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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New Ed edition (4 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007203136
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007203130
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 3.2 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 237,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

'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

About the Author

Dean Koontz is an international household name, a brilliantly gifted storyteller whose books 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.

Kevin J. Anderson is the author of many bestselling books, including books in the X-Files, Star Wars and Legends of Dune series.


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. H. Stokes on 28 April 2005
Format: Paperback
Another good book from Mr Koontz, following on from his last book 'The taking'.
The characters were well formed, interesting and had a touch of humour to them considering the underlying subject of the storyline.
This is not simply a remake of the original frankenstein book. It's basically continuing from where the author left off, developing the plot in the current day.
Bear in mind also, that the story does not end in this volume. Yo are annoyingly left wondering what will happen next. But I suppose this is a good thing; if you didn't like the book you wouldn't be bothered half as much.
If you are a Koontz fan, then you will like this book as would any enthusiast of the horror genre. Looking forward to the next installment
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sam Tyler on 5 July 2007
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'Prodigal Son' is the first book in a modern trilogy about Frankenstein and his monster. It is 200 years after the monster has been created and it turns out that Mary Shelley's book was based on near fact. The monster has retreated to a monastery, but he must leave his sanctuary when he discovers that the man he knew as Frankenstein is still alive and that young women are being found murdered with body parts missing. Can the monster survive in modern day New Orleans to hunt down his former master? With the police on the hunt for a serial killer a 6ft 4 man made out of corpses could be their prime suspect!

I was not too sure about this novel before I read it, but it actually contains some interesting ideas that move the Frankenstein story on. The Doctor is now interested in creating cloned creatures and this fits with modern knowledge. I really enjoyed the storylines that followed the master, the monster and the police. If the book had only followed these paths it could easily be a 4 star book. However, we are also given a couple of additional storylines that are not as strong and detract from the action.

I also have an issue with the increased sexualisation of the story with Frankenstein being particularly at fault. I know that living over 200 years could make you a bit mad, but I thought that Koontz and Anderson took this madness in the wrong direction. Despite this, the book is fast paced and full of interesting ideas. As long as the next books follow the interesting storylines and do not descend into the poor action similar to the end of this book, they should be worth a read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Aug 2005
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I am a big Koontz fan and this is possibly the best of his books I have ever read, bar the second one in this series. I could not put this book down. Its just a shame that I now have to wait until Summer 2006 for the next one in this series!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ItsAllyMcMental on 27 Mar 2007
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When you think how many remakes of the old Mary Shelley Frankenstein have been made you shudder and think oh my god not another one. When I first saw this book that was my reaction, couldnt understand it for a minute but loving Koontz I bought it. That was my undoing. From the first pages I was hooked, the story has so many twists and turns I was left giddy. I could not put the book down until I had finished it. Why this version was passed by the film makers is totally beyond comprehension. What an ingenious man Koontz is, if you havent already read it you have missed out on a darn good read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Jolly Juggler on 25 Aug 2006
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Just one critisism, then on with the praise! The start to the book could have been better. The first chapter puts you in some mountains with a rather confusing situation between a monk and some kind of strange human (Frankenstein's monster). It confuses slightly, but from that point on, this book is a real page-turner.

An outstanding set of complex characters and a grand setting is painted for a plot which smoothly picks up Mary Shelly's characters, fast-forward's them 200 years and places them in New Orleans for a real showdown. The tension and suspense in the book has been built really well and the pace of the action keeps you hooked.

Cant wait to read the next one! (Which is surely the sign of a good first book to a trilogy?)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lizzie Thomson on 9 Jun 2005
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I thought that this book was one of the most gripping I've read for ages. It was quite uncomfortable in places due to the nature of the story/tale. However, I found the notion and reworking of the "Frankenstin" story fascinating and interesting.
I thought it was going to be a general "horror - American police - Crime fiction" novel. However, it combined these themes with a philosophical and psycholgical viewpoint that was amazing. Finally, there was also a bit of Sci Fi thrown in there for good measure!
Looking forward to 2nd in the series & hope that more of Deucelion's earlier experiences feature, and the continuation of Randal Six's experiences.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By marky77 VINE VOICE on 23 April 2007
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Dean Koontz' three-part take on the Frankestein story is some of the best work he has ever written, very fast paced and addictive this book is impossible to put down. I read the last 250 pages of it in one sitting it was that good.

Highly reccomended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicko on 27 Oct 2007
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Koontz's attempt to revive Shelley's classic literary masterpiece could easily have ended in disaster, instead it is a triumph. Koontz takes the demented Frankenstein and his hapless creation, and drags them screaming and kicking into the modern day.

Interestingly in the 200 years since their exploits were last recorded by Shelley, Frankenstein has become more disturbed and ruthless in his pursuit of supreme creation. No longer does he need to root through prison graveyards for grizzly remains. Technology has developed to the stage of far more human-looking creations.

Only his first-born son knows who he really is, and has the means or the will to stop his Father...

Just like the original, Koontz's update contains many interesting themes about humanity and what it means to be human, if indeed it means anything. In an age that has become obsessed with materialism, and the empty pursuit of wealth, has the monster become more human than human?

Fascinating stuff, and dare I say it, some of the ideas expressed explored in this modern update are more relevant than when Shelley wrote the original.

Bold words indeed. There again, I'm a human being and I can say what I like....
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