“Frankenstein Book One: Prodigal Son”
By: Dean Koontz
(Reading: March 17 to March 22, 2013)
To accomplish my goal of reading 200 books or over, (Goal due date: Jan 1, 2014) finally have the chance to begin the second book of this long list of reading to go. The whole purposes of this reading goal are not only for enjoyment, but to understand the literature and those who write them. As well find something within these published pages of ways to improve myself and my writing. Most importantly by reading I am hoping to encourage other to read books and find some enjoyment in this underestimated entertainment that been entertaining us over the years of time.
“The Prodigal Son”, is the first book out of the trilogy of new intake of the classic tale of “Frankenstein”. In this story after 200 years, Deucalion (aka as Frankenstein’s monster) had continue to find his humanity in peace, until recently he received a note from a old time friend that revealed the terror that is known as the Surgeon, a killer who has been murdering innocent victims and taking particular body parts. Deucalion tried to join forces with New Orleans police detective Carson O’Connor and Michael Maddison to stop these murders.
Deucalion ends up finding that the Surgeon was not true threat, but instead that there was something much more dangerous brewing within darkest parts of New Orleans, as he found that he was not the only one who survives these past 200 years. An individual that Deucalion knew as a father, maker, and worst nightmare, Victor Helios. Who was very still alive; the man who is best known to the world as Frankenstein.
This novel is very fast pace as you jumped from main character to main character. As you continue to read the novel you eventually find several story lines that gradually emerge together and leaving you to be curious what will happen next.
Each character in this story have secrets, twist and turns, as they try to find their own hope and humanity within each other as they prepare themselves for the worst to come. Dean Koontz did a wonderful job of pacing each of his character as they gradually develop with their readers. As the reader themselves cheer and root for their favorite character, of his or her goals. As the characters grow, the one thought keeps in one mind, as you ponder the same question that Mary Shelley asked her readers over 100 years ago up till now. That Dean Koontz same thing which is what makes a human, and what’s make a monster.
Koontz Dean, Frankenstein Book One: Prodigal Son. New York. Random House, 2005.
I highly recommend if you are borrowing from the library to read the trilogy in order and have them with you. When I started the book, I found that there’s wait list. I always like read a good trilogy all together, so the story stays fresh. The way how this book so fast pace and keeps you wanting more it might be good idea to borrow all three at the same time.
This book is not a mockery or a replacement for the classic story of “Frankenstein”, its Dean Koontz version and they are his own character that is base on pieces and parts of character from Mary Shelley’s version. So if you are looking and hoping it’s continues of “Frankenstein” or you’re devoted to the classic, this trilogy might not be for you. You need to be open minded on this one.
I would think Mary Shelley would be happy to know that there is someone out there who take her misunderstood creature of the dead and make him into more than just mere monster or bad guy. But instead making him into individual…