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Lost Souls (Dean Koontz's Frankenstein, Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Dean Koontz
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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'A modern Swift … a master satirist.' Entertainment Weekly

'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

'Fast-paced and dark … Koontz knows we live in a world where evil delights in justifying itself … Classic literature that deserves a place on the bookshelf beside Orwell's 1984 and Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451.' California Literary Review

'Koontz is writing right where popular culture swells into something larger, just as it did for Homer, Shakespeare, and Dickens. He's got the gift.' Australian

'Koontz is a superb plotter and wordsmith. He chronicles the hopes and fears of our time in broad strokes and fine detail, using popular fiction to explore the human condition.' USA Today

'Inspires both chills and serious thought … has the power to scare the daylights out of us.' People

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'A modern Swift ! a master satirist.' Entertainment Weekly '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 'Fast-paced and dark ! Koontz knows we live in a world where evil delights in justifying itself ! Classic literature that deserves a place on the bookshelf beside Orwell's 1984 and Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451.' California Literary Review 'Koontz is writing right where popular culture swells into something larger, just as it did for Homer, Shakespeare, and Dickens. He's got the gift.' Australian 'Koontz is a superb plotter and wordsmith. He chronicles the hopes and fears of our time in broad strokes and fine detail, using popular fiction to explore the human condition.' USA Today 'Inspires both chills and serious thought ! has the power to scare the daylights out of us.' People 'A modern Swift ! a master satirist.' Entertainment Weekly '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 'Fast-paced and dark ! Koontz knows we live in a world where evil delights in justifying itself ! Classic literature that deserves a place on the bookshelf beside Orwell's 1984 and Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451.' California Literary Review 'Koontz is writing right where popular culture swells into something larger, just as it did for Homer, Shakespeare, and Dickens. He's got the gift.' Australian 'Koontz is a superb plotter and wordsmith. He chronicles the hopes and fears of our time in broad strokes and fine detail, using popular fiction to explore the human condition.' USA Today 'Inspires both chills and serious thought ! has the power to scare the daylights out of us.' People 'The poet laureate of paranoid pop fiction.' Denver Post 'Koontz achieves a literary miracle ! stunning physical description, unique turns of phrase.' Boston Globe 'Near Dickensian powers of description.' Los Angeles Times

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 483 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (24 Jun 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003UN7084
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Somehow.... he lives 16 Jun 2010
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
"There is no light in my revelation. It's a dark tide in my blood--dark, cold, thick, and insistent, telling me he's alive."

No one could expect Victor Frankenstein/Helios to stay quietly dead and give up his plans to replace humanity with his "perfect" new race. So you can guess what happens in "Frankenstein: Lost Souls," a slow but solid thriller which Dean Koontz picks up the plot threads left hanging by his first trilogy.

For the past two years, Deucalion has been living at a monastery... until he senses that somehow Victor Helios is alive. Meanwhile, in the small Montana town of Rainbow Falls, cold-hearted replicants are replacing all the people, except for a handful who manage to escape notice. One of the townspeople just happens to be Erika 5, who catches a glimpse of a very familiar face -- Victor Helios.

So Deucalion tracks down his onetime allies Carson and Michael, now happily married with a baby daughter -- and with a tip from Erika, they set out for Rainbow Falls to stop Helios once and for all. However, this is not the Victor they defeated and killed in New Orleans, but something far more terrifying in every way...

"Frankenstein: Lost Souls" is apparently the first book of a new trilogy, so unsurprisingly it feels like the first third of a very, very long novel. It takes most of the book for Koontz to tie together all the plot threads and get everybody going, so the pace is kind of sluggish up until the last quarter. I kept wishing Deucalion, Carson and Michael would JUST GET MOVING.

However, he does an excellent job mingling mystery, bloody horror, science fiction and a hint of religious symbolism, and Koontz's prose is soaked with sinister moments (oh, the little nails in the brains!).
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars lost souls? - lost patience more like 9 July 2010
By lupin
Format:Paperback
I hadnt expected this sequel but I bought it hoping it was going to tie up many of the loose ends in the rather disappointing last Frankenstein release 'Dead & Alive'. Silly me - this is an even worse rip-off! It ends in the middle of (what was, to be honest, a reasonably exciting story) the tale with the denoument promised at some point next year! I am annoyed.

But, guess what - even though I'm suffering from a very mild attack of Koontz-rage, I'll probably buy that next instalment!

Mrs Miffed of Reading
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the sum of the parts? 13 July 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Don't you just hate it when, after several hundred pages, you find that the story will be continued next year!
This is a good introduction (or possibly re-introduction) to the Frankenstein mythos. I thought that the last book (as then) was the weakest of the series, but still pretty good. This one is better but has lots of loose ends which are a bit frustrating (see comment above)so it looks like I'll have to keep it around to remind myself what's been happening.
The best bit about this book is .................. (to be continued next year!)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So annoyed 19 Aug 2010
By Jamie-J
Format:Paperback
I read this story with a degree of anticipation, with little doubt that Koonz would return to his earlier fine form, after the relatively dissapointing previous installment of his Frankenstein saga.
I was expecting this book to satisfactorily tie up a number of loose ends, something which it largely failed to do.
After reading hundreds of pages, only to find the revelation that the story would be concluded in another book which is to be published next year, i have to say that i was left with a degree of frustration... having said all of that, Koonz remains a master of his craft, and yes when the time comes i shall be purchasing the (hopefully) concluding episode of his Frankenstein series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars poor 19 July 2010
By molar19
Format:Paperback
I used to love Dean Koontz books. I will not be reading any more. Really disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Suprisingly good 4 Feb 2011
Format:Paperback
This is the first Frankenstein book I have read by Dean Koontz. Although I am fan of his, it was with some trepidation that I bought it, not really knowing what to expect with this one, not having read the previous three in this series. But I'm glad I did buy it. I found it quite a good and entertaining piece of hokum. It's full of suspense and kept me gripped right up to the last page. Also Mr Koontz "brings you up to speed" as it were early on in the book.

I particularly liked the characters Bryce Walker and Travis - a poignant bond forming between an elderly man and a young boy as they go on the run for their lives. Also the equally comfortable and often humorous pairing of Mr Lyss and Nummy. Crooked wise guy meets 'intellectually challenged' boy, also on the run for their lives.

However I have to admit I was a little irritated with former detectives, turned private investigators Carson and Michael, finding most of the dialogue between them tedious and redundant, especially when their young child Scott was involved. Maybe it had something to do with me not having read the first three Frankenstein books and thus not being familiar with Carson and Michael. But apart from this I did enjoy the book and thought it was a good read even as a 'stand alone' novel.

Well, half a 'stand alone' novel, that is. I was a little perplexed that we did get only half a novel and have to wait until later this year for the second half and this story to be finished.

But wait I will. As the saying goes: "I've started so I'll finish."
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4.0 out of 5 stars Carried on the tension
Sudden out of the blue ending spoiled it a bit.But over all a good read. On to the next one.
Published 15 days ago by Dave Thompson
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Published 1 month ago by MR A MADDER
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyed this Dean Koontz version of Frankenstein, fast paced, scary and different.
Published 2 months ago by Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Have been waiting for this book to continue the story, but then had to get the next one, have done.
Published 5 months ago by mary alex
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling!
loved this book! I was riveted from start to finish. I have already started book 5 as I must know who survives and how they defeat Victor's clone.
Published 5 months ago by Bev P
5.0 out of 5 stars More please!
Fitting end to the story and, as always, Koontz delivers. I really enjoyed this series and fell in love with the monster :)
Published 7 months ago by Green Mile
5.0 out of 5 stars The wife loved it
My wife passed away recently. I can tell you though that she thoroughly enjoyed this book. She had read most of his books.
Published 8 months ago by JMK
5.0 out of 5 stars Another present
This was a present for my other half and I think that she has read every book that Dean Koontz wrote so it must be good. Thank you.
Published 9 months ago by B. Pounds
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant set of books
i loved reading these books they are a brilliant read and exciting stories dean koontz in a amazing story teller
Published 10 months ago by norma tomlinson
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
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