In Frankenstein: Lost Souls, Dean Koontz puts a singular twist on this classic tale of ambition and science gone wrong, to forge a new legend uniquely suited to our times. It is a story of revenge, redemption, and the thin line that separates human from inhuman.
The work of creation has begun again. Victor Leben, once Frankenstein, has seen the future — and he’s ready to populate it. Using stem cells, “organic” silicon circuitry, and nanotechnology, he will engender a race of superhumans — the perfect melding of flesh and machine. With a powerful, enigmatic backer and a secret location where the enemies of progress can’t find him, Victor is certain that this time nothing can stop him.
It is up to five people to prove him wrong. In their hands rests nothing less than the survival of humanity itself. They are drawn together in different ways, by omens sinister and wondrous, to the same shattering conclusion: Two years after they saw him die, the man they knew as Victor Helios lives on. As they gather at a small Montana town, old alliances will be renewed and tested, from within and without, for the dangers they face will eclipse any they have yet encountered. Yet in the midst of their peril, love will blossom, and joy, and they will discover sources of strength and perseverance they have not imagined.
They will need them, for a monumental battle is about to commence that will require all their ingenuity and courage, as it defines what we are to be...and if we are to be at all.
©2010 Dean Koontz (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved
Not sure what happened here. The book ended right when all the action started taking place. So unbelievably disappointing! Not sure why Dean Koontz would do this. He certainly can't need to generate more income.... I have been a fan for years but will certainly think twice before I download another of his books.... I definately would recommend waiting until the final book comes out before downloading this!
Call me traditional, but I believe that you should either finish writing the whole book before you sell it or be up front about the fact that it is really a serialization or just part of a novel. This story ended abruptly right in the middle of the action and I thought I had missed the second part. I listen to alot of audiobooks and never felt the need to comment before, but this was really annoying.
Be warned, it's a cliff hanger. Besides that, I loved how the Narrator brought all the characters to life and made the funny parts even better!
Mr. Koontz, Jocko needs his own book.
I don't have time to sit & read so the print version would be useless to me. PLUS there's Christopher Lane reading!!! I love his voice. It has a creepy quality and yet, he has a wonderful voice and does each character extremely well.
The rest of the series. The first book is read by Scott Brick, who always does an excellent job and the story is fascinating but I like Christopher Lane better for this book. It is a kind of creepy story and Lane is perfect. Book 5, the final in the series, was one of the best books I have ever read or listened to. Lane narrates the story of love, good vs evil, courage and one of the best descriptions of true love I've ever heard. I just don't think there could be a better book than the 5th but Koontz really outdoes himself on this series. He just became one of my favorite authors.
Deucalion, the original Frankenstein's monster is my favorite. They are all so good and each character has wonderful depth. Theres the kind & mistreated Erica 5, the quirky and extremely weird Jocko, Carson & Michael, the two detectives are very funny & witty - so many and so good.
Deucalion. Because he is so old, spiritual and enigmatic. He's powerful but gentle and due to spending over one hundred years in monasteries he would be fascinating to talk with.
I am blown-away by Dean Koontz's writing.
I only read printed Books 1, 2 & 3
I always like the way Koontz’s builds in the details of his distinctive characters to a point where you come to feel like you’ve known them for years. In addition; the opportunities he takes to weave in a philosophical content which provides his heroes and heroines their fundamental, meaning of life, life sustaining character
Gota like the “No Guts, No Air Metals, For Ever, hero’s” of course. Carson, & Michael, who are always, fun as we have come to know them in considerable detail over the course of the story line and of course the monster turned world saver Deucalion.
No, but then I always enjoy extend the reading of or listening to over a few days. That way I take the opportunity to digest the story line details five to ten chapters at a time thus prolonging the anticipation which I feel keeps a certain intimacy with the book over the course of it’s unfolding. Plus my life situation is not conducive to having a block of time I can allot to doing so.
I have come to enjoy and indeed relish the time I can spend with Audible as I can incorporate listening and still have the opportunity to pursue other activities. Like, working in my wood shop, building stuff
I got book 1 from the Library as a modern day Frankenstein didn't exactly thrill me, but I recently "discovered" Dean Koontz and thought I'd give it a try.
Bad, bad idea.
Look, creative writing 101 rule number 1: get the reader to care.
So I was all ready to care about the gentle giant Deucalion, and tough gal Carson, side kick loyal Michael and beautiful but regal Erika.
Yeah, yeah "yawn".
But not funny Jocko...who made me smile, laugh out loud, then in book 4, made my throat tighten at the thought of something happening to him and my eyes water.
And I knew that Dean Koontz was even more evil than Victor--for he created a character that could break a reader's heart.
This book was well on its way to being one of my favorite Dean Koontz books. It actually made me laugh out loud a number of times. Then it just simply stopped. It was not a conclusion he seemed to get tired of writing and "just stopped". I found myself looking for part two, but there was no part two. So I'm bummed because I don't know how it all ends.
I am big Koontz fan, unfortunately Frankenstein: Lost Souls is a huge disappointment. It is so drawn out and information that is not important to the story drags on forever. I kept waiting for it to get better and was just let down. No suspense, nothing interesting at all. I would not recommend it at all.
Im a little over 5 hours into this 8 hour book and so far its only a retelling of the previous book in the series. I feel like im listening to two different (very similar) versions of the same story. I already bought the last book, I know what happens, I purchased this book because it was next in the series! I mistakenly thought the content would be a continuation of the series. Hopefully, in the last hours it will get better and bring in some new stuff. I do like the story which is why i gave it 3 stars. I am just a little disappointed with how it is written so far.
Love the narrator though! Still love ya Dean!
The next chapter in Frankenstein's evil creations and the forces that must band together (whether by choice or by destiny) to stop them!
The pace of the story was gratifying and the idea that some of our favorite characters were back to take on evil one more time.
I will say that this does seem like this was an early Koontz book that he later brought back and had it fit into the "Frankenstein" world that he had created...but still a good listen.
At times, I feel like we do need to juggle a few too many characters. As much as I loved the majority of Lane's performance, his narration of Liss's character was a bit annoying and over the top.
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