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City of Night (Dean Koontz's Frankenstein, Book 2) Hardcover – Large Print, July 26, 2005
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Dean Koontz, the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers, lives with his wife, Gerda, and the enduring spirit of their golden retriever, Trixie, in southern California.
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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
As we left the first book in the series, detectives Carson O'Conner and Michael Maddison were hot on the tail of Victor Helios, aka Dr. Frankenstein. Still alive after two hundred and forty years, Victor continues his practice of creating life, but now using new technology to "grow" his creations rather than piece them together from graveyard corpses. Leaving the last book, Carson's younger, autistic brother was in grave danger from Randal Six, a Helios creation who has unexpectedly thwarted his internal programming.
Dr. Frankenstein's original "monster", naturally immortal from his birth during lightning, has come from the mountains of Tibet to assist in ridding the world of his creator, though through his programming he cannot do it himself. Now calling himself Deucalion, he has joined forces with O'Conner and Maddison, feeding them information on Helios with the hopes that the two detectives can help him.
Two new characters are introduced, Benny and Cindi Lovewell. Members of Helios's New Race, they are but Gammas in his hierarchy and programmed to kill O'Conner and Maddison. But something has gone wrong with Cindi. While she still enjoys the thrill of the kill, Cindi has become obsessed with having a baby, something the New Race is incapable of. She yearns for a baby with unnatural desire, and Benny is reluctant to report her for fear of being terminated himself.
Erika Five has replaced Erika Four as Victor's wife, but is she going to be the perfect wife he keeps hoping for? Will her idiosyncrasies be more or less annoying than Erika Four? And as for Victor, it seems some of his creations are making mistakes, errors that point to their direct-to-brain downloads going wrong. How many mistakes can Victor tolerate?
While in this second installment I felt that too much time was spent rehashing what already happened in Book One, but the additions of new characters and thrilling confrontations keep this second installation alive and well. Deucalion's understanding of the quantum universe is skimmed over, adding more intrigue and dimension to the gigantic and ugly monster. The plot moves slower but is no less intense in anticipation of what's to come. And like the first book, 'City Of Night' also ends in a cliffhanger. I can't wait for Book Three of the series to come out. Highly recommended. Enjoy!
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!