Sunday, May 23, 2010

Frankenstein: Lost Souls-Dean Koontz

Frankenstein: Lost Souls
Dean Koontz
Bantam, Jun 15 2010, $27.00
ISBN: 9780553808018

Deucalion informs his closest friend Brother Salvatore that the former’s creator Victor Frankenstein AKA Victor Helios of New Orleans has arisen from the dead again. He knows this because of his dark blood insisting it is so.

Victor uses the name Leben and moves to Rainbow Falls, Montana where he believes he can continue his creationist work using modern science and technology in isolation until he is ready to release his super human species on mankind. He actually has a secret financial backer, Victor begins anew. Meanwhile efficiency expert Rainbow Falls Mayor Erskine Potter meets his only adversary, himself; as the Community replaces him with his “brother”.

The quintet that stopped Victor Helios in New Orleans two years ago regroups. Police Detectives Carson O’Connor and Michael Maddison, Victor’s manufactured wife Erika 5 and her buddy Jocko, and Deucalion the tormented “Adam” gather in Rainbow Falls. However, unlike their last encounter, this time Victor has a Community of supporters who will kill anyone who interferes with his work; innocent collateral damage is part of being efficient and effective.

Obviously readers of the first Dean Koontz Frankenstein revision trilogy (see The Prodigal Son, City of Night, and Dead or Alive) will relish the return of the creator Dr. Victor while new readers will have no trouble diving into Lost Souls. The key is fully developed to rival Victor’s creations as each of the heroic five has doubts while finding being human is not easy to define when you are not God’s children. Readers will enjoy this strong investigative science fiction thriller as the magnificent five anticipate a second High Noon confrontation with Victor, but this time he has powerful allies ready to kill any interfering with his creation of a master race.

Harriet Klausner

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