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Lost Souls

(Dean Koontz's Frankenstein #4)

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The master storyteller creates a bold new legend in a powerful reworking of one of the classic stories of all time.

Dr Frankenstein lives on, seemingly indestructible, more sinister than ever. Terrifyingly, with each new incarnation the technology he can use to build a new human race - which he will control - is vastly improved.

His first monster, Deucalion, has spent two hu
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Paperback, 350 pages
Published January 1st 2011 by HarperCollins (first published June 15th 2009)
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Nikki I would recommend starting with the first. You could probably piece it together pretty well, but it won't make as much sense without the background…moreI would recommend starting with the first. You could probably piece it together pretty well, but it won't make as much sense without the background from the other books.(less)
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jv poore
Mar 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The fourth book in Dean Koontz's Frankenstein, Lost Souls, was as exciting and fast-paced as book one. In this adventure, Victor Frankenstein's original creation, now known as Deucalion, once again joins the crime-fighting couple of Carson and Michael. The banter and camaraderie remains, but the couple have grown and the center of their life has changed so that their approach is revised. In addition to bringing back Erika 5 and Jocko, Mr. Koontz introduces characters that individually, are uniqu ...more
Teresa
Jul 15, 2010 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
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Jackie
Sep 27, 2010 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
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Chris
Feb 25, 2011 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
Johnny
Jul 14, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it
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Mike (the Paladin)
Feb 14, 2014 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
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Ralph McEwen
Feb 05, 2011 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.
Sherry
Aug 06, 2010 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
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Melanie
Apr 30, 2011 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
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Siobhan
Oct 11, 2014 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
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David
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
Chris
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-reads, horror
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
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Jason Slovak
Feb 15, 2010 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
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
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Rachel
Aug 14, 2011 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
Nicholas Beck
May 21, 2010 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
Mary
Aug 17, 2013 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
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
I had forgotten how much I enjoyed this installment of the Frankenstein Series. Yes, there is an abrupt ending, but we know where Book 5 will pick up. I absolutely love the Nummy & Mr. Lyss episodes as well as the Erika & Jocko chapters. This book brought so much joy into my winter life. This was really fun. In Lost Souls, I found myself.
Wayne
Jun 21, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
very disapointed but had to read- need to read the last in this series, hopefully not disappointed in it...
Jeff
Aug 27, 2010 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.
Gary Smith
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book actually had 381 pages, not 350. It was awesome. I already ordered the previous three and once i'm finished with those I will get the fifth. Deucalion seems like an awesome character and I cant wait to see him in the previous books. This left you hungry for the next book in the series. I usually read series in order, but this being a random pick up book, my mistake, I should've read the previous ones first, which I plan on doing very soon. All in all it was a great book! Victor is a tru ...more
Joyce
May 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Are you kidding me???!!!! The whole book was a set up for next one. No ending at all. I thought there would be some kind of ending. But no. AND I skimmed through most of it. Wow. Very disappointed about the non ending. Three stars is generous.
Walter VDE
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
Dean Dean, You wrote a good trilogy, but got greedy and had to add this boring piece of .... to it. tss tss
Martha
Definitely not Koontz’ best. I didn’t care for the ending. Then I learned there is another in the series. Now I feel better about it. :-)
Zen Bookworm
Well, glacial turned into a full stop. Turns out this whole book is just a preamble to the next book. Longest preface ever. Sigh. The first three books were far, far, far better than this.
Amy
Jan 24, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I may be writing this review prematurely as there are approximately 100 pages left for me to read. However, my gut instinct is that ... there will be zero change in my opinion(s). I had purchased Lost Souls not realizing that it was just one of several in Koontz's Frankenstein series, which is why I read books one (Prodigal Son), two (City of Night), and three (Dead and Alive). I enjoyed the first few books, but this one?

After I finish Lost Souls, I will be satisfied putting this series to rest
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Kristen
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
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Perry Reed
Mar 03, 2011 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
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Dark-Draco
Feb 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Well, this is a bit more like it! This book takes place 2 years after the events in the last one. And it has something that the original trilogy didn't have - HORROR! The Builders are truly horrific creations and any scenes that they were in caused a bit of heart palpitations!

In fact, the book really did feel like a lot of other disaster/post-apocalyptic type books - you meet quite a few new people and follow them as they become aware of what is happening around them. However, as they never joi
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Garry
Aug 24, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One of the silliest books I've read in years. I thought the original trilogy of this series was very entertaining and well written. This volume is clearly an afterthought and not a good one at that. When a living tumor jumps out of a guys chest cavity and becomes a grey skinned gnome named Jocko? .......please. I am afraid that this will be the last Dean Koontz novel that I read.
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