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Frankenstein: City of Night: A Novel [Paperback]

Dean Koontz , Ed Gorman
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July 28 2009 Frankenstein (Book 2)
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. The mystery, the myth, the terror, and the magic continue. . . .

They are stronger, heal better, and think faster than any humans ever created–and they must be destroyed. Not even Victor Helios–once Frankenstein–can stop the engineered killers he’s set loose on a reign of terror through modern-day New Orleans. Only the one-time “monster” Deucalion and his all-too-human partners, Detectives Carson O’Connor and Michael Maddison, stand in their way. But as the three race to uncover the true dimensions of an age-old conspiracy, they will discover that Victor’s new, improved models have infiltrated every level of the city’s society . . . and far beyond.

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*Starred Review* Relax. Dean Koontz's Frankenstein, volume one of which, Prodigal Son (2005), was a pulse-pounder all the way, is going to be a trilogy. But don't expect to relax all that much. This book cooks, no second-volume doldrums anywhere in it. Its short, punchy chapters, 80 in all, seem to reflect the whole saga's TV miniseries origins in their jump-cutting between plot trajectories, but that seeming also owes much to the visualizability, so to speak, of everything in the book. But enough about technique. The manufactured young man who went AWOL from 200-plus-year-old Victor Helios-ne-Frankenstein's labs in Prodigal Son turns out to be not the only improved Frankenstein monster who is behaving strangely. Since he was created autistic for experimental purposes, he may be the least strange of the lot. Some of his "normal" fellows are mutating a la Alien, none more spectacularly than Victor's body guard. Deucalion, the original monster, now greatly humanized, especially ethically and morally, realizes that the mutations portend a much larger wave of breakdowns among the so-called New Race. That bodes very ill for a New Orleans heavily salted with Victor's creations, all of them programmed to kill mere humans at Victor's command, which the mutants no longer obey. Meanwhile, NOPD detectives Carson O'Connor and Michael Maddison prepare to hunt Victor down, even as a couple of hit-person New Racers track them. And then there is Erica Five, Victor's brand-new "wife," learning to be a better spouse by exploring hubby's house. Smart dialogue and cutting-edge scientific notions (Deucalion has learned how to teleport) are the oh-so-sweet icing on this delectable thriller's irresistible, devourable cake. Ray Olson
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“Of all bestselling authors, Koontz may be the most underestimated by the literary establishment. Book after book, year after year, this author climbs to the top of the charts. Why? His readers know: because he is a master storyteller and a daring writer, and because, in his novels, he gives readers bright hope in a dark world.”—Publishers Weekly,starred review

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4.0 out of 5 stars Koontz's for horror you can't miss May 13 2013
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This is a real page turner. If you are into horror stuff, this is the book for all of you!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great follow up, NOW KEEP GOING! Aug. 11 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Koontz has come back with this brilliant sequel to, in this readers opinion, one of his best novels ever.

This part of the story is bassically all about the soldiers of Victor Helios, a.k.a Victor Frankenstein, which are now going insane, and completing their transformations into the mutated neo-human monsters we first saw in part one. The programming that Victor has used to keep his minions under control is slipping away, and they are now free to being experimenting with their homicidal erges. Those who have "evolved" into their grotesque new forms have taken up residence underneath a landfill, owned by Victor for the purposes of disposing of his failed projects, and are creating some hidden terror for the world to experience.

Carson O'Connor's little brother Arnie, who suffers from autism, is being stalked by one of Victors many failed experiments. This rejected neo-human was an early experiment designed to mimic a extream case of autism in an attempt to further Victor's understanding of human nerology. The reject believes that he can learn how to cure himself of autism by some secret of happiness, which he believes Arnie has hidden within him.

Ducaleon, a.k.a the Monster, continues his attempts to aid the two heroic police officers in their attempt to uncover the truth behind Victor's plans, and bring to light a way to stop them.

This novel doesn't really close any doors opened by the first novel, but adds a host of new dimentions to them.

This was a great read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Koontz's Frankenstein series is great Dec 5 2010
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After reading the first Frankenstein book by Koontz I had to buy the next two. I enjoyed all three but the first is my favorite. I have read most of Koontz's books. Intensity was the first one I read and still one of my favorites; It got me hooked on Dean Koontz's novels.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read April 24 2010
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I haven't been much of a Dean Koontz fan, but a friend introduced me to this series. I thought the concept of Frankenstein and his creation in the 21st century New Orleans was novel and interesting. It was a good book to read while suntanning, or on vacation. An easy read and an exciting trilogy of books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The saga continues... Aug. 4 2005
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In the second of three novels dealing with ancient evil in contemporary New Orleans, Detectives Carson O'Connor and Michael Maddison are left realing from the discovery that Victor Helios, a billionaire scientist, was once Victor Frankenstein, and that his very first creation, now calling himself Deucalion, has come to the city to save the world. For Victor never stopped making new people--his terrifying "New Race." He has created what he THOUGHT was the perfect person...until things go wrong.

The New Race, created to be loyal unto Victor and to not believe in God or any form of supersticion, begin having doubts. The New Race are designed not to kill unless ordered by their creator to do so; but their lust to kill (for they hate human beings) is becoming uncontrollable. And several members of the New Race are changing into unthinkable monstrocities, with the sole desire to destroy and wreck havok.

As O'Connor, Maddison, and Deucalion race to stop Helios's evil plans, they must face the reality that they are too late: that events have been set in motion that may kill everybody in the city of New Orleans...and possibly the rest of the world.

It's a corny idea, to be sure; but then, Koontz has never been afraid to go out on a limb. And, truthfully, only he could turn this ridiculous notion into a horror/suspense novel that's not only readable, it's right up there with his best. Co-written by Ed Gorman (another brilliant horror/suspense writer), "City of Night" picks up where the first novel left off, and will leave readers hanging on the edge of their seats for the final installment (which doesn't come out for another year, unfortunately).
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good follow up to "Prodigal Son" June 14 2006
By Leon Schmitz - Published on Amazon.com
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Let me start off by saying that I was saddened to find out that book 3 in this series isn't planned for release until winter 2007. I can understand the reasons, but with the way we are left hanging at the end of this book, I want to know what happens now. =)

Fans of book 1 will not be disappointed. This book picks up right where the last one left off and hits the ground running from start to finish. There was a recap to what has happened that was subtly mixed in to the first few chapters. This is very nice if, like me, you picked up this book as soon as it came out, but set it on your shelf until you got around to reading it. Overall the book moved VERY quickly and was a nice easy read.

I don't want to get too into the plot as I believe the Amazon Editorial Reviews suffice, as do many of the other reviews here, and I don't want to be the one to give away something that may spoil the story for you. I will say that you continue with O'Connor and Michael's often comedic interaction which, in between all the action and events, is very welcome. Deucalion seemed to me to take on a bit of a different role, and he didn't seem to come across as ominous as he had in "Prodigal Son". At first I was disappointed, but it fit the flow of the story quite well. Victor Frankenstein's character continued to grow and you can truly get a feeling of his madness and conceit in what he does as he becomes more and more reckless.

I definitely recommend this book, especially if you enjoyed the first book in the series. I picked up book one because I am a huge fan of everything Frankenstein. This, while being a different twist on the story, has been very good thus far.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, disappointing reviewers Aug. 1 2006
By Black Stormy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Really, how does he classify as a racist? Can people read a book? It is a tremendous reworking/continuation of a literary classic. It breathes new life into the old tale and gives it a 21st century spin. It's the same Koontz style that HIS readers have come to enjoy, and that is not a bad thing at all. There are only a two novelists whose works I will continue to read, Michael Crichton and Dean Koontz. As a law student, my time is scarce and Koontz makes reading more than worth my time. However, reading a trilogy in the works is difficult. If you haven't started the series yet, wait until book 3 comes out and read them in quick succession. I can't wait for the final installment. Do not listen to the negative reviewers, they sound jilted for some personal reason and are not being fair critics.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good Transition to what hopes to be and excellent ending. April 18 2007
By Bradley Dixon - Published on Amazon.com
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The second installment in Koontz's Frankenstein series. It picks up right where the first book left off. O'Conner Carson and Deacullion begin to prepare for Victors attack on mankind. Meanwhile Victor himself is begning to lose control of his New Race.

This book wasnt as exciting as the first however is still very good. Its a very good transition to the conclusion of the story (which I believe will be called Dead or Alive). The last few chapters of this book leave you wanting more and craving the third and final installment in Deans take on this classic story.

The only problem I've had with this series is the 3rd book was supposed to be out this past summer (06) yet still hasnt been released. According to a UK website its due out there the end of May. Weather this is true for the US I still dont know nor can I seem to find and info on the US release. If you are interested in reading this series I suggest waiting til the 3rd book is released as this one will leave you wanting to read more and waiting for a conclusion on which you dont have any real information on its release is really annoying.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read March 26 2006
By Jenny Wren - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Another page turner from Dean Koontz! Just could not put it down, but was very frustrated by the ending! Just when I thought it was all going to 'kick off' he leaves you hanging. However I have managed to find out that his third book is out in July this year so I suppose it is not to long to wait. The reason that it is a little longer wait for his third book is because he is going it alone as he has found out that he does not 'colaborate well' (his words not mine!
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