Odd Thomas is one of the most endearing characters ever created. Who could believe that the life of a fry cook could keep you on the edge of your seat. The twists and turns of the book coupled with the detailed description of each and every charter enthralls the reader and brings every scene to life.
Who could have thought our man Odd could end up in a monastery with such a collection of characters! And just when you think you have the good guys and the villans figured out, Koontz throws the hook and fouls that line of thinking. He has used the twist ending to it's best in all the Odd books, but this one really had me holding my breath. Great suspense, laced with that comic edge I love about Koontz.
About 15 or 20 novels into the work of Dean Koontz, I have now come across the first one I truly hate. Except "icebound" maybe, but that's, you know, "early work". But "Brother Odd".... I have hardly ever listened to anything this stupid. I guess it has to do with the character ODD Thomas, which many absolutely adore, I just wonder why? I almost hate him. It's hard to explain. It's like Odd has to come up with something witty in every SINGLE sentence he says, and another reviewer stated that he soon becomes a "cooler than thou" kinda bro. I totally agree. I am also wondering if I am starting to suffer from attention deficit disorder, I just could not listen to this nonsense. These mysteries are just no fun at all. It's all about Koontz wanting to express his funny side, which he does have (Frankenstein....often funny, I think), but this is too much. I have an hour left go go, may Odd have mercy on me. And can some psychopath please show up and kill all the monks. Just kidding.
I personally believe that this story of Odd is the best of the three. I loved the first two books, but I think I like this one the best. I does, like all of Koontz's books (I think), leave story open for the next book. I think this one will be hard to top, but I am VERY willing to read another if it is written.
The 3rd in the Odd Thomas series, "Brother Odd", finds Odd Thomas trying a monastic path to finding meaning in his life while conintuing to run into the wandering dead. While not as emotionally pulling as the first two books, Brother Odd is well written, entertaining and very well read. In Odd Thomas Koontz has developed a sympathetic character about whom you can really care. If you haven't read the first two Odd Thomas books I would recommend starting with the first, "Odd Thomas". You won't want to wait to get to the second and this 3rd story of a most unilikely hero.
The story left me wanting more. I hope this is not the last we hear of Odd. After reading the book, I feel that I know the characters, very well written. I could not stop listening to the book, a real page turner so to speak.
This is a fun listen. The best part as usual is Koontz' language, and unlike some of his recent works this book has a plot, albeit not an inspired one. Koontz is getting very religious lately which sometimes irritates me but this book also asks some interesting questions about how redemptive faith really is -- and how much human ego can interfere with it.
I really like Odd Thomas, the character, and really wanted to like this 3rd book of the series, but I was a little UNDERwhelmed. Sort of felt like Koontz came up with the title first, and wrote a book around it. The protagonist just didn't feel real at all. The creatures were just TOOO unbelievable. Sorry, but I hope the next installment is better.