Frankenstein, Book Five: The Dead Town : Frankenstein

  • by Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by Christopher Lane
  • Series: Frankenstein
  • 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The war against humanity is raging. As the small town of Rainbow Falls, Montana, comes under siege, scattered survivors band together to weather the onslaught of the creatures set loose upon the world. As they ready for battle against overwhelming odds, they will learn the full scope of Victor Frankenstein’s nihilistic plan to remake the future - and the terrifying reach of his shadowy, powerful supporters. Now the good will make their last, best stand. In a climax that will shatter every expectation, their destinies and the fate of humanity hang in the balance.

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What the Critics Say

"Koontz is a master of the edge-of-your-seat, paranoid thriller and perhaps the leading American practitioner of the form.” (The Star-Ledger)
“Koontz writes first-rate suspense, scary and stylish.” (Los Angeles Times)
“A rarity among bestselling writers, Koontz continues to pursue new ways of telling stories, never content with repeating himself. He writes of hope and love in the midst of evil in profoundly inspiring and moving ways.” (Chicago Sun-Times)

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Cramed Full

I am sad to see this series end. This book was the best of what was a great series, but you do not want to start here. Don't worry, all the books are great.

I am constantly amazed at what Koontz can cram into one book. Most authors would be happy to write a book about one of these things. Here is a short list of ideas and people mentioned in this book; Alien Invasion, Johnny Depp, nano animals,cocoons, Robert A. Heinlein, Orson Wells, H.G. Wells, War of the Worlds, Black Holes, The Big Bang, Jules Verne, Stephen Hunter, angels, Armageddon, lots of guns, hive people, clones, replicas, Village of the Damned, Prophesy, tongue with an eye, ear with teeth, Louis L' Amour, telaportation, pulp fiction hero, cyber cowboy and Mary Shelly.

With all that, the characters make the story. My favorite was Jocko, who started life as a tumor. He likes to pirouette. Then there is the smart mouth Hobo, who says he is so smart that every two months they have to open his skull and take out some brain so new brain can grow. He says if you make him mad he will cut you open and rearrange your insides to the point that you will have to piss out your left ear. He has a million of these and he is teamed up with a Forrest Gump like character who serves as his straight man. There are plenty more, those were just my favorite two.

There is also wisdom in the book, such as the story of the spider and the fly, which I really liked. On change Koontz says that some people can't tell the difference between constructive and deconstructive change.

There is lost more that I just don't have room for here.

The Narrator is excellent, excellent, excellent. I have no doubt that he made the book even better then it was written, which was excellent.
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- Jim "The Impatient"

Good, but with one issue

I started with Frankenstein, Lost Souls, which I thoroughly enjoyed, except that it left the reader in the middle of the story. That book led me into this one, which was, basically, a continuation of the same book.

I enjoyed book five, but must disagree with other commentators about the conslusion. I thought Dean could have been a little more "edgy,", "creative," or whatever you want to call it to bring this series to a conclusion.

No offense to the others and certainly no offense to Dean Koontz, but the depth and breath of this story could have generated more to bring it to a close. The story had all kinds of threads that I thought would lead to an end.

Still, I was satisfied with the book and would certainly recommend it .

I am going back to listen to the first three books in the series. I guess, I'll consider it a "prequel."

JAY NIEDERMAN
Manchester, NH
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- Jay

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-24-2011
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio