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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
Paperback, 400 pages
Published July 28th 2009 by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd (first published 2009)
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Aug 05, 2009 Stephen rated it did not like it

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 have written a big pile of Photobucket 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
Jan 22, 2008 Howard rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-and-own
a long awaited journey coming to a sense of closure.. i enjoyed reading this suspenseful third book
"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
Aug 06, 2012 Jen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mike (the Paladin)
Feb 14, 2014 Mike (the Paladin) rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, horror
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
Feb 23, 2011 Froztwolf rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Brittni Smyers hill
Jan 16, 2013 Brittni Smyers hill rated it did not like it
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
Ken Consaul
Feb 03, 2012 Ken Consaul rated it really liked it
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
Aug 12, 2009 Bob rated it it was ok
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
Aug 03, 2009 Amanda rated it did not like it
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
♥ 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
Aug 16, 2009 Mike rated it did not like it
Shelves: science-fiction
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
Oct 11, 2014 Siobhan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Koontz takes the original Frankenstein story and creates something wonderful, continuing with the third instalment. Taking the idea of the classic story, Koontz places Frankenstein and his monster in the modern world. This story leaves you asking who the real monster is – whether it the grotesque monster happens to be the real monster or whether the creator of such a creature was the real monster.

Still the problem of Frankenstein’s most recent creations are causing trouble for the heroic team, a
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
My favorite of the Frankenstein Series. I love Jocko! I love the bravery of Erika 5. I love the humor and the friendships that develop in the story.

A few favorite quotes:

After all, in an infinite universe, anything that could be imagined might somewhere exist.

Of all the cops Carson knew, she and Michael had the deepest respect for individualism, especially when a particular individual was quirky and therefore amusing....

The universe is a sea of chaos in which random chance collides with happens
Dec 25, 2009 Jackie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
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.
Jul 16, 2009 Dana rated it it was ok
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.
Patrick Kiernan
A good story so far very interesting twists and plots. This is a great place in the series to stop and read a separate story.
Jun 04, 2011 Jenn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, favorites, koontz
I thought this book was fantastic couldn't down.
Lady Delacour
Did not enjoy this book as much the first two.
The story was way over done with crude humor.
Narrator still not good.
Happy to say that Christopher Lane,
narrates the last two books in the series.
Jan 26, 2011 Melissa rated it did not like it
Shelves: horror
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
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
Perry Reed
Mar 03, 2011 Perry Reed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
This world is a world of stories, of mystery and enchantment. Everywhere you look, if you look close enough, a tale of wonder is unfolding, for every life is a narrative and everyone a character in his or her own drama.
-Dead and Alive, Chapter 72

Since it's publication in 2009, I have read Dead and Alive three times and consider it my favorite of the Frankenstein Series. 2009 was an especially good year for my Dean Koontz obsession with the release of such favorites as: A Big Little Life: A Memoi
May 20, 2013 Danjal rated it it was ok
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Aug 13, 2008 Katrina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2009
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Kelsey Jayy
Aug 01, 2012 Kelsey Jayy rated it did not like it
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
William M.
Jun 29, 2011 William M. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror

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
Greg McClay
Jun 16, 2010 Greg McClay rated it really liked it
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
Mar 08, 2010 Arthur rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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