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Prodigal Son (Dean Koontz's Frankenstein, Book 1) Paperback – 4 Apr 2005

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Product details

  • 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 (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 338,302 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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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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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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'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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I started reading Book one when my supplies of tacky crime thriller/who dunnit's went dry.
I tend to go for authers that link novels together keeping the same characters, Karin Slaughter, Michael Connelly etc... which is the main reason I picked up Koontz' book 1 of 3.
Wow! Im so glad I did. Gone is the urge to read mind numbing bilge with no real strength to the characters and no substance to the plot.
This is intelligent, interesting and eye opening stuff.
With Book 1 finished in 6 days, Book 2 page 1 looks just as promising.
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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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Essentially, this is a continuation of the original Frankenstein story, being set in modern day New Orleans, 200 years after the original.

The story follows 2 homicide detectives as they investigate a series of murders. Things are not as they seem and the partners soon discover there's something unnatural/supernatural happening.

The story flicks between the various characters, giving an insight into their motivations, weaving them together nicely by the end of the book.

The characters are well portrayed and interesting and the pace of the story builds as the tale progresses, making it difficult to put down.

While the ending resolves the murders, you are left with new questions leaving you wanting to read the second book in the series.

A thoroughly enjoyable read.
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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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Well, this book is certainly unique. What opens as a classic new age crime novel soon turns into something that may well turn your stomach, or simply delight you depending on your opinion of a good horror story. But PRODIGAL SON is more than a great horror novel, or an awesome crime story. It is homage to the classic writers of the past; the books and writers that our literary heroes of today studied when they were in school.

A series of murders has struck the gorgeous city of New Orleans and it is not long before we learn that the victims are killed for nothing more than a single piece of their anatomy. Mr Koontz soon places pieces of the book’s puzzle before the readers eyes, but some of these may well turn out to be nothing more than clever decoys, whilst others are essential and clues pivotal to the books solution. It turns out there is more than one psycho sicko in this book, and even background on the story's good guys is revealed as you go. And characters that are introduced early on that the reader may presume to be evil may well turn out to be part of the force for good. Or they may not. And even the players of the bad team may well turn out to be victims in their own right, so who knows if they will have their own capacity to rebel against those who chose to manipulate their destiny? Some of the book’s major characters are autistic, and the book even hints at a possible cure that it.

Just like any modern day cop story, there are good cops, bad cops, rumours of bad cops, and the daughters of dead cops fighting to clear their names. And doing so whilst trying to find and destroy the forces of heinous evil that have taken the people of New Orleans hostage.

This book is deep. The bad guys are clever. Hopefully the good guys are even cleverer.
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