Prodigal Son (Frankenstein #1) ★★★☆½

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Title: Prodigal Son
Series: Frankenstein #1
Author: Dean Koontz
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 498
Format: Digital edition



Deucalion, otherwise known as Frankenstein’s Monster, has been hanging out at some Zen Buddhist Monk Temple Mountain Retreat kind of place. But when Victor Frankenstein, now known as Victor Helios, appears on the scene, Deucalion knows that Victor is continuing his attempts to create a new breed of humanity and replace the old with the new.

At the same time, a mass murderer has appeared and this gets the New Orleans PD involved. Carson O’Connor, the sole caretaker of her younger autistic brother, is partnered up with Michael Maddison. They are the chief detectives and their goal is to bring this scumbag to justice.

Both of these events overlap. Can Deucalion put a stop to Victor’s plan to exterminate humanity and can Carson find a killer who kills for the perfect body part? One of these gets answered and the other will take the rest of the series to answer.


My Thoughts:

I would classify this as an urban fantasy police procedural.

Deucalion’s part is much smaller than I had hoped. He starts the ball rolling but then just kind of disappears. Koontz writes at the beginning that he started this whole project for a tv show and it really shows. When things moved over to Carson and the serial murderer side of things, I felt like I was reading a detective murder tv show.

In many ways I felt like this had the supernatural side of things that was missing from Koontz’s Odd Thomas series. Victor Helios is truly one scary guy and while he’s supposedly dabbling in super science, it really comes across as “magic”. Victor is cruel, intelligent, ruthless and so dedicated to his view of Materialism that it blinds him to anything else. This introduces certain flaws into his character and weakness that can be exploited.

There is a much longer story arc going on. I liked that the serial murder case was solved. It gave a good ending so I felt like I had actually finished a book. Yet the arc dealing with Victor and his plans to overthrow humanity seems big enough to fill the rest of the series with no problem.

I enjoyed my time reading this and look forward to the rest of the series. This is my second foray into Koontz territory and so far I’m pretty pleased. I always thought of him as second rate Stephen King horror wannabe but these books are showing me just how wrong I was. He’s writing some good thrillers.





19 thoughts on “Prodigal Son (Frankenstein #1) ★★★☆½

    1. Well, his Odd Thomas weren’t really horror and this series isn’t shaping up to be horror either. But I think most of his standalones get put in the horror genre? This is my first non-Odd Thomas book of his, so it’s all new to me too.

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  1. Dean Koontz is a great writer. I haven’t read his Frankenstein series or finished the Odd Thomas books yet, but I have read several of his other stories. I think they classify his works as horror either because he wants them to, or for the monsters in his stories (discounting Decalion, who is on the side of the Almighty). Some of those monsters are human, not science fiction or fantasy, which may be another reason why his novels are categorized as horror.

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  2. “Urban fantasy police procedural” sounds pretty cool. That sort of reminds me of the TV show Fringe. I don’t know about a story that is written to be a TV show though… Like… I’ve read books that were sold as novels but were just screenplays and that was sort of lame. I need to give Koontz a try some day though.

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      1. I enjoyed it when I watched everything back in high school. It had J.J. Abrams as a creator on it, so that might be an indicator of the type of direction you get. I was a sucker for police procedural back in the day too, so having a scifi/fantasy twist to it just made me it entertaining to watch. It might feel a bit dated now, who knows, try it out someday. 🙂

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  3. Oh my, Dean Koontz! I remember reading some of his horror novels some… well, 30 years ago (how time flies!) and I recall them as engaging and entertaining. This sounds like something new – and I like your definition of UF police procedural 🙂 – so I might try it out and see if I still enjoy this author.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I find Koontz to be a little hit or miss for me. I wasn’t a huge fan of Odd Thomas, but I think I was expecting more supernatural than I got. Maybe I should give this one a shot, or I’ll wait to see what you think of the rest of the series.

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