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
So here we go again into the Dean Koontz's reworking of the Frankenstein tale, which freely mixes techno-horror with buddy cop movie antics, Of Mice and Men pathos, and some blessed moments of simple slapstick to brighten the mood. All well and good, although the characters progress only slightly from the last installment, and there's definitely a sense of deja vu about the whole enterprise.
But then, just as the evil Frankenstein's horrific plans get going and everything starts falling to pieces... the book abruptly ends. Full stop. It's as if Koontz's publisher simply lost the pages belonging to the final third of the book and decided to publish it anyway. More than mere cliffhanger, this one manages to simply be half a book.
We've seen rushed endings from Koontz before (Breathless), but this one makes no attempt to conclude either storylines or character arcs, or indeed even provide a logical place to pause the action.
Giving it an "I" for Incomplete.
This is where i stop listening to anymore books in this series. It seems that the author is only thinking about selling more books. The story was WEAK and the way it ended was just plain annoying!
I was really enjoying this tale by Mr. Koontz when I noticed I was running out of listening time - I thought that the suspense would build up and leave us with a cliff hanger but that didn't happen. It looks as though someone closed their eyes and stuck a finger about midway through a complete manuscript and said "There, we'll make two books out of one!". Very disappointing and a bit unfair to the readers. Will I get the second half when it comes out? Probably, as I enjoy the series and this "first half" shows promise but I'll listen to it with a somewhat bitter taste in my mouth.
Not only is the writing deplorable, most of the characters annoying, and dialogue that is laughably bad, it is obviously only part of a novel that was split to create more than one book (and more money).
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!!
This started so well, and was very gripping, then it just ended... it was as if Dean got a little bored, real shme cos it spoiled a good listen.
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