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Frankenstein, Book Three: Dead and Alive | [Dean Koontz]

Frankenstein, Book Three: Dead and Alive

As a devastating hurricane approaches, as the benighted creations of Victor Helios begin to spin out of control, as New Orleans descends into chaos and the future of humanity hangs in the balance, the only hope rests with Victor's first, failed attempt to build the perfect human. Deucalion's centuries-old history began as the original manifestation of a soulless vision and it is fated to end in the ultimate confrontation between a damned creature and his mad creator.
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Publisher's Summary

From the celebrated imagination of Dean Koontz comes a powerful reworking of one of the classic stories of all time. If you think you know the legend, you know only half the truth. Now the mesmerizing saga concludes.

As a devastating hurricane approaches, as the benighted creations of Victor Helios begin to spin out of control, as New Orleans descends into chaos and the future of humanity hangs in the balance, the only hope rests with Victor's first, failed attempt to build the perfect human.

Deucalion's centuries-old history began as the original manifestation of a soulless vision and it is fated to end in the ultimate confrontation between a damned creature and his mad creator. But first they must face a monstrosity not even Victor's malignant mind could have conceived: an indestructible entity that steps out of humankind's collective nightmare with powers, and a purpose, beyond imagining.

©2009 Dean Koontz; (P)2009 Random House

What the Critics Say

"A rarity among best-selling writers, Koontz continues to pursue new ways of telling stories, never content with repeating himself. He writes of hope and love in the midst of evil in profoundly inspiring and moving ways." (Chicago Sun Times)

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    William Willow Spring, NC, United States 08-21-09
    William Willow Spring, NC, United States 08-21-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Frustrating"

    Let me begin by stating that I have always been a huge Koontz fan - he has written some outstanding books, but I'm now starting to worry if he's ok. I really enjoyed Koontz's first two Frankenstein books and I was really looking forward to this one. I'll admit that I was a bit nervous about this book considering his last two novels were huge disappointments. Unfortunately, my fears were founded. It was like this book wasn't written by the same person who had written the first two. The dialog was weak, especially between Carson and Michael - they didn't seem like the same characters from the other books. Instead, it was like they had been beaten with a silly stick. And the thing that came from Harker - Koontz had been building the return of that thing all through book two to end up just delivering a goofy sideshow character in part 3. Frustrating. Despite what some have said in these reviews, the ending wasn't as bad as I anticipated - a slight reprieve from my having to give the book one star. Needless to say, I'm glad it's over.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Rose 08-20-09
    Rose 08-20-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Written for Jr. High Schoolers?"

    Firstly,I am a big fan of Dean Koonzt and have read every one of his books. That said, I am very disappointed in the direction he seems to be going. I just finished "Relentless" and now this 3rd Frankenstein, and while I did enjoy both overall, I felt as though I were reading books written for 12 year olds... Along the lines of "A Wrinkle in Time" by L'Engle... Good books all, just not adult level reading. "Dead and Alive" was just plain silly and not up to the level of the first in the series. I expected better. I hope this new writing style of Koonzt's is not a trend, because I would be hard pressed to spend the money on a book so "dumbed down"...
    To finish up, I would recommend this book only if you have read the previous two and need closure(Although the ending does leave it open for a 4th). I will not buy Frankenstein 4.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Allan mesa, az, United States 08-05-09
    Allan mesa, az, United States 08-05-09 Listener Since 2007
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    "Frankenstein Dead and Alive"

    For the the ending of what started as and intriguing and entertaining series, what a 'FLOP'! Not sure if it was the narrator, but the story was so bland I only suffered through to find out the ending. The interaction between 'Jocko' and 'Erica' was annoying to say the least, and as for other characters seemed to be so much filler with no substance, 'Carson' was so unsubstanial there were times I wonder if she even related to the story.
    I have been a 'Big Fan' of Dean Koontz for over 20 years, but his latest works have not seemed to be up to his earlier years.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas Parsley 09-13-09 Listener Since 2008
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    "This was creative!!!"

    OK I know this book has received bad reviews from other listeners/readers. As a Dean Koontz fan, this was really something I didn't expect. Below you read about characters that appeared out of no where - well read his other works. One particularly is Odd Thomas. Completely did not see that coming. If you read/listen to the second Frankenstein, the series just rolls along from that. I give it 4 stars with anticipation on how he is going to link the two series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jack 10-30-09
    Jack 10-30-09
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    "Awful"

    I hope Dean Koontz had this ghost written because it was awful. Although the narrator read well enough, his characterization of some of characters made me ill. The written dialogue was so childish I had to struggle to finish. There was almost no plot. I've read a lot of Koontz and this is very uncharacteristic of him. Makes me suspect he had it ghost written in order to finish his contract and didn't have time to review what was being sent in his name. This is a real shame because I really liked the first book. Stay away from this one!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth ROCKAWAY, NJ, United States 11-21-11
    Kenneth ROCKAWAY, NJ, United States 11-21-11 Member Since 2010
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    "best of the series so far"

    I almost stopped at the end of book 2 because I read some negative reviews on the 3rd installment...I enjoy the series so much I bought it anyway; needless to say I loved this one in fact it has been my favorite so far.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alan San Diego, CA, United States 12-19-09
    Alan San Diego, CA, United States 12-19-09
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    "If you enjoy the series get it."

    With all the negative reviews I almost didn't get this book. That would have been a mistake. I had little expectation for this book but I found it to be every bit as enjoyable as the first two. The book also ends the story. I had to find out how it ends and I found the ending to be satisfying.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda P-C The Tropics 10-01-09
    Linda P-C The Tropics 10-01-09

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    "Surprised!"

    I wasn't expecting this book to be this good. I didn't think he could keep the pace and quality of the story up for three volumes, or the tone as consistent as it is over the entire four year period in which the books were released. I didn't even have to go back and reread the earlier ones first - although I don't recommend reading this book unless you've read the first two. Enjoy!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan Nampa, ID, USA 09-08-09
    Nathan Nampa, ID, USA 09-08-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Very Anti-climactic and disappointing"

    I was so disappointed with this book I decided to write a review. The dialogue between the characters was weak and nothing like the first 2 books. The be-all end-all of Frankenstein's gone-wrong creations was just juvenile and the ending was set up to be this huge event and I was left turning to my wife saying, really that was it?? Koont's should have stuck with the co-authors!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Penelope Cherry Valley, CA, United States 08-20-09
    Penelope Cherry Valley, CA, United States 08-20-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Excellent"

    I really enjoyed this series. The narrator was excellent and succeeded in conveying the correct amount of drama and slight comedic relief. I was sorry when the book finished, and that doesn't happen very often!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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