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Dean Koontz's Frankenstein: Prodigal Son Hardcover

3.4 out of 5 stars 396 customer reviews
Book 3 of 5 in the Frankenstein Series

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books Ltd
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847821561
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847821560
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (396 customer reviews)
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By R. Matheson on September 10, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Here's the short version of this review: This book was an incredible disappointment. Fans of the series thus far will no doubt be compelled to read this. And WHEN you hate it, please take solace in the fact that you're NOT ALONE.

Like everyone else, I waited patiently for Frankenstein Book 3. When I saw it in the store, I was shocked and overjoyed, as its appearance was completely unexpected. I violated speed laws to drive home, whereupon I immediately dug out books 1 and 2 and began to reread them. Now, I'd read Koontz's "admission of inability to collaborate", and it seemed very... defensive with a belligerent spin. When I saw he'd re-released the originals, sans the co-writers' credits, I was dismayed. Seemed like a real egotistical move. But hey, he's Koontz. I loved the guy. And then I read the first... what was it? 20 pages of the book? Paragraph upon paragraph of "Acclaim for Dean Koontz". The dude actually felt it necessary to reprint every good thing anyone has ever said about him, as if to say "Those co-writers were beneath me, and how DARE you rabble harass me for this book? Well now after 20 pages of accolades, you know with whom you're dealing. So here's your %$#!ing book; I hope you choke on it. Now I can get back to Odd Thomas 6" I felt kinda like an Erika, put in my place and crying on the floor.

Halfway through the book, I realized that the protagonists had spent half the book DRIVING AROUND TOWN. Literally, the fate of the world is ostensibly in their hands, and they're cruising Nawlins in a Honda. They weren't looking for anything or going anywhere in particular... not even evading the assassins who were secretly on their trail. They were just... cruisin'.
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I'm a little confused as to why many readers who loved the first 2 books, seem to hate this one. I found it very consistent with the other books in the series. I enjoyed the characters. Enjoyed watching Helios creations slowly self destructing. Even enjoyed Helios hubris refusing to see anything but victory.

I was a little put off at first when Jocko was introduced, but found quickly he grew on me. Reminds me very much of the humor Gene Wolfe injected into Book of the Long Sun with Oreb. Love that dry sense of humor and began to look forward to and expect it in Jocko's scenes.

The dectectives weren't the focus of this story and makes sense to me why they were kept on the sidelines. The story had moved past them as Helios creatures began to take fate into their own hands.

This series was never written as a deep serious drama. It was meant to be light-hearted fare and as that I enjoyed it very much.
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I have been an avid reader/fan of Koontz for years. I waited patiently and impatiently for book 3. The first 2 books were brilliant. This 3rd was a total disappointment in the book, the characters and in Koontz. It's clear from reading book 3 that he was irritated at his fans for having to write it- several parts felt just like a slap in the face to his fans. Apparently he intended to slap us in the face and punish us for wanting him to write a book that he didn't want to write. The characters fell apart- they were barely recognizable from the first two books- had they been as shallow in the first two books, he wouldn't have gotten any requests for the third. The only part of the book that tried to come up to par was the mother of all gone wrongs.. that part hinted at koontz.. but he just blew that off in a rush to end the book. In retrospect- he SHOULD have collaborated on this book. When an author gets mad at his fans for wanting more, it's the end of the road. No more Dean Koontz books for me.
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I read the first two books. There were things I didn't like, such as the silly banter between the policeofficers that was supposed to be funny (I THINK) but wasn't, but I enjoyed the first two books so much, I gave them each 4 stars.

All the negative things I found in the first two books are present in book 3 and magnified many times. The policeofficers and their stupid banter, that is supposed to be witty and funny but is stupid instead, their forced, unbelievable romance that doesn't for one single moment ring true AT ALL to me, and their continued far fetched portrayal of what a policeoffice actually IS and DOES.

This book was really bad. So bad, that when a friend told me Koontz had originally written the series with someone else and later changed the by line to his name only, I did internet research to confirm that this book wasn't really written by Koontz at all. I wasn't able to confirm that.

I had pages marked with silly dialogue, stupid descriptions that I once again THINK are supposed to be funny but are cringe worth instead, cliched jokes, cliched characters, predicable plot mixed in with plot twists that are just so unbelievable as to feel completely wrong, and a CONSTANT baseball bat beating me over the head. The baseball bat was a constant repetition of what a monster Victor is, how inhuman he is, how he hates humanity, how he engineered his New Race to be without hope or happiness or self worth, engineered them to be sterile, ect. There is also a very strong under current of "god" and devine intervention, in images of resurection and angels.
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