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Frankenstein: City of Night [Mass Market Paperback]

Dean R. Koontz , Edward Gorman , Ed Gorman
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28 July 2009 Frankenstein (Book 2)
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. The mystery, the myth, the terror, and the magic continue. . . .

They are stronger, heal better, and think faster than any humans ever created–and they must be destroyed. 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. Only the one-time “monster” Deucalion and his all-too-human partners, Detectives Carson O’Connor and Michael Maddison, stand in their way. But as the three race to uncover the true dimensions of an age-old conspiracy, they will discover that Victor’s new, improved models have infiltrated every level of the city’s society . . . and far beyond.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (28 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553593331
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553593334
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 10.7 x 18.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,274,740 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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‘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

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I just cant wait.......... 1 Jun 2007
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Middle ground 3 July 2006
By Mr. G. Battle VINE VOICE
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read 12 Mar 2006
Dean Koontz has to be one of my favourite authors and this book does not disappoint. I have read both parts of this story and cannot wait until the third is released later this year.
A great twist on this classic story and once i picked this book up did not want to put it down (a lot of late nights) fast paced, definatley never a dull moment and great characters. A very well written and absorbing book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dean Koontz is amazing. 8 July 2006
Whilst I agree, the story just leaves you waiting impatiently for the 3rd book, the story is so well written. It had me sup late many nights. I think Dean Koontz is a genius and what a wonderful marketing ploy. I bet half of America will go buy the third book as soon as it hits the shelves. Why would you blame someone for wanting to make a little extra money? Love the book, love the author, can't wait to get the third and the end of the story.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A BRILLIANT READ 20 Oct 2005
I've been a Dean Koontz fan since 1989 (when I first read Watchers) and I've read 30+ of his novels so far. Most of his "earlier" books - meaning the first 20 years are absolutely terrifying, gripping pageturners - Intensity kept me awake a full night.
A few years ago I noticed a change of style in his novels as they became lighter and a little bit less exciting, also the female heroes suddenly became very feisty and snappy while the males were more wimpy and lummox-like (Ticktock, By the light of the moon etc.) which I found a little bit off-putting (although, if you can see beyond that, both of these novels are still somewhat enjoyable).
FRANKENSTEIN - THE PRODIGAL SON and FRANKENSTEIN - CITY OF NIGHT bring back the "old" Dean Koontz who, with this series, once again concentrates more on the killings, the killers and the gripping fear of the readers rather than dwelling on complex modern male-female relationships. With this series, we get four leading characters: Victor Helios/Frankenstein, Deucalion, who is his first creation, and the two detectives Carson O'Conner and Michael Maddison. In addition to them, there are numerous other characters portrayed in the novels, like Victor's "creations", the New People. Koontz manages to describe everybody's intentions without giving away too much. I can't wait for the third and final book to come out.
If you love gripping suspense thrillers, look no further. After reading those Frankenstein novels, my faith in Dean Koontz is once again fully restored.
Another brilliant Koontz novel I'd like to recommend is "The face of fear" - both the book and surprisingly, the movie are fantastic and shouldn't be missed by any Dean Koontz fan.
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Ok so let me start by saying I enjoyed this book, it continues directly from the last book, more varied characters are introduced and some plots in the first book are finished in this book. I have a few problems with it. Firstly, why didnt they make just one big book? Money I assume is the answer to that. You get the feeling when you come to the end of this book that they cut the full length book of this trilogy into three with scissors randomly, as book 2 does not really leave you shouting what happened next, but obviously you will buy the third book just to conclude the story. Another irregularity is the character victor helios, I got the feeling in this book he was a more watered down version of victor from book one, he actually has a sense of humour and his tolerance is much more in this book. overall its a great story but as I say why not just one big book?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
excellent value and quick delivery
Published 29 days ago by william j curry
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
I love Dean Koontz books and his full set of Frankenstein books is absolutely one of my favourites as it keeps you wondering what is next-Thanks Dean Koontz
Published 3 months ago by Susan Yates
3.0 out of 5 stars I am the City
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. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sam Tyler
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Dean Koontz never fails to deliver a good story I found I couldn't put it down and was disappointed when I reached the end
Published 7 months ago by Patricia Sutherland
5.0 out of 5 stars doesn't disappoint
Dean Koontz always grips me from page one and this book is every bit as good as book 1 was
Published 10 months ago by maureen green
5.0 out of 5 stars city of night.
Brilliant book.I could not stop reading. Looking forward to reading the rest in the series. FRANKENSTEIN comes across as a very caring guy. Not what you would expect. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Michelle.
5.0 out of 5 stars Had me hooked from the first.
Had to buy the whole series. Brilliantly written, as only Koontz can, with tension, humour with just a hint of love - purrfect.
Published 11 months ago by Patricia Metcalf
4.0 out of 5 stars Good reading
This s the second of 5 books it is getting a little better after reading the first one, hope the other 3 are good too
Published 13 months ago by john scott
5.0 out of 5 stars frank
Great take on an old story, well worth getting the whole series as a great way to enjoy your holiday in the sun
Published 13 months ago by KARL MITCHELL
5.0 out of 5 stars Immersed!
A great read for a Koontz fan. Not as good as book one but I doubt and of the next 4 can surpass it. The plot thickens.
Published 15 months ago by cerian ball
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