The Dead Town [Paperback]
- HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date:
- 19 January 2012
- Modern & Contemporary
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This was an interesting twist to the series and had such a quick yet intense ending. I almost felt like maybe Koontz wasn't done with this series as I drew closer to the end. It seemed like there was so much going on and not enough pages to finish this series up. Even though this series did finish up, I could definitely see future stories with Carson & Michael with hints of Deucalion within. The only thing I would like to add that I feel is my only advise to Koontz is within his books I can usually tell who will live and who won't make it. The survival of characters is becoming too predictable. I understand his love for his creations within but he needs to shake things up and hit his readers emotionally at times by killing off certain strong characters. There were quite a few of them in this Frankenstein series that if killed would definitely effect a reader's thoughts.
The Dead Town was masterful! The Frankenstein series were my first Dean Koontz reads, and I have to say, IKoontz rocketed to the top of my favorite author list to keep company with James Rollins, Michael Crichton and Dan Brown. His unique writing style is refreshing and captivating.The story concept is highly creative, with an "on the edge of your seat" suspenseful plot combined with wonderfully entertaining characters. I believe Dean Koontz is the only author who can make me laugh out loud right in the middle of scaring the heck out of me! I highly recommend the five book series.
The final part of Koontz's Frankenstein saga is a chaotic and horrific soap opera. The plethora of character arcs cross over, bleed in to one another, some finding conclusions where others simply fizzle out. In fact, new characters emerge at the eleventh hour, presenting options for closure the existing cast could not. These factors suggest Koontz was probably just making this up as he went along, which is why it has that enigmatic, yet addictive, Twin Peaks feel to it. The series has been a rollercoaster and the final instalment feels disjointed for a while, although pulls together in the final third. There's too many cliffhangers where they are not needed and the huge swathe of characters means a fair amount of reiteration to keep readers up to speed. In lesser hands this would have been a mess, however there's a sparkle in this whole series and it's an enjoyable read as Koontz adds closure to a series which could have spiralled on indefinitely.
An all-around great conclusion to the series, but I suggest reading this one very quickly after Lost Souls because it's a direct sequel and you are presumed to know exactly what's going on and who the characters are. In reality I think it would have worked better with 4 and 5 being one book. My only other quibble is similarities to Midnight make the last 2 books less original than the first trilogy. But otherwise I would say it's Koontz's best work in years. For everyone who has complained about lack of depth or memorable characters in some of his recent work, this is proof that he's still "got it." The you blink-you-miss-it twist towards the end of the book is as disturbing as it is surprising, but the rest of the book is typical Koontz in many ways.
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