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City of Night (Dean Koontz's Frankenstein, Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Dean Koontz
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The Frankenstein story is updated to the 21st century by the great American storyteller Dean Koontz. Now someone new is playing god.

They are stronger, heal better and think faster than any humans ever created – and they must be destroyed. But not even Victor Helios can stop the engineered killers he has set loose on a reign of terror through modern-day New Orleans.

The mad genius had not imagined that his creations would develop minds – and purposes – of their own. And as Deucalion and Detectives O'Connor and Maddison race to uncover an age-old conspiracy, they will discover that Victor's new, improved models have infiltrated every level of New Orleans society … and far beyond.

Dean Koontz, the master storyteller, creates a bold new legend.


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‘A page-turner – this is a read-at-a-sitting novel – with a terrific final twist’ The Observer on Odd Thomas

'Dean Koontz is not just a master of our darkest dreams, but also a literary juggler' The Times

'Psychologically complex, masterly and satisfying’ The New York Times

'Koontz has near-Dickensian powers of description, and an ability to yank us from one page to the next that few novelists can match' Los Angeles Times

About the Author

Dean Koontz is an international household name whose hugely entertaining parables for our times have been bestsellers in many countries, selling seventeen million copies each year. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, he lives with his wife Gerda and their dog Trixie in southern California.

Ed Gorman is the award-winning author of many mystery novels. Dean Koontz says of him, ‘Gorman’s writing is strong, fast and sleek as a bullet.’ He lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and is the founder of Mystery Scene magazine.


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I was born and raised in Pennsylvania where I graduated from Shippensburg State College (now Shippensburg University). When I was a senior in college, I won an Atlantic Monthly fiction competition and have been writing ever since. My first job after graduation was with the Appalachian Poverty Program, where I was expected to counsel and tutor underprivileged children on a one-to-one basis. During my first day on the job, I discovered that the previous occupier of my position had been beaten up by the very kids he had been trying to help and had landed in the hospital for several weeks. The following year was filled with challenge but also tension, and I was more highly motivated than ever to build a career as a writer. I wrote nights and weekends, which I continued to do after leaving the poverty program and going to work as an English teacher in a suburban school district outside Harrisburg. After a year and a half in that position, my wife, Gerda, made me an offer I couldn't refuse: "I'll support you for five years," she said, "and if you can't make it as a writer in that time, you'll never make it." By the end of those five years, Gerda had quit her job to run the business end of my writing career. Gerda and I live in southern California with their dog Anna, and the enduring spirit of their dog Trixie in southern California.

Dean Koontz is an international household name whose hugely entertaining parables for our times have been bestsellers in many countries, selling seventeen million copies each year.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And I thought Book 1 was good 27 Mar. 2007
Format:Paperback
Well when I thought it couldnt get any better Koontz shocked me once again. Having devoured Book 1 I couldnt wait for Book 2 to come out. Never in a million years did I expect to stay rivetted on the edge of my seat and unable to put the book down again. All I can say is I cannot wait for Book 3 and when thats finished I will be very disappointed that there isnt more to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I just cant wait.......... 1 Jun. 2007
Format:Paperback
I have re read the two existing books in preparation for the release of Book 3, just to be frustrated by the delay in publication, so I may even read them again. One thing that hasn't been mentioned so far is that although Dean Koontz has the main authorship for the trilogy they are co written in the style of "Koontz" by Ed Gorman. Patterson also does this with his "Women's Club" books. In this case it isn't a problem as the books are great, they do "throw back" to more early Koontz style than some of his more current books with a "recipe" namely the "ODD" books ( A "Good Guy" in a dilemma), The Husband, and of course The GOOD GUY, I wonder where he got that title? The Frankenstein Books are a great unique read. Dont miss. The others are OK but very formulaic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Middle ground 3 July 2006
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Format:Paperback
With a multitude of new plotlines, this second book increases the number of characters, and rapidly builds upon the story laid out in the first book, Prodigal Son. The book feels like the middle episode in a series (which it is of course) and although it does not deliver high pace and a grand finale, it's certainly well written to keep you turning pages. You'd be hard pressed to predict almost anything in a world which rapidly veers away from the previous book, which was filled from menace, to a scenario which is more chaotic. Cleverly plotted, although not as focused as the first book, this one will keep up the anticipation for the next in the series and leave you with a number of questions you'll be desperate for answers to.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Who is the Real Monster? 19 Feb. 2014
Format:Paperback
In ‘City of Night’ we return once more to the world of Dr Victor Frankenstein and his monster 200 years after the famous Mary Shelley novel. Victor now goes by the name of Helios and is unaware that his monster (now known as Deucalion) is still out there and set on revenge. Dr F is too busy trying to create a New Race that is slowly replacing humans with super powerful beings that he controls. Should work out quite well for the crazy scientist; except that a lot of creations are rather glitchy.

‘City’ is a daft pulp novel that at times takes itself a little too seriously, this is a Dead Koontz joint after all (with the aid of Ed Gorman). For all the purple prose and mood setting, it is really a daft science fiction novel about a scientist using powerful clones to take over the world – any link to the original story is pretty redundant. The action is well written, some great scenes involving a killer couple on the lookout for some cops to kill and any scene with Deucalion using his full strength. However, this is part 2 in a series and feels like it, there is no conclusion at all and everything is left open for book 3.

What makes the book enjoyable is the chaos that surrounds Helios. He is a particular man and seeing his creations fumble around is great fun. His perfect world starts to crumble, not through the revenge of his first monster, or the antics of two cops. Instead, it is all down to bad science. Koontz and Gorman follow several of Frankenstein’s creations as their coding begins to fail; it is these elements that prove the most interesting thing in the book. Odd that the side characters should prove to be the best element, but hopefully the main characters will come to the fore in book 3.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I am the City 19 Feb. 2014
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In ‘City of Night’ we return once more to the world of Dr Victor Frankenstein and his monster 200 years after the famous Mary Shelley novel. Victor now goes by the name of Helios and is unaware that his monster (now known as Deucalion) is still out there and set on revenge. Dr F is too busy trying to create a New Race that is slowly replacing humans with super powerful beings that he controls. Should work out quite well for the crazy scientist; except that a lot of creations are rather glitchy.

‘City’ is a daft pulp novel that at times takes itself a little too seriously, this is a Dead Koontz joint after all (with the aid of Ed Gorman). For all the purple prose and mood setting, it is really a daft science fiction novel about a scientist using powerful clones to take over the world – any link to the original story is pretty redundant. The action is well written, some great scenes involving a killer couple on the lookout for some cops to kill and any scene with Deucalion using his full strength. However, this is part 2 in a series and feels like it, there is no conclusion at all and everything is left open for book 3.

What makes the book enjoyable is the chaos that surrounds Helios. He is a particular man and seeing his creations fumble around is great fun. His perfect world starts to crumble, not through the revenge of his first monster, or the antics of two cops. Instead, it is all down to bad science. Koontz and Gorman follow several of Frankenstein’s creations as their coding begins to fail; it is these elements that prove the most interesting thing in the book. Odd that the side characters should prove to be the best element, but hopefully the main characters will come to the fore in book 3.
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