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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (6 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000720311X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007203116
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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‘There’s surprise after surprise, including a killer finale … a read-in-one-go novel’ Independent on Sunday on Velocity

‘Velocity hits its pace from the first page and races through to a suitably climactic ending.’ Sydney Sunday Telegraph

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

‘If Stephen King is the Rolling Stones of novels, Koontz is the Beatles.' Playboy

‘Dean Koontz writes page-turners, middle-of-the-night sneak-up-behind-you suspense thrillers. He touches our hearts and tingles our spines.' Washington Post Book World

‘Tumbling, hallucinogenic prose. Serious writers might do well to study his technique.' New York Times Book Review

‘The poet laureate of paranoid pop fiction.' Denver Post

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, their dog Anna, and the enduring spirit of their dog Trixie in southern California.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. PEACE on 14 Sep 2009
Format: Paperback
What a disappointment. After waiting 2 years for this book to be published it was such a let down. Book 1 & 2 were fantastic reads but this was, I felt, rushed just to get it completed. You will still want to read it if you've read the first two but don't get too excited!
I must add, i am a huge Dean Koontz fan and this is the first book of his that has been a let down.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Phil on 20 Mar 2011
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I enjoyed the previous two volumes in this series and can't belive that this is even the same writer. Did Dean Koontz subcontract this out. The two central cop charecters of the earlier novels are lazily sketched thumbnails of their former selves and actualy spend the whole book driving around and doing, er, absolutly nothing! Random events are seemingly just shoehorned into the plot, such as it is, in an aparrent atempt to bulk up the number of pages in this poorly conceived volume.
Just glad I was loaned this book otherwise I would have felt I'd been robbed!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. W. Farmer on 31 Aug 2009
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Having waited for about 3 years (or is it more?) for the final part of this trilogy I sat down with anticipation to read it. I enjoyed the book certainly but I felt it was lacking somehow. I can't put my finger on it but it's as if Mr Koontz wanted to get it finished in a hurry and out of the way. It does feel rushed and not as good as the first two books in the series.

Sorry but I am quite disappointed with this last part. I only hope Mr K doesn't do the worst thing possible and try writing a fourth book; he has left it as a possibility.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Balfour on 28 Sep 2009
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This book is truly dreadful, it just makes no sense at all, what a terrible waste of paper. The stuff that Dean Koontz has been churning out over recent years is just utter rubbish, I used to wait with anticipation for a new book to come out but now when my husband tells me there is a new one out I just cringe and say no way. I just can't bear to buy them anymore, the only reason I bought this book is because I've read the other two and felt like I should complete the trilogy.

Is Dean actually dead and someone else writing his books for him? I have all his earlier books and they are so brilliant but this?...if you are thinking of buying it then don't bother, take a look at some of his earlier books instead.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S Wells on 12 Sep 2009
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Having waited years between book 2 and the final part of the trilogy, I was expecting an accelerating rush to a conclusion. It doesn't happen. The ending sort of fizzles into being, and although it nicely conludes the 3 book set, I felt it could've been a bit bigger, bolder and surprising.
I am a big fan of Dean Koontz. Anyone who has read the first two books will HAVE to buy the third. Just don't expect too much this time round.
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By SonicQuack VINE VOICE on 4 Nov 2009
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The conclusion to the Frankenstein series is a strangely assembled piece, drawing to a close a series which contained enough content for several more volumes. It follows directly from the second book, with the central characters pitted against each other in a war which will save or destroy humanity. Koontz continues to draw on his favourite fields as he ploughs through an eclectic mix of scenarios. There will be no surprise that an oddly intelligent dog turns up, however there are new developments in the final chapter that certainly are a surprise. The odd little troll is a bit of a misfire, the evil chameleon definitely a well created and welcome addition. It seems that these characters are shoe-horned in amidst the conclusion of the original story. This is definitely unfortunate since there was room for expansion with some of the story threads and the conclusion is a little weak, although most strands are drawn to conclusion. It's a quick and enjoyable romp, however as a series it could have offered so much more.
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By Lola on 10 Sep 2009
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Having waited for the last few years for this final installment with eager anticipation, I could not wait to sit down and read it. When the book arrived I noticed it seemed shorter than the previous two and that set off alarm bells...
However I understand there have been issues over the New Orleans setting and appreciate that caused delays and possible re-writes.

Book 3 feels like almost essay-like, I found it to have too much repetition of Books 1 & 2 and no real development of the story, it's an 'end'. I realised when I finished the book that somewhere in the first few chapters, I'd stopped caring about the main characters - not something I'm accustomed to when reading Dean Koontz. I hate to say it, but I just felt the whole book lacked real substance. It does feel very edited and I would not be at all surprised in Dean Koontz only wrote it because he felt he had to.

Read it if you're a fan of the series, but be prepared, it may not be all you wish(ed) for.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jo on 23 Aug 2010
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Am overall a big Dean Koontz fan, however this book only served to emphasize that, (with a few exceptions), I'm a fan of his earlier work. I remember being totally engrossed in the first of this trilogy when it came out. Actually think that I read it in one go; unable to put it down until I'd finished. This certainly didn't inspire the same. Was fairly average and lack lustre. It could be argued that because it was published such a long time after the others, maybe a re-read of those would set book 3 up in a better place. But, after reading book 3 - Dead and Alive, it didn't enthuse me enough to want to do a re-reading. Would certainly not look to purchase this book, a borrow from the library instead at most.
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