstein series has redefined the classic legend of infernal ambition and harrowing retribution for a new century and a new age. Now the master of suspense delivers an unforgettable novel that is at once a thrilling adventure in itself and a mesmerizing conclusion to his saga of the modern monsters among us.


The war
ebook, 448 pages
Published May 24th 2011 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2011)
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Kaylynn Johnsen
Why do I love Koontz? Hmmmm... so many reasons. Here is just a sample:

"Jocko was a tumor. Well he started out as a tumor-like lump... Then he became self-aware. A tumor with attitude. Hopes and dreams. And he grew fast. Later he burst out of that host body. Became something more than a tumor. Something better.

He became a monster. Some people screamed when they saw Jocko. Others fainted. Birds dive-bombed him. Cats hissed and rats fled squeaking. Jocko was a very effective monster...

A monster was
I drug this one out because I am going to miss Deucalion! and Jocko and Mr. Lyss and Carson and Michael! The ending wasn't as dramatic as it could have been and at parts I got lost and didn't understand how certain scenes tied to the story but I am a die hard Koontz fan and I loved this series!
The fifth and final book of Dean Koontz's Frankenstein series was not the worst book of the series (that would be the 3rd or 4th), but I can say honestly that I'm glad it's over. The first two books of this series were great! It was exciting, action-packed, and a great twist on the Frankenstein story, set in New Orleans. Then Katrina hit New Orleans and Koontz felt compelled to delay any further entries so as not to impose any fictitious horrors to the city in addition to the real life ones, in ...more
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I don't know why I'm still reading this Frankoontztein crap. Yes, Dean Koontz knows how to keep you hooked, but increasingly he's treating his readers like they're idiots. He just doesn't care about the quality of his Frankenstein series anymore. In this fifth, supposedly final installment, everything is just plain stupid and anti-climactic. Let me vent it out:

1) What kind of plot is it when all the bad guys start "malfunctioning" on their own, so that the good guys just need to
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♥ Marlene♥
I liked this book better than book 3. It kept my interest although it wasn't as good as book 1 and 2.Dean Koontz is very good in describing characters and making them realistic for you even when they are tumours. lol! I also loved Mister Lyss. The way Dean Koontz describes the relationship between Mr Lyss and Nummy is really fantastic. It seems to me he is getting better and maybe he should try and write a non horror/thriller kind of book. Anyway it was a decent end to the series. 3.5
Shawnee Bowlin
Loved it! Although I was shocked at the ending, I was thrilled that Koontz chose to end the book the way he did! Bravo! It was totally awesome, so it's safe to say I was NOT disappointed in yet another wonderful thriller, drama, whatever....I prefer to call it just superb craftsmanship. I will miss the main characters, and especially Jocko and Deucalion. Wow. It has been a fun and interesting journey through the Frankenstein series.
Velvia Keithley
Better than Lost Souls. Deucalion and Victor have an epic showdown that isn't really epic, though. The climax never really got there and I felt that all the parts should have come together sooner. Loved Nummy and Mr. Lyss. Loved Zerox Bozeman. Loved that Carson was not featured a lot, because she can be annoying to epic proportions. It was a decent end to the book.
Jackie Vazquez
As a fan of the series, I was thoroughly satisfied with how Koontz wrapped up this tale. The book itself, to my enjoyment, has far more action than the previous installment, and any fan of the series will whiz through the final pages and close this book with a feeling of great satisfaction.
Much better than the 4th book "Lost Souls." I could tell Koontz had a lot to tell in this concluding story, so the writing was much tighter and a generally fast-paced novel. I would recommend this book for any Dean Koontz.
Nicholas Beck
Without a doubt in my mind, this was the best of the series, simply with the way the entire series in wrapped up very "efficiently" by Koontz. The four hundred pages zoom by in anticipation of the climactic conclusion. So much could be said about this book, and the characters which are brought to life throughout; Carson and Michael are determined former detectives who always are putting other people's needs in front of their own, since they recognize the humanity in everyone; Nummy and Mr. Lyss ...more
Sep 23, 2011 Greg rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Maybe Dean Koontz fans, but not representative of his better work.
The last of Dean Koontz’ Frankenstein series has Deucalion and his allies battling manufactured replicants and a cloned Victor Helios (now Victor Immaculate) for the survival of a town in Montana. Some die, though few of the good guys. In short, much mayhem, some light grossness and horror (though nothing a twelve-year-old couldn’t handle), occasional potty mouth expressions, and eventual victory for the good guys. Not especially exciting or captivating.

Basically, there was nothing really new to
Michelle Leah Olson
I get so caught up in the new worlds of UF & PNR that I've discovered, that I forget how incredibly amazing the world of Dean Koontz can be!
I've read virtually everything he's ever written, and have my absolute favorites that I've read over & over, and this series & the Odd Thomas series rank right up there with those.
Dean Koontz spins a tale like no other, unraveling imagery the likes of which I have never found elsewhere, and creating such a vivid picture in the reader's mind, yo
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I'm not sure who to be more worried about in terms of the obsessive fascination with gallows humour - Dean Koontz for writing it, or me for reveling in it! This was a fabulous ending - a final one this time! - to the sensational Frankenstein series Koontz envisioned!

In re-imagining the Frankenstein story not only in present-day, but also with the "monster" as the hero, Koontz really turned what I've always considered a yawner of a monster story into a no-holds-barred, knock it out of the park bl
Book 5 of Frankenstein series. The entire series was a quick, superficial read. Not great, but entertaining enough for me to want to read them. THe last book was a disappointment to me.
The original Frankenstein monster is the good guy, but only makes rare appearances through the books. The original Dr, Frankenstein is responsible for creating new monsters and wants to take over the earth. The first few books were fun. The Doctor dies along with all of his creatures in the (third or fourth?) boo
My Review: This book is beige. That seems to be the best way to describe it— beige and unexceptional. Perhaps it’s because the first Frankenstein books (there are 5 in the series) were so incredible that this final volume strikes me as anticlimactic; perhaps because I read it after finishing a particularly spectacular book by Stephen King; or perhaps because Koontz himself became disenchanted with the Frankenstein story toward the final volumes and unintentionally reflected that sentiment in his ...more
Still dealing with the same evil, a stand is being made. This time the original group are not alone in wanting to rid the world of Frankenstein’s evil ways. With the aid of many, those from the former books make the final stand against the evil of the world, concluding with what could be either life or death for the human race.

Koontz takes the original Frankenstein story and creates something wonderful. Taking the idea of the classic story, Koontz places Frankenstein and his monster in the moder
Masha K.
An all-around great conclusion to the series, but I suggest reading this one very quickly after Lost Souls because it's a direct sequel and you are presumed to know exactly what's going on and who the characters are. In reality I think it would have worked better with 4 and 5 being one book. My only other quibble is similarities to Midnight make the last 2 books less original than the first trilogy. But otherwise I would say it's Koontz's best work in years. For everyone who has complained about ...more
Ralph McEwen
You definitely need to have read the first four books before reading this one. I am a little disappointed, it seem at the end of book 4 that book 5 could shift directions and leave the whole - Victor Frankenstein / Wiley E. Coyote (Super Genius) dialogue and his misfits of monsters behind, it didn’t. The plot just plods along on its violent / psychotic / silly way to the end which it fully reaches, thankfully. OK I am more than just a little disappointed. I feel that Koontz could have, should ha ...more
I really enjoyed this whole series and think Dean Koontz added some interesting ideas to the whole Frankenstein mythos. I found this last book to be too short by about 2/3, as if it was just an outline or a summary of a novel that might be. The characters and story arcs are great I just would have liked to see more character insight, perhaps a little more tension, much more exposition. I know this was originally to be a special for Sci Fi or HBO or something and all the books are basically tv sc ...more
Frankenstein is alive, well his clone is alive, and has created more monsters to overtake all living things in the world, then die themselves to create a perfect peace for Victor. This is the last book of the series.

The book was good, but not great. I liked the first 4 better than the finale, but it was still enjoyable.

I LOVE JOCKO!!!!!! My favorite part, (view spoiler)
The series is now finished, as it had seemed to be finished when Victor and his army were finished in New Orleans. There is certainly a good yarn in these last two books, and it was pleasurable to read, but I had the sense that the publisher had pressed the author into extending the series because of the success of the earlier books. I think this last book had a contrived quality in which several possible resolutions to the crisis got resolved in a hurried manner. The last couple of chapters wer ...more
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Donald Armfield
I think I expected more out of the final book. I wanted a huge war with Deucalion smashing heads. Very disappointed with end of book tired up with just one chapter. Overall the series is an exciting read.
Jocko the tumor turned into a sort of human being is a trip. Funny hats for different occasions computer wiz and really strange little thing. Nummy a Forrest Gump kinda of Guy but its grandma always said......
Definitely recommend reading the series my favorite is Book 2.

I had my doubts about this series after reading books 1 and 2. It picked up when Dean Koontz started writing alone in book 3...and kept getting better. Books 4 and 5 are the best, full of everything I love about Dean Koontz: a fast-moving story, memorable characters, a sensitivity to the marginalized, powerful relationships and friendships, children, dogs,'s all here. The reader for the audio CD version of Books 4 and 5 was outstanding.
David Hill
I still haven't read all of Koontz's Frankenstein series, so I can't really comment on the narrative arc. I started at #4, then read #3, and then I read this book, #5, which is the conclusion of the series. That being said, The Dead Town is a fun, paranoid read, truly terrifying in spots, partly based on the perils of nano-technology (a new trope of Koontz's--see 77 Shadow Street), but also including a supernatural element and the potential for spiritual redemption. I felt much sympathy for the ...more
This book was so dumb... I really wish it has never been written, I don't know if it was supposed to be witty, or light hearted... I really couldn't take it serious though. Making Joko a star character made the book sort of cutesy and silly... Not what I was hoping for.

Ok so I am taking a much needed Den Koontz break now... On to something more interesting!
And so it ends....and as it does you reflect not only on the book but the series as a whole..five fairly long though quickly read novels make up this series..what it worth it?
In honesty I think yes...this last novel(it's still kind of open ended though) is a return to form after the last two kind of prodded fairness the last book was many building the scene and this book executes it.
This final book brings the threads of Koontz Frankenstein together and stitches in aspects of what in t
I have yet to read a Dean Koontz book that I didn't enjoy. It's difficult to assign a "start rating" to a Dean Koontz book because if rated against almost any other writer all his books would earn 5 stars so one has to rate his books only against other works by the same author. It seems unfair and perhaps it is but then again... Life is unfair.

This was the final chapter in Mr. Koontz's Frankenstein series. I couldn't see myself getting into a "modern day Frankenstein book" so I began reading the
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