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Lost Souls (Dean Koontz's Frankenstein #4)

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  10,046 Ratings  ·  623 Reviews
In Frankenstein: Lost Souls, Dean Koontz puts a singular twist on this classic tale of ambition and science gone wrong, to forge a new legend uniquely suited to our times. It is a story of revenge, redemption, and the thin line that separates human from inhuman. The work of creation has begun again. Victor Leben, once Frankenstein, has seen the future ? and he's ready to p ...more
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Published June 15th 2010 by Brilliance Corporation (first published June 15th 2009)
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Jul 15, 2010 Teresa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am continuing to be disappointed with Koontz's recent stuff. Not that it sucks, but it's so... pedestrian, compared with what he used to write. The Frankenstein "saga" is okay, probably better a TV mini-series than a read, but that's just my humble opinion.

This is NOT a spoiler: I truly hated the ending of this one. Why? Because there really wasn't an ending. Instead, it was more like going to a commercial break in a show, only the show never comes back on... it's just done. I know it's becaus
Sep 27, 2010 Jackie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Best one of the series.
Rather than center around Carson and Michael, this book concentrates on Victor's newest creations and their nefarious agenda. I'm more interested in them than Carson, especially now that's she's gone all mommy-crazy. For example, "Scout just farted in her sleep. It was so cute." Ugh, that's disgusts me and not because of the fart either.
Koontz uses humor in his novels to balance out the horror and I generally like that but I was getting bored of the Carson/Michael banter
Feb 25, 2011 Chris rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: f-sf
This is unmitigated rubbish. The fact that I wasted a small portion of my life reading this upsets me. I only realised that it is part 4 of a series, and this only compounds the sins imposed on the reading public. Not content with the pastiche and distortion of Mary Shelley's monster, Koontz turns him into a demi god haunting monasteries so he can find his soul. To compound this, he then gives him super powers, and improbable abilities. The writing style is obviously for those with a short atten ...more
Jul 14, 2010 Johnny rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it
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Mike (the Paladin)
Feb 14, 2014 Mike (the Paladin) rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, horror
Well, okay this is the last of these I intend to read. I thought about going 2 stars on this one...but I'd be kidding myself. I just didn't care for the book. I mean I like the 2 cops/private detectives. I sort of like the picture of the Creature.

I was never really a fan or Mary Shelly's classic. It had a nice premise but just kept striking me as too absurd even for it's day...just me of course. I understand many love it. That seems to be the impious behind some of the other, "more emphatic" one
Ralph McEwen
Feb 05, 2011 Ralph McEwen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story take the series and give it a whole new twist, while still keeping the protagonists and some of the main plot characters from the previous books. The known characters are still the enjoyable personae and the pace of the book has been geared up. I am anxiously awaiting book five.
Aug 06, 2010 Sherry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you haven't read the book yet, be forewarned that this is not the end to the Frankenstein saga! In fact it will leave you hanging!

The best part of the book (and the series for that matter) is the great characters and their determination to do what is right even when they don't want to. Even when it's hard. Really hard. I mean, seriously, who wants to go up against a mutant super-race who will eat your liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti. And I love that Deucalion recognizes that evi
Jan 21, 2014 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, 2014-reads
I see quite a few one star ratings here and I understand what has caused this.

Volumes 4 and 5 in this story are really more accurately 4a and 4b. Volume 4 doesn’t have an ending. It just stops in the middle of the action and continues in Volume 5 with the addition of redundant verbiage recapping what just happened in volume 4. I have never read a story that was so clearly spread out to make one volume worth of action stretch into two volumes. If you read them close together, be prepared to do a
Jason Slovak
Feb 15, 2010 Jason Slovak rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a great start to the 2nd set of 3 books. Since the story basically does a reboot with the "new" Victor and his plans for the world, it made sense to me that this book had a little bit more set-up than the previous one. Don't get me wrong, there's still plenty of action. Carson & Michael are still kickin' ass with help from their OLD friend Deucalion. Jocko returns (with Erika 5/ Mom) and keeps the mood light with his antics. Seriously, who doesn't love a soap eating hobgob ...more
Aug 14, 2011 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the first three books and thought that was the end of the story. I was a little disappointed to find out Koontz was bringing back the characters for another trilogy, simply because I loved the first set so much and thought more books couldn't adequately live up to them. I was partially right; book 4 isn't of the same caliber as the first three in this series, but still should be read if you like the others. The characters of Carson and Michael are still witty, lovable, and realistic.I wa ...more
Apr 30, 2011 Melanie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: from-the-library
I was a huge fan of the first two books in this series, but I thought the third book was a big let-down. Nevertheless, I decided to pick up the fourth volume, and unfortunately, I thought this book followed in the third's footsteps.

My biggest problem with this book was that barely anything happens in the span of 350 pages. Yes, the chapters are short, and yes, many of the paragraphs are only a couple of sentences long, which makes this a quick read, but even still -- there really isn't much of a
Jul 23, 2011 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
In spite of Dean Koontz's long track record of satisfying books, the quality books are becoming less frequent. Not that bad Koontz is completely bad literature, it just isn't his usual standard. The problem with this book is the inability to shake the question, "Why are we continuing with another trilogy?" To Koontz's credit, he takes the former arrogant Victor Helios and updates him with a colder, more meticulous alternate. Carson and Michael are back in a new capacity, but the protagonists are ...more
Oct 11, 2014 Siobhan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It seemed as though things were looking up for the heroes of the story, as though thing had finally gone right for them. Alas, things are never that simple. Taking place months after the third book, the group is back together to deal with what could only be the world of the crazy scientist himself. Taking place in a different city, with Frankenstein hidden away, the group need to reassemble to see if they can finally rid the world of his evil.

Koontz takes the original Frankenstein story and crea
Aug 27, 2010 Jeff rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really like the first trilogy in this series, but this book (#4) was a major let-down. It feels incomplete... as there is no real plot to speak of, and the characters are very disappointing.
It continues to surprise me how much I love this series. I do not and have never liked any other book by Dean Koontz, but I cannot get enough of these books - the story, the characters, the suspense - Fantastic!

I was happy with how Book 3 ended, and I thought I was content with that being it. But the fourth installment yanked me right back into the continuation of Deucalion's epic battle with Victor Frankenstein for the future of humanity and I loved this book!

Koontz manages to seamlessly combin
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
Daniel Willers
Thinking that the series ended with the last book, I was surprised to see Frankenstein: Lost Souls. Having enjoyed the last three (the first two more than the last), I figured what did I have to lose?

In this book, we rejoin the primary heroes (or more aptly survivors) from the first trilogy. Two years have passed since the last book, and everyone has moved on in their own, unique way. The characters have changed, and Koontz tries to show that they have grown. In general, he succeeds. We get to
Jun 10, 2012 Holmes rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know why I keep buying sequel after sequel in this Franken-franchise; I guess it's Koontz's way with words and story-telling power that draw me in book after book. The fact is, after the disastrous Dead and Alive, I lost interest in the series, particularly because of the dumb plot that seems more insulting than interesting. And so I was surprised that the fourth book came out. Logically it just shouldn't be there; Koontz pretty much killed every monster off in the third book. But of cou ...more
Tiffany Cooke
Jul 16, 2012 Tiffany Cooke rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Recommended to Tiffany by: No one
Note to self - Look to see if the book you want to read is a sequel. Not only is Frankenstein: Lost Souls by Dean Koontz a sequel, it is Book 4 in the Frankenstein series. For most of the book I had no idea what was happening, but didn't really care. The writing is mediocre. Most of the characters are superficially developed. There are so many people in the book, they almost fight for attention. It was impossible to keep track of any of them, so I didn't care which humans were killed by the rep ...more
Jimmie Eichman
I read Lost Souls for a Goodreads book club selection. The club is reading each Dean Koontz Frankenstein book each month. Lost Souls is book 4 of 5 in the collection. Lost Souls is not only my favorite Frankenstein book of the series, it ranks as one on my all time favorite Dean Koontz books.

Lost Souls continues the saga of dealing with out of control Frankenstein created monsters. There are simultaneous view points found in this book. We find these story lines emerging toward a crescendo in Mon
May 17, 2013 Rick rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a Koontz fan, but I was HIGHLY DISAPPOINTED by this book. I was actually enjoying it a good deal. And then, once the story got going, it just ended. It's like Koontz wrote a book, and the publisher asked, "Dean, where is the exact middle in this book?" Dean says, "Right here." Publisher says, "Ok, that's where we'll end the book. We'll publish the other half in another book." Just an abrupt end to the book right smack in the middle of the story, with no sort of ending, conclusion, or anythin ...more
Hazel Stanton
Nov 28, 2012 Hazel Stanton rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Relief... that’s what I felt after finishing this book, complete and utter relief, at last being free of a plodding story that was so engineered and formulaic that it resembled a ten tonne truck heading straight at you. The characters garnered no warmth or empathy from the reader and certainly didn’t evolve in any way what’s so ever, in fact some of them suddenly found they had hidden talents just because the story needed to go in a certain direction. I really feel this was a case of Mr Koontz f ...more
Aug 03, 2014 Fred rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, re-read
December 2016 Frankenstein series re-read - I updated "my review" below

The themes were good with Nummy O'Bannon (ignorant and exictable) following Mr. Lyss (stinky) after their jail break. Victor Helios's "perish" is replaced by Victor Immaculate - a new Victor Frankenstein take over Rainbow Falls, Montana but the end is faster than expected. At the end, Rainbow Fall's Detectives Carson O'Connor & Micheal Madison kiss making the book plot ready for "The Dead Town" - Frankenstein #5...

Nicholas Beck
May 21, 2010 Nicholas Beck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: koontz
Lost Souls was an interesting part of the Frankenstein saga by Dean Koontz. Although this was not my favorite book in this series, I still liked the novel. I also had feeling that this may be the jumping off book to another trilogy. The New Victor Frankenstein is even more evil and destructive than I could have possibly imagined when I opened the pages to this book. Through half the book I was not even convinced that Dean should have written another book to this already incredible series. But in ...more
Oct 21, 2012 Monica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
The war against Victor Frankenstein/Helios' New Race/Community Montana.

Vivid and lush scenery are depicted throughout this tale allowing immersion into different settings.

Varied and entertaining characters present their own intertwined tales which all potentially will come to a head and maybe even intersect in the upcoming war. This tale is all about discovery and preparation for the upcoming way. Some are characters from previous tales which we have grown to love and continue to
May 09, 2011 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll admit, I was worried about this saga continuing after not really enjoying the 3rd book. I was very pleasantly surprised however! This book is quite different from the other books... in a good way. I involuntarily rolled my eyes quite a few times in the first half (mostly at Carson and Michael), however I really enjoyed the new characters that were brought into this book, as well as the new setting. Beware, it a cliffhanger ending and I'm bummed that I have to wait a few months to read the f ...more
Mar 12, 2011 Constance rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Grrrrr. You cannot have me crying on the last page and then end it with the worst cliffhanger ever when the next book isn't going to be out for awhile. I HATE that. The rest of the story was alright but when I was about 10 pages from the end and realized NOTHING was resolved I knew something would be wrong. Also, this one was a little more over descriptive than normal. Some sections of the book seemed to go on forever on silly things. Normally this is one of my favorite authors but I feel let do ...more
Shawnee Bowlin
Jul 12, 2010 Shawnee Bowlin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was thrilled with this book because it was not what I expected. Dean Koontz proved to be entertaining as usual. Jocko had to be my favorite character aside from the ever amazing Deucalion. I loved that Jocko was given more attention in such an adorable way. Of course, I'm not tortured because the next in this series will not be released until the spring of 2011! That's a long time to wait for another thrilling story from one of my all-time favorite authors! However, I look forward to whatever ...more
Aug 17, 2013 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: koontz, suspense
I am finishing out the Frankenstein series by Koontz. After the excitement of the 3rd book, this 4th book seemed to drag. I hate to say this but it seemed like more of the same except he took several science fiction monster types and threw them all out there. Characters are interesting but we have seen them in the other books except for an 2 pairs of men and boys who are quite likeable. Reviews are better for 5th book so I will read it as well-it is the final book. Perhaps that is all I should s ...more
Jun 26, 2011 John rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I think I am just getting burned out on Dean Koontz... his characters are just too cartoonish... the two ex-cops are just ridiculous with their clever humor, etc. It felt like very little actually happened in this book. Admittedly, I have not read any of the other books in the series (picked this up in the library on the day I was going out of town).

Overall, I thought it was a pretty shallow read with very little in the way of thrills.
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