Frankenstein: Prodigal Son

Frankenstein: Prodigal Son

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Frankenstein: Prodigal Son by Dean Koontz, Kevin J. Anderson, John Bedford Lloyd

From the celebrated imagination of Dean Koontz comes a powerful reworking of one of the classic stories of all time. If you think you know the story, you know only half the truth. Get ready for the mystery, the myth, the terror, and the magic of…

Dean Koontz's Prodigal Son

Every city has secrets. But none as terrible as this. His name is Deucalion, a tattooed man of mysterious origin, a sleight-of-reality artist who’s traveled the centuries with a secret worse than death. He arrives as a serial killer stalks the streets, a killer who carefully selects his victims for the humanity that is missing in himself. Detective Carson O’Connor is cool, cynical, and every bit as tough as she looks. Her partner Michael Maddison would back her up all the way to Hell itself–and that just may be where this case ends up. For the no-nonsense O’Connor is suddenly talking about an ages-old conspiracy, a near immortal race of beings, and killers that are more—and less—than human. Soon it will be clear that as crazy as she sounds, the truth is even more ominous. For their quarry isn’t merely a homicidal maniac—but his deranged maker.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780739317112
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/25/2005
Series: Dean Koontz's Frankenstein Series , #1
Edition description: Abridged Audio, 5 CDs, 6 hrs.
Product dimensions: 5.45(w) x 6.26(h) x 0.97(d)

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.


Newport Beach, California

Date of Birth:

July 9, 1945

Place of Birth:

Everett, Pennsylvania


B.S. (major in English), Shippensburg University, 1966

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Frankenstein 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 398 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fantastic first book to this series. I was poring through the pages as fast as I could. It was a phenomenal book. I give it an A+ all the way around.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book surprised me in that I thought it would be a lot different from what it is. It is WAY better than even the original Frankenstein. If you like Mr. Koontz then you'll love this book. You'll love it even if you've never read any of his books...Highly Recommended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't wait for the third book. Never put it down. One of his best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not usually a fan of these type books, but I have to say, I could not put it down until the very last page. So...I rushed right out to buy Book Two and gobbled it up in no time at all....and, I'm STILL waiting for Book Three. What's the hold-up??
Guest More than 1 year ago
what a great book! It was entertaining, suspenseful, a bit funny, just great! Praises to Koontz. I look forward to reading book 2.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dean Koontz puts a novel twist on the story of Frankenstein's monster. It was very interesting to place Dr. Frankenstein and his monster in modern times. The basic plot of the story is a little far fetched yet a very fun read. The Dr. is definitely evil in pursuit of the perfect world. It will be interesting to read the rest of the series to see if "the monster" plays the role of the hero. I really liked the rapport between the New Orleans detectives. This story line is a little different than most of Koontz's work, but still a very worthy read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loooooved this book. I read it in about two days. But I know that when these big authors (clive cussler, james patterson, dean koontz) write a book with a co-author that the co-author is doing most of the work. One of Clive Cussler's co-authors (Jack Dubrul) is a friend of a friend so I have it on pretty good authority that Koontz probably didn't have much to do with this book beyond the concept. But I still highly recommend it
BER1 More than 1 year ago
I would highly recommend this book.
Cica_1984 More than 1 year ago
Of course I have to start off by saying Dean Koontz is awesome. As always this book really pulled me in. This is a good twist on the classic Mary Shelley Frankenstein. I can't wait to pick up the 2nd book in the series.
ybtone More than 1 year ago
I have never in my life wanted a book to come out so badly as I do with the third installment of Dean Koontz Frankenstein series. I've read both books one and two twice and they are now one giant story in my mind so i will try to stick with just book one for this review. When I originally read that this was going to be about Frankenstein in modern day North America helping out with crime I laughed. I thought of cheesy movies like Robocop and shook my head. But I gave it a shot anyways because if nothing else it would be different from what I had read, (at that time only King novels). On that assumption I was correct, on the cheesy Robocop analogy...I was dead wrong. The characters are all likable or loathsome and some are downright sympathetic, even some of the monsters. The plot was not Frankenstein dressed in Louisianan PD Blues running around shooting and maiming perps either. Duchaleon (Frankensteins new name, pardon my spelling)receives word that someone close to him in the freak show circuit has passed and his creator Victor Frankenstein is still alive and looking the same as the day he created Duchaleon living under the alias Victor Helios. Duchaleon makes his way to Louisiana and ends up entangled in two police officers hunt for a serial killer who is amputating and collecting singular body parts from women. The two cops are both excellent characters, one male, and one female, the male is a sarcastic guy and adds needed comic relief throughout and the female cop is very rough and tumble (in the mold of Deb from Showtime's Dexter). The story is not entirely about a serial killer and the three's hunt for him or her. The book and sequel are a multi-layered story that really grabs hold of you and never lets go. The read is so enjoyable that it reads like an epic movie. You really wont want to put it down. I recommend that if you are considering getting this book or the audio version (which is also excellent btw) that you pick up its companion book, Dean Koontz Frankenstein: City of Night as you will want to read it right away.
phantomreview More than 1 year ago
excellent take on the frankenstein theme! makes for great reading and you know when it ends there has to be a sequel. characters are superbly wellrounded in there strangeness. the good doctor in this book envisions a world i would not like to live in.......
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dean Koontz's Frankenstein is a modern day update of the classic novel. The story and pacing are good, and the characters are rich. The only bad thing is this is book one of three, and three has been pushed back multiple times, so you will have to wait for the conclusion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have a few of Dean Koontz's books and this book was pretty good. It was nothing to write home about, and not the best one I have read, but it had a decent plot. It was interesting to read about what 'really' happened to Frankenstein and his monster. I recomend this book if you just want to take time out of your life to sit down and read a good thriller.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For a book which started out as an idea for a TV series, this is really an intriguing take on Mary Shelley's now-famous story which I have so far throughly enjoyed. That being said, I have to remark how unclear I am on just how this book is suposed to fit in with Mary Shelley's universe. It would seem at first (especially from the synopses) that it is merely a continuation of the same story (just 200 years later), but the text would seem to suggest that these characters are actually part of Mary Shelley's world (and ours) as well as fictional characters in her book. I was also intrigued by the use of the names 'Jonathan Harker' and 'Dwight Frye' for the names of two of the other police officers considering the fact that the former is the name of one of the main characters in Bram Stoker's 'Dracula' and the latter is the name of the actor who played both Igor in the most-famous movie version of 'Frankenstein' (with Boris Karloff) and Renfield in the most famous movie version of 'Dracula' (with Bela Lugosi). More interesting then that is the fact that the two police detectives (O'Connor and Maddison) don't seem to notce this significance in spite of their clear familiarity with the appropriate pop culture. I am also surprised at how very stupid Victor Helios seems to be for being such a bio-technology genius (but I guess the bad guy always have to have some fatal character flaw). In any case, a very entertaining and very engrossing story.
Anonymous 12 months ago
Fantastic book well written and well performed.
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Koontz and Anderson have taken an old tale and put a delightful twist on the plot.
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Will be posted
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walked in with Fern, a broad smile across her face.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She whimpered and then started to turn and pad away singing " There a stranger in my bed. There is a party in my head. Glitter all over the room. Pink flamingos in the pool. This is like mini bar. Dj pasted out in the yard. Barbies on the barbeque. Is this a freckle or brouse? Pictures up last night ended online. We're screwed. Oh well. Its a blacked out blurr but im pretty sure it ruled. Da*m. LAST FRIDAY NIGHT!! Yah we danced on table tops. And we took to many shots. Think we kissed but i forgot. LAST FRIDAY NIGHT!! Yah we maxed our credit cards. Ended kicked out of the bar. So we hit the pool at ours. LAST FRIDAY NIGHT!! We were drinking in the park. Skinny dipping in the dark. Then met up at metric park. LAST FRIDAY NIGHT!! Yah i think we broke the law. Allways say we're gonna stop. Owao!!!!" Her voice trailed off as she walked back to camp.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Hello, Get OUT or Get HURT."
Jenrae More than 1 year ago
Just interesting enough to keep me reading.  Not much *wow factor* and no big reveal at the end.  That said, I want to find out what happens next so I will keep reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He cheered up. [Thats probably true]
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fresh take on frankenstein that mixes modern science, eastern philosophy, and the supernatural. Although i really like the Odd Thomas series, i couldnget into the writing of this one. I found the pace plodding and in many cases unfocused. I'm sure Koontz is settimg up storylines for the other books in the series, i just fiund it distracting. It took me about a month to get through this mostly because of the time between sessions, i didnt want to pick it up