Frankenstein: Prodigal Son: A Novel Paperback – Jul 28 2009
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From Publishers Weekly
In this grisly thriller, the first in a new series by bestsellers Koontz and Anderson, Dr. Frankenstein has survived into the 21st century, masquerading as biotech tycoon Victor Helios. Helios wants to replace flawed humanity with his New Race, people born and fermented in pods, their personalities programmed by him, their imperfections removed in the lab. But at least one of his creations has become a serial killer, trying to assemble the perfect woman from parts of many. Like expert plate-spinners, the authors set up a dizzying array of narrative viewpoints and cycle through them effortlessly. These include one of Victor's creations who suffers from autism and is trying to understand it; a cloned priest who serves as a clandestine member of Helios's army; Helios's custom-made wife, unique among his creations in that she's allowed to feel shame; and, tying it all together, a classic buddy-cop set of homicide detectives who slowly come to understand that the butcher they're chasing isn't quite human. The odd juxtaposition of a police procedural with a neo-gothic, mad scientist plot gives the novel a wickedly unusual and intriguing feel. The familiarity of the Frankenstein myth makes much of the story arc predictable, but it's still a compelling read, with an elegant cliffhanger ending. (Feb.)
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*Starred Review* Some 200 years after creating his monster, Victor Frankenstein, alias Helios, is settled in New Orleans. Continuing research and experimentation have allowed him to obviate robbing graveyards to fashion his creatures, and to enhance himself so that he indefinitely remains a vigorous fortysomething. He is seeding the city with his perfect (i.e., perfectly obedient to him) New Race, intending to eventually replace and exterminate "imperfect" humanity. Helios has been identified, however, and photos have been sent to Deucalion, in retreat at a Tibetan monastery, who hastens to see whether he can unmake his maker this time. Deucalion is Frankenstein's original monster, granted virtually indestructible longevity, he thinks, by the lightning that brought him to life. If Frankenstein has become monstrous, the monster has become human in the best sense, also cannier and more powerful. Unfortunately, with New Racers in mufti all over New Orleans, many more need to be gotten. Fortunately (as it happens), one New Racer is rebelling, murderously, and his killings overlap with those of a serial killer, bringing the attentions of homicide cops Carson O'Connor and Michael Maddison. And, known only to the reader, one of Frankenstein's new experiments is going awry, not to mention AWOL. With Anderson's help in this book (and Ed Gorman's in its continuation, coming this spring), Koontz realizes his original concept for a cable TV effort from which he withdrew. It was TV's loss, for, filmed utterly faithfully, Prodigal Son could be the best horror thriller and, hands down, would be the best Frankenstein movie, ever. Ray Olson
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In this new tale terror, Victor Frankenstein is ALIVE; alive and kicking it up as a wealthy, immortal C.E.O of a powerful new genetic research company. His goal: to create a race of genetically modified humans, integrate them into society, and use them as an army to dominate the world. His only problem: not all of his creations are quite sane.
The Monster has survived, against all odds he has maaged to last into the twenty-first century, and is now following his once beloved master, in an attempt to understand his role in the universe, and possibly help stop the apocalypse to come. His only problem: he is unable, due to his masters design, to raise a hand against the one who has created him, and must battle against a city crawling with legions of his former masters neo-human soldiers.
They were created to act as the force by which Victor Helios, a.k.a Victor Frankenstein will rule the world. They have been programmed with strict obedience to their master, and a powerful hatred of everything human. They're strong, smart, and everywhere. Their number one concern: they're all slowly mutating into an unknown form of life, and going absolutley INSANE.
Street tough Carson O'Connor and her wise-cracking partner Mihael Maddison are on the trail of a serial killer with a passion for taking different pieces of his victims. Little do they know that they are being drawn into the underworld of Victor Helios and his neo-human agenda. Teaming up with Frankenstein's Monster, a.k.Read more ›
I found the story to be exciting with each turn of the page and cannot wait to read the 3rd installment! I also find the humour in the book to be most welcoming during some of the not so appealing descriptions of what the New race thinks and does to the Old race.
Not since Odd Thomas have I found a character of Koontz, worthy of getting to know. I know that if you love Koontz and have from the beginning, then this series is for you. The only thing I don’t like is that it is in paperback. I prefer hard cover.
But the comic book adaptation is not an entirely satisfying experience. Koontz's story is suitably dark and grim, and Chuck Dixon's adaptation of his dialogue has a gloriously menacing edge. But sadly Brett Booth's artwork isn't quite up to the challenge of "Dean Koontz's Frankenstein: Prodigal Son," due to his excesses of pouty pretty boys and equally pouty sexpot cops.
A strange scarred man named Deucalion has been living in a remote Buddhist monastery, but now he feels compelled to leave for New Orleans -- because "someone's still alive." Though his disfiguring scars made him a circus freak in the past, he's somehow able to get to New Orleans undetected. No, I don't know how he managed that, but I suspect it was cut for the sake of length.
In New Orleans, a bizarre serial killer called "the Surgeon" has been killing a series of unrelated people. The one thing in common: each one has a body part removed. Detective Carson O'Connor is on the case, but she and her partner are no closer to actually figuring out who the murderer is, or where he will strike next -- how can you predict a killer who attacks for body parts?
Unbeknownst to them, one of the killers is the sociopathic scientist Victor Helios -- once known as Frankenstein. He is coldly creating a new race of subordinate, genetically engineered creatures that are indistinguishable from humans. And as Carson searches for answers to the Surgeon's identity, she comes across Deucalian -- and discovers that the real horrors yet to come.Read more ›
Every city has secrets. But none as terrible as this. His name is Deucalion, a tattooed man of mysterious origin, a sleight-of-reality artist who's traveled the centuries with a secret worse than death. He arrives as a serial killer stalks the streets, a killer who carefully selects his victims for the humanity that is missing in himself. Detective Carson O'Connor is cool, cynical, and every bit as tough as she looks. Her partner Michael Maddison would back her up all the way to Hell itself and that just may be where this case ends up. For the no-nonsense O'Connor is suddenly talking about an ages-old conspiracy, a near immortal race of beings, and killers that are more and less than human. Soon it will be clear that as crazy as she sounds, the truth is even more ominous. For their quarry isn't merely a homicidal maniac, but his deranged maker.
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