Book Chat: Frankenstein: The Dead Town
by Dean Koontz
The final book in the Frankenstein series. Exciting, filled with action, and an ending I found very satisfying.
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Dean Koontz’ Frankenstein series has redefined the classic legend of infernal ambition and harrowing retribution for a new age. In The Dead Town, the master of suspense delivers an unforgettable, mesmerizing conclusion to his saga of the modern monsters among us. The war against humanity is raging. As the small town of Rainbow Falls, Montana, comes under siege, survivors band together to weather the onslaught of the creatures set loose upon the world. As they ready for battle, they will learn the full scope of Victor Frankenstein’s nihilistic plan to remake the future. Now the good will make their last, best stand. In a climax that will shatter every expectation, their destinies and the fate of humanity hang in the balance.
The replicants are busy replacing people in town, but Deucalion is busy as well. When he spots one of the trucks that pick up humans for disposal, he takes out the driver and his assistant. He discovers information in the vehicle, that the next target is the radio station. Deucalion has a hard time convincing the men at the station what was happening in their town. But once they are, he helps them set up defenses and start broadcasting the real, awful news.
Meanwhile, Carson and Michael run across some of the motorcycle survivalists, who had set up a stronghold at a home. They also have trouble convincing the group of the truth, until Deucalion pops inside the house. One of the women, Dolly, known for her prophetic dreams, recognizes the giant. She’d dreamed of him several years before, and had shared with the other women. They accept Deucalion and his offer of assistance in transporting the children to safety.
Ericka’s home was chosen as one of the safe houses. After she explains the uniqueness of the “child” Jouko, the children are fascinated by him. It didn’t take long before he leads a line of children through the house, playing, singing and dancing. This was one of my favorite parts of the story; Jouko is finally accepted and has new friends.
In another part of town, Mr. Lyss and Nummy find a replicant of Mr. Boze in the original owner’s home. He has been sitting for hours, playing sad songs on the piano. When questioned, they realize the human Boze had died during information exchanged via the silver bead in his forehead. The replicant had gotten a glimpse into the eternal life after this one; making him sad and wishing to die.
We catch up with Byrce as he takes Tracy to see his friend Sully, a retired man who’d live an adventuress, dangerous life and during his career, worked undercover for a secret government agency. Together, they set out to find Tracy’s mom, Grace. Miraculously, they discover her at the elementary school, where she’d been hiding in the pantry while builders consumed the staff. While Grace had been shot with a silver bead, it had not “taken”. The group set the school on fire to eradicate the dozens of cocooned builders, then move on to the high school to do the same. One thing Sully hadn’t counted on was falling for the pretty, tough Grace.
Appropriately, Deucalion is the one who finally kills Victor, and once he is dead, all his remaining creations turn to ash. There are many different stories in the book which can’t be covered by this review; tales of bravery, terrific horror and hope. The wrap up at the end was priceless, sharing what happened to each of the characters I came to love.
All the books in this series have been very interesting, but Book 5 was fascinating. Highly recommended for Dean Koontz fans and those following this exciting series.
NOTE: All my reviews are published in Uncaged Book Reviews emag. This review will be in the May issue.