Let me preface this with the information that I am pretty easy to please as an audiobook listener, and I am also hopelessly hooked on the character Odd Thomas. Having said that, I found it necessary to write this in response to some of the other reviews. Although the story line in this installment is a little less globally catastrophic and a little more locally tragic, it's still engaging, entertaining and believable. It also serves as the perfect vehicle for the next book in the series, Brother Odd. The narration is carried out impeccably by David Aaron Baker. Yes, I agree that the female villain's voice is disturbing, irritating and grates on one's brain like sandpaper. It was supposed to, and every time she speaks she becomes all the more vile. Don't let that little tidbit deter your from listening to this well crafted tale. There isn't that much of it, and by the time she meets her end, you will hate her badly enough to really enjoy it. Finally, I have to agree that his first book in the series, Odd Thomas, was a tough act to follow; Forever Odd has a little different feeling, a little different pace, but it's still worth your time.
I loved the first book (Odd Thomas) and the last book (Brother Odd), but this one (Forever Odd) is unworthy of the author or the character. Most important, it can be skipped without missing anything. Skip it!
After Odd Thomas, I wasn't sure if Koontz could really take the character any further. However, in this suspenseful trek to find his kidnapped friend, Koontz gives the reader even more depth to Odd as well as creating a true villain, Datura (the meaning of that name, you'll have to read to find out). And as always, Koontz is prepared to shock and break hearts.
This book was not as good as Odd Thomas. I agree that Dean Koontz should write more stories about Odd Thomas, and he left the ending ready to add book three. This story was much weaker than the first, but entertaining enough to listen to the whole story. All in all, this is a good story, but nothing great. I hope the next book is much better.
I was utterly disappointed with this linear & twist-free story. There are no surprises, no interesting revelations about Pico Mundo, Odd Thomas or any of his cohorts. I enjoyed the quirky world in the original Odd Thomas but Forever Odd fell flat.
I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Odd Thomas. The characters in the first book were interesting and refreshing. In this book you are reintroduced to a lot of the same characters and the plot of the first book, so you waste a little time in that regard. It seems he may have rushed this to market to capture the appeal of the first book, but it's still decent.
That aside the book is a good listen, and it keeps you interested like most of Koontz's books. The plot-line of this book revolves around black magic, and Koontz must have done a lot of research. This makes it interesting and lends a degree of "trueness" to it that makes you wonder if the black magic mentioned in the book is really out there.
Second book in the Odd Thomas series continues to please all my senses. It's really difficult to say much about the story in this book without giving too much of it away. Odd Thomas is definitely different, as he sees and talks to unsettled dead people, and he's drawn to trouble that only he seems to know about in advance. The sherif is the only one in his small town who knows about his gift or curse, depending on how you look at it. In this book he goes in search of a good friend who is missing, but finds evil in his path.
Generally, this would not be the type of book to interest me. Ghosts and such are not my favorites, but Koontz uses this subject to discuss some very serious themes, while adding huge interest through suspense, a bit of terror, and lots of humor. Free will is his subject in this book, and he handles it so creatively that you are taken on a journey without really knowing why till the end of the book.
I love Koontz's writing and strange thought processes. After saving lots of people from death in book one, people in his town now consider him a hero or an angel. One quip in the story has Odd saying that maybe it would be good to be an angle because then his halo would always provide a light for his book reading. Of course, he even says that thought so much better than I do. I listened to this book on Audible and found the narration to be eerily spectacular. Highly recommend the Odd Thomas books!!
Well, if you read one Odd Thomas, you have really read them all. So while I would not change the book, the first novel is really all you need.
i would not tell Dean Koontz how to do his job, for shame.
Well oddly yes.
No, please go back to question one.
While I find this series redundant, I do love that for once Koontz shows that he has the ability to get in touch with a sweetly spiritual side of his nature.
I have several books from Dean Koontz and David Aaron Baker, so definitely.
I loved Odd Thomas. Five Stars, well worth getting. This one wasn't. I was actually bored. I barely finished it. I hope the next is better.
He is Odd Thomas. You really feel like he is telling his own story. I didn't like the story, but the narrator was perfect.
Disappointment. I just so loved the first book.
I hope the third book is better!
TBetween the reader and the author, Odd Thomas is alive and moving in these books. Forever Odd does not disappoint but continues the exciting and monumental travels of this saintly young man. I feel compelled to learn from this character. Koontz has again woven a strong story and I think any Odd fan must continue on with this one.