Sigh. I was a huge fan of the first Odd Thomas book, so I was excited to find the sequel, "Forever Odd." But I was sadly disappointed! The story wasn't as compelling, and much of what I liked about the original book just wasn't there.
So it was with much trepidation that I purchased this third book, in the hopes that Koontz could bring back the character that I loved. Sadly, this book has just further desecrated a great story and great character.
What makes it so bad? It's as though Koontz has gotten too comfortable with his style of writing, and just overdoes it to a point where the story becomes a parody of itself. The story ables along to a anti-climactic conclusion, with a "plan on an Odd IV!" ending that just left a sour taste in my mouth.
Bottom line: if you liked the 2nd Odd book, perhaps you'll like this one, but if you're like me and thought the 2nd was a let-down, pass this one on.
I love dark gritty thrillers, mystery, psychological, police procedural, and horror with the romance set at a minimum to none.
I enjoyed the first book in the series but the last two have been not so great. I'm waiting for the series to get better and it must. I liked Odd more when he was around normal people. he is just evolving into a character that is too preachy and too good at all times. I would like to see Odd live a little more. For a young character in his early 20's he acts like he is 90. I think Christ sinned more than Odd Thomas. I would still recommend the series though and I will still continue to read it and just hope it gets better.
Only if they read the first few.
He is always great and he is part of the reason I continue to listen. Thank you Dean Koontz for keeping David Aaron Baker as the continous voice, it definitely helps.
WOW, thank you Aisling for talking me into reading this book!! It is now going into my list of favorite reads!!
Dean Koontz is such a popular author, that he really does not need one more explanation of why this book should get another five star review. So, I'm going to challenge all my Christian friends to read this book that they've probable been prejudiced against in the past. Good, evil, and belief are definitely featured in a very unusual way in this strange but extremely well written book!!
Terrific reading for this audible version!!
What to think? Odd was at his best. Setting was ripe. All was in place; the runner had a clear shot at the goal line. Disaster - fumble on the two yard line! I would never accuse Mr Koontz of giving a novel to the kid down the street to finish. All is not lost however - Odd, Elvis, and Boo are off on another adventure.
Enjoyed this book. It had been a while since reading the first one, but easy to drop right on in with #2. Interesting story line.
Great character. The books get better as the series goes on. If you haven't read any of the Odd Thomas books, you are missing out on one of the best characters Koontz has ever created (along with Christopher Snow). Start this series asap, you will love it!
I was told by a friend to read Odd Thomas and I down loaded the wrong book. I loved it though. It peaked my fascination to read the first two books. I'm big Stephen King fan and found Koontz to be a great story teller, like King, but with much less vulgarity. I think I'm a fan. I would like to be more like Brother Odd.
I read the first two books in the Odd Thomas series - I really enjoyed the first one, but wasn't so much in love with the second. I continued on to this third entry mainly on the merit of the first book and my enjoyment of some of Dean Koontz's previous works. I am partway through the second half of this book and I don't think I'm going to finish it at this point. I felt really preached to by this book, like the author allowed his personal points of view on morality and faith to get in the way of good storytelling. I'm sure people of faith will counter that having a point of view in these areas makes for good storytelling itself but I signed up for a ghost story, not a pompous finger-wagging. It makes me reconsider whether I will read his other works in the future...
I really loved this book. I can't seem to get enough of the Odd Thomas series. Dean Koontz writing just flows and you are drawn into the inner thoughts of the character. He has an amazing imagination and I can't wait for the next one!