Dead and Alive - Frankenstein, Bk 3 Author:Dean Koontz As a devastating hurricane approaches, as the benighted creations of Victor Helios begin to spin out of control, as New Orleans descends into chaos and the future of humanity hangs in the balance, the only hope rests with Victor's first, failed attempt to build the perfect human. Deucalion's centuries-old history began as the original ma... more »nifestation of a soulless vision -- and it is fated to end in the ultimate confrontation between a damned creature and his mad creator. But first they must face a monstrosity not even Victor's malignant mind could have conceived: and indestructible entity that steps out of humankind's collective nightmare with powers, and a purpose, beyond imagining.« less
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This was an awesome series of books! These rank up there with some of Koontz's early books, which were some of his best. I did have some issues with this book though.
MINOR SPOILER ALERT:
Victor Helios is one of the most vile, evil villains ever. Through the whole series I was looking forward to this guy getting what he deserved in the end. He got off WAAAAAYYYYY to easy in this book and is one of the reason why I only give this book 4 stars. It was so dissapointing! Especially with all the build up of everyone thinking they weren't going to make it through the final confrontation with Victor alive!
The second problem I had with this book also concerned Victor. Through the series I saw Victor as just pure evil. He was brilliant, cunning, thoughtful, and reasoned things out. He seemed to be in denial quite a bit when it came to his work, but nothing that said he was crazy. He'd been alive 240 years and had faced several life threatening situations and many settbacks in his work. So why would he suddenly start to get delusional at the end of this book? It just threw everything off for me and I hated it! It was also a waste of space since he didn't stay delusional.
The first 2 books in this series were great, but I think Koontz should have had a co-author with this one also. Good book, and I'd still recommend, but a dissapointing ending.
I loved the first two Frankenstein books. They came across as tightly formatted and carefully structured, which made me as a reader feel cared for and tended to. You felt the consideration that was put into a well-crafted story, and you were able to enjoy the books greatly because of that. The first two in the series did not have loose ends; every side story was lovingly rendered and came across with a depth, despite or because of their brevity, that was quite enjoyable.
You can imagine my disappointment when some of the side stories become loose threads in the third installment. Conflicting descriptions of the characters bloom in full form, leaving the reader flipping back through the pages of the earlier books in the hopes of having been wrong. The dialogue, where previously creative and enjoyable, is now tedious and uninspired. Situations are made mention of that never come into the story for resolution. Additionally, the hurricane is mentioned at the very beginning only, which had me wondering 'Why bother with it at all, then?' He had all the elements, but he did not do with them what he could have. The frustrating thing is you can see the promise in the story beneath the lack of attention.
The entire book shows Koontz simply phoned it in on this one, and I really expected so much more based on the length of time we had to wait for it to come out. He has left me feeling let down, because it lacked consistency and trumpeted the fact that he went this one solo. All this book gave me was closure, because it certainly lacked the heart and care to give me satisfaction as the previous two had done.
The conclusion (or is it? - I know there are 2 more books in the series) of Koontz's Frankenstein series. Overall, I enjoyed the series, this last book not quite as much as the first two. Maybe it was the really bizarreness of this third chapter with Frankenstein's creations going completely wacko that put me a little off. For example, the giant morphed insect thing that took on the personalities of most of the lab workers, and Jocko - the troll that was born out of one of the creations (although Jocko was rather amusing). This does leave an opening at the end for a followup which Koontz did write. I guess I'll need to get the last two books to see what happens!
This is the most confusing mess of nonsense it is just gross and violent, the characters are so shallow and stupid and you just read page after page and get nowhere, the first two books were pretty good but this one is just lacking in 'sense' of any kind.
Currently 2/5 Stars.
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