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, Inc.
I have waited so long for this book to be write this sequel and I loved it. The characters were very likable . It was scary, but that is his things. Still great book. Now is this going to be another book to follow this one, cause I wanted it all. Hope I don't have a long time to wait.
Although i do agree with the previous review that it would have been nice to know before hand that this book seems to be only HALF the story... and ends right as it's getting really good and the action kicks in...... The STORY is cleaver and entertaining. I am absolutely anxiously awaiting the next installment. I am not as upset as others ( remember the S. K's The Green Mile and all of it's installments?) about the fact that it is an unfinished story, just wished i had known that going into the listening.
I hope that people can see past this minor flaw and that Koontz keeps going with the Frankenstein Series..... it has yet to disappoint me, and has left me obsessed with this series!
OK, I knew from previous reviews that this was just the first installment, but I downloaded it anyway... It may be half a book, but its a GOOD half of a book. I thoroughly enjoyed it and am looking forward, in anticipation, for the next installment in this series. I think that this is possibly the best of the series...great character development, interesting plot. You may want to wait for the next installment before downloading this one, but you wont be disappointed in this one. I certainly wasn't.
Koontz picks up where his heroes left off after New Orleans - and so does Victor. I found Book 3 of the earlier Frankenstein saga (Dead and Alive) quite disappointing -- and of course the whole earlier series was uneven (at best) because of multiple co-authors -- but this is all Dean & really enjoyable. Can't wait for the next book to arrive!
I love almost all of Dean Koontz's books. He does a great job of developing characters that I begin to really care about. This book is no different, Jacko is beginning to really grow on me. Who else could make you care about a creature that grew from a tumor from one of Dr Frankenstein's reanimated creations gone wrong.... The only major problem with this book is the same for all the books in the series, They are too short. The four books in the series fill more like 2.25 books with this being the .25. I should have waited for the next book and listened all at once. But if you like the series you cannot miss this one.
Impatiently waiting to see what is in store for Jacko!!
I've been down on Koontz for a while, not enjoying his last books. When I heard that Frankenstein would be a new trilogy, I was baffled as to why. Regardless, I chose to give it a listen and was pleasantly surprised. Although the book ends just as the action is mounting (like his previous Frankenstein books), the story was quite a bit more solid (so far) then the last trilogy. There are the old characters along with an interesting set of new characters, most of which are likeable. Apart from a few minor issues, I enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to the next in the series. I hope this is a sign that Koontz is beginning to return to the writing that made me a fan so long ago.
I think that Dean Koontz has lost the formula. Maybe he is bored with the old sharp witted thriller. Maybe he is just running out of ideas. The Frankenstein series started out average and kept getting worse. I will not purchase another.
To all those whining about this only being half a book: This is the format of the Koontz/Frankenstein books. Get used to it. If you read the first trilogy, you know that all ready, ya crybabies.
This is a good follow on to a great first trilogy. It was my introduction to Koontz, and it was a good one led to the discovery of Odd Thomas and many other, equally good books besides. I don't know if I'd characterize it as vintage Koontz-- his older stuff seems just a trifle formulaic by comparison, although formulaic can be good, and if a writer ventures outside the bounds of his usual ouvre, I can see it being frustrating to a longtime fan who's spent money on the book, probably in hard cover.
I love these characters, and it's good to have so many returning favorites, as well as new ones. Deucalion, Erica Five, Jocko, Carson, Michael-- even brother Knuckles aka Salvatore, of Brother Odd fame, makes a cameo.
As always, it was incongruous to have a new reader of old characters, ones you associate with another voice. This being said-- Lane had me pleasantly on his side by the end. At first he made Jocko sound way too much like Paul Lynn, of 70s comedy/game show infamy, but even that grew on me. All in all, it wasn't QUITE a tour de force... but it's the first novel of a (likely) trilogy... if it left me entirely satisfied, it probably isn't doing it's job. Which, I think, is where I came in.
Good stuff, highly recommended, read the first three first, 'cause they're great, too. And they'll make this one better. And hey, the bayou is more fun than Montana, this time of year, unless you love Montana, which I do. But that's neither here nor there. Buy it! Hear it! Live it! Love it!
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