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Dead and Alive (2009)

by Dean Koontz

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In this book, the story lines that were created in books 1 & 2 come together and conclude. The beings that Helios/Frankenstein created are having programming breakdown faster and faster with every new batch; the latest Erika (his wife), Erika Five, starts misbehaving after only a few hours, and has made friends with a mysterious dwarf who appears in the backyard. The head maid now thinks she’s the mistress of Manderlay. The minions who run the county dump – where bodies are disposed of by Helios- are thinking for themselves. Something is happening the dump. And people who are supposed to be dead may actually be alive- for a while, anyway.

Sadly, despite all these things happening, the breakneck pace generated in the second book is not sustained in this one. Sequences that should have been crisp and rapid dragged. Not all of them, mind you, but enough that I felt the book was a little longer than it needed to be. Still a good book with weird events, but not quite as good as it could have been. ( )
  dark_phoenix54 | Dec 7, 2013 |
SUMMARY: 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 legend, you know only half the truth. Now the mesmerizing saga concludes. . . . As a devastating hurricane approaches, as the benighted creations of Victor Helios begin to spin out of control, as New Orleans descends into chaos and the future of humanity hangs in the balance, the only hope rests with Victor's first, failed attempt to build the perfect human. Deucalion's centuries-old history began as the original manifestation of a soulless visionand it is fated to end in the ultimate confrontation between a damned creature and his mad creator. But first they must face a monstrosity not even Victor's malignant mind could have conceivedan indestructible entity that steps out of humankind's collective nightmare with powers, and a purpose, beyond imagining. From the Paperback edition.
  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
Not as good as the first book but better than the second, in my opinion. I liked the setting of the dump but found the ending a little rushed. ( )
  oldstick | Aug 4, 2013 |
The first two of Koontz's Frankenstein series were excellent successors to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and I recommend reading them. This one - Dead and Alive - not so much. The asexual 'birth' of a fully grown dwarf/trained medieval court jester from the body of murderous New Race police detective? Puh-leeze! Totally derailed into silly schlock ... still Koontz at his worst is often better than many of the horror genre at their best. ( )
  PitcherBooks | Jul 7, 2013 |
Totally Friggin Awesome!! This, being book number 3 in the series, I started less than month ago, I already assumed it would be as good as the other 2 and I was right. I felt for the longest time that Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas character was my all time favorite but I am almost torn and think this Deucalion could be a favorite as well. Now all Koontz needs to do is make a cross over or "What If" title that stares both characters together and I would be insanely excited to read that book. I highly recommend this title to anyone that enjoyed the old Frankenstein tale. ( )
  TBones | Jun 14, 2013 |
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A rarity among bestselling writers, Koontz continues to pursue new ways of telling stories, never content with repeating himself. He writes of hope and love in the midst of evil in profoundly inspiring and moving ways.
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In this fast-paced third installment of his Frankenstein series, Koontz continues, without necessarily concluding, his modern-day reimagining of Mary Shelley's horror classic. Leaving his co-authors behind, Koontz makes the most of previous developments, which set the stage for an epic showdown in storm-soaked New Orleans between Victor Helios and the high-tech, artificial beings he created to destroy the human race. Many members of the unhappy, soulless "new race," created by Helios to kill his enemies, have turned their hatred back on their master. Deucalion, a centuries-old giant who was the madman's first, flawed human creation, leads an uprising of creatures that includes a naked troll and a slithering chameleon. Though big developments await fans, Koontz hints that he may not be done with this violent monster tale, a project that has taken him deep into sci-fi territory. Witty characters provide relief from the story's dark undercurrent, though Koontz knows, perhaps better than ever, how to scare his readers without resorting to gory details.
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I am very doubtful whether history shows us one example of a man who, having stepped outside traditional morality and attained power, has used that power benevolently.- C. S. LEWIS, The Abolition of Man
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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 legend, you know only half the truth. Now the mesmerizing saga concludes. . . .

As a devastating hurricane approaches, as the benighted creations of Victor Helios begin to spin out of control, as New Orleans descends into chaos and the future of humanity hangs in the balance, the only hope rests with Victor’s first, failed attempt to build the perfect human. Deucalion’s centuries-old history began as the original manifestation of a soulless vision–and it is fated to end in the ultimate confrontation between a damned creature and his mad creator. But first they must face a monstrosity not even Victor’s malignant mind could have conceived–an indestructible entity that steps out of humankind’s collective nightmare with powers, and a purpose, beyond imagining.
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Deucalion's centuries-old history began as the original manifestation of a soulless vision--and it is fated to end in the ultimate confrontation between a damned creature and his mad creator, Victor Helios. But first they must face a monstrosity not even Victor's malignant mind could have conceived--an indestructible entity that steps out of humankind's collective nightmare with powers, and a purpose, beyond imagining that threatens to destroy New Orleans and the future of humanity.… (more)

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