Prodigal Son (Dean Koontz's Frankenstein #1)
Dean Koontz's Frankenstein -- the author's first literary series -- is a nightmare-inspiring, modern-day retelling of Mary Shelley's 1818 horror classic. Coauthored with Kevin J. Anderson, the first installment in this four-volume saga pits a reanimated giant and two tenacious police detectives against the demented scientist who created him.
Koontz does a pretty good job of extrapolating the Frankenstein mythos. He doesn’t do much to alter the original history, but instead focuses on a “what if” scenario. What if Mary Shelley’s novel was an account of actual events? What if Victor and his creation were still around today? How could that have come about? What would they be doing? Etcetera. This kind of thing has a multitude of po...more
Dean's Koontz Frankenstein pastiche of which this is the first part does not reduce that fear. In fact, th...more
I didn’t find the crime an ‘edge of you seat’ type drama but it was fascinating because it was a mixture of supernatural and se...more
As for the story itself, I really en...more
Dean Koontz here explain that he was contacted to write this as a TV-serie at first, but withdrew due to creative differences with the network.
This is exactly what the book is like when you read it. Like a manuscript supposed to be played out by a mediocre Hollywood-cast. The dialogues are great, the characters are innovative, the basic story has the potential to be something great, but fails t...more
Frankenstein is back and living in New Orleans under the name of Victor Helios. “It’s just a National Enquirer wet dream”, one skeptical homicide detective says, because people are being murdered all over the city with specific body parts missing.
Helios has constructed his own wife, Erica 4. The first three did not work out. Divorce was not necessary. At night Victor is back to his old bad habits working on an entire race of perfect beings in the basement. Home alone at night; Erica 4 notices s...more
Not fast paced in a Matthew Reilly sense, but it moves briskly and manages to keep you engaged from scene to scene and from start to finish. There's no padding. No gratuitous development. Every page adv...more
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 sta
I'm a bit confused as to who the author is, as the book is called "Dean Koontz's Frankenstein: Prodigal Son", but has Dean Koontz and Kevin J. Anderson listed as authors. And then there is apparently another version that is a graphic novel that doesn't mention Kevin J. Anderson anywhere. And as someone who has read...more
It begins with a good premise...Dr. Victor Frankenstein and his famous monster were real after all, and have survived two hundred years only to wind up in New Orleans. Deucalion (the Monster) has grown a soul while Dr. Frankenstein has become more of a monster.
Added to all of this are the tales of a serial killer, two police detectives, and a couple of other of Dr. Frankenstein's creations and you have the first in a series of books.
Let me preface this by saying I'm not a big Koontz fan. To me, his bad guys are boring and one dimensional. The Surgeon in Prodigal Son was just another in a long line of blah bad guys.
However, the other characters are fleshed out nicely with the exception of Helios/Frankenstein, another cookie cutter villain (I'm so smart, I can do as I want because I'm special). The segments from his point of view I just skimmed because I know what's com...more
Frankenstein, Book One: Prodigal Son is the first in a series of books about a modern Frankenstein’s monster. I appreciate how Mr. Koontz didn’t try to reinvent the Frankenstein story, instead he build upon and brought the...more
Deucalion had attempted to murder his creator two hundred years earlier but failed. He has discoverd what Frankenstein is up to and...more
"He was a child of Mercy. Mercy born and Mercy raised. His name was Randall Six."
Koontz is known for making his characters one of two ways. The good guys are saintly good. They give change to the telephone companies. They never use bad language. They never engage in pre-martial sex especially after what happened to Koontz in the 90s that made him start to write this way....more
Frankenstein, the monster, now called Deucalion, is hiding in a monastery and after more than 200 years of life and has found a sort of peace, until he learns that his creator is still alive. Dr. Victor Frankenstein has remade himself and is now Victor Helios and he is creating pod people who are genetically modified to be his slaves. Throw into the mix a crazy man who is carving up pieces of women and keeping what he considers the perfect female attribute from each...more
The book in rich with intriguing characters and I loved the banter between Carson and Michael, the main detectives. The humor was a relief after so muc...more
I was wary of this series at first. I was thinking it was a rewrite of the original book—which I have never read because it has a hokie, pre-modern science, B movie feel to it. To my delight, this is a modern day continuation of the story of Frankenstein. Far removed from the sewn up, life-bringing lightening beginn...more
In the Koontz take on the Frankestein story, the old Mary Shelley novel was based on true events. And old Dr. Victor Frankenstein (now called Victor Helios) and his monster (who now goes by the name Deucalion) have survived to the present day. Deucalion is no longer a monster in thought and deed, but has learned a lot about the universe and his place in it, some of that knowledge coming from Tibetian monks with whom...more
This was way different than I thought it was going to be. I guess I was expecting a straight horror story about modernized Frankenstein Monsters. However, instead it was a very scary murder mystery and I thought it was genius!
I couldn't put it down and practically read the whole book in one sitting. The plot is spellbinding and the characters are fully developed and interesting. I liked Deucalion, but I have to admit that I loved Carson and Michael. M...more
My national chain bookstore stays open here in Richmond VA till 11pm, right? Its now 10:45 p.m., I'm calling to see if they have in stock Book 2, they do, I'm gone!!! I make it back home around 11:30pm, d...more
I have found very few authors who write as well as Koontz. He is also a great storyteller. Unlike some of his other books, this one (and the entire series) has a great ending.
If you just discovered the series, get...more
Koontz’s works have been violent but somehow without the splatter of Cl...more
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