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Authors: Dean Koontz

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Frankenstein: Dead and Alive

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“Like expert plate-spinners, the authors set up a dizzying array of narrative viewpoints and cycle through them effortlessly…. The odd juxtaposition of a police procedural with a neo-gothic mad scientist plot gives this novel a wickedly unusual and intriguing feel…. A compelling read, with an elegant cliffhanger ending.”

Publishers Weekly
“Koontz realizes his original concept for a cable TV effort from which he withdrew. It was TV’s loss, for, filmed utterly faithfully,
Prodigal Son
could be the best horror thriller and, hands down, would be the best Frankenstein movie, ever. This is a book that helps restore horror’s good name.”

(starred review)
“This rich and complex tale is not only an ambitious project, but one of the most enjoyable monster stories in years…. This is classic Koontz at his best.”

“This first book in a multipart saga features fascinating characters and an intriguing premise.”

Library Journal
“Koontz … examine[s] society’s present milieu under the lens of traditional western mores and in so doing has presented the public with works that are perfectly entertaining and, more importantly, prescient…. In [
Prodigal Son
] the dimensions of the universe are in collision. We are brought to the door of chaos, anarchy, and destruction. In chilling, vivid detail, the author will keep the reader on the edge of his chair, as they begin the journey toward the ultimate blasphemy.”

California Literary Review
“Relax, Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein, volume one of which,
Prodigal Son
, was a pulse-pounder all the way, is going to be a trilogy. But don’t expect to relax all that much. This book cooks, no second-volume doldrums anywhere in it…. Smart dialogue and cutting-edge scientific notions are the oh-so-sweet icing on this delectable thriller’s irresistible, devourable cake.”

(starred review)
“Perhaps more than any other author, Koontz writes fiction perfectly suited to the mood of America: novels that acknowledge the reality and tenacity of evil but also the power of good; that celebrate the common man and woman; that at their best entertain vastly as they uplift.”

Publishers Weekly
(starred review)
“A modern Swift … a master satirist.”

Entertainment Weekly
“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 [and] demonstrating that the real horror of life is found not in monsters, but within the human psyche.”

USA Today
“Koontz has a knack for making the bizarre and uncanny seem as commonplace as a sunrise. BOTTOM LINE: the Dean of Suspense.”

“If Stephen King is the Rolling Stones of novels, Koontz is the Beatles.”

“[Koontz is] far more than a genre writer. Characters and the search for meaning, exquisitely crafted, are the soul of his work. This is why his novels will be read long after the ghosts and monsters of most genre writers have been consigned to the attic. One of the master storytellers of this or any age.”

The Tampa Tribune
“Dean Koontz is not just a master of our darkest dreams, but also a literary juggler.”

The Times
“Dean Koontz writes page-turners, middle-of-the-night-sneak-up-behind-you suspense thrillers. He touches our hearts and tingles our spines.”

The Washington Post Book World
“Dean Koontz almost occupies a genre of his own. He is a master at building suspense and holding the reader spellbound.”

Richmond Times-Dispatch
“Demanding much of itself, Koontz’s style bleaches out clichés while showing a genius for details. He leaves his competitors buried in the dust.”

Kirkus Reviews
“Koontz has always had near-Dickensian powers of description, and an ability to yank us from one page to the next that few novelists can match.”

Los Angeles Times
“Koontz has been on a roll. And he’s been wielding his dry sense of humor like a well-placed scalpel.”

The Denver Post
“The master of the psychological drama.”
USA Today
“Koontz is one of the great suspense authors…. There’s no bestselling author of popular fiction whose sentences offer more musicality. His characters are memorable and his unique mix of suspense and humor absorbing. Great kudos to Koontz for creating, within the strictures of popular fiction, notable novel[s] of ideas and of moral imperatives.”

Publishers Weekly
“Tumbling, hallucinogenic prose. Serious writers might do well to study his technique.”

The New York Times Book Review
“Koontz lights up a dark galaxy.”

Kirkus Reviews
“Inspires both chills and serious thought.”

“Dean Koontz virtually invented the cross-genre novel…. He is one of the premier novelists of his generation.”
“Koontz [is] working at his pinnacle, providing terrific entertainment that deals seriously with some of the deepest themes of human existence: the nature of evil, the grip of fate and the power of love.”

Publishers Weekly
(starred review)
“If there’s an element of menacing chaos in Koontz’s body of work, there’s also another common thread: Good people, fighting back, can make a difference…. Koontz continues to demonstrate his considerable storytelling skills. He knows how to set hooks throughout his novels and has a knack for foreshadowing without giving away the plot store.”
—Associated Press
“Koontz … gives us wonderful writing, a simple and honest good vs. evil theme and great characters.”

The Sunday Oklahoman
“Koontz, at a time when his contemporaries choose to retread, remake and remodel past glories, is doing some of the most mature, intriguing, and innovative work of his career … echoes … past masters: memorable homages to H. P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, Sherwood Anderson, Theodore Sturgeon, and others … beckons to be embraced and deserves to be studied. Koontz, astoundingly, continues to challenge his readers and himself.”
“Koontz’s astonishing novel[s] show him making moral fable[s] out of dark fantasy materials…. Object lesson[s] in the unfashionable virtues of fortitude, prudence, and a faith far firmer than with-it moderns generally tolerate … loaded with dialogue the likes of which haven’t been rampant since the 1930s heyday of screwball comedy … richly sympathetic [characters] … emotionally powerful and thought-provoking.”

(starred review)
“Gifted storytelling.”

Chicago Sun-Times
“Koontz sets in motion a compelling combination of character and circumstance, tempered with his special brand of dark humor.”

Library Journal
“While [Koontz is] scaring you to pieces, [he] manages a bit of relief with energizing humor and dialogue that astounds…. You also will find some of the finest, most original metaphors and similes ever written by a modern-day author.”

Tulsa World
“Dean Koontz creates compelling, almost biblical, stories about good facing evil in the battle for our souls.”

Orange Coast
“Koontz seems to know us, our deepest foibles and fears.”

USA Today
“Koontz is a master of melding the supernatural with the commonplace. [His] writing crackles with dry, tongue-in- cheek wit.”

The Boston Globe
“Koontz really knows how to keep a story going at a blistering pace…. Reading him is an uplifting experience.”
—Fort Wayne
News Sentinel
“One author … redefining mainstream fiction … is Dean Koontz. [He] continues to explore the larger issues of life—friendship, faith, courage and salvation … an astounding mix of suspense, humor, wonder and fear.”

South End
“His style is a model of clarity, his prose so smooth that it goes down like apple juice … with the delayed punch of hard cider.”
Plain Dealer
“Koontz has one of the most incredible gifts for the art of language—a master of images and descriptions. His characters are timeless and beautifully constructed. He proves you can be on the bestseller lists and don’t have to be dead or named Hemingway to have the depth and feeling of the classics.”

Michigan State News
“Koontz is a literary phenomenon.”

Kirkus Reviews
“Dean Koontz’s books dwell in the heavy macabre, but … point to that glow of hope that may rise with the sun.”

San Jose Mercury News
“Koontz’s skill at edge-of-the-seat writing has improved with each book. He can scare your socks off.”

Boston Herald
“Powerful emotion tinged with spiritual wonder.”

Publishers Weekly
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