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Prodigal Son by Dean Koontz
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Mar 03, 11

Read from February 05 to 09, 2011

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 he lived for some time.

Now Victor Helios nee Frankenstein has setup shop in New Orleans and is busy producing a master race with the goal of replacing the flawed "Old Race". Deucalion recruits the help of a couple of New Orleans police detectives to stop Helios and destroy his "New Race".

The books are very good; fast-paced and interesting, creepy and gross in places, but often funny too. I understand that the original idea was for a TV series, and I can definitely see how the books would play out in a movie. The first three books comprise a trilogy that is almost entirely resolved at the end of the third book, but with a couple of loose ends that lead into the fourth (and, at the time I write this, an upcoming fifth book) to end the series completely. These last two books go off in a very different direction than the first three.

My only real complaint is that the first three books are really just one story. Koontz could have written the whole thing in one long book, but seemed to prefer to cash in by making his readers pay for three books to get the one story. Books four and five (upcoming) are the same and really should be just one book, written as a sequel to the original. That said, if you don't mind paying for five books total for what is really just two stories, then you'll like this series.
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