Dead and Alive (Dean Koontz's Frankenstein, #3)
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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 story, you know only half the truth. Get ready for the mystery, the myth, the terror, and the magic of…

Dean Koontz's Dead and Alive

A devastating hurricane approaches New Orleans and Victor Helios, once known was Frankenstein, has un...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published July 28th 2009 by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd (first published 2009)
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NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO!....Bad Author...Bad Naughty Author...Look what you’ve done on the paper.....you have written a big pile of Photobucket

Uh.....sorry....no pass for you Koontzie on this piece of shit....You are not some struggling writer who needed to get this book published pronto because of cash problems and thus decided you had to cut a few corners with elements like plot, prose, personality and passion. Nope, no excuse for ta...more
Margo Kelly
Dean Koontz what happened?? Book one and two in the series were great, but then book three fell apart.

I felt like maybe Koontz only wrote it because he was under contract or for some other reason was compelled to finish the trilogy, but his heart wasn't quite in it.

The writing wasn't up to Koontz's usual standard and the story line was SO REPETITIVE! Not only did book three recap everthing that happened in books one and two, but it also recapped what happened in previous chapters of book three....more
Jen
And then this happened. Well, at least the way I read it (omnibus edition), I didn't have to wait long for it to happen. But happen it did. The conclusion of the first Frankenstein story arc, that is.

So, we're still in New Orleans and it is still sometime between a week and two weeks after the start of the first book where Detective O'Connor busted out some gang street know-how. All told, Carson and Michael have continued to not say they are in love, crack awful jokes, drive recklessly, and subs...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Well...I won't go 1 star as one of my friends did. However, this one did jump the shark...twice.

The story went on here but the way it "went", the turns it took, even the dialogue and storytelling jumped way over into the absurd for some reason.

More than anything else as I read this book i kept thinking of that old movie The Re-animator (1985). The thing is that movie was intentionally full of dark humor. This book was unintentionally humorous.

I don't get it but this seems to happen in Mr. Koont...more
Howard
a long awaited journey coming to a sense of closure.. i enjoyed reading this suspenseful third book
Maciek
"Dead and Alive" is the third book in Dean Koontz's Frankenstein series, this time written by Koontz alone. You can tell that he wrote the book on his own because the dialogue is even cheesier than in the two preceeding volume (these endless wisecracks! How I missed them!). Our cop duo continue to fight Dr. Helios (ex Frankenstein) aided by Deucalion, Frankenstein's first creation. Deucalion is an awesome hero: Tall as a bulding, knows the quantum structure of the universe - which conveniently a...more
Bob
Worst ending to a series, or the start of an even worse continuation of the series?
After 12 or so Koontz books, I don't know why I still pick up a Koontz novel. My first was Intensity which was excellent. If I wasn't a fan of the original Frankenstein, I wouldn't have give Koontz another try, but I did, and probably thanks to co-writers, they did a great job on the first two books of this series.
I thought his delay in the release of book three was because he found a new twist with hurricane Katr...more
Froztwolf
While the ending itself is slightly disappointing, at least it never flails around, like many authors tend to do when trying to tie together a story with so many characters and sub-plots.
There is always a clear direction throughout the book and though I disagree with some of the choices Koontz took in his conclusion, I can't fault his style.

As a third book of a trilogy, I found that it to be missing some sort of revelation or twist that made things take an unexpected turn. Aside from the story...more
Amanda
Not worth the wait by a long shot. Quite frankly I feel insulted by this book. The first two were thought-provoking with deep characters and a meaty, well-written story. For this, it comes off as if Koontz got tired of people bugging him for a book (that had been promised years ago) and just threw something together in a week. He couldn't even keep characters' names straight, nor did the editor bother to notice the blatant errors. All of these rich, multi-dimensional characters turned into flat,...more
Ken Consaul
Let me preface this with saying I'm not a big Dean Koontz fan. Usually his characters are pretty shallow and the villains all seem to be carbon copies (<-dates the reviewer) of each other. The killer thinks he is smarter and better than everyone else and he is entitled to kill. It gets old quick.

Now, that said, I'm really enjoying this Frankenstein series. The protagonists are interesting. There are many points of view from a wide variety of characters and they are all well developed and comp...more
Brittni Smyers hill
I loved the first two Frankenstein books. They came across as tightly formatted and carefully structured, which made me as a reader feel cared for and tended to. You felt the consideration that was put into a well-crafted story, and you were able to enjoy the books greatly because of that. The first two in the series did not have loose ends; every side story was lovingly rendered and came across with a depth, despite or because of their brevity, that was quite enjoyable.
You can imagine my disap...more
♥ Marlene♥
We had to wait 3 years for this book. 3 years longer than anticipated. I even re-read the first 2 books because I knew this book was finally on its way to me but I feel a bit how do you say it. fooled? disappointed?

First of all it is only 400 pages. You expect a big fat book cause the first 2 books were at least 550 pages and there were so many little stories in those which I expected to get closure in book 3 so that was the first surprise.

Then while reading I just felt a bit cheated. Still do n...more
Mike
Quite a disappointment after the initial build-up of the first 2 books in the series. The final climax was too short and VERY convenient. The original "monster" became a side character in this one. Characterization became pretty thin and the book was very short compared to the first 2.
Koontz had indicated that the delay in the release of this volume was due to the fact that the action took place in New Orleans and he wanted to incorporate the Hurricane into the story. Guess what, the hurricane h...more
Jackie
Just finished Dead and Alive and I can now definitively express how I feel about this series: I love it! Maybe it was because he had co-authors in the first two that it didn't feel fully Dean-like, but he sure remedied that in D&A. A fantastic read, great characters, the blend of humor and horror that I love so much, and an amazing story. It exceeded all my expectations.
Dana
Very disappointed. Having read the other two books and waiting a couple of years I wanted much more from this book. The whole book lacked the substance that grabed you and sucked you in like the first two. The ending lacked everything, it just kind of well ended.......with a door open for another one. I will read the next installment when it comes out but I am not going to run out and grab it on the day of its release.
Ralph McEwen
This book rambles a little. Good Guys, bad guys, monsters, monstrosities and good food in interesting restaurants. At least it wraps up some lose ends and opens the way for the next book to take a different direction, I hope it does, this one was ready for bed.
Greg McClay
I've read all three of this trilogy (and yes there's a 4th now out though its supposed to be somewhat seperated from this set), and the only way to describe them is very funny and bizarrely weird. But then Koontz is pretty weird.

I read Fear Nothing and its sequel Seize The Night and those were cool weird. I liked the lead charachters, I liked the plot, you wanted to get involved as you read. I read Odd Thomas, just the one, and that was sad weird which is why I only read the one.

The Frankenstein...more
Arthur
A funny and stupid ending. Don't get me wrong. The book was excellent until the introduction of a confusing character, The "Resurrector". This Being was a "mess-up" that Victor Helios had created with telepathic powers. It comes into the story as a deus ex machina and saves the day! Wonderful... The ending I found to be rather sappy and anti-climactic... Where's the twist? The shocker... The surprise that makes you say, "Holy crap?" Are you telling me the biggest excitement is a troll slashing a...more
Melissa
Wow, what a horrendous ending to a series that started out good. To start, the book had about ten pages worth of Koontz's acclaims before you could get to the story. Its almost as if he was trying to prove something, and in doing so, lost sight of how to write a decent story. He also had no co-authors for this edition of the trilogy and maybe that's why it was so different as the coauthors must have been pulling all the weight before. There are two books that come before this, and they're both p...more
Perry Reed
I'm writing one review for all four (so far) of Dean Koontz's Frankenstein books.

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
William M.
1 AND 1/2 STARS

I'm not sure how to explain the drastic change in quality from the previous two books to this one. Perhaps Koontz's partnership with co-writers Kevin Anderson and Ed Gorman were inspired collaborations and when faced with finishing the series alone with this third book, Koontz simply had no one to bounce ideas off of. Maybe he let Anderson and Gorman write the bulk of the first two and was not very familiar with the chararacters. Whatever unfortunate circumstances occurred, it wa...more
Imautahmansir
Well, it took over 2.5 years for Koontz to get back to finishing his Frankenstein series. These books are nothing like Mary Shelley's original late 1800's stories. The final book see's Dr. Frankenstein having relocated and set up shop in Louisiana, north of New Orleans. We still have Carson and Maddison hot on the trail of Dr. F's freakish exploits.

In this series of tales, Victor Frankenstein is still a mega-utopian of the first order, who originally hoped to perfect God's creation, to reanimate...more
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Al
N this fast-paced third installment of his Frankenstein series, Koontz continues, without necessarily concluding, his modern-day reimagining of Mary Shelley's horror classic. Leaving his co-authors behind, Koontz makes the most of previous developments, which set the stage for an epic showdown in storm-soaked New Orleans between Victor Helios and the high-tech, artificial beings he created to destroy the human race. Many members of the unhappy, soulless "new race," created by Helios to kill his...more
K.V.  Briar
I'm a bit disappointed with book 3 in the Frankenstein series. I loved the first and second books, but the third book fell short. This enstallment was more of the same, but with less characterization.

The plot was quickly paced as all of Koontz books are, but there were plot holes and loose ends and things that just don't quite make sense.

The setting is New Orleans, which is awesome, I LOVE New Orleans. But the book lacked the "feel" of New Orleans that I wanted. Koontz did an okay job in the oth...more
Kelsey Jayy
This. Book. Sucked. So. Hard.

Frankenstein: Dead and Alive was written without a co-author. I’m glad to hear that this is the one of the worst of Dean Koontz’s work because if it was the best I’d never want to read his work again. This book feels like Dean Koontz’s screw you to the fans of the other books.

Honestly, I have almost nothing nice to say about this book. It was a huge let-down. All of the things I loved about the first book (and parts of the second) got shat all over in this book. All...more
Holmes
On its own, this book is not that bad, just a bit bland. But being the culmination of his three-part Frankenstein epic, it is a major disappointment. The first in the series is electrifying, and it promises a dark and horrible world to be unfolded in subsequent sequels. The second book has a few unnecessarily slow moments, but it is still a gripping read. Now the third - it is nothing more than an embarrassment.

What a waste of intriguing characters such as Deucalion, Carson O'Connor, Michael Mad...more
Andrea Yargeau
So far, I find the chapters of this book a little too short. It is also difficult if you had not finished book two recently, it relies heavily on your knowledge of those previous books. The short chapters do make for good quick reading when you are tired, as you can finish a chapter in less than 10 minutes. So far it is at least enjoyable.

Now that I have finished, I can at least say that I was satisfied with the conclusion. The short chapters moved like scenes in a movie. This made it quick to f...more
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