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Dean Koontz once again takes along the journey of Odd Thomas. This book picks up just days after the previous book. If you have not read this series from the beginnning - turn back and start at "Odd Thomas".
The story is strange and seems familiar, though I can't place the plot exactly. We receive only slightly more insight into Odd and his strange companion, Annamaria. More story is apparently in the works as this definately feels like a second (5th) act.
Odd is his usal charming self and the reading of Davis Aaron Baker is pleasing to my ear.
Howard Wasdin's memoir of his life and his time as a Navy SEAL was thoroughly engaging. I highly recommend it for anyone but especially for any young person who is considering military service. Not that all military training is as intense as SEAL training but Howard's story will inspire you to believe that you can overcome adversity and with shear will and determination no goal is unreachable. I for one was glad that the book ended with a brief description of his life since leaving the SEALs, it really demonstrated his humanity and that what you may think is the highlight of your life may someday fade into an exciting and unforgettable footnote.
If you are aching for the wonderful use of language that defines James Lee Burke's novels by all means get this book. I fall into that category. To me his writing is some of the most beautiful prose of modern literature. If you are expecting Dave Robicheaux/Clete Purcell in different packaging - this is not it. It is a story of the Holland family and unlike even the other Holland stories I found it a bit of a departure. Not one of his best but I was engaged with the characters and found myself caring about their fates. Will Patton's narration is spot on as usual.
Meet Victor. A cold and calculating assassin. A very good opening to a very good series. The story is fast paced and seems, to me, well researched and believable.
Stephen King is known as one of the masters of the horror fiction genre, as deservedly so. His recent books such as Cell, Under the Dome and Doctor Sleep proves that he has not let the edge dull. This book was, to me anyway, unlike his usual style. Yes, there is suspense and even a couple of horrific scenes. It is even a very good listen. But not scary and no supernatural tint. I measure the scare factor of his books against "It". This is more like a fairly decent detective novel.
This is an excellent concept, well written with engaging characters. I look forward to the full release.
JLB once again weaves a wonderful mystery full of vivid imagery and unsavory characters. If you have followed the adventures of Dave and Clete you will not be disappointed. In addition to the usual cast of characters, we learn more about Clete's daughter, Gretchen - who is a chip off the old block. A colorful character from Bitterroot, Wyatt Dixon plays a large role in the story and provides some of the best scenes.
Fans of Brian Herbert & Kevin Anderson will enjoy this departure from the Dune universe. This is the second in the series and does not stand alone.
The story continues where the first book left off and there is no question that there will be a third, at least.
So this book is a Second Act, albeit a good listen. We learn more about the aliens that inhabit Hellhole and there is great drama.
Odd Thomas may well be my favorite literary character of all time. Too early to tell. Certainly my favorite Dean Koontz character. Fans of Odd Thomas will not be disappointed as a few more layers of reality are peeled back to reveal to Odd the true nature of the world.
On a purely personal note, there is a scene where Odd is in a car driving on the 15 Freeway between Victorville and Barstow, CA (Chapter 16). As that scene was described I was on that exact piece of piece of highway. Life is Odd.
After reading the reviews, I approached this title with some healthy skepticism.
The character is unique, I'll start with that, John Puller is an Army investigator, Still in the Army. He carries a lot of cool equipment with him. He is not someone to trifle with.
I found the story engaging and the characters beleivable. There was even one character with a name so close to mine I nearly swerved into another lane when he was introduced.
To me, this character is still being formed in the authors mind, but has amazing potential for great adventures. I also got the feeling that the author did not want the story to end where it did. I'm glad to see there is a second book and that will be my next purchase.
Maybe it was during the time that I fell out of love with Stephen King. Maybe there were things in my own life that kept me from this book. Maybe it was Ka. Who knows? I've waited 10 years to enjoy this book.
I read and loved The Talisman when it came out but when this came out, I shunned it for some unknown reason. I bought it and it sat on my shelf, mocking me for years until I gave it away in a frenzy of hardback reduction that I have come to regret for many reasons. Maybe it was The Black House itself hiding itself from me.
Anyway. This is a great continuation of the Talisman and I'm really glad that I finished the Dark Tower series in the intervening years (Nudge, wink).
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