Author: Dean Koontz
Dean Koontz has done it again, this book is the fourth chapter in the Frankenstein series and it almost snuck out under my radar.
Now that I have devoured this new installment I am lost for words about what to tell you. Koontz is a master of suspense and unexpected twists, and Lost Souls will not disappoint on that score.
Lost Souls could probably be picked up as a first introduction to the series; there is an awful lot of action which you would have missed in the first 3 books but Koontz writes in a style that drops you enough clues and info about the events preceding the current volume.
If you are picking up at volume 4, never fear – you will pick up enough about the lead up to this book that it shouldn’t diminish your enjoyment. OK, so now I hear those of you that have read the first 3 volumes jumping up and down about whether there is so much repetition that it becomes tedious. This is Koontz we’re talking about, of course it’s not.
The events that have led us to this point in the storyline are alluded to and mentioned in brief descriptions so the repetition is negligible really – it is the perfect dosage of repetition. The avid readers for which the previous book in the Frankenstein series was books and books ago and the storyline has become blurred will find the references to earlier installments perfectly placed for almost total recall. New readers to the series will find they can get up to date with what’s going on and not be left wandering in the dark trying to work out what on earth is going on.
Dean Koontz has taken the original Frankenstein legend and given it a new life, translated into modern times and with more than a hint of signature Koontz extraordinary imagination. Deucalion is the original Frankenstein monster, he has endured for more than 200 years wandering the earth in search of peace.
The early days saw him giving free rein to his rage and desire for revenge; until he comes to understand that he can choose his own destiny. And that time spent in a monastery can change the desires that drive you and offer a peace and tranquility from the racing of thoughts.
The lightning that animated Deucalion left him with more than just what passes for life, he was endowed with extra gifts that are unique to him. Gifts that have afforded him an understanding of time and space that allows him to move outside the boundaries within which the human race is fenced. Deucalion is sure that the reason he has been allowed to live on (karmically) is that he will be required to play a large part in the show down at the end of the days.
Carson and Michael are questioning their suitability for their line of work, now that they have discovered their love for one another and had baby Scout their outlook has changed and they have discovered they aren’t quite as hard nosed and invincible as they thought.
This was a fantastic continuation of the Frankenstein series and I can’t wait to see it to it’s conclusion. Well done Dean Koontz, no wonder I have almost all you’ve written sagging the shelves of my bookcase.