Frankenstein: Lost Souls-Dean Koontz

In Book Reviews, fiction, horror on October 25, 2010 at 12:01 am

The Fourth Time Is Not A Charm

Dean Koontz returns to the Frankenstein story with his fourth book in the series, Lost Souls. The five remaining characters from the third book, Dead and Alive, are back:  Deucalion, Victor Frankenstein’s original creation; Carson O’Connor and Michael Maddison, former New Orleans police officer partners and now married private detectives and new parents of a little girl in San Francisco; and Erika Five, Victor’s fifth wife creation, and Jocko, the creature that grew from one of his creations and stays with Erika. Deucalion corrals them all to help him fight Victor again, but this time it’s a Victor replicant the human being created because they killed the real Victor in New Orleans at the end of Book Three. They all gather in Rainbow Falls, Montana, where the new Victor, now called Victor Leben has successfully created a new breed of replicants who are planning to exterminate all of humanity.

I freely admit that I read this series because I like what Koontz does with the character of Deucalion.  I continue to say that he is one of the best characters fiction has to offer today.  That said, this book is not one I enjoyed.  The story is filled with characters far less interesting than Deucalion, and he is in just a small fraction of the story (less than a tenth).  The vast majority of the book is about the townspeople of Rainbow Falls, Montana, and the almost boring descriptions of how they are all being done away with and replaced with replicants.  Koontz would be better off beginning the story with this already having taken place and the five main characters then having to act to end Victor’s reign of terror.  But that would mean only one book instead of three or more.

In addition, the reader finds out little that is mentioned in the blurb on the inside, front cover.  So what I must assume is that this book’s information is actually the information for other books to follow.  That seems like a bait and switch.  Do publishers not have to give information on the actual book I’m reading anymore? I’m only happy I didn’t buy this book but took it out of the library.  I can’t imagine how anyone would be satisfied if they bought this book thinking the write up on the inside flap was the story they would be reading. The story the reader finds in the book is far less interesting because it’s basically just the introduction to a story that will follow in future books.  That’s like reading the beginning of Dracula and only getting to the part when the main character gets to London.

Overall, this book seems like the prologue to the same story he told in the last three books. However, this one doesn’t even do as much as the first book in the series, Prodigal Son, did to set up the other two books after it.  As much as I enjoy the character of Deucalion, I don’t think Koontz does justice to the story he established in the previous three books with Lost Souls.


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