by Dean Koontz (Read September 2006) Rating 4.5/5
I absolutely love Koont'z fast-paced thrillers. I have been saving his Frankenstein series until all three books were released because I've watched the anquish experienced by my husband and sister in having to wait for book 3. I'd have been successful except for the R.I.P. Challenge. The temptation to add this to my list of 5 eerie tales was too much. If one of the books I have on order doesn't show up by the end of Sep. I will go ahead and read City of Night for the R.I.P. challenge as well.
Dr. Frankenstein has survived into the 21st century, masquerading as biotech tycoon Victor Helios. Helios wants to replace flawed humanity with his New Race, people born and fermented in tanks, their personalities programmed by him, their imperfections removed in the lab. But at least one of his creations has become a serial killer, trying to assemble the perfect woman from parts of many. Deuchalion, Frankenstein's first attempt at creating life, leaves the tranquility of a monastery and moves to New Orleans to help a likeable cop team uncover the mysteries lying behind the bizarre murders.
Koontz weaves together a great modern-day Frankenstein story that keeps you turning the pages. The characters are so well-defined. I love the cops, Carson and Michael, and want to continue reading about them. Also, the autistic teenager created by Helios. I will need to wait until book 2 to learn what will be his fate. And Deuchalion is very likeable. It seems as Dr. Frankenstein (Helios) becomes more bizarre, that Deuchalion becomes more human like.
I really liked this book. I love Koontz. While reading about some of the bizarre characters, I had to ask myself, Why?! Why do I like this stuff? I guess that even though the circumstance of a modern day Frankenstein is highly unlikely, Koontz makes it seem plausible. And the suspense is great. And maybe I'm crazy?! Anyway, it was a perfect R.I.P. Challenge book.