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Frankenstein, Book Two: City of Night | [Dean Koontz, Ed Gorman]

Frankenstein, Book Two: City of Night

They are stronger, heal better, and think faster than any humans ever created, and they must be destroyed. But not even Victor Helios, once Frankenstein, can stop the engineered killers he's set loose on a reign of terror through modern-day New Orleans. Now the only hope rests in a one-time "monster" and his all-too-human partners, Detectives Carson O'Connor and Michael Maddison.
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They are stronger, heal better, and think faster than any humans ever created, and they must be destroyed. But not even Victor Helios, once Frankenstein, can stop the engineered killers he's set loose on a reign of terror through modern-day New Orleans. Now the only hope rests in a one-time "monster" and his all-too-human partners, Detectives Carson O'Connor and Michael Maddison. Deucalion's centuries-old history began as Victor's first and failed attempt to build the perfect human, and it is fated to end in the ultimate confrontation between a damned creature and his mad creator. But first Deucalion must destroy a monstrosity not even Victor's malignant mind could have imagined, an indestructible entity that steps out of humankind's collective nightmare with one purpose: to replace us.

©2005 Dean Koontz; (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

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    Shephild Brandon, FL 10-27-05
    Shephild Brandon, FL 10-27-05 Listener Since 2004

    Philip L. Sheffield

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    "Entertaining Black Comedy"

    I can't agree with those disappointed with this 2nd installment of Dean Koontz's Frankenstein trilogy. They've had an "interruption of function".

    The 1st novel was more of a gothic novel ? much more serious and somber. This 2nd novel's title: "City of Night" suggests its dark humor. You get mutating monsters, door-busting weapons, a husband and wife assassin team, and two detectives who offer some entertaining and "sweet" banter. What's not to like? I especially enjoyed the matter-of-fact malevolence of Benny and Cindy Lovewell.

    This novel is a hoot! I look forward to the 3rd installment

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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 08-16-05
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 08-16-05 Member Since 2015

    I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

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    "Light on action but very good overall..."

    I really enjoyed both book one and book two. My guess is that there was a little too much material for a single volume but not really enough for a trilogy. There is not a lot of action in the second book, nevertheless I enjoyed it and finished it in one sitting. I enjoyed the language, the characters, and the various build ups of tension. No matter who Koontz is writing this with, it remains Koontz?s style and language.

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    Deborah Essary 08-10-05
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    "Redundancy"

    I agree that there was some redundancy, however, the story still remains quite good. This book series is amazing and enthralling despite the repetition. I am looking forward to book 3, and hope it comes out soon. Being an avid Koontz fan, no matter what he writes, his books are pure genious. Dont give up, listen to this one too. It saddens me that there are only 3.

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    Jeremy N Charleroi, PA, United States 08-10-05
    Jeremy N Charleroi, PA, United States 08-10-05 Member Since 2013
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    "easily one of the most interesting"

    when i first read the book series description i was dubious at best about another frankenstein book. however, this book series has been one of the most interesting i have ever come across as an avid horror reader/listener. i cant wait for the next book!!!!!!!!!!

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    Don Orlando, FL, USA 08-08-05
    Don Orlando, FL, USA 08-08-05 Member Since 2014
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    "I agree some what"

    Duchain is a compeling character and worthy of more than one book, However the archnemisis Helious should have been finished off in the second book at least. I agree that splitting this story in too several books appears to be a money making tool and I am disappointed in Mr. Koontz. I have read every book this man has wrote and they have all been great reads. This book is also, but he has never kept you waiting so long to end a good story. Please Mr. Koontz do not leave us hanging.

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    John D. Grote Covington, KY 07-26-05
    John D. Grote Covington, KY 07-26-05 Member Since 2001
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    "Clone wars-CSI: volume 2"

    This is a great followup to Frankenstein: Prodigal Son. This installment has a little less dective work, a little more action/adventure, and a lot more humor. I did miss the fantastic narration of Scott Brick from the first book, but John Lloyd does an adequate job in giving life to some of the best characters that Dean Koontz has created in a long time. If you enjoyed Book one, you've probably already anxiously awaited this volume. Other than the narration, it doesn't disappoint. If you haven't started this series yet, you're missing one of the best sci-fi-horror-police-mystery series to come along in a long time.

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    Brian Oshkosh, WI, United States 07-18-15
    Brian Oshkosh, WI, United States 07-18-15 Member Since 2015

    Im some guy in Oshkosh, WI that walks to work and has found the joy of listening to good books and values good narrators :).

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    "The new race.... Are a bunch of whiners!"

    The entire book you have to listen to these test tube creations (grown to be perfect) whine and complain about the same thing over and over. I mean, I get it, I got it after the second complaint! They don't have free will! But you hear them complaining about it in the same words, coming from different characters, over and over again. The narrator does a good job of sounding whiny which adds the annoyance factor. If they were to have limited the whine to say 1 instance per character you’d have a significantly shorter and "much" more enjoyable book.

    If you can get past that, then the rest of the story is ok, not great but.. ok and thats usually fine for me. The narrator is perfect for the male voices but female voices weren’t distinct enough to allow me to become immersed. I just don’t think he has that range he’s just gonna sound like a deep voiced male reading a female part.

    The book suffers a bit and really needed a good editor to pick it apart. Id like to know what happens in the next book but I’m not all that inclined to continue.

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    Fahfrid Houston, TX 07-11-15
    Fahfrid Houston, TX 07-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "If anybody could do it Dean Koontz could"

    A wonderful take ( MUCH better than what wound up on film) on a piece of literature that infuses our language, and culture today

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    1avidreader CA United States 07-04-15
    1avidreader CA United States 07-04-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Thoroughly Enjoyable!"

    I have just finished the second book in series and enjoy the fresh take on these characters.I am eager to continue the series.

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    RCPadrick 04-24-15
    RCPadrick 04-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story, bad reader"

    This was a great bridge novel to a 3-part series. My problem is with the reader. His dialog reading was way too soft poorly accented, and too slow for normal speech. Still with a listen for the story.

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