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Publisher's 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. Here is the mystery, the myth, the terror, and the magic of...

Every city has its secrets. But none as terrible as this. He is Deucalion, a tattooed man of mysterious origin, a sleight-of-reality artist who has traveled the centuries with a secret worse than death. He arrives in New Orleans as a serial killer stalks the streets, a killer who carefully selects his victims for the humanity that is missing in himself. Deucalion's path will lead him to cool, tough police detective Carson O'Connor and her devoted partner, Michael Maddison, who are tracking the slayer but will soon discover signs of something far more terrifying: an entire race of killers who are much more - and less - than human and, deadliest of all, their deranged, near-immortal maker: Victor Helios - once known as Frankenstein.

©2005 Dean Koontz (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • julie
  • new zealand
  • 12-05-2018

brilliant

enjoyed this immensely, especially the humour from Michael, looking forward to the next book in this series

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  • Mark
  • 10-06-2018

Pretty boring

I was excited about this story - Frankenstein's next chapter in the modern world. In this novel, Victor Frankenstein (with a new name) lives and is creating an army of "monsters." Meanwhile, two New Orleans police detectives are trying to solve a series of murders with severed body parts as the common link. Most of the novel is told through the various creatures created by Victor. None of these creatures is very interesting. Most of this novel feels like I am getting background info. I assumed that the second half of the book would jump into an engaging story. Very little happened. After getting through 2/3 of this novel, I finally quit. There were three characters I did like. I liked the scenes with the two police detectives, and I loved Deucalion, the original Frankenstein monster. Had more of this novel followed them, I would have liked this a lot more. I see that the is a "Book One." So maybe this whole book is just background for the subsequent books, which have more plot. This book was not for me.

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  • AmeliaD
  • 08-06-2018

A modern masterpiece

"Frankenstein: Prodigal Son", a true modern masterpiece of by one of the preeminent masters of suspense, a must-read for anyone with an interest in this genre. The narrative is, frankly, beautifully crafted. Detailed, descriptive, completely engaging, it grabs onto your psyche and never lets go. The most logical and frightening continuation of Mary Shelley's classic, it totally engages the reader on a visceral level. I think Mrs. Shelley would be proud.

Christopher Lane's narration of this modern classic is very near to perfection. Smooth and erudite, almost hypnotic, he has absolutely captured the spirit of the work. Listening to his reading is an undeniable pleasure. Even more impressive than his general narration is that he has almost perfectly captured the myriad accents and dialects found in the region of southeastern Louisiana, particularly in New Orleans itself. It is difficult enough for non-natives to reproduce even one of these regional dialects; very few in the entertainment industry accomplish even that. For Mr. Lane to have mastered several of these speaks to a remarkable talent. Do not bypass this novel, this series. Reading Dean Koontz's "Frankenstein" is a singular experience. Hearing it performed is a sensory delight.

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  • Sheila
  • 14-06-2018

Too Violent and Twisted for Me

The story is an extremely novel extension of the Frankenstein story with several very clever twists. Unfortunately it was much too dark and violent for my taste.

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  • William R. Toddmancillas
  • 17-06-2018

A good scary.

Narration: clear, interesting, engaging inflection.

Content: scary. Convincing. My returning this audio is simply because I cannot at this time do scary.

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  • Joanne
  • 16-06-2018

Fantastic!

I love most of Dean Koontz's books. His writing, subjects and great use of humor in a matter of fact manner. At first, I thought this was going to be a basic re-write of the Frankenstein story but oh no! It is so much more! Loved it! Christopher Lane, the narrator, is the perfect compliment to Koontz's storytelling.

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  • Kurtis K. Karr
  • 15-06-2018

I was unimpressed. Will not be continuing series.

Perhaps it's just me. I was never a particularly big fan of Mary Shelley's original classic, so little wonder I didn't go gaga over this derivation. That being said, this modern "fan fiction" just struck me as being rather flat.
I was also bothered by the arbitrary naming of one of the main characters, Jonathan Harker with no Dracula tie-in. I don't get it.

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  • David Brundage
  • 13-06-2018

Incredibly interesting concept

How have Dr Frankenstein and his monster evolved in 200 years? Koontz has a fascinating answer!

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  • David W Cochrane
  • 13-06-2018

A great start to a series

Alas another series.

One has so many of these going on where to next is the question.

Dean Koontz does a great job with this story. Christopher Lane is a surperb narrator. I am looking forward to hearing more!

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  • Lisa M.
  • 12-06-2018

pretty good

it was pretty good, but it just sort of ended. I wasn't expecting the audible guy to come on

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  • debborah steves
  • 11-06-2018

Disappointed

Predictable, repetitive and boring. I generally enjoy Dean Koontz but a struggle to finish this book. The performance was first rate.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-03-2018

Addictive listening

Loved this book, addictive from the start. Beautifully wrote with a huge vocabulary of verbs. A sence of empathy for all characters.