George V. Reilly

Review: Frankenstein: Prodigal Son

Frankenstein: Prodigal Son
Title: Franken­stein: Prodigal Son
Author: Dean Koontz & Kevin J. Anderson
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½
Publisher: Bantam
Copyright: 2004
Pages: 496
Keywords: horror
Reading period: 30 August–6 September, 2010

Deucalion was once the first of Victor Franken­stein’s creations. In 200 years, the monster has grown wise and ethical. He learns that Victor also still lives—Vic­tor is creating a New Race in New Orleans, a race of su­per­hu­mans loyal to him, who will destroy ordinary humanity. Some of the New Race are not quite as loyal to “Father” as he thinks; some are veering far off their prescribed courses. Victor is the true monster here, the ultimate mad scientist.

The premise is in­ter­est­ing, but I found the writing to be flat and by the numbers. I’ll probably read another book or two in the series, to see if the other co-authors do a better job.

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