October 08, 2011
Dead and Alive by Dean Koontz
Dead and Alive takes place shortly after the 2nd book and there is so much going on and it's all over the place that its hard to describe the plot. Carson and Michael drive around a lot and meet up with Deucalion when they discover there's something at the dump that could help them out in ways unimaginable. Mostly the book focuses on Victor and his creations that are losing their minds and going against their programming.
The characters were horrendous in this book. We barely see the main characters of Deucalion, Michael, and Carson, which is surprising considering they were the main focus in the first two books. Victor goes even more and more unbelievable, and his creations are even stranger. There is a glimmer of light in Jocko, but really, his character didn't actually fit with the story.
The writing was pretty awful as well. Koontz jumps all over the place and adds things that don't need adding. He also unleashes a pretty big, definitely inappropriate, deux ex machina in his story that just made me groan and shake my head in disbelief. But hey, at least there weren't too many pop culture references in this book (something that drives me nuts in the first two). This book abounds with tons of gore and violence and murders and may be a little too much for more sensitive readers.
This book definitely doesn't inspire me to go read anything else by Koontz for awhile. Its amazing that he could take such a good series and turn it into a deplorable book like this.
Dead and Alive