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The Dead Town (Dean Koontz's Frankenstein, Book 5) Paperback – May 24, 2011
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“Koontz is a master of the edge-of-your-seat, paranoid thriller and perhaps the leading American practitioner of the form.”—The Star-Ledger
“Koontz writes first-rate suspense, scary and stylish.”—Los Angeles Times
“A rarity among bestselling writers, Koontz continues to pursue new ways of telling stories, never content with repeating himself. He writes of hope and love in the midst of evil in profoundly inspiring and moving ways.”—Chicago Sun-Times
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That isn't to say that there aren't good parts to this book. Erika V and Jocko are still great characters, and there are a few interesting scenes, but in the end the book is a mess. Victor is a laughable antagonist, whose so arrogent that he never really feels like a threat. The Builders are interesting, but they get overused, and the book lacks the darker, violent edge that made the first two so interesting.
The biggest problem is the sheer number of plotlines. When new characters and storylines are still being introduced during the last 75 pages, it just screams of padding. Then the ending, which should be pulse pounding and exciting, is glossed over and tied up with a "and they all lived happily ever after."
Really not very good, and a disappointing way to wrap things up.
Like most everyone else disappointed about this and the fourth book, I REALLY wanted the payoff to go well. Reading the back of this book was what got me interested in the Frankenstein series to begin with and so since this was the last one, I was hoping that it'd be an ending worth remembering.
I was wrong.
But I'm going to go ahead and say, this was LOADS better than the fourth one. That wouldn't be too hard. But even I could've forgiven the fourth book if this one had been better. The fourth book felt like it was setting everything up. So, I'm going to list why I was disappointed and then talk about what I'd have done better.
1. The trilogy was fine - The first three books were great. It had an ending that was nice. The heroes won, the villain lost, there weren't too many characters clogging up the book, I could keep up with all the plotlines and I actually cared about most of the characters. Sure, I felt the ending was a little weak but I still liked it. More on the ending later.
2. The villain wasn't easy to identify with - Villains are the most important thing to a story. These days we like villains that make us laugh or scare the crap out of us. The Joker from Batman is a great example of that. Victor Helios...was okay. He wasn't the best villain ever, but he wasn't the worst. He was creepy (I mean, he ate live baby rats because he was bored and got off on raping his wife) but he wasn't outright scary. I prefer the original Victor because of his goal. He wants to replace the world with clones and position himself as their `god'. Not the most original goal in the world, but with a story like this it works. Victor Leben, or Victor Immaculate is an entirely different story.Read more ›
The Dead Town was an enjoyable book. Koontz has a way of bringing characters to life that keeps me coming back. Carson and Michael are as quick-witted as ever. Erika and Jocko are still amusing in their oddities. Deucalion shines in this novel. And Victor Immaculate, who was barely glimpsed before, shows the mindset of absolute domination and total arrogance that defines him. A lot of side characters had plenty of action, which has good and bad points.
It did get repetitive, however. The Builders are interesting, but it seemed to go over the same scenes with them over and over. The ending was not as dramatic as I hoped, but it was a long way from disappointing.
Overall, I liked the book. If you liked Lost Souls, you will probably enjoy The Dead Town.
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Not the best book in the series...the Builders were a bit too much for me & the final moments felt rushed...but there were some fabulous bits as well. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Y. Willhoite
How many of Koontz' readers of Frankenstein have caught the twist of what Deucalion turned out to be. He foreshadowed it brilliantly. Read morePublished 1 month ago by sTAN
The book was in good shape. Koontz always loses the thread of the story and wraps it up in an over simplistic, somewhat unsatisfying way. A pale imitation of Stephen King. Read morePublished 2 months ago by SashaSS
Always love Dean Koontz books. Can't wait for next one to come out.Published 2 months ago by Pam Shaffer
A book that had to be written. Nothing special, just an obligation as to end the seriesPublished 3 months ago by Nikos Panagiotopoulos
I thoroughly enjoyed this Frankenstein series, smart writing and heart felt. I've been reading Dean Koontz novels since January 2016 and plan to read them all. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Todd McGlynn