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City of Night (Dean Koontz's Frankenstein, Book 2) Hardcover – Large Print, July 26, 2005
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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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'A page-turner - this is a read-at-a-sitting novel - with a terrific final twist' The Observer on Odd Thomas 'Dean Koontz is not just a master of our darkest dreams, but also a literary juggler' The Times 'Psychologically complex, masterly and satisfying' The New York Times 'Koontz has near-Dickensian powers of description, and an ability to yank us from one page to the next that few novelists can match' Los Angeles Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I found out why Deucalion chose the name he did: it is the name of son of Prometheus. I found out what happened to Arnie, Carson O'Connor's autistic younger brother. I learned a lot more about what was going on in the garbage dump where Victor Helios has his bodies buried, including Old Race people he has replaced and New Race people that didn't turn out quite right. The dump workers call them Gone Wrongs.
But I also found out about characters and situations that were not mentioned in either book one or book three, such as Benny and Cindi, two New Race assassins sent out to kill Carson and Michael. Cindi is obsessed with having a child, even though she knows it's not physically possible, and believes voodoo can help her. Michael is just a simple guy who loves to dismember his victims while they are still alive. Cute couple.
This book has sealed my fate: now I must get book four and book five.
Dean Koontz is a talented writer. His plot development, character development, story pacing is all excellent. I found myself caring about the characters, even some that were not the designated "good guys."
There is a modicum of violence in these stores, but it not gratuitous, and it is not overly done. I would not recommend this book be read by people under 15 years old, at least.
Enter his first. less than perfect, creation Deucalion, who has arrived in New Orleans to save the world from this madman. Victor continues creating new replications of humans. He sorts them into various work & professional classes. They have two hearts & other biological anomalies, are difficult to kill, and serve only the master to the fullest.
Unfortunately for Victor, at one time or other his replicated beings seem to have software problems & begin to go loopy.
Victor believes Deucalion to be long dead, being his first primitive creation. He finds otherwise when confronted by his creation.
The books need to be read in order. The first, "Prodigal Son", set the stage nicely & was enjoyable. This one builds on the first & is full of repetition. How many times, can we learn of the smells at the garbage dump? How many times do we need the description of a young boy's Autism? How many times do we need detailed description of Erica 5? How many times do we need to hear of the New Race Cindi wanting a baby? There are new characters, but many are from the 1st book.
The biggest disappointment (Kindle Edition) is at 92% of the novel it abruptly stops. Yep, 92%. The reader expects a new chapter only to be dropped of a precipice to await the next installment. Instead the reader gets protracted upcoming novel previews as fill in fluff. The book is a disappointment, especially from Koontz
And I don’t mean Mary Shelley’s book either. I mean Koontz’s book. He put a very creative twist on the original and that is what was needed to be explored more.
The books are too short; not enough development. Maybe the publisher insisted on this. If so, then Mr. Koontz should have sought after another.
There is one more thing. Starting with book-2, there is far to much recap from the previous books distributed throughout the series. I found that very annoying.
However, still and always shall be, a fan of Dean Koontz!