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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
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Published January 1st 2009 by Bantam Books
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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 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
Aug 06, 2012 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
Howard Cruz
Jan 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Aug 16, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Other than the exquisitely written, sensational literary action set piece involving flopping genitals (a naked man and woman chase a dog down a street because the dog 'knows something') this is TRASH on a level seldom approached in any genre of art. I gave the first two novels in this trilogy two star ratings, only because Koontz allowed, perhaps, newcomers to co-author and get a leg-up in the industry (Cussler and Patterson have been doing this for years). But there is no co-author for this thi ...more
Aug 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, thriller
Fast moving and well written. I liked it. This is the third book in a trilogy and you really do need to read the first 2 to know what is going on. Brings the trilogy to a satisfying conclusion, although, of course, it leaves room for a sequel. I know there have been sequels. I will probably read those too.
Feb 23, 2011 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
Ken Consaul
Feb 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kelsey Jayy
Aug 01, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 12, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
William M.
Jun 29, 2011 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
Mar 08, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 03, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 11, 2014 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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Timothy Boyd
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome ending for the trilogy. No let up in the action and suspense. Highly Recommended
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, favorites, koontz
I thought this book was fantastic couldn't down.
Bilbo Baggins
Uuuhhhhh ok. Ok.
So after long periods of time spent reading this series, I have come to the conclusion that it is a bunch of cow lungs. Like super laaaaame bro. There are so many things that are pulled from different movies and stories and it's s just SOO cheap, Ya know? Super LAMEO. Ok done now.
Aug 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017, own
3,5 *
May 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious. The humor is so dark and really hilarious. My favorite exchanges are between Erica 5 and Jocco. What a fun and bizarre series.
May 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I expected a lot more of an ending. Very weird.
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.
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