- Series: Dean Koontz's Frankenstein, Book 1 (Book 1)
- Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Bantam (January 25, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553587889
- ISBN-13: 978-0553587883
- Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 815 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #561,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Prodigal Son (Dean Koontz's Frankenstein, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – January 25, 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
In this grisly thriller, the first in a new series by bestsellers Koontz and Anderson, Dr. Frankenstein has survived into the 21st century, masquerading as biotech tycoon Victor Helios. Helios wants to replace flawed humanity with his New Race, people born and fermented in pods, their personalities programmed by him, their imperfections removed in the lab. But at least one of his creations has become a serial killer, trying to assemble the perfect woman from parts of many. Like expert plate-spinners, the authors set up a dizzying array of narrative viewpoints and cycle through them effortlessly. These include one of Victor's creations who suffers from autism and is trying to understand it; a cloned priest who serves as a clandestine member of Helios's army; Helios's custom-made wife, unique among his creations in that she's allowed to feel shame; and, tying it all together, a classic buddy-cop set of homicide detectives who slowly come to understand that the butcher they're chasing isn't quite human. The odd juxtaposition of a police procedural with a neo-gothic, mad scientist plot gives the novel a wickedly unusual and intriguing feel. The familiarity of the Frankenstein myth makes much of the story arc predictable, but it's still a compelling read, with an elegant cliffhanger ending. (Feb.)
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From School Library Journal
Grade 10 Up—Detective O'Connor manages to look seductive and tragic while snacking in parking lots and blindly following the trail of New Orleans's most gruesome murderer. She and her partner, the slightly lackluster Michael Maddison, have discovered corpse after corpse throughout the city, each missing limbs or organs. Meanwhile, life seems easy for Victor Helios, scientist and technology mogul who lives in the lap of Southern luxury with an army of servants and a spouse to rival the most astonishing of Stepford wives. Strangely though, his company, Helios Biovision, housed in the crumbling Hands of Mercy Hospital, features bricked windows, security cameras, steel doors, and a staff that never sees the light of day. Based on the novel by Kevin J. Anderson and Dean Koontz, this graphic novel is one of the more compelling in the recent trend of "classic" adaptations. The story, though familiar, is packed with a satisfying blend of sinister twists and modern supporting characters. Booth's art has enough intensity and detailed creepiness to make any reader squirm. The eyes of the characters convey a sense of doom and inhumanness that adeptly mirror the philosophical darkness of the plotline. Blending questions of the human condition, justice, and revenge with a healthy smattering of gore, this first volume is sure to be snatched up by teens.—Shannon Peterson, Kitsap Regional Library, WA
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Top customer reviews
I have been a fan of Dean Koontz for about 15 years now, and I enjoy his writing style. It changes depending on which character's perspective he's writing from - dimmer characters are written in short, newspaper-like sentences, for example. He has a wonderful way of describing the setting (New Orleans) in these books, without belaboring insignificant details, and you can almost feel the humidity and smell the curry as he's writing about Carson and Michael.
The plot is as described in the listing. This is NOT a re-telling of the Frankenstein story. It's a continuation that answers the question "What would Victor Frankenstein be doing if he were living in today's society?". I find that fascinating, and the books do not disappoint.
If you like monster stories and very well thought-out, interwoven stories, you'll like this. If you prefer a linear narration from one character's point of view from start to finish, this isn't for you. There are parts that are gory, but Koontz doesn't give them any more time or detail than he does any other aspects of the book. I can't wait to keep reading and see what's next!
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!
Most recent customer reviews
Will too probably read the next. Was about what I expected last