Frankenstein: Dead and Alive: A Novel by Dean Koontz

Frankenstein: Dead and Alive: A Novel

byDean Koontz

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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.


BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Dean Koontz's The City.
Dean Koontz was born July 9, 1945 in Everett, Pennsylvania. He received a degree in education from Shippensburg State College in 1967. A former high school English teacher as well as a teacher-counselor with the Appalachian Poverty Program, he began writing as a child to escape an ugly home life caused by his alcoholic father. A prolif...
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Title:Frankenstein: Dead and Alive: A NovelFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:July 28, 2009Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Improvement over book 2 Book 3 of the series was ok. Not great. Jocko was the highlite of this book for me and could have made book 2 better had he been better utilized. One of the main problems with the series is how signifigant characters in book 1 became little more than sidebars in the next couple of books. Sort of made Book 1 (best in the series) sort of pointless.
Date published: 2012-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spectacular retelling. This was a spectacular retelling of the original story with elements drawn from other great sci-fi themes. Dean R. Koontz is on par with Stephen King in his masterful telling of stories. When you pick up one his books the theater of the mind begins and you forget that you are even reading one of his novels, you are sitting on the shoulder of the main character and taking it all in as they do.
Date published: 2011-12-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from So much potential...dead & alive This book was certainly more focused and enjoyable than the second installment of the series, but the dialogue was silly, to the point of being infantile at times, and some of the more suspenseful moments were skimmed over. Koontz is supposed to be a premier writer of horror, so write horror. In one scene, one of Frankenstein's creations goes on a killing spree, and the author details the first murder it commits by saying something like this: it killed the pizza delivery guy. That's it. The second murder is described as being "horrific & gruesome" but no details are ever given. Again, it seems written for a child who cannot handle the grotesque details a good horror piece entails. All is not lost, as the creations start to rebel, and develop their own personalities, be them good or bad, while the novel's conclusion leaves the reader believing that there is more to come, but we are not sure exactly how or when the "good" doctor may return.
Date published: 2011-08-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What an ending! It's only as I was reading this 3rd installment in the Frankenstein series that I remembered what I had read in the previous book. It may help others to read the first 2 books again before reading this third, unless you've got a really good memory. The ending didn't disappoint, either!
Date published: 2009-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Never a dissappointment with a Koontz novel After a long wait for the 3rd in this series, it was well worth it. His talent to create enduring well developed characters never fails. Some characters you can sympathize with, others you find endearing and root for them throughout. Then there are those you despise that bring you deep into their world of darkness and evil… Mix them all up and you get a roller coaster ride between the start and finish that grabs and doesn’t let up….
Date published: 2009-08-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Where is Dean Koontz??? After reading the first 2 books in the "Frankenstein" series, I was so looking forward to the next book. After 2 years of waiting for Book 3, reading it cover to cover and digesting it with a rather bad taste being left in my mouth and THEN finding out that it was the finale to the series...I have to wonder if Dean Koontz really wrote this final installment. If he did, I think he has lost his touch or just wanted to "get it over with" and wrote something that our teachers used to call "BS-ing our way through something." Sorry for that brash comment but that's how I feel. The finale lacked everything that the first 2 books had. I was disappointed and left wondering what happened to my beloved author. No *spoilers* from me...you'll just have to read it yourself.
Date published: 2009-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A thoroughly satisfying ending to a fantastic trilogy!!! As I've said in my reviews of the previous two books in this series, I am not a fan of Dean Koontz's other books, nor am I a big fan of the Frankenstein story in it's traditional incarnations, but I absolutely LOVED this series! The whole concept of presenting the Frankenstein story re-written in the modern era is just so clever and offers so many interesting potential aspects that I couldn't wait to see where Koontz was going to take me. Basically, he took me on a thrill-ride par excellence! Having read the other two reviews here, I can only say that my perspective on this final installment in Dean Koontz's Frankenstein series is very different. I thought Koontz did a great job of finishing the story. Yes, the character of Helios is the most featured, but since he's the one trying to destroy and remake the world, that doesn't seem unreasonable to me. As with others, I don't want to put any spoilers in here and ruin it for those who haven't read the book, but I think I can give some general comments: -The character of Victor Helios aka Frankenstein, is the person for whom the term "megalomaniac" was coined, and is so deliciously arrogant, self-absorbed and downright evil and nasty, that you can just revel in hating him and rooting for Deucalion, Carson and Michael to defeat him! -The characters of the "new race" both those introduced in the past two books and the new ones, are, in my opinion well-developed and contribute interesting twists to the developing plot. In fact some of them are just so creative and clever, you'll find yourself thinking: "Wow, what kind of mind does Koontz have that he came up with that?!" -The story moves along at a fast clip, with the feature from the past books of the chapters alternating between various characters' storylines being in evidence here to, thus keeping you reading non-stop because virtually each chapter ends in a clif-hanger of someone's storyline. The book is a fast, easy read, and the story is wrapped up thoroughly and in a satisfying fashion. I am completely happy with the way this series was wrapped up. There is an opening left for the possibility of future books, but this story is brought to a proper close, which is a big positive for me. In any event, if you have been reading this series, you must read the final book! If you haven't read the first two (Prodigal Son and City of Night), I highly recommend you pick them up along with this one and don't make any plans for at least 48 hours, because once you start this series, you won't want to stop until you get to the end of book three!
Date published: 2009-08-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing After much anticipation for well over two years, I finally got to read the final installment of one of the best series I've ever read. The first two books, Prodigal Son and City of Night I consumed in short order and left me wanting more. The third book however, after devouring it in the same amount of time, left a bitter aftertaste in my mouth. The characters Carson O'Conner, Michael Maddison and Deucalion are very memorable in the Frankenstein series but their roles in Book Three seemed to be secondary. Without spoiling the plot, new "New Race" characters are introduced in Book Three that for the most part seemed unnecessary and irrelevant. Unfortunately, these characters watered down the likes of Carson and Michael, and especially Deucalion who I wanted to see more of since he is one of the most captivating characters I've ever read. The only principal character whose role didn't diminish in favour of the redundant New Race characters is Victor Helios (Frankenstein) who Koontz uses as a subject of a character study of how sheer arrogance can blind the most brilliant. The series really picked up steam by the end of Book Two however Book Three seemed rushed in putting an end to the series. For example, Koontz touched on a couple of sub-plots such as the fate of Carson's father and then he quickly resolved that plot in three sentences or less at one of the most unlikely of places in the story. Even the final showdown was abbreviated and makes the reader feel cheated (I say no more). Could the series have fizzled because there was a two year gap between Book Two and Book Three? Possibly. But with a writer of Koontz's calibre, I expected the final installment to be as enthralling as the previous two installments regardless of how much of a time gap there was. Instead, all I read was a book full of useless characters that slowed the pace of the book, incomplete characters (with the exception of Helios) and a disappointing finale that made you wonder if Deucalion was still in Tibet when it happened. Too bad.
Date published: 2009-08-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Finally its out, but mixed feelings We waited soooo long for this. It finally comes and I read it cover to cover without any breaks. My hours of immersion with the characters and story I waited for so long was mostly enjoyable. The story takes off from the earlier plot of the last book and ties it together nicely. I won't spoil it by saying anything more, other than I don't see the relevance to the hurricane in New Orleans that caused the delay in the release of the book and I thought things wrapped up a wee bit abruptly in the last 100 or so pages. All in all the book starts out incredibly well, then tapers off towards the end with what seems like just finishing the story without a bang. It was an enjoyable read, but the wait was not justafiable. I wonder about the fourth book?????????? Bunky -- Saskatoon
Date published: 2009-07-25