Dean Koontz is an international household name, a brilliantly gifted storyteller whose books have been bestsellers in many countries, selling seventeen million copies each year. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, he lives with his wife Gerda and their dog Anna in southern California.
'A modern Swift ... a master satirist.' Entertainment Weekly
'If Stephen King is the Rolling Stones of novels, Koontz is the Beatles.' Playboy
'Dean Koontz writes page-turners, middle-of-the-night sneak-up-behind-you suspense thrillers. He touches our hearts and tingles our spines.' Washington Post Book World
'Tumbling, hallucinogenic prose. Serious writers might do well to study his technique.' New York Times Book Review
'Fast-paced and dark ... Koontz knows we live in a world where evil delights in justifying itself ... Classic literature that deserves a place on the bookshelf beside Orwell's 1984 and Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451.' California Literary Review
'Koontz is writing right where popular culture swells into something larger, just as it did for Homer, Shakespeare, and Dickens. He's got the gift.' Australian
'Koontz is a superb plotter and wordsmith. He chronicles the hopes and fears of our time in broad strokes and fine detail, using popular fiction to explore the human condition.' USA Today
'Inspires both chills and serious thought ... has the power to scare the daylights out of us.' People
Set in Rainbow Falls, Mont., Koontz's goofy, grisly fourth riff on the Frankenstein theme (after Dead and Alive) finds Victor-previously presumed dead but apparently as easily resurrected as cinematic incarnations of his monster-perfecting his "New Race" of humanoid replicants. As affectless pod-person lookalikes gradually replace the town's citizens, the task of saving humanity from Victor and his megalomaniacal plans to "destroy the soul of the world" fall once again to husband-and-wife detectives Michael and Carson Maddison; Victor's soulsearching original monster, Deucalion; and a host of local yokels who provide both sympathy and comic relief. That the "good guys" are instantly recognizable by their abundant compassion, generosity, and sense of humor and the "bad guys" by their fussbudget fastidiousness and dedication to efficient extermination of inferior humans helps lay the foundation for the humanitarian homilies that punctuate the narrative. (July) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
Koontz (Breathless; Odd Thomas) revisits his successful Frankenstein paperback series (The Prodigal Son, City of Night, and Dead or Alive) with this first hardcover edition of a new trilogy that picks up where the first series left off. The mysterious Deucalion, plagued by his gruesome appearance and carrying the burden of being of Victor Helios's first creation, has moved from New Orleans to Montana, alongside Victor and his fabricated wife, Erika 5. Also arriving in town are Detectives Carson O'Connor and Michael Maddison. The characters' renewed alliance tests not only their strength but also their humanity as a whole. Fans of the first trilogy will have no trouble following this story, yet Koontz is careful not to alienate new readers. -Verdict This successful mix of crime-inspired detective story and sf adventure is ideal for Koontz devotees as well as readers who enjoy genre crossovers. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 3/1/10; ebook ISBN 978-0-553-90767-4.]-Carolann Lee Curry, Mercer Univ. Medical Lib., Macon, GA Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.