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Frankenstein: Prodigal Son by Dean Koontz

I was hesitant to get this one because well, redoing classics and/or giving them sequels/prequels tends to suck. But I had two thoughts here a) Koontz is an excellent writer b) 21st century science could make for a really neat update. I was right on both counts. This was pretty interesting and very involved, almost too much so.

The various plot threads include: Deucalion, the name taken by Frankenstein’s original monster. He’s alive and living in a Tibetan monastery before getting news that Victor Frankenstein (now calling himself Helios) is alive and well in New Orleans. Deucalion goes to check it out. Victor is busy making a master ‘new’ race of people with redundant organs and super strong bodies (as well as obviously keeping his own form alive for a few centuries at this point). Victor is sadistic and cruel and wants to be god. It’s said more than once in the novel that Frankenstein’s monster has become human and Frankenstein has become the monster and that’s very true.

In New Orleans, Detective Carson O’Connor and her partner, Michael, have a serial killer who is harvesting body parts. Carson also has to take care of her severely autistic much younger brother. However, unknown to the detectives, there are two serial killers at work and we’re in the heads of both of them at one point or another. Also, we have the view points of Ericka Four (Victor’s current manufactured wife) and Randal Six, who has been made autistic by Victor (who idolizes Huxley’s Brave New World and the idea of the barely human epsilon workers) and Randal has learned of Arnie O’Connor and needs to know how the boy can be so happy. Add to this the idea that Victor’s creations are slipping his control.

See what I mean, so many plot threads. Still, Koontz pulls many of them together in this and it was a good read. I enjoyed it. It’s obvious that some plot threads won’t be done by the end of this and they aren’t. I’m interested in seeing what happens next.
Tags: urban fantasy

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