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Dean Koontz's Frankenstein: Dead and Alive: A Novel (original 2009; edition 2009)

by Dean Koontz

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Title:Dean Koontz's Frankenstein: Dead and Alive: A Novel
Authors:Dean Koontz
Info:Books On Tape (2009), Audio CD
Collections:Read but unowned, 2013
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Tags:ACLS, Fiction, Audio, Monsters, Horror, Series, Frankenstein, Mad Scientists, Serial Killers, Dean Koontz's Frankenstein

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Dead And Alive by Dean Koontz (2009)

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What a tremendous disappointment!

I've become more and more disillusioned with Dean Koontz's work. He often starts with an intriguing idea and then fails in the execution.

I moderately enjoyed the first two books in the series. Frankenstein's monster lives, develops a conscience, and is out to save the world. What's not to like?

This book builds up a huge expectation for a grand finale. And utterly, completely FLOPS. No big finish. No heroes. No satisfying integration of a bunch of tank grown monsters into human society. A weird and totally unnecessary and unbelievable supernatural garbage monster that telepathically fixes stuff.

AND no big ending.

Overall rating for the series? PHHHHFFFFTTTTTT! ( )
  debs913 | Apr 2, 2016 |
Victor Helios (aka Dr. Frankenstein) has established Helios Biovision in New Orleans where he hopes to create a master race to replace what he believes to be the inferior human race. His control over his many creations is absolute until one of them becomes a killer bent on finding out, literally, what inside humans makes them happy. Another killer roams the city as well removing parts that he sees as perfect specimens from female victims. Helios' first creation, Deucalion, has been estranged from his maker for many years (centuries, actually) and has come to New Orleans to help the police find the murderers.

This is an interesting, modern retelling of the story of Frankenstein and his monster. At times it was a bit graphic but it holds the suspense well. I believe this is the first in a trilogy and I do think I will get to the rest of them eventually. So many books ------ so little time!
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  Ellen_R | Jan 15, 2016 |
The third installment of the author’s 21st century Frankenstein series. As with most series there is always the book that is “the set up” book for the next one. This book was “the next one”. The characters grew in this book, the action moved along at a very satisfying clip and the bad guy got his just rewards … sort of? I thought this was the last of the series, but apparently there is at least one more coming. Looking forward to it.
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  ChristineEllei | Jul 14, 2015 |
I felt the characters finally acquired greater depth by the third book and some of the philosophical ramblings of the author resonated more effectively. ( )
  Chris_El | Mar 19, 2015 |
I really enjoyed the first two books in this trilogy, but this long-awaited conclusion was a real let-down. It had characters who accomplished nothing, and... it just did not live up to the promise of the first two books. It read as though Dean Koontz just wanted to get it written and over with so he could fulfil his contractual obligations. ( )
  VincentDarlage | Jan 30, 2015 |
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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.
added by cmwilson101 | editChicago Sun-Times
 
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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