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Dead and Alive: A Novel (Dean Koontz's Frankenstein, Book 3) Mass Market Paperback – July 28, 2009
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- Publisher : Bantam (July 28, 2009)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0553587900
- ISBN-13 : 978-0553587906
- Item Weight : 7.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.12 x 0.87 x 7.49 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #213,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Trouble is you've created a pack of homicidal semi humans that are going nuts. Another problem is how to stop them from taking over the world and killing everyone. that is detectives Carson and Milligan job along with Frankenstein first monster's job. Hmm, have to read the trilogy.
Along those lines. If you love book series. Dean Koontz Odd Thomas series is a must read. I devoured all 7 (or 8?) books of Odd Thomas. I miss Oddie something fierce!
Mr. Koontz, Sir. I'd love to sit and have coffee with you. Just for a conversation with your incredible mind. You'd have to pardon my first few minutes of awe struck.
As others have stated, the book literally takes off where the second book ended, so no time has transpired. This flies in the face of Koontz's website posting that because of Hurricane Katrina, he had to rethink the book's location now that New Orleans had been decimated. At the time this didn't make any sense as the book takes place before Katrina, so I chalked it up to lack of interest on the author's part.
The other problem with the book is the poor writing and the even poorer editing. This is a recurring theme with best-selling authors whereas editors simply rubber stamp their work and only look for obvious grammatical errors. Dead and Alive didn't even get that minimal treatment. Sentences ended with prepositions, ran on so long you had to re-read them twice, or nouns didn't match verbs. Even the characters seemed different from the previous two novels.
Having stated publicly that Koontz doesn't play well with others, he tackled this third novel without the help of a secondary writer. The first two were written by him and one other person. How much of that other person's writing was exorcised by Koontz in place of his own will forever remain under any NDAs.
Normally I like to lend my friends any good books I've read, but this one is so bad I was tempted to throw it out. On a lark, I lent it to a friend who had read the previous novels just to get his opinion. He was very displeased and thought I was cruel for making him suffer for three nights while he stumbled through it.
The book is a stinker and Koontz obviously did it for the money. That, or he hired some intern who also signed an NDA just so people like me would stop pestering him at his website about when the final book would be ready. Now I wish he'd never written it. It's quite possibly the worst novel I've read in my life, and that's saying something about its quality.
Don't buy this book and reward the author with your hard-earned money. They only see the light when it hits them in the wallet.
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The police officers Carson and Michael took a wee bit of a back seat in this one, in that I don't feel a huge amount of anything happened with them. They are in it, there are scenes but in comparison to the previous books, I just felt they didn't really have much impact in this one.
Jacko, the wee weird troll thing - you will either love or hate him, he is annoying and I don't know if he was a Jar Jar Binks style character or a hint of Dobby but I wasn't a fan if I am honest, he is quite annoying overall. Ericka 5 I like, whilst she is default programmed to obey the master I fell she comes into her own in this one. Deucalion also I felt was a bit missing this time, I don't really know what the book's aim was but I feel not a lot happened but I have been left wanting more, I need to know where it is all going to end.
I kept reading because I do enjoy the series, there was some wee plot developments and the next book is set up, hopefully, for greatness. 3/5 for me this time, book four has arrived so hopefully not be too long before I get to it.
However I understand there have been issues over the New Orleans setting and appreciate that caused delays and possible re-writes.
Book 3 feels like almost essay-like, I found it to have too much repetition of Books 1 & 2 and no real development of the story, it's an 'end'. I realised when I finished the book that somewhere in the first few chapters, I'd stopped caring about the main characters - not something I'm accustomed to when reading Dean Koontz. I hate to say it, but I just felt the whole book lacked real substance. It does feel very edited and I would not be at all surprised in Dean Koontz only wrote it because he felt he had to.
Read it if you're a fan of the series, but be prepared, it may not be all you wish(ed) for.
For those who have read parts one and two of the series I would definitely recommend continuing your interest and reading this book.