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Frankenstein, Book One: Prodigal Son | [Dean Koontz, Kevin J. Anderson]

Frankenstein, Book One: Prodigal Son

Every city has secrets. But none as terrible as this. His name is Deucalion, a tattooed man of mysterious origin, a sleight-of-reality artist who's traveled the centuries with a secret worse than death. He arrives as a serial killer stalks the streets, a killer who carefully selects his victims for the humanity that is missing in himself.
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Publisher's Summary

Every city has secrets. But none as terrible as this. His name is Deucalion, a tattooed man of mysterious origin, a sleight-of-reality artist who's traveled the centuries with a secret worse than death. He arrives as a serial killer stalks the streets, a killer who carefully selects his victims for the humanity that is missing in himself.

Detective Carson O'Connor is cool, cynical, and every bit as tough as she looks. Her partner Michael Maddison would back her up all the way to Hell itself, and that just may be where this case ends up. For the no-nonsense O'Connor is suddenly talking about an ages-old conspiracy, a near immortal race of beings, and killers that are more, and less, than human. Soon it will be clear that as crazy as she sounds, the truth is even more ominous. For their quarry isn't merely a homicidal maniac, but his deranged maker.

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

What the Critics Say

"A grisly thriller....The odd juxtaposition of a police procedural with a neo-gothic, mad scientist plot gives the novel a wickedly unusual and intriguing feel....A compelling read, with an elegant cliffhanger ending." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Chuck Westerville, OH, USA 02-05-05
    Chuck Westerville, OH, USA 02-05-05
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    "Captivating New Twist"

    This is the first Dean Koontz book I've listened to, and frankly I wasn't expecting it to be this great. After all, how could you make the tired old story of "Frankenstein" into something that would be 21st Century quality. A new race of non-humans are being created under the control of one man to replace imperfect humanity. With some surprising twists and engaging characters, I couldn't stop listening! Amazing, even after my 3rd straight listen. Can't wait for book two!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lcookie 04-24-05
    Lcookie 04-24-05 Member Since 2003

    Lalectora

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    "cajunstein"

    My only complaint is to wait for the next book. Although I bought the book over a month ago, and hesitated to read it because the very clich? of another monster living in New Orleans, what lack of originality, vampires, witches, and now Frankie? But if that is holding you back, don't. This is Koontz at his best, this book has it all: philosophy, action, fear, police, priests, mad scientis, monsters, love, hate, technology, very intriguing questions about what makes man, and our common search for happiness. You will find yourself hoping for the monsters and for their redemption. So Gumbo and Frankenstein, what a great combination?.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John R. Brown Dallas, TX USA 02-02-05
    John R. Brown Dallas, TX USA 02-02-05 Member Since 2002

    Perry Mason Fan

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    "What could be better?"

    Scott Brick reads Dean Koonz. The story is Frankenstein (the sequel). I have died and gone to heaven. No, better yet, I have gone to heaven without having to die first. You will, too.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    hll55 02-12-05
    hll55 02-12-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Not Koonntz at his best"

    I generally enjoy listening to and reading Dean Koontz. He's gripping, bizarre yet surprisingly plausable. Not so with Frankenstein. It is perposterous, boring and one of the few books ever that I will probably not finish. Plus the reader, whose name I forget, is flat and monotonous. He's an absolute snooze. In short, intriguing premise that is poorly executed.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Agles St. Louis, MO 06-18-14
    Jennifer Agles St. Louis, MO 06-18-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Great Story but . . ."
    Where does Frankenstein, Book One: Prodigal Son rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a great story but I did not realize I purchased the abridged version. It was over with far too soon!


    Would you be willing to try another book from Dean Koontz and Kevin J. Anderson ? Why or why not?

    I absolutely love Dean Koontz and I love this series! I am just getting to know Kevin Anderson and am looking forward to reading (or listening) to his work.


    Which character – as performed by John Bedford Lloyd – was your favorite?

    Detective O'Connor had great snark and sarcasm. The voice of Deucalion was a bit over the top and melodramatic. Also loved Dr. Frankenstein :-)


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was short enough that I could have listened to it in one sitting! From now on I am buying the unabridged versions!


    Any additional comments?

    Dean Koontz is too good to put down. His stories are gripping and thoughtful as they reflect the constant struggle between light and darkness in all of us.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    silverback United States 02-25-14
    silverback United States 02-25-14 Member Since 2012
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    "GREAT STORY"
    If you could sum up Frankenstein, Book One: Prodigal Son in three words, what would they be?

    Damm Good Story!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Frankenstein, Book One: Prodigal Son?

    Loved it all


    Which character – as performed by John Bedford Lloyd – was your favorite?

    All


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    just really enjoyed the story


    Any additional comments?

    Make this into a TV Series. This is my top recommended book series when discussing books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    L. VanCouvering Grants Pass, OR USA 06-26-13
    L. VanCouvering Grants Pass, OR USA 06-26-13 Member Since 2012

    The Auricle

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    "Narrator not creepy enough!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Find a narrator with a creepy voice.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It did not.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Bedford Lloyd?

    David Birney.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe.


    Any additional comments?

    Not my favorite Dean Koontz, but with a better suited narrator, it would be better. He has a great voice, just not the right one for this book. John Bedford Lloyd sounds too formal, not creepy enough. Sorry John.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Beverly 01-20-08
    Beverly 01-20-08 Member Since 2013

    Audibles is a favorite undertaking of mine. There was once so little time getting all one's Reading done. Audible is the New solution.

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    "A New take On The Old..."

    Knootz out did hisself this time. His version of Frankenstein brings tears to your eyes and a horror beyond conception. He builds an army of the dead. Living, talking, comprehending; among a race of unsuspecting humans about to die, terribly. Yet, there is one human barely aware of their strange existence--The duplication of hearts torn into my spine, freezings my thoughts.. A winner!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Glenn Pacifica, CA, USA 09-08-05
    Glenn Pacifica, CA, USA 09-08-05
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    "Scott Brick Narrates Book One Only, Not Book Two"

    This is a warning to all you who like/love Scott Brick, who narrates (so well) the unabridged version of Book One of this series: John Bedford Lloyd narrates the Audible abridged version of Book One AND Audible unabridged Book Two.

    Why is this? Because Random House Audio has JBL reading the novel for all their publications of this book series, and Books on Tape has Scott reading their production. Audible has Books on Tape as the source for the unabridged version of Book One and then switched to Random House for the unabriged Book Two.

    So when you continue on to Audible's unabridged version Book Two, expecting to hear Scott, what you will instead hear Random House's John Bedford Lloyd reading it. Lloyd is not as good as Scott IMHO, but he does a reasonable job overall, perhaps overdoing some female parts.

    I hope Audible returns to the Books on Tape version, with Scott Brick, when Dean releases the third book in about a year from now--without a collaborator this time (he admits he is not a good collaborator).

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Martin Sag Harbor, NY, United States 07-30-05
    Martin Sag Harbor, NY, United States 07-30-05 Member Since 2002
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    "Entertaining but self absorbed"

    Mr. Koontz or whoever the writer may be, has a intense desire to show off his vocabulary. The book is entertaining and the idea is good... however it is chocked full of superfluous and story irrelevant detail and flowery prose... more as an opportunity to impress...a venue for the exposition of a very large vocabulary. in short a lot of story is irrelevant, unnecessary and flowery. By contrast, if you want to read a book that has no later unused detail (that is, every detail is relevant), read Dan Brown's Angels and Demons. It is clean and far more facinating. Mr. Koontz's need to impress the reader with his linguistic skills, IMHO ultimately detracts from the story. Mr. Brown's clear and story focused language enhances the book. I should have read the review more carefully: this is a "to be continued," which, alas, I now must do! Got to give him credit for keeping the revenues coming in though.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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