Dean Koontz's Frankenstein (4) -- Lost Souls
Dean Koontz's Frankenstein
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|Format:||Paperback, 400 pages|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 06 January 2011|
SOMEONE NEW IS PLAYING GOD The Frankenstein story updated to the 21st century by the great American storyteller Dean Koontz. In a powerful reworking of one of the classic stories of all time, Dr Frankenstein lives on, seemingly indestructible, more malignant than ever. Frankenstein's first monster, Deucalion, has spent two hundred years trying to put an end to his creator. Now he learns that a new Frankenstein clone, Victor Helios, is out there again, somewhere. Terrifyingly, with each incarnation the sinister doctor draws closer to the possibility of succeeding in his ambition to create a new human race - which he will control. He has found an enigmatic backer and is working in a secret location. Together with the two ex-cops who helped him destroy the previous Victor, Deucalion is drawn to the small Montana town where Victor's grotesque new creations are taking shape. Victor's New Race is spectacularly different, a product of cutting-edge technology and stem-cell circuits, and when things go wrong, they go wrong in very unexpected ways. Frankenstein is unleashing a new menace on the world, whether or not he can control it. It may be too late, even if Deucalion can bring him down.
About the Author
Dean Koontz is an international household name whose hugely entertaining parables for our times have been bestsellers in many countries, selling seventeen million copies each year. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, he lives with his wife Gerda, their dog Anna, and the enduring spirit of their dog Trixie in southern California
'A modern Swift ... a master satirist.' Entertainment Weekly 'If Stephen King is the Rolling Stones of novels, Koontz is the Beatles.' Playboy 'Dean Koontz writes page-turners, middle-of-the-night sneak-up-behind-you suspense thrillers. He touches our hearts and tingles our spines.' Washington Post Book World 'Tumbling, hallucinogenic prose. Serious writers might do well to study his technique.' New York Times Book Review 'Koontz is writing right where popular culture swells into something larger, just as it did for Homer, Shakespeare, and Dickens. He's got the gift.' Australian 'Koontz is a superb plotter and wordsmith. He chronicles the hopes and fears of our time in broad strokes and fine detail, using popular fiction to explore the human condition.' USA Today
Koontz (Breathless; Odd Thomas) revisits his successful Frankenstein paperback series (The Prodigal Son, City of Night, and Dead or Alive) with this first hardcover edition of a new trilogy that picks up where the first series left off. The mysterious Deucalion, plagued by his gruesome appearance and carrying the burden of being of Victor Helios's first creation, has moved from New Orleans to Montana, alongside Victor and his fabricated wife, Erika 5. Also arriving in town are Detectives Carson O'Connor and Michael Maddison. The characters' renewed alliance tests not only their strength but also their humanity as a whole. Fans of the first trilogy will have no trouble following this story, yet Koontz is careful not to alienate new readers. -Verdict This successful mix of crime-inspired detective story and sf adventure is ideal for Koontz devotees as well as readers who enjoy genre crossovers. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 3/1/10; ebook ISBN 978-0-553-90767-4.]-Carolann Lee Curry, Mercer Univ. Medical Lib., Macon, GA Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
Set in Rainbow Falls, Mont., Koontz's goofy, grisly fourth riff on the Frankenstein theme (after Dead and Alive) finds Victor-previously presumed dead but apparently as easily resurrected as cinematic incarnations of his monster-perfecting his "New Race" of humanoid replicants. As affectless pod-person lookalikes gradually replace the town's citizens, the task of saving humanity from Victor and his megalomaniacal plans to "destroy the soul of the world" fall once again to husband-and-wife detectives Michael and Carson Maddison; Victor's soulsearching original monster, Deucalion; and a host of local yokels who provide both sympathy and comic relief. That the "good guys" are instantly recognizable by their abundant compassion, generosity, and sense of humor and the "bad guys" by their fussbudget fastidiousness and dedication to efficient extermination of inferior humans helps lay the foundation for the humanitarian homilies that punctuate the narrative. (July) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
|Dimensions: ||19.0 x 13.0 centimeters (0.26 kg)|