Book Chat: Frankenstein 4
by Dean Koontz
The 4th book in Koontz’s exciting Frankenstein series. Deucalion and his friends are desperate to track down Victor, who had died in the last book, but somehow is back again, intent on ending the human race.
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The war against humanity has begun. In the dead hours of the night, a stranger enters the home of the mayor of Rainbow Falls, Montana. The stranger is in the vanguard of a wave of intruders who will invade other homes . . . offices . . . every local institution, assuming the identities and the lives of those they have been engineered to replace. Before the sun rises, the town will be under full assault, the opening objective in the new Victor Frankenstein’s trajectory of ultimate destruction. Deucalion—Victor’s first, haunted creation—saw his maker die in New Orleans two years earlier. Yet an unshakable intuition tells him that Victor lives—and is at work again. Within hours Deucalion will come together with his old allies, detectives Carson O’Connor and Michael Maddison, Victor’s engineered wife, Erika Five, and her companion Jocko to confront new peril. Others will gather around them. But this time Victor has a mysterious, powerful new backer, and he and his army are more formidable, their means and intentions infinitely more deadly, than ever before.
Deucalion is at an Abbey when he starts receiving a feeling – that Victor is not dead, even though he’d been present when his maker was killed 2 years prior. Next, we are introduced to members of the Community in Rainbow Falls, Montana; new members reimagined by Victor’s clone. They are already immersed in their mission, replacing key people in town with replicants. The unfortunate town people are shot in the head with an object that looks like a silver bead that makes them compliant to commands from the New Race. The new Victor thought it was inefficient to take murdered humans and dispose of them in dumps, so he created “builders”. These creations appear like beautiful humans at first, enthralling their victims, but then change into horrific monsters, which absorb their victims.
Meanwhile, Carson and Michael work as detectives and have a baby girl they adore. In Montana, Ericka 5 and Jouko live a solitary but happy life. We are introduced to Nummy, a slow- witted young man and Mr. Lyss, a mean-spirited old man. They are in jail together and watch in horror as people in nearby cells are absorbed by a builder, but they manage to escape before they are next. When they enter an empty house looking for new clothes to replace their jail orange ones, they discover 3 huge cocoons and do not know they are builders about to hatch. Mr. Lyss, always living on the outskirts of society, senses they are bad and burns them by setting a house fire. Also, in the hospital, old man Bryce and 9 year old Travis know something weird is up with the staff. They slip out of the building and hide out.
Deucalion drops in on the detectives, informing them Victor is alive and that Ericka 5 spotted him in Rainbow Falls. Once all together again, the friends think it is more than strange that Ericka ended up settling in a town where Victor plans his first takeover of humanity. Ericka thinks there is a higher power guiding them. Looking for Victor, Deucalion tracks replicants in a truck, thinking their activities are suspect. He finds people inside the vehicle, with the silver beads in their foreheads. The truck goes into a warehouse, where Deucalion discovers humans are being stashed for disposal.
One of my favorite scenes was when Victor’s New Race planned on slaughtering a large group of people, who are motorcycle enthusiasts, who gather regularly at a local bar for a social. Some of the people were prior military, many packed guns, and the attacking replicants were killed with only a few of motorcycle members murdered. Victor and his replicants expected docile humans like the other town folk; it was fun to see them taken out.
By the end, you can see all the different characters will be coming together to fight Victor and his New Race. I am excited to read the next book in the series. Although each book is very interesting, there were some pure joyous moments in this one when the humans defeat or slip the clutches of the monsters. Highly recommended for those following this series and Koontz fans.
NOTE: All my reviews are published in Uncaged Book Reviews emag. This review will be in the May issue.