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Koontz is OK!
on 5 July 2007
'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.