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Prodigal son : a novel /

by Koontz, Dean R. (Dean Ray).
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Koontz, Dean R. Frankenstein: bk. 1.Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2009.Edition: Bantam books mass market ed.Description: xvi, 469 pages ; 19 cm.ISBN: 9780553593327; 0553593323.Subject(s): Frankenstein, Victor (Fictitious character) -- Fiction | Monsters -- Fiction | Detective and mystery stories | New Orleans (La.) -- Fiction | Monsters -- Fiction | Detective and mystery fiction | Fiction | Horror fiction | Horror tales | Detective and mystery stories | Horror tales | Mystery fiction | Horror fiction | Horror fictionSummary: He is Deucalion, a tattooed man of mysterious origin, a sleight-of-reality artist who has traveled the centuries with a secret worse than death. he arrives in New Orleans as a serial killer stalks the streets, a killer who carefully selects his victims for the humanity that is missing in himself. Decucalion's path will lead him to detectives Carson O'Connor and Michael Maddison, who are tracking the slayer but will soon discover signs of something far more terrifying: an entire race of killers who are much more--and less--than human and, deadliest of all, their deranged, near-immortal maker: Victor Helios--once known as Frankenstein.
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From the celebrated imagination of Dean Koontz comes a powerful reworking of one of the classic stories of all time. If you think you know the legend, you know only half the truth. Here is the mystery, the myth, the terror, and the magic of . . .<br> <br> Every city has its secrets. But none as terrible as this. He is Deucalion, a tattooed man of mysterious origin, a sleight-of-reality artist who has traveled the centuries with a secret worse than death. He arrives in New Orleans as a serial killer stalks the streets, a killer who carefully selects his victims for the humanity that is missing in himself. Deucalion's path will lead him to cool, tough police detective Carson O'Connor and her devoted partner, Michael Maddison, who are tracking the slayer but will soon discover signs of something far more terrifying: an entire race of killers who are much more-and less-than human and, deadliest of all, their deranged, near-immortal maker: Victor Helios-once known as Frankenstein.

He is Deucalion, a tattooed man of mysterious origin, a sleight-of-reality artist who has traveled the centuries with a secret worse than death. he arrives in New Orleans as a serial killer stalks the streets, a killer who carefully selects his victims for the humanity that is missing in himself. Decucalion's path will lead him to detectives Carson O'Connor and Michael Maddison, who are tracking the slayer but will soon discover signs of something far more terrifying: an entire race of killers who are much more--and less--than human and, deadliest of all, their deranged, near-immortal maker: Victor Helios--once known as Frankenstein.

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<opt> <anon I1="BLANK" I2="BLANK">Chapter One Deucalion seldom slept, but when he did, he dreamed. Every dream was a nightmare. None frightened him. He was the spawn of nightmares, after all; and he had been toughened by a life of terror. During the afternoon, napping in his simple cell, he dreamed that a surgeon opened his abdomen to insert a mysterious, squirming mass. Awake but manacled to the surgical table, Deucalion could only endure the procedure. After he had been sewn shut, he felt something crawling inside his body cavity, as though curious, exploring. From behind his mask, the surgeon said, "A messenger approaches. Life changes with a letter." He woke from the dream and knew that it had been prophetic. He possessed no psychic power of a classic nature, but sometimes omens came in his sleep. In these mountains of tibet, a fiery sunset conjured a mirage of molten gold from the glaciers and the snowfields. A serrated blade of Himalayan peaks, with Everest at its hilt, cut the sky. Far from civilization, this vast panorama soothed Deucalion. For several years, he had preferred to avoid people, except for Buddhist monks in this windswept rooftop of the world. Although he had not killed for a long time, he still harbored the capacity for homicidal fury. Here he strove always to suppress his darker urges, sought calm, and hoped to find true peace. From an open stone balcony of the whitewashed monastery, as he gazed at the sun-splashed ice pack, he considered, not for the first time, that these two elements, fire and ice, defined his life. At his side, an elderly monk, Nebo, asked, "Are you looking at the mountains--or beyond them, to what you left behind?" Although Deucalion had learned to speak several Tibetan dialects during his lengthy sojourn here, he and the old monk often spoke English, for it afforded them privacy. "I don't miss much of that world. The sea. The sound of shore birds. A few friends. Cheez-Its." "Cheeses? We have cheese here." Deucalion smiled and pronounced the word more clearly than he'd done previously. "Cheez-Its are cheddar-flavored crackers. Here in this monastery we seek enlightenment, meaning, purpose . . . God. Yet often the humblest things of daily life, the small pleasures, seem to define existence for me. I'm afraid I'm a shallow student, Nebo." Pulling his wool robe closer about himself as wintry breezes bit, Nebo said, "To the contrary. Never have I had one less shallow than you. Just hearing about Cheez-Its, I myself am intrigued." A voluminous wool robe covered Deucalion's scarred patchwork body, though even the harshest cold rarely bothered him. The mandala-shaped Rombuk monastery--an architectural wonder of brick walls, soaring towers, and graceful roofs--clung precariously to a barren mountainside: imposing, majestic, hidden from the world. Waterfalls of steps spilled down the sides of the square towers, to the base of the main levels, granting access to interior courtyards. Brilliant yellow, white, red, green, and blue prayer flags, representing the elements, flapped in the breeze. Carefully written sutras adorned the flags, so that each time the fabric waved in the wind, a prayer was symbolically sent in the direction of Heaven. Despite Deucalion's size and strange appearance, the monks had accepted him. He absorbed their teaching and filtered it through his singular experience. In time, they had come to him with philosophical questions, seeking his unique perspective. They didn't know who he was, but they understood intuitively that he was no normal man. Deucalion stood for a long time without speaking. Nebo waited beside him. Time had little meaning in the clockless world of the monks, and after two hundred years of life, with perhaps more tha Excerpted from Prodigal Son by Dean Koontz, Kevin J. Anderson All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.</anon> </opt>

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In Koontz's (Hideaway) latest series, Deucalion lives in a Tibetan monastery, where he hides from his mysterious origin and the man who created him. Meanwhile, two detectives in New Orleans are hunting down a serial killer who makes off with various body parts of his victims. Their worlds collide with the hidden madness of Victor Helios, a scientist bent on creating a new race of beings subservient to him. Victor is hundreds of years old, and to keep his work secret, he has changed his last name from Frankenstein. Imagine that the Mary Shelley story actually happened, and the participants are still alive today. This first book in a multipart saga features fascinating characters and an intriguing premise. The only disappointment is the suspense-filled ending. The next title is more than six months away, so a wrap-up won't be coming anytime soon. For all library collections.-Jeff Ayers, Seattle P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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