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City of Night (Dean Koontz's Frankenstein #2)

3.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  17,249 Ratings  ·  673 Reviews
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. The mystery, the myth, the terror, and the magic continue. . . .

They are stronger, heal better, and think faster than any humans ever created–and they must be destroyed. Not even Victor Helios–
Mass Market Paperback, 480 pages
Published July 28th 2009 by Bantam (first published July 26th 2005)
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Mike (the Paladin)
Feb 03, 2014 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, thriller
Well....that was interesting. If I could I'd give this one a 3.5.

It picks up almost at the instant the first book ends and follows the story, the characters. It takes a little while to get back to the, development, at the end of said first book. But...oh spins us some new threads.

My concern here is that Mr. Kontz may spin this one out so that he has too many plot threads. He writes good "serviceable" prose. At times he comes across as gifted but his novels (for me) are a mixed bag. Som
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A marked improvement over the drivel of the first album, marred only by the unfortunate decision to kill off the only character I really liked. The change of co-authors was a huge help; the style of prose has improved; and while Deucalion and the detectives still feel like unfortunately cliched pastiches, the supporting cast (Randal Six, Cyndi & Ben, and Erika Five in particular) really stands out and any of them could have carried a whole novel on their own.

I hated the first book so much (
Jan 17, 2009 Nymphsin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes Koontz and horror. This book was GREAT!
Recommended to Nymphsin by: My aunt Cheryl.
Great Book!
The developing story between Ducalion and his maker keep you turning the page.
The New Race has minions fanned out all over the city in very prestigiuos positions.
The Old Race (human's) seems doomed as many have already died at the hands of Victor Helios's New Race.
The relationship between Micheal and Carson also begins to evolve and one becomes more vocal with their feelings.
Carson's younger and autistic brother (Arnie) befriends Ducalion and their relationship is wonderfully writ
3.5 stars. A good sequel to Prodigal Son and I thought the story-line improved from the last book. Looking forward to the third book in the series when it is released.
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
This was not as good as the first and I will probably stop here with this series. I'm just not that interested in reading more. Koontz is really hit or miss with me for the past 10 years.
Dec 26, 2012 John rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
After not liking the first book in the series, why did I ever talk myself into reading book 2? Oh wait! It is because I love Shelley’s Frankenstein so much and thought maybe, just maybe the series would get better. And I have to say, this was better than the first book, but only just.

I liked the exploration of humanity and what separates us from the animals. Frankenstein wants to create the New Race and improve on humans, but in trying to do so, he blunders into a creation that is much more ani
Matthew West
Disappointingly mediocre follow up to the original.

The brisk pace of Prodigal Son continues in City of Night, set immediately after the events of the first novel, though it lacks the punch and excitement of its more entertaining sibling.
There is nothing particularly interesting about City of Night. I think it was a mistake to set it straight after Prodigal Son, as all of the best plot devices have been used up already and Koontz can't quite establish the same energetic ideas that were in the o
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
Apr 07, 2015 Siobhan rated it really liked it
Following on from ‘The Prodigal Son’ 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 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.

Following on from the first book, the characters are still dealing with the same problem that they or
Jan 22, 2014 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: horror, monsters medical experiment
Recommended to Angie by: no one
Shelves: dean-koontz, horror
I enjoyed this more than the first as the two detectives weren't as annoying. Victor Helios, or Frankenstein is busy making his creations to take over and kill all the 'old race' .

But things are not going according to plan only he refuses to see this. I feel sorry for all of the new race, they are all so damaged. And changing. I will think this is making them incredibly dangerous because they are starting to do things of there on accord and not to a plan.

Deucalion was not in this as much as the
Volume two marks an improvement over the first book - the characters are still stiff and the dialogue is as contrived as ever, but the plot is more interesting and the story better paced. This might have to do with the change of the co-writer - Dean Koontz and Ed Gorman are old pals, so work on that book must have been much more pleasant than on the first volume. It even made me curious to read book three, which Koontz wrote alone. I hope it won't blow up like Eyjafjallajökull.
Feb 26, 2012 Teresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-usa
Livro II da história de Frankenstein, segundo Dean Koontz. Tal como o primeiro, assim que começo a ler, já não consigo parar. É composto por capítulos bem curtos que mal terminam nos arrastam, irresistivelmente, para o seguinte. As descrições de cenas de terror são "salpicadas" por doses de humor, o que atenua qualquer mal estar que essas cenas possam provocar. Muito bom.
Jan 01, 2012 Karen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Hmm, so far this series is not some of my favorites of Dean Koontz, and this one is worse than the first one. I really don't like books which fail to resolve anything, and are simply chapters of a larger story. Individual books of a series should still be able to stand alone. I'll continue with the series and hope it improves.
Faisal Alghassab
I read this on a 16 hour flight from Dubai to San Fransisco and I think I would not have read it if I was in a different scenario. It's definitely a page turner which is what I look for whenever I'm on a trip. Aside from that I didn't like the story and I don't think it adds a lot to the whole Frankenstein series. The author leaves us on a somewhat cliff-hanger. I'm still awaiting the inevitable confrontation between Deucalion and Victor and I'm kinda interested to be honest. I'm sure I'm gonna ...more
2.5 stars. Disjointed storylines jump around and there are too many characters to keep straight or care about.

Story threads: Victor's wife - Erica 5 wandering around their mansion, Garbage dump and employees, Randall 6 stalking Arnie O'Connor, Vicki caring for Arnie at home, Carson O'Connor and Michael Maddison investigating new race, Deucalian's activities, Victor experimenting, Cindy and Benny stalking Carson and Michael, and other miscellaneous new race characters.

I just don't care. I'm aband
I love that this series takes place in New Orleans, La. I can vividly picture the places they are talking about in my head with a little help from the author. This book has a unique take on Frankenstein and the mad scientists. However, the action is slow to build. As the story is unfolding, there are several aspects that are predictable and some that are not. As I read the book I want to scream, "Hurry up and do something already!!" The detectives have finally realized that they are not alone an ...more
It seems that Koontz has done it again, this time with the able assistance of Ed Gorman (what happened to Anderson?). This time they turn the screws even tighter, predicting a decidedly bleak outcome of humanity’s yet unengaged war with the New Race.

Victor’s creations are breaking down one by one. The so-called singularities that he has dismissed as interesting mistakes are happening more and more frequently. Without being commanded to do so, his new beings are killing human beings, reveling in
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I mean... why wasn't I reading it all these years ago?

Oh yeah... cuz I didn't think Dean Koontz would be any good.

I retract everything I have ever thought of the man... he is indeed the most awesome storyteller!!

Deucalion is still on his mission to rid the world of his creator Victor Helios (aka Frankenstein). Still teamed up with Carson and Michael it's just a couple days after book 1 and so many things are falling apart. Can they track him down before the Old Race be
Kelsey Jayy
I did not enjoy reading this. It felt like when I read Twilight all over again- flipping pages waiting for the good part that never happened. It was a lot of talking and plotting without much acting on the talking and plotting (kind of like Lex Luthor). There was much filler, but since I tolerate Dragon Ball Z, filler capital of forever, I tolerated it here. The book was well written, yeah, but nothing really happened and it kept hitting you over the head with the last book constantly. The Randa ...more
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
I enjoyed the story and the second time around I noticed a character from Twilight Eyes making an appearance. In 2005, this was one of my first Dean Koontz books. I didn't read Twilight Eyes until 2013. I also noticed some references to Tick Tock and possibly one of those "From the Corner of His Eye" lines - Koontz is always throwing those in his books. There is a good amount of humor in City of Night, which I noticed more on the second reading than on the first time around.

My favorite lines are
Bark's Book Nonsense
Maybe it's my distracted state of mind but I didn't enjoy this book nearly as much as Frankenstein Prodigal Son . I didn't find it very interesting and found my mind drifting away throughout most of it. I think the thing I liked best about the first book in the series was learning more about the monster but in this book he's more of a secondary character in a cast full of secondary characters. Actually, when I think about it, the action seemed to be more of the main focus of the book than any o ...more
Sep 24, 2007 Jordan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Koontz fans, Frankenstein fans
The follow up to Koont'z frist reimagining of the stroy of Frankenstein and his "monster". Deucalion is helping to track down members of the "new race" that Victor Helios (Frankenstein's new name) is creating. Helios feels he has engineered a perfect new species that will obey all of his commands in his bid to take over the world despite some big problems with thm mutating and failing to obey his orders. His latest "wife" is also changing and becoming more curious about things. This is another b ...more
Nov 08, 2009 Andrew rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, fantasy
A bit disapointed in this one to be honest,the narrative is as fast and compelling as book one and yet the elements that were introduced towards the end of book one present themselves again here but developed to a point that Istarted to lose interest.
A book of this type has to stretch imagination a litle,walking cadavers etc are afterall uncommon!!however I think this needs keeping in check and this book could have used a less is more approach.
That said a midpoint book in a trilogy is often used
Chloë Yates
Frankenstein is my favourite novel and Dean Koontz has been my go to writer whenever I need pep or recuperation since I was about 11 years old. I enjoyed Prodigal Son but this was the first time I nearly didn't finish a Koontz book. But I did, even though I felt like I'd read it before. The bounces in the narrative weren't surprising and the central characters are still so stock they could make a decent soup.

I did like Erika Five though. But then, my favourite number is 5.

Hopefully Book Three
William M.
Jun 28, 2011 William M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror

While this was an enjoyable read and loyal to the first book, it suffered from the "middle book syndrome" of not progressing fast enough. It felt like Koontz and Gorman were stalling the plot until the third book. I enjoyed the darker and more dangerous feel of this entry and the increase of gore was a welcome addition as well. The continuity between the first two books - even with the new author (Gorman) - is smooth. This isn't a terribly groundbreaking saga, but it is certainly
Jun 17, 2016 Kacey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm having a really hard time with these books. The good stuff is so good but the stuff I don't like is so annoying and tedious. A part of me doesn't really want to keep reading because of that annoying stuff, and the other part wants to see where the good stuff is going from here. But another problem with this book in particular is that it really let me down in the build-up of Randal Six's story. That pay-off was so incredibly disappointing that all I could think of was "that's it?"

Okay, so the
Feb 28, 2016 J rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book picks up minutes after Book One. And it again has a non-ending. These three books are really one long story. There aren't even any action breaks or lulls in-between books. Deucalion mentions in this book that he left the Tibetan monastery only a few days before... I didn't realize so little time lapsed in this story! The first two books cover only about 3 days!

There is a new co-author, but the tone and language remain unchanged. I guess this was all Koontz. More is revealed in Book Two
Apr 28, 2015 Niki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know that I have ever given 2 successive high star ratings to books in a series, but that's how I feel about the first 2 Dean Koontz Frankenstein novels. I'm very stingy with my 5 star ratings, but these books have pulled me deep into this story, I must find out what happens next.

Hold on, I'm about to get serious for a minute, but I will keep this short. I am so impressed with Koontz's treatment of slavery with the New Race individuals. Just like all enslaved people, the New Race members
Evangheline Farcas
Victor Helious (Frankenstein) thinks he has created the perfect race that is obedient, smart, super strong, and practically indestructable. He thinks he has outdone God and the the ‘Old Race’ needs to be done away with. However there are obstacles to his sadistic goals. His very first creation a super human who goes by Deucalion wants to destroy his creator because he realizes what a monster he is. Detectives Carson O’Connor and Michael Maddison are thrown into the mix as well, forced to defend ...more
I really liked this book. So far this series is proving to be very promising, and I’m eager to read the next two in the series.
Helios’s utopia, a world of the New Race, crumbles around him as he witnesses what happened to Harper first hand. Each member of his New Race is conscience and witnessing the break downs and changes happening, but remains unable to control it.
Randal is one who is still autistic, but developing into something else as he lays in wait under O’Connor’s house.
With all the yea
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