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City of Night (Dean Koontz's Frankenstein, Book 2) by [Koontz, Dean]
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4.4 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews
Book 2 of 5 in Dean Koontz's Frankenstein (5 Book Series)

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Of all bestselling authors, Koontz may be the most underestimated by the literary establishment. Book after book, year after year, this author climbs to the top of the charts. Why? His readers know: because he is a master storyteller and a daring writer, and because, in his novels, he gives readers bright hope in a dark world. "Publishers Weekly," starred review"

"Of all bestselling authors, Koontz may be the most underestimated by the literary establishment. Book after book, year after year, this author climbs to the top of the charts. Why? His readers know: because he is a master storyteller and a daring writer, and because, in his novels, he gives readers bright hope in a dark world."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

-Of all bestselling authors, Koontz may be the most underestimated by the literary establishment. Book after book, year after year, this author climbs to the top of the charts. Why? His readers know: because he is a master storyteller and a daring writer, and because, in his novels, he gives readers bright hope in a dark world.---Publishers Weekly, starred review

About the Author

Dean Koontz, the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers, lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever, Elsa, and the enduring spirit of their goldens, Trixie and Anna.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 482 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (24 Jun. 2010)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0046A9MR2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews
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I found the other books in series in a car boot sale. Then noticed this one wasn't there. I thought I wait to read until I found it. A number of visits no sign of it. I gave up and got on Kindle. Yes, you guess it I found it later that day . It was only a few pence but it was just typical. Now for the book itself . I found an exciting easy quick read. A good fun romp. One thing I did notice the paper has Ed Gorman has co author but Kindle edition makes no mention even the copyright .
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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. Victor now goes by the name of Helios and is unaware that his monster (now known as Deucalion) is still out there and set on revenge. Dr F is too busy trying to create a New Race that is slowly replacing humans with super powerful beings that he controls. Should work out quite well for the crazy scientist; except that a lot of creations are rather glitchy.

‘City’ is a daft pulp novel that at times takes itself a little too seriously, this is a Dead Koontz joint after all (with the aid of Ed Gorman). For all the purple prose and mood setting, it is really a daft science fiction novel about a scientist using powerful clones to take over the world – any link to the original story is pretty redundant. The action is well written, some great scenes involving a killer couple on the lookout for some cops to kill and any scene with Deucalion using his full strength. However, this is part 2 in a series and feels like it, there is no conclusion at all and everything is left open for book 3.

What makes the book enjoyable is the chaos that surrounds Helios. He is a particular man and seeing his creations fumble around is great fun. His perfect world starts to crumble, not through the revenge of his first monster, or the antics of two cops. Instead, it is all down to bad science. Koontz and Gorman follow several of Frankenstein’s creations as their coding begins to fail; it is these elements that prove the most interesting thing in the book. Odd that the side characters should prove to be the best element, but hopefully the main characters will come to the fore in book 3.
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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. Victor now goes by the name of Helios and is unaware that his monster (now known as Deucalion) is still out there and set on revenge. Dr F is too busy trying to create a New Race that is slowly replacing humans with super powerful beings that he controls. Should work out quite well for the crazy scientist; except that a lot of creations are rather glitchy.

‘City’ is a daft pulp novel that at times takes itself a little too seriously, this is a Dead Koontz joint after all (with the aid of Ed Gorman). For all the purple prose and mood setting, it is really a daft science fiction novel about a scientist using powerful clones to take over the world – any link to the original story is pretty redundant. The action is well written, some great scenes involving a killer couple on the lookout for some cops to kill and any scene with Deucalion using his full strength. However, this is part 2 in a series and feels like it, there is no conclusion at all and everything is left open for book 3.

What makes the book enjoyable is the chaos that surrounds Helios. He is a particular man and seeing his creations fumble around is great fun. His perfect world starts to crumble, not through the revenge of his first monster, or the antics of two cops. Instead, it is all down to bad science. Koontz and Gorman follow several of Frankenstein’s creations as their coding begins to fail; it is these elements that prove the most interesting thing in the book. Odd that the side characters should prove to be the best element, but hopefully the main characters will come to the fore in book 3.
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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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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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Koontz does not often write series of novels. Odd Thomas is his only exception, tho he has written at least one other character that has recurred (Christopher Snow) after about 100 books. But with Frankenstein two, City of the Dead, you sense he's conceived all these books (fifth one written and due out soon as I write) in the bathtub together. Because, the man is still flying high with the storyline and prose from the first novel and my feeling is, he just had to decide where to bring the guillotine down on where to divide them.

OK, time to be brutal, good as this is, with continuity and tone all preserved beautifully, it is not as good as the first book. That may be the fate of "episodic" writing, this definitely feels like series two of the TV series, with some characters returning (some didn't live to make it this far from book one) and a few new ones who also have to battle to make book three - and boy, does Koontz set that up well. But its a slower burn than book one, though the simmer is first class.

Real progression here, and you do warm to all the key characters, and I like Koontz's intelligence re-imagining and updating of the Frankenstein story. As fiction goes, its a clever and adroit adapting of the story into modern settings and times, with the relevant scientific context and yet the same disturbing questions being asked in a fresh way. The only weakness, narritively, is that don't know Victor himself as well as I feel we should. That, however, is not the sort of oversight a novelist as accomplished as Dean Koontz will overlook for long. No doubt books three and four will have corrected it.

Highly recommended, but definitely read them in sequence or you'll ruin all the surprises!
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