- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins - GB (7 February 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007452993
- ISBN-13: 978-0007452996
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 281 g
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
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A series of murders has struck the gorgeous city of New Orleans and it is not long before we learn that the victims are killed for nothing more than a single piece of their anatomy. Mr Koontz soon places pieces of the book’s puzzle before the readers eyes, but some of these may well turn out to be nothing more than clever decoys, whilst others are essential and clues pivotal to the books solution. It turns out there is more than one psycho sicko in this book, and even background on the story's good guys is revealed as you go. And characters that are introduced early on that the reader may presume to be evil may well turn out to be part of the force for good. Or they may not. And even the players of the bad team may well turn out to be victims in their own right, so who knows if they will have their own capacity to rebel against those who chose to manipulate their destiny? Some of the book’s major characters are autistic, and the book even hints at a possible cure that it.
Just like any modern day cop story, there are good cops, bad cops, rumours of bad cops, and the daughters of dead cops fighting to clear their names. And doing so whilst trying to find and destroy the forces of heinous evil that have taken the people of New Orleans hostage.
This book is deep. The bad guys are clever. Hopefully the good guys are even cleverer. But PRODIGAL SON ain’t perfect. The chapters are on average very short. Most are four to five pages long, and whilst this doesn't normally bother me, I expect a Dean Koontz book to possess thought provoking and profound verse that you can really sink your teeth into. This one tends to get started, but jumps around to the next plot point before you can get your thinking cap on. But on the plus side, the story flows smoothly (and very, very quickly) and the atmosphere builds up on (or should that be, sneaks up on you) almost as quickly as it does on our heroine Detective.
So overall this is a solid and highly entertaining (even educational) read. Horror fans, rejoice. So to, crime lovers. Aficionados of classic literature may well get a kick out of reading this one, too.
So i am happy to give it four stars and I can’t wait to start book two.
I love Koontz’s ‘new style’ of short chapters, quick plot progression and multiple characters that are easy to follow (especially when you have a toddler and don’t always get hours ((or minutes)) of uninterrupted time to read).
This book is easy to read, interesting, layered, the characters have depth, they are funny and believable. The writing is clever with enough science to make it plausible, but never boring.
I was guilty in the past of feeling Koontz’s early work was sometimes excessively descriptive with inconsequential details that carried on for pages and pages. This has not been the case with the last 14 of Koontz’s books I have read.
The most exciting and engaging part of this book (and the following 4 in the series) is the woven knowledge and understanding of the quantum structure of the universe.
I love the topic of quantum physics and the fabric of the universe and time, but to be honest books on the subject are usually quite tedious to read. This series is easy to read, hard to put down and gives glimpses of an often boring topic in an exciting way.
For me, reading is about getting lost in a world for a few hours, being taken away by a story that has me so interested I go to bed early to read into the night or perhaps take to the ‘smallest room in the house’ for a sneaky quick 5 minute escape during the day. This book does that.
It may not win a Nobel Prize, it may not be awarded great honours, but it will be a great reading experience, which to me is worth 5 stars! It may also leave you with some pondering to do about technology, its advancements and the human race too.