Book Chat: Frankenstein

Prodigal Son: A Novel

 A fascinating retelling of the Frankenstein legend by the talented Koontz.

MYRA’S HORROR BLOG REVIEWS : I wanted to write reviews as if I were sharing the love of a book with a friend. What I liked about it, from storyline to characters; to include any parts that had a negative impact on me as a reader. Join me on the couch as we explore today’s exciting read.






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 legend, you know only half the truth. Here is the mystery, the myth, the terror, and the magic of . . .

Every city has its secrets. But none as terrible as this. He is Deucalion, a tattooed man of mysterious origin, a sleight-of-reality artist who has traveled the centuries with a secret worse than death. He arrives in New Orleans as a serial killer stalks the streets, a killer who carefully selects his victims for the humanity that is missing in himself. Deucalion’s path will lead him to cool, tough police detective Carson O’Connor and her devoted partner, Michael Maddison, who are tracking the slayer but will soon discover signs of something far more terrifying: an entire race of killers who are much more–and less–than human and, deadliest of all, their deranged, near-immortal maker: Victor Helios–once known as Frankenstein.


Deucalion is living with monks when a letter from a friend shares that his old nemesis, Victor Frankenstein, is still alive. Deucalion is the original Frankenstein monster and leaves to find his maker; his goal to kill Victor. But the monster is no longer the creature of legend. He is thoughtful and there is a calmness to his demeanor, due to living amongst monks. It is also hinted that perhaps Deucalion has supernatural powers.

In New Orleans, a rash of murders have the police stumped. There appears to be two separate serial killers, each slicing pieces from their victims. Carson is a dedicated, tough female cop. She and her partner, Michael, are the lead detectives. I loved Michael’s wise-cracking sense of humor. There are definitely sparks between the two and I hope to see it develop more in the series.

Victor Frankenstein is the real monster. He has advanced in science beyond anyone else in the modern world. Not only has he maintained his youth via his experiments, he has created a race of super humans. Victor considers himself a god. His creations are amazing, but also to be pitied. We see inside several different individuals; their thoughts and lives. They were created to replace mankind, yet they envy humans creativity and their capacity for happiness. Also the question of the soul is sought by these super humans.

A thoroughly enjoyable read I hated to put down. Highly recommended for horror fans, those who love the Frankenstein legend, and of course Koontz fans.




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