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In Frankenstein: Lost Souls, Dean Koontz puts a singular twist on this classic tale of ambition and science gone wrong, to forge a new legend uniquely suited to our times. It is a story of revenge, redemption, and the thin line that separates human from inhuman.

The work of creation has begun again. Victor Leben, once Frankenstein, has seen the future — and he’s ready to populate it. Using stem cells, “organic” silicon circuitry, and ...

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In Frankenstein: Lost Souls, Dean Koontz puts a singular twist on this classic tale of ambition and science gone wrong, to forge a new legend uniquely suited to our times. It is a story of revenge, redemption, and the thin line that separates human from inhuman.

The work of creation has begun again. Victor Leben, once Frankenstein, has seen the future — and he’s ready to populate it. Using stem cells, “organic” silicon circuitry, and nanotechnology, he will engender a race of superhumans — the perfect melding of flesh and machine. With a powerful, enigmatic backer and a secret location where the enemies of progress can’t find him, Victor is certain that this time nothing can stop him.

It is up to five people to prove him wrong.

In their hands rests nothing less than the survival of humanity itself. They are drawn together in different ways, by omens sinister and wondrous, to the same shattering conclusion: Two years after they saw him die, the man they knew as Victor Helios lives on. As they gather at a small Montana town, old alliances will be renewed and tested, from within and without, for the dangers they face will eclipse any they have yet encountered. Yet in the midst of their peril, love will blossom, and joy, and they will discover sources of strength and perseverance they have not imagined.

They will need them, for a monumental battle is about to commence that will require all their ingenuity and courage, as it defines what we are to be . . . and if we are to be at all.

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Bestselling horror fiction has taken an interesting turn over the last couple of years. While Stephen King has been experimenting with the genre for some time now (Gerald's Game and Dolores Claiborne don't exactly fit the typical horror mold), every other major horror author clearly decided the time was right to flex his creative muscle. Dean Koontz has found a long life comfortably atop the bestseller lists with his mainstream terrors, Fear Nothing and Seize the Night; Anne Rice mixed the gothic with autobiography in Violin; the V. C. Andrews franchise found new life in the serial novel format King reinvented with The Green Mile; and somewhere Robert McCammon has a new historical epic that may or may not ever see the light of day.

So it's perfectly reasonable that John Saul, author of 22 popular chillers, decided to lighten up on the body count in order to focus more on a traditional haunted-house story for his new novel, The Right Hand of Evil. And fortunately, he pulls it off effortlessly.

Saul has always been most comfortable when pointing his horror toward the familial unit; here, however, the family begins the tale on the very edge of destruction. Janet Conway is a struggling artist who has to worry about not only three kids but also Ted, her alcoholic husband, who doesn't just fall off the wagon — he practically throws himself under its wheels. The kids — teenage twins Jared and Kimberley, and moppet Molly — would actually love nothing more than for Mom to leave the bum and take them with her. Before thatcanhappen, however, Ted's crazy Aunt Cora decides to die, leaving Ted a huge home in the sleepy town (is there ever any other kind in a Saul novel?) of St. Albans, Louisiana.

At first the inheritance of the house seems to actually whip Ted into shape. He's suddenly inspired to turn it into a little hotel — a decision that is met with fierce resistance by the rest of the town's residents, who soon let the Conways know that Ted's ancestors have a history tied to voodoo, infanticide, racism, infidelity, and murder (even cruelty toward animals gets its turn). This is enough to drive Ted back to the bottle. But during one particularly bad drinking spell, a nasty accident leaves him in a vulnerable position — one in which the Conway men unknowingly join hands with evil in a supernatural battle against the Conway women.

Unlike many of Saul's previous novels, The Right Hand of Evil does not feature excessive violence. Instead Saul focuses on giving his readers a satisfyingly suspenseful haunted-house tale. He has painted a convincing portrait of a woman who feels she's trapped in a bad marriage; he also demonstrates the extent to which parents can rationalize their offspring's eccentric — and sometimes disturbing — behavior as "just part of being a teenager." The entire Conway clan's descent into madness makes for quite a page-turner.

At times The Right Hand of Evil brings to mind a mix of King's The Shining and Bag of Bones. And it won't exactly come as a shock to Saul readers that it's mostly men doing the dirty deeds, and mostly women who have to fight against it. Let's face it, strong women characters are a staple of Saul's works, and in Janet and especially the intelligent Kimberley, Right Hand's got a great duo.

With an addictive story of supernatural suspense and appealing central characters, The Right Hand of Evil is a perfect way to generate a chill up your spine in the summer heat.

Matt Schwartz

Chris Petrakos
Best-selling Gothic Suspense-meister John Saul is back with a gory tale of evil that is both extreme and entertaining. The book's prologue hits hard: A woman suffocates her newborn baby, believing it to be a creature of evil, while her husband hangs himself from a tree.

Jump-cut to the Conway family: alcoholic husband Ted, fed-up mom Janet, and their three children. Dad has just inherited an old mansion in Louisiana from his crazy aunt, who we have met in the prologue. The aunt's will required Ted to send his children to parochial school, and to help pay for the expense, he decides to fix up the mansion and turn it into a hotel.

Faster than you say "The Shining," very weird things start happening in the old house, and the children are in mortal danger. The story's resolution comes on Halloween weekend, which is indicative of how many cliches the author indulges in. Still, he moves them along at a brisk clip and while he does nothing new with the haunted house theme, the idea itself still holds a bit of punch.
Chicago Tribune

Kay Black
This is a good read, with just enough mind-numbing action to keep the reader glued to his seat.....[S]ide characters...keep the interest high, but the most fascinating character is that of the father, who has a dramatic change....If you like John Saul's style of writing and want fast-paced action with remarkable characters, you will like The Right Hand of Evil.
The Mystery Reader Online
William D. Gagliani
When a drunk Ted Conway is fired from his last-chance hotel job, his ever-patient wife Janet finally decides it may be time to take their three children and leave him. Ted has spiraled to a point where even his perfect teenage twins, Jared and Kim, can't stand him.

But then Ted's Aunt Cora, who never much liked him, dies in the Shreveport sanitarium which had been her home for years and inexplicably leaves Ted the family mansion, along with its bloody history of murder and mysterious disappearances. Another chance? Jane allows Ted to convince her that he can stop drinking, and that the mansion can be converted into an inn. Unfortunately, the Conway name is despised in St. Albans, and the new Conways meet opposition right from the start, not least from an obsessed Catholic priest, and also from Jake Cumberland, last descendant of the voodoo-practicing Conway servants.

Suddenly Janet detects a change in Ted, who becomes the husband she's missed for years. But why has Jared picked up all of Ted's worst qualities? Why has Jared and Kim's "Twin Thing" suddenly been silenced? And what of Father MacNeill's secretive attempts to deny Ted the zoning variance he needs to remodel the crumbling mansion?

Set aside superficial comparision to Stephen King's class The Shining - It's Jared, the son, who appears to have succumbed to the mansion's supernatural influence. And the results are quite different.

John Saul may not break any new ground here, but he has fashioned a slick, competent thriller in which deftly drawn characters must face the demons in their own lives to conquer that which claims the family's souls. That the list of survivors remains unpredictable to the end is testament to Saul's experienced approach, which has resulted in almost two dozen novels, many of them bestsellers.

Not known as a stylist, Saul uses a straightforward, uncluttered voice to good effect. Told with narrative verve from a sliding point of view, and with a penchant for realistic teenage dialogue, The Right Hand of Evil is gripping and fast-paced.

Publishers Weekly
Set in Vermont, this supernatural thriller from bestseller Saul (Faces of Fear) updates but adds nothing new to a traditional story. Six months after 14-year-old Sarah Crane's mother dies from cancer, Sarah's father, Ed, accidentally kills a man in a fight. On top of that, a drunken Ed hits Sarah with his truck while he's behind the wheel. After Ed goes to prison for manslaughter, Sarah, whose leg was badly injured in the truck accident, is placed with a foster family. Mitch and Angie Garvey and their two teenage children treat Sarah like Cinderella, expecting her to serve meals and do all the chores. Meanwhile, word of Sarah's circumstances makes her an outcast at her new school. Only two people reach out to her: Bettina Philips, an art teacher labeled a witch, and fellow student Nick Dunnigan, who's also isolated by his peers and prone to scary visions. Needless to say, the mystical abilities Sarah discovers she possesses come in handy in turning the tables. (Oct.)
Library Journal

This latest thriller from New York Times best-selling author Saul ( centers on teenager Alison Shaw, who experiences a form of culture shock when her mother marries a plastic surgeon and they move from middle-class Santa Monica, CA, to ultrarich Bel Air-an area terrorized by a serial killer who mutilates his victims' faces. Fertile ground for social commentary, but a fairly predictable plot for a thriller. Six-time Audie® Award winner Laural Merlington (Army Wives) is a skilled reader, however, and does notably well with the bored/rich teenager tone and parlance. Recommended where demand warrants. [The Ballantine hc was recommended "for all public libraries," LJ 7/08; watch the book trailer at]
—Kristen L. Smith

Library Journal
When Jeff Converse is convicted and sentenced to prison for an assault he didn't commit, he believes matters couldn't get any worse. Of course, he's wrong. While being transported to prison, he's kidnapped and thrown into the tunnels below the New York subway system, where he's the latest participant in a game in which humans are hunted for sport by a group of the city's business and civic leaders. The only way Jeff can win is to make it to the surface alive, which, not surprisingly, proves more difficult than it sounds. Complicating matters further is that the only people on the surface who believe Jeff is still alive are his father and his ex-girlfriend. The prose is often clunky and the characters lack real dimension, but nonstop action keeps the book moving at a brisk pace. Rather typical thriller fare, but since Saul's 22 suspense novels (including The Right Hand of Evil) have won him a huge fan base, this one will be popular in public libraries. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 4/1/01.]Craig L. Shufelt, Lane P.L., Fairfield, OH Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kay Black
This is a good read, with just enough mind-numbing action to keep the reader glued to his seat.....[S]ide characters...keep the interest high, but the most fascinating character is that of the father, who has a dramatic change....If you like John Saul's style of writing and want fast-paced action with remarkable characters, you will like The Right Hand of Evil.
The Mystery Reader Online
Kirkus Reviews
Hit-or-miss horrormeister Saul (Faces of Fear, 2008, etc.) drops a vulnerable teenager into a new town with no friends but a schizophrenic, a witch and a big old house. Drunkenly mourning his wife's recent death, Ed Crane kills a man in a bar fight and then runs down his 14-year-old daughter Sarah as she bikes along the highway in search of him. Ed lands in jail; Sarah, who now has metal plates in her leg and hip, is placed with a foster family in nearby Warwick, Vt. Though her well-meaning social worker can't see it, the placement is a nightmare. Zach Garvey is a lout, his sister Tiffany a selfish brat who supports her shopping by stealing and selling Sarah's medication, their mother Angie a smirking religious hypocrite, their father Mitch a greedy bully who just happens to work at the prison where Ed is doing time for manslaughter. Like a modern-day fairy-tale heroine, Sarah is alone and helpless until she meets Nick Dunnigan, who hears voices and sees visions of his teenage tormenters bursting into flames, and Bettina Philips, the herbalist/astrologer/art teacher who recognizes Sarah's rare and uncanny gifts. Without ever having seen it, Sarah draws a perfect likeness of Bettina's home, a former asylum for the criminally insane, as it looked 100 years ago; then she begins a series of drawings and paintings that precisely match the voices and images in Nick's head. Anyone who's survived adolescence will take a certain pleasure in watching Saul turn all the normal fears, competitions and terrors of teenagers into supernaturally tinged Grand Guignol. The storytelling is strenuously unnuanced but undeniably powerful as it brings to vivid life an adolescent's zero-sum view of moralrealities.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441869463
  • Publisher: Findaway World
  • Publication date: 6/28/2010
  • Series: Dean Koontz's Frankenstein Series , #4
  • Format: Other
  • Edition description: Playaway pre-loaded audio player
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

The books of Dean Koontz are published in 38 languages, and worldwide sales top 300 million copies. Eleven of his novels have risen to number one on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list, and several have been adapted into feature films and TV miniseries. Dean and Gerda Koontz live in southern California with their golden retriever, Anna, grand-niece of the famous and beloved Trixie.


He is one of the most recognized, read, and loved suspense writers of the 20th century. His imagination is a veritable factory of nightmares, conjuring twisted tales of psychological complexity. He even has a fan in Stephen King. For decades, Dean Koontz's name has been synonymous with terror, and his novels never fail to quicken the pulse and set hearts pounding.

Koontz has a lifelong love of writing that led him to spend much of his free time as an adult furiously cultivating his style and voice. However, it was only after his wife Gerda made him an offer he couldn't refuse while he was teaching English at a high school outside of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, that he had a real opportunity to make a living with his avocation. Gerda agreed to support Dean for five years, during which time he could try to get his writing career off the ground. Little did she know that by the end of that five years she would be leaving her own job to handle the financial end of her husband's massively successful writing career.

Koontz first burst into the literary world with 1970's Beastchild, a science fiction novel that appealed to genre fans with its descriptions of aliens and otherworldly wars but also mined deeper themes of friendship and the breakdown of communication. Although it is not usually ranked among his classics, Beastchild provided the first inkling of Koontz's talent for populating even the most fantastical tale with fully human characters. Even at his goriest or most terrifying, he always allows room for redemption.

This complexity is what makes Koontz's work so popular with readers. He has a true gift for tempering horror with humanity, grotesqueries with lyricism. He also has a knack for genre-hopping, inventing Hitchcockian romantic mysteries, crime dramas, supernatural thrillers, science fiction, and psychological suspense with equal deftness and imagination. Perhaps The Times (London) puts it best: "Dean Koontz is not just a master of our darkest dreams, but also a literary juggler."

Good To Know

Shortly after graduating from college, Koontz took a job with the Appalachian Poverty Program where he would tutor and counsel underprivileged kids. However, after finding out that the last person who held his job had been beaten up and hospitalized by some of these kids, Koontz was more motivated than ever to get his writing career going.

When Koontz was a senior in college, he won the Atlantic Monthly fiction competition.

Koontz and Kevin Anderson's novel Frankenstein: The Prodigal Son was slotted to become a television series produced by Martin Scorsese. However, when the pilot failed to sell, the USA Network aired it as a TV movie in 2004. By that time Koontz had removed his name from the project.

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Koontz:

"My wife, Gerda, and I took seven years of private ballroom dancing lessons, twice a week, ninety minutes each time. After we had gotten good at everything from swing to the foxtrot, we not only stopped taking lessons, but also stopped going dancing. Learning had been great fun; but for both of us, going out for an evening of dancing proved far less exhilarating than the learning. We both have a low boredom threshold. Now we dance at a wedding or other celebration perhaps once a year, and we're creaky."

"On my desk is a photograph given to me by my mother after Gerda and I were engaged to be married. It shows 23 children at a birthday party. It is neither my party nor Gerda's. I am three years old, going on four. Gerda is three. In that crowd of kids, we are sitting directly across a table from each other. I'm grinning, as if I already know she's my destiny, and Gerda has a serious expression, as if she's worried that I might be her destiny. We never met again until I was a senior in high school and she was a junior. We've been trying to make up for that lost time ever since.

"Gerda and I worked so much for the first two decades of our marriage that we never took a real vacation until our twentieth wedding anniversary. Then we went on a cruise, booking a first-class suite, sparing no expense. For more than half the cruise, the ship was caught in a hurricane. The open decks were closed because waves would have washed passengers overboard. About 90% of the passengers spent day after day in their cabins, projectile vomiting. We discovered that neither of us gets seasick. We had the showrooms, the casino, and the buffets virtually to ourselves. Because the crew had no one to serve, our service was exemplary. The ship dared not try to put into the scheduled ports; it was safer on the open sea. The big windows of the main bar presented a spectacular view of massive waves and lightning strikes that stabbed the sea by the score. Very romantic. We had a grand time.

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    1. Also Known As:
      David Axton, Brian Coffey, K.R. Dwyer, Deanna Dwyer, John Hill, Leigh Nichols, Anthony North, Richard Paige, Owen West, Aaron Wolfe
    2. Hometown:
      Newport Beach, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 9, 1945
    2. Place of Birth:
      Everett, Pennsylvania
    1. Education:
      B.S. (major in English), Shippensburg University, 1966
    2. Website:

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Alison Shaw felt good. Really good. She made the final turn around the smooth cinder track with long, easy strides. She’d done six full laps, but with the cool breeze coming in from the beach four blocks away, there wasn’t even a hint of the choking exhaust that usually drifted directly from the Santa Monica Freeway onto the playing fields. She felt she could do at least three more laps when she heard the coach’s whistle. End of period; end of day; end of week. A shower, and she could go home. She slowed her pace so Cindy Kearns could catch up with her.

“There’s a party at the beach tonight,” Cindy said, catching her breath and wiping more perspiration from her forehead than was on Alison’s entire body. “Jeff Simmons is going to be there.” Cindy was pretty sure Alison had a crush on Jeff, but if she did, she wasn’t showing it. In fact, she was shrugging like she couldn’t care less.

“Can’t,” Alison said. “My mom has to go to some fancy banquet for one of her clients tonight and I’m fixing dinner for my dad.”

“How domestic of you,” Cindy said. “What about after dinner? It won’t even get dark until after eight, and it could go until mid- night.”

Alison rolled her eyes. “And Jeff Simmons will bring a keg of beer, and everybody will get drunk, and the cops will come, and then we’ll all have to call our folks to come get us. Gee, it sounds like so much fun, how can I resist?”

Cindy decided to ignore her sarcasm. “So if you don’t want him, can I have Jeff Simmons?”

Alisonglared at her best friend in not-quite-mock exasperation. Ever since she’d turned fifteen last month, all Cindy seemed to think about was boys—as if some kind of switch had been turned on. “I barely even know Jeff,” she said. “And I’m sure he’s no more interested in me than any of the other boys are, which means not at all, which is fine with me. Besides, even if I wanted to go, my dad’s bringing home a movie. So add Jeff to your list of conquests, and call me with all the details tomorrow.”

Once again Cindy ignored Alison’s tone, and pushed through the double doors into the girls’ locker room, which was even warmer than the air outside, and muggy from the showers that were already going full blast. Cindy quickly stripped off her sweaty gym clothes and dropped them in a dank pile on the floor.

Alison had just shed her shorts when Coach DiBenedetti walked through the locker room, a bra dangling from her fingers. “Lost and found,” she announced. “Who left a bra under the bench?”

Paula Steen, one of a half-dozen seniors in the class, snickered. “Well, we know it’s not Alison Shaw’s,” she called out, eliciting exactly the laugh she was looking for from her friends.

Seeing Cindy open her mouth to take a shot at Paula, Alison spoke first. “Is it a training bra?” she called out to the coach, loud enough for everyone to hear. “ ’Cause if it isn’t, Paula’s right—can’t possibly be mine.” When even Paula’s friends giggled, she decided to push it a little further. “I’m still looking for the pretraining model!”

The coach smiled at Alison. “You’re just a late bloomer,” she said. “And the last blossoms are often the best of the season.”

In the silence that followed, it seemed to Alison that everyone was staring at her.

“You’ve got a model’s body,” Cindy Kearns put in a second before the silence would have gotten awkward. “In fact,” she said, turning to stare straight at Paula Steen, “you’ve got exactly the body Paula’s always wanted.”

“But she doesn’t have the face I have, does she?” Paula shot back, tucking her own gym clothes into her backpack.

“I’ll see you in my office, Paula,” the coach said, sternly.

“It’s okay,” Alison said, suddenly wishing she’d just kept her mouth shut. “Really.”

“It’s not okay,” Marti DiBenedetti said. “My office, Paula.”

Paula glowered at Alison. If she was already in trouble, she figured, she might as well get the absolutely last word. “The longer you stay a little girl, the less competition for the rest of us,” Paula sneered as she hefted her backpack and followed the coach to her office. “Only gay boys like bodies like yours!”

“Just ignore her,” Cindy said as Paula disappeared around a corner.

“Ignore what?” Alison countered, forcing a tone far lighter than she was feeling. She undressed quickly, still smarting from Paula’s ridicule, and self-consciously wrapped herself in the skimpy gym towel. “I don’t know what’s so great about big boobs anyway. I’ll either get them or I won’t—it’s not like I have anything to do with it.” She followed Cindy to the cavernous shower room, which was empty except for Gina Tucci, who was leisurely washing her hair at the farthest showerhead.

And who was Paula Steen’s best friend.

Alison hung her towel on a hook, braced herself for whatever Gina might say, and stepped under a showerhead. She rinsed off quickly, then wrapped the towel around herself again before returning to her locker. Gina was still washing her hair. Maybe everyone wasn’t staring at her after all.

She was almost dressed when Cindy came back from the shower. Alison tucked her blouse into her jeans and buckled her belt, then sat on the bench brushing her hair while Cindy dressed and rummaged in her backpack. Then, using the mirror she’d affixed to the inside of her locker door, Cindy erased smudges of mascara around her eyes and carefully applied dark pink lipstick.

“Want to get a Coke?” Alison asked her.

“Can’t. My mom’s picking me up.”

“What about tomorrow?”

“Call me,” Cindy said, picking up her backpack. “I’ll give you the full report on tonight.”

Then Cindy was gone and Alison was alone in the locker room. She stuffed her dirty gym clothes into a plastic bag and shoved them into her backpack, then caught glimpse of herself in one of the mirrors on the locker room wall. Rising to her feet and carrying her backpack with her, she moved closer to the mirror and took a look at herself.

And what she saw wasn’t bad. In fact, she looked fine. She didn’t need a lot of makeup, and she didn’t need pounds of hips, and breasts, either. And she sure didn’t need to compete for one of those idiot boys who Paula—and even Cindy—seemed to think were so hot. So what was she worried about? Paula and all the other girls like her could have all the boobs and all the boys, if that was what they wanted.

She looked just fine, and felt good.

And she knew she’d keep telling herself that until the sting of Paula’s comments wore off and she once again truly felt as good as she had half an hour ago, when she’d come off the track.

Margot Dunn sat at her vanity table, her hand trembling as she gazed at the diamond earrings that lay on her palm. She could hear her husband cursing in his dressing room as he fumbled with the bow tie to his tux, but his voice sounded oddly muffled, as if coming from much farther away than the few yards that lay between them. But even if she’d heard him clearly, there was no way she could help him. Not the way she always had before. The gulf between herself and Conrad Dunn—between herself and everyone else in the world—had grown too wide.

The hairdresser had come, done his job perfectly, and gone; her makeup man had come and done his best. And she had actually been able to slip into the gray silk Valentino that Conrad had chosen for her to wear to the banquet tonight.

The Dunn Foundation banquet.

The single event where everyone she knew was certain to be present, and certain to be opening their checkbooks, if not their hearts, for her husband’s charity.

The event at which she herself had always been the crown jewel.

Yet when it came time to actually put on the glittering diamond earrings and pronounce herself ready to go, she couldn’t do it. She couldn’t find the energy, just as she couldn’t find the energy to help Conrad with his tie.

Right now she didn’t even have the energy to cry.

But she had to find the energy, had to dig deep within herself and find the resources to get her through the evening. Taking a deep breath, she twisted her head to the right and lifted her eyes from the earrings to her reflection in the mirror. For a brief moment, when all she could see was the left side of her face, she felt her spirits rise ever so slightly, and seized the moment to attach one of the jewels in her hand to her left ear.

But even as her fingers worked to slip the post through the tiny hole in her earlobe, she caught a glimpse of the puckered sag of her right eye, and almost against her own volition found herself turning her head to expose the other side of her face to her gaze. Where once she had beheld on the right side of her face only the perfect reflection of the left, now three thick jagged scars sliced from the lower edge of her jaw up through the plane of her cheek, their upper extremity pulling her lower eyelid down so a red semicircle always glowed beneath the deep blue of her iris.

Her eye, formerly so beautiful, was now as hideous as the rest of that side of her face.

Red, white, and blue. Like some fucking Fourth of July bunting, hanging from her ruined face.

Ramón, her makeup specialist, had done his best, but no amount of makeup could cover those shining purple gouges, and no mascara could mask the bloodred semicircle that underscored her eye.

Her face—the face that Conrad Dunn himself had worked so hard to make perfect—look utterly incongruous with the elegant simplicity of the dress and the perfectly coiffed hair.

She closed her eyes and willed herself the strength to finish dressing, to accompany her husband to this fund-raiser, to eat, to drink, to smile and greet his clients, friends, and donors. To pretend to be oblivious to the fact that while the left side of her face still looked like it belonged on the cover of Vogue, the right side of that same face now made people turn away, trying to hide not only their revulsion at how she looked, but their pity as well.

Nothing could hide the damage their yacht’s propeller had done to her face last summer.

It all seemed so impossible. It had been such a perfect day. They’d been on the foredeck, and she was enjoying the single drink she allowed herself on Saturdays and Sundays, and all she’d done was stand up to get a better view of Catalina. And the boat hit a wave, and pitched, and she felt herself lose her balance, and the next thing she knew, she was in the hospital with her entire face bandaged.

And after that, nothing had been the same again, and now, tonight, she could no longer pretend that it was.

She just couldn’t do it.

Feeling Conrad’s warm hands on her shoulders, she opened her eyes and saw his reflection in the mirror, concern in his eyes. “We have to go,” he said softly, as if feeling every agony she was going through.

“I can’t.”

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Interviews & Essays

On Thursday, June 24th, welcomed John Saul to discuss THE RIGHT HAND OF EVIL.

Moderator: Welcome, John Saul! We are so pleased that you could join us tonight to discuss your just-released novel, THE RIGHT HAND OF EVIL. How are you this evening?

John Saul: I'm fine and very glad to be here!

Marco Aurelio from Fortaleza, Brazil: Hello there, Mr. Saul! I'm glad you are here tonight. I've been reading your books since my teens, and I really enjoy them, scary stories that make me jumpy. You are one of my favorite authors in the genre, along with the wonderful Dean Koontz and bestselling unfortunately hurt author Stephen King. I want to ask you: 1) What keeps you writing? Is it really money, as I heard? 2) Who are your favorite authors in the genre you write?

John Saul: I've always been a writer, and I've been in the fortunate position of being able to make a living at it. So, in a way, I do write for the money, but I also love telling the stories. As for who my favorites are in the genre, I don't read the genre, because I'm far too much of a chicken!

Andy from Hoboken, NJ: I see that you wrote a serial novel. How is that process different than writing a full-length novel like THE RIGHT HAND OF EVIL?

John Saul: The serial novel was actually six small novels connected by an overarching story. It was great fun to write, but also a bit scary, since Ballantine was actually publishing the book before I was finished writing it. There's a big difference in writing a single story, since it has to be much more complex than any of the six small tales of Blackstone were.

Greg from Southport: What inspired the story line of RIGHT HAND OF EVIL? How long did it take you to write? I know you are known for your speed!

John Saul: THE RIGHT HAND OF EVIL was actually a twist on a very old tale, which, for those who haven't yet read it, I won't reveal here. It took about two months to write the manuscript, but that was after several months of thinking, scratching my head, and working on the outline.

Morgan from Bastrop, LA: How did you get your first book published? Also, what advice would you have for an unpublished author? Also, how do you think your relationship with your editor has changed over the years? Do you think the editor/author relationship is changing as we speak?

John Saul: I was lucky enough to find an agent who believed in me, who found an editor who also believed in me. I think that's still the best way to go about getting published. Of course, you have to have something to show the agent and the editor, so I kept writing and writing and writing and writing.... I threw away about half a dozen novels without showing them to anyone. My relationship with my editor went on for nearly 25 years and was fabulous. Then Ballantine fired her a few months ago, so I have no idea what my relationship with my new editor will be. I do think, though, that few editors do much editing anymore. They acquire projects and then publish them, but I've been told their editing skills are a tad weak. I shall see -- and report more later...

Sam from Tampa: Would this be a good book for a teenager?

John Saul: Absolutely! It's fast-moving, very interesting, very scary, and not particularly violent. from xx: I have read every one of your books and loved them all. I can't wait to read the new one! I also know your niece, Allison Williams! Question: Why haven't they made more of your books into movies?

John Saul: I think Hollywood has a problem with as much plot as I tend to come up with. The simpler the story, the better the movie, and my stories are usually far from simple.

Kate from San Francisco: Any particular reason that most of your novels involve children? Are you a kid at heart yourself? Love your books. Keep writing!

John Saul: I just sort of started writing about kids and kept on going. Also, the nice thing about writing children is that you can have the hero of the piece also be the villain, since kids are never held responsible for their own actions. And what do you mean, a kid at heart? I'm only 18, for heaven's sake....

Jan from New York: You are so prolific, John -- 20 or so books. How do you keep this pace up and constantly generate intricate new book ideas?

John Saul: I wish I knew! Sometimes it seems like there aren't going to be any new ideas, but somehow one always turns up in the nick of time. I get them from everywhere -- someone I see or a conversation I overhear or a report on the news or even a strange-looking building can cue an idea.

Sam from Seattle: Critics like to bash horror books as a genre. Does this bother you, as it does other writers, like Stephen King?

John Saul: Ah, the old critics question. My feeling is that the best thing for an author to do is simply ignore all the critics, on the theory that if you're going to dismiss the bad reviews, you can't believe the good ones either. Since I've had rave reviews and terrible reviews (often on the same book), I tend to ignore it all.

Jeremy Lybarger from Ohio: THE RIGHT HAND OF EVIL, as well as many of your other novels, explores religious themes quite deeply. What are your own religious beliefs?

John Saul: More and more I'm coming to believe that all religion is nothing more than superstition. One man's faith is another man's nonsense, and as far as I'm concerned, everyone should be free to believe whatever they choose to believe. As for myself, I tend to believe that which I can see, hear, feel, and understand. If there is a "higher reality," which I tend to believe there probably is, I think it's so far beyond our ability to understand that it isn't worth theorizing about, let alone fight wars or persecute your neighbors over!

Ellen Wood from Portland, ME: With all the horrific shootings lately and the government increasingly cracking down on the violence in movies and video games, do you think this crackdown would ever carry over to the horror genre? Do you think public pressure against excessive violence could affect the horror genre as a whole?

John Saul: I think people are always looking for simple answers to complex questions, and certainly always looking for scapegoats. I find it fascinating that the government wants to crack down on the media, when it's so obvious that the real problem is that we all live in a very complex world that takes up so much time and energy from everyone that most parents these days simply don't have enough time even to keep track of what their children are doing, let alone give them the love and guidance they need. As for the government cracking down on books, it's been tried, but it never works out too well. For some reason, writers keep on writing, and readers keep on reading. And contrary to some opinions, most readers know the difference between reality and a made-up story.

Hank from Reno, TX: In your opinion, what horror movie translated well from book to screen?

John Saul: Don't ask me! I couldn't even watch "The Exorcist"!

Monica from Reno: Do you have a favorite among your books? A character you are particularly attached to? My favorites are SLEEPWALK and SECOND CHILD.

John Saul: Amazingly enough, SLEEPWALK is my all-time favorite, followed by BLACK LIGHTNING. SECOND CHILD was great fun, since I never quite figured out whether the ghost was real or not.

Martin from Montreal: Have you ever used a pseudonym?

John Saul: Yes. Two. And they shall remain pseudonyms.

Jeremy Lybarger from Ohio: I've noticed that many of your books deal with children in peril. Do you feel the innocence and vulnerability of children enhance the often violent actions surrounding them?

John Saul: I think children's imaginations can make for more interesting stories. A kid hears something at the window at night, and five or six horrible things come to mind in a second. A grown-up hears the same noise, and knows it's just the wind. Or is it?

Linda from Massachusetts: I am a 40-something housewife, mother of one and grandmother of two. Am I truly "demented," as my husband so often says I am, because you are my absolute, positive, without a doubt most favorite author of all time?!

John Saul: Of course you're not demented! How could anyone even suggest such a thing about someone who is obviously as brilliant, perceptive, and discerning as you?

Pam from Cary, IL: You say you don't read other authors in the genre -- what type of books do you read and by whom?

John Saul: I always liked international spy thrillers. Early Ludlum was one of my all-time favorites. I'm having a terrific time right now with David Baldacci's THE SIMPLE TRUTH.

Mary from Baltimore, MD: Your books are so smoothly crafted, the writing seems effortless. Do you go through many drafts? Do you use plot outlines?

John Saul: I use highly detailed plot outlines, once even running to 60-odd (very odd) single-spaced pages. I don't do a lot of drafts. The one time I did a major rewrite before showing the manuscript to my editor, she demanded the original, then told me I'd taken out the good stuff. Now I do my job and let the editor do hers.

Niki from Do you personally believe that ghosts really do in fact exist?

John Saul: Mostly not, but sometimes yes. It's one of those eternal questions, like why did the chicken cross the road?

Beth from Allentown, PA: I noticed that THE RIGHT HAND OF EVIL doesn't seem as violent as some of your previous novels. Any particular reason? With all the public shootings lately, do you think readers will turn away from excessive violence in books? Do you feel pressure to make your books less violent?

John Saul: I deliberately made my books less violent years ago when I discovered how young some of my readers are. I still kill people off fairly regularly, of course, but I try not to dwell on the gore. I prefer the slow build of scare, when you hear the twig cracking underfoot in the forest at night, or you know someone is sneaking up behind you, just like they are right now. No, don't look. If you look, Lord knows what might happen...

Jeremy Lybarger from Ohio: Your previous book, THE PRESENCE, dealt more with science fiction concepts than with "horror." Do you see yourself exploring new fictional territories?

John Saul: I sort of go back and forth between ghost stories and technothrillers (a term I coined years before Tom Clancy even showed up on the book scene!), and the scary part of it all is that all too often, I seem to get it right. Or at least, half-right! Sometimes I think there's a great body of all knowledge floating around that all writers tap into, so that fiction isn't really fiction at all, but merely stories the press never bothered to report on.

Pam from Cary, IL: How much input do you have in the book-cover artwork?

John Saul: I have what is known as "cover consultation privileges." That means that if I happen to be in New York and happen to go into Random House, and they happen to be working on the cover, I'm welcome to compliment them on what they're doing. The truth is, I've always liked the covers they come up with, and the one time I had a real problem (they put the wrong kind of volcano on the first version of the cover for THE PRESENCE) they were more than willing to change it.

Ellen from Wisconsin: I'm a member of your fan club. Can you tell me what the surprise gift is going to be for filling out your survey?

John Saul: A recently discovered page from the old Conway family Bible, with an entry that no one has seen before...

Grace from Miami, FL: I've read about 90 percent of your books. When is the next one?

John Saul: Read the other 10 percent first! Actually, the next one should be coming out sometime next summer.

Marcus from Greensburg: I liked your twin characters, Jared and Kim. Are you by chance a twin or know some twins?

John Saul: I'm not a twin, but my best friend from high school was a twin. He and his brother were nothing alike, though, and certainly didn't have a trace of the "twin thing" that Jared and Kim shared.

Mark from Richmond: What inspired your six-part serial THE BLACKSTONE CHRONICLES? I loved them! John, do you prefer writing serials over single books? What are the advantages of serials?

John Saul: Actually, THE BLACKSTONE CHRONICLES were inspired by the idea for the CD-ROM game, although the game took far longer to produce than the books. As for the advantages of serials, I'm not sure there are any! For the writer, it means coming up with a lot more ideas, and for the publisher, it means publishing half a dozen books instead of just one. I'm not sure either I or my publisher would have done it at all if we'd realized just what we were letting ourselves in for. And my staff has informed me they'll go on strike if I ever even think of writing another serial.

Joe from Metairie, LA: Why did you decide to pick the Pelican State as a setting for this new one? I am very anxious and excited to read it.

John Saul: Actually, your state was a latecomer. The tale started out in Connecticut, then moved south to Georgia, then wandered through Arkansas and Alabama before finally settling in Louisiana. I can't give you a rational reason for all this -- it's just that a story always works best where it's most comfortable, and RIGHT HAND just wanted to be down there with you.

Marsha from Chicago: You write really effectively about alcoholism in THE RIGHT HAND OF EVIL...was someone close to you an alcoholic so that you could observe what it was like to go off the wagon?

John Saul: I remember some stories of friends who had alcoholic parents, and years ago I worked in a recovery program. Also, I've nursed the occasional hangover in my time...

Colleen from Louisiana: Where do you think horror is going as a genre? What can we expect in the next millennium?

John Saul: I don't know where horror's going, but I'm going to Maui!

Sal from Kendal, FL: I need to know! What were Jared and his father going to do with George's right hand? Please tell me!

John Saul: That would be like a magician giving away his secrets. (Also, I'm not sure what they were going to do with it. It just seemed like a good idea to cut it off, given that it was the title of the book and all like that there...)

Jake from Great Falls: What was the worst job you ever held? Can you imagine yourself doing anything other than writing?

John Saul: The absolute worst was working in a salmon cannery. I had to shove racks of dead fish into a pressure cooker the size of a room, and I was sure the door was going to close and I'd wind up in a can along with the fish. I quit after four hours. As for doing something other than writing, I'm not sure anyone would pay me to do anything else!

Kim from Philadelphia, PA: First, I would just like to say thanks for scaring the life out of me. Second, I would like to know where you get your ideas for your books.

John Saul: See transcript.

Pam from Cary, IL: What kind of research, if any, do you do for your books? You seem to have picked up a theme about "nuthouses" in the most recent work and in THE BLACKSTONE CHRONICLES -- have you spent time in one?

John Saul: Tut! Don't be rude! As for research, I do as little as possible. That's the great thing about fiction -- they actually pay you to lie! No, I haven't been in a nuthouse yet, but life is long... .

Katie from Austin: Can you give us a little sneak preview of the novel you say will be out later?

John Saul: No!

Charlie from Homestead, FL: Where was this book written? Where on earth did you come up with the idea for this book? It was great!

John Saul: This one was written in Hawaii, on the bus I travel on, and various other places. See the transcript on the genesis of the idea.

Tami from Massachusetts: Do you plan on making any public appearances in New England in the near future? I would love to meet you up close and personal!

John Saul: Nothing is currently scheduled for New England, but you never know...

Pam from Cary, IL: I'm about halfway through your new book so I don't understand the significance of the title yet -- can you give us a clue why the "right" hand versus the "left"?

John Saul: Everybody always uses the left. I just thought I'd be different. Besides, haven't you ever heard all those phrases about "right-hand man," "good right arm," et cetera, et cetera, et cetera?

Lory from Roma, Italy: I'm Italian. Please, what kind of book is THE RIGHT HAND OF EVIL?

John Saul: Well, you might not want to send a copy to the pope...

Kim from Philadelphia, PA: What book do you consider to be your best?

John Saul: Absolute best? BLACK LIGHTNING. Absolute favorite? SLEEPWALK.

Roger Eber from Nebraska: THE RIGHT HAND OF EVIL seemed to illustrate a link between sex and religion and sex and death. Is this to imply that a consequence of sex is death, as the vampire myths supposedly teach us?

John Saul: Oh, please...

Lisa from Chicago: Any chance that you will write about anything in Chicago? There's always funky things going on here...

John Saul: My dad's from Park Ridge, and I spent a spring in Chicago when I was a student. Granted, it's funky, but it's not "my kind of town." (Mine are always a lot smaller!)

Kim from Philadelphia, PA: Do you plan on coming to Philadelphia for a book signing? It would be a great honor to meet you in person.

John Saul: No plans for Philadelphia at the moment, but who knows what lurks in the future?

Moderator: Thank you, John Saul, for chatting with us this evening! Before you go, do you have any closing remarks for your online audience?

John Saul: It was great fun joining you all this evening, and I thank you for listening to me. (Reading me? Whatever...)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2010

    This book will leave you feeling TOTALLY RIPPED-OFF!!!

    Imagine yourself going to see a play (and not even a very good play), only to be ushered out of the theater in the middle of the second act. Then you're told that you'll have to pay the full ticket price again to see he second half of the play. To top that off, you may have to wait a full year to see the rest! I have bought and read every book ever published by Mr. Koontz, but that's one habit I plan to break. I have never felt so cheated by any author as I did by this one.
    As I approached the final 50 pages, or so, I kept wondering how this story would be wrapped up in so little time. You can imagine my shock when I got to the final page and nothing was wrapped up and the whole story line was just left hanging! This book was nothing less than an appalling waste of my time and money.
    I won't even bother commenting on the storyline. It was just too farfetched even by Dean Koontz's standards. If you've already bought this book, you have my sympathies. If you haven't, DON'T BOTHER! Only a masochist could enjoy this read.

    26 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 21, 2010

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    Half a book

    I feel like I was only given half a book after paying for the whole thing. I read this on my nook in 2 short days of reading while on vacation. The whole book leads up to a confrontation, then abruptly ends. It seems to be a short 290 page preamble to the next book, not a story on its own. I enjoy this series, but this is ridiculous!

    26 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 3, 2010

    Should be used to this by now, but keep on hoping!!

    I have been a hard and fast Koontz fan for over 25 years, but the last 5 of those have been rather hard to hang on to. It isn't just this book that has the problem of leading up to...........NOWHERE!! I remember one, can't recall the title (that's sad for a Koontz book!), where our hero is snowbound in a ?monastery?, ice creatures coming out of the snow!, save the children!, it all built to be a great thrill! Then just DUDS with a man in the basement controlling everything. That's how I felt with this. My hopes and excitement level were high when I saw this book released, went into "Oh No" mode when I saw the reviews, then being the fan that I am, I bought it anyway and was horribly, HORRIBLY disappointed, again!
    Mr. Koontz, PPPLLLLEEEAAASSSEEEEE go back to writing books like "Watchers", "Twilight Eyes", "Night Chills", "The Vision","Whispers", "Door to December", etc...There are lists and lists of great, fantastic books you've written. Why, oh WHY, have you taken this route to a dead town in the middle of nowhere? WHAT has happened to you? I WANT YOU BACK!! Please, dig deep inside and find that writer from the 70's and 80's that thrilled so many of us. I couldn't read them fast enough, I read them over and over, I passed them on to my children!! Now, I have nothing for anyone, except to say....."I don't know what happened to him". A stroke maybe? Mayhap the wonderful, exciting, imaginative side of his brain died. Maybe he just got tired. But Mr. Koontz needs to quit leading his fans on with any more wasted words, and either stop writing, just call it quits, say you had a good run; or find out where the old you went, dredge him up from wherever he is deeply buried, and let him loose on us all once more! I mourn the loss of your wonderful stories and have moved on to look for that next, new, wonderful talent, because yours has expired. I'll say a few sad words over this dead book, bury it and forget it as fast as I can.

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 30, 2010

    A disappointing read coming from Dean R Koontz

    Looking back on the third book of this installment (Frankenstein), the ending was a let down, not to mention the book. I was thrilled that book 4 was coming out. What a disappointment. I found the writing more of an elementary style, not for an adult. We know the characters well from the last books, but we don't need a whole book telling of a town being taken over by Victor's clone. Book 5 (which is coming out in spring of next year) should be with book 4. The price wasn't worth the hardcover book with nothing much to read inside.
    Seeing I collect all his books, we need to see his writing
    back up to par. I do not recommend this book to anyone.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2010

    Another Frankenstein disappointment.

    Glad to see it wasn't just me. This book will definitely be my last of the author's works.

    This is actually the fourth of a trilogy. Yes, you read that correctly. He initially announced three books based on the Victor Frankenstein / Deucalion characters. I devoured the first two only to learn the announced schedule for the third release would be ignored. It was some year, or more, overdue when finally released.

    Now Lost Souls, the fourth of the trilogy, truly simply stops, no ending, no resolution, just stops, as others have said. I can appreciate a cliff-hanger, heck, the third book ended as such with a hint that the story wasn't over but this one is the final straw.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2010

    What the Heck

    It is very dissapointing when you turn the page and the story is over in the middle of the plot. He should tell you on the front cover that this is part 1 of however many it takes to get this story written. I realize that this story is continued, but in the middle of a battle?

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2010

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    Onward clomps our hero

    The Frankenstein is a fun read, a bit overplayed but still a page turner. This new one has only one flaw, it is too short, and obviously, leaves you hanging....

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 24, 2010

    Hard To read

    It has many, many characters but they are all left out in the end.
    The ending is not in Mr. Koontz's normal style. More like Stephen King's "Cell"

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2010


    I was disappointed. Reading from my nook, I didn't realize I was near the end. Koontz had developed a good cast of characters, put them in danger, showed their fighting spirit, and them ended it in mid-air. It was like Pauline was tied to the railroad tracks, and the announcer says, tune in next week for another exciting episode.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2010

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    for serious Koontz fans

    As an avid koontz rader I read "Lost Souls", it was slow and a bit dull compared to his other works. The action if you want to call it that was slow & dull. twords the end it picked up some but the ending left the reader unimpressed. As one of his fans I must say he must have fallen asleep or maybe his mind wandered off the story. If not a fan I recommend either get it from local library or pass on this one.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2010

    The ending was

    not expected. I didn't quite expect it to end when it did, I turned the page, ready to read more, but there wasn't anymore to read! It kind of felt like Mr. Koontz got up to take a break mid scene, and forgot to finish the book. I'm used to cliffhangers at the end of books, they don't always bother me, but this didn't feel like a cliffhanger, this felt unfinished. As always though, I enjoyed his writing style and the character interactions, Michael and Carson crack me up.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2010

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    Koontz can really churn them out...

    I read this on a recommendation from a friend, and it was okay. There are some lovely characters here, and some trite, lame characterizations. I felt I was missing out on much of the subtext having no knowledge of whatever happened with this same mix of characters in New Orleans, presumably in a previous book? In any case, this is a comfortable story and the husband and wife investigator team are humorous and readable. I was not a fan of the lack of ending, however. I felt as though someone had removed the final chapter / chapters; there is no closure of any sort. Worse, the next volume of the story isn't due out for months. Had I known that before going in, I doubt I would have bothered to read this, at least yet. I HATE waiting for the rest of the story.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 2, 2010

    1/3 of a story - three times the price.

    I didn't realize when I bought this book that I was buying into yet another series. I felt cheated. Just as it was becoming a page turner, the story abruptly ends. Why would I want to buy into yet another series about the same characters... Unlike the Odd series where each book stood alone these don't.

    Sure it is the same Koontz quality, but you are paying three times the price to get a complete story.

    Disappointing! I don't like buying 1/3 of a book for the price of a traditional story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2010

    I can see why most people are upset... but...

    I've read most of the reviews people have written on this book and I can definitely understand where most everyone is coming from. However, this book sort of redeemed the series for me after the 3rd book. I had a real hard time with how the 3rd book progressed and ended after waiting so long for it. Sure this one ended with a huge cliffhanger and I can see how a lot of people are saying, "Why did I spend time reading an imcomplete book?". At least Dean has set the stage for what should be a great 5th book. The pacing on this one was fast. The characters were interesting again. I enjoyed the banter back and forth between most of them. Like a lot of people who've posted I am extremely loyal to Koontz and I've been somewhat disappointed with some of his recent works. "Your Heart Belongs To Me" was a real rough one for me to get through and left me feeling pretty well fed up. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt though and trust that after 3 plus decades of entertaining readers like you and me that he knows what he's doing in the long run. The next Frankenstein book is tentatively scheduled for an April 2011 release date. Let's see what happens...

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2010

    Ending was the pits

    I really enjoyed this book up until the ending. There wasn't one!!!
    The story just kind of stopped. I read this book in 4 days and thought for sure that my ebook was messed up. I really thought that somehow I didn't download the rest of the book. I called B&N support. I finally went to a store and compared the ebook to a hardcover. It stopped the same way.
    So to finalize I loved the book but hated the so called end to the book

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2011

    What a disappointment

    I wish I had read the reviews before I purchased the book. So unlike Koontz to disappoint so many readers. This will be my last Koontz purchase unless future reviews show that he has redeemed himself

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 12, 2011


    I thought this was the last book but it isnt. It cuts off right as the action begins. I would wait to read it until the next book is out or you will be very disappointed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 19, 2010

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    Mr. Koontz, we are not amused...

    I've read many Koontz books, including the three previous in the series, and found this one to be most difficult to get through. Some of the characters (Jocko) need to be killed off due to the intended comic relief that only distracts from the actual story and confuses me as to why they are even in the book. Several new side characters are introduced with little connection to the main plot explained. The climax of the book seems to have relatively little impact on the main storyline and leaves little answered. This will most likely be my last Frankenstein book that I buy. I'll wait for my library to get a copy. Reading this book was a black mark on an awesome Caribbean vacation that I will not repeat.

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  • Posted September 28, 2010

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    Highly disappointing!

    I am a big fan of the original Frankenstein as well as the first three books in Dean Koontz' series, but this fourth edition is far off the mark. It has some decent parts but overall it feels like Koontz rushed this out with little consideration to the overall story or its followers. By the end of the book you know about as much as you did by the end of the last one, but you are way more frustrated. I hope the next one lives up to the expectations of both Koontz and Frankenstein fans, but this sure didn't.

    Also, as evidence that this book is more about the money than anything else, this is the first of this series to be released in hard cover. The first three were mass market paperback.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2010

    Absolutely terrible!

    My wife borrowed this from the library for me, thinking I would enjoy it. A well-known author and the jacket had a nice description. The book began promising enough but I quickly realized that this was not a standalone book (nowhere on the cover does it say it is a series). The conversations in the book were pointless and I skipped over most of them. Chapter lengths were extremely short, and it did read quickly. Despite the ridiculous plot, and pointless character interactions, I stuck with it hoping for a good conclusion. No such luck! As others have remarked, there was no conclusion. It just stopped. This is my last Koontz book and I am thankful it did not cost me even a dime to buy.

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