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.
The book spends the first 90% going through doomsday scenarios. It recaps the fall of past civilizations and energy shortages to try and scare the reader into believing what they say will occur to the world economy when oil runs out. It preaches full economic collapse, sending the US back to villages where individuals farm for their own food.
Then, when it starts discussing investment it somehow changes to be not so doom and gloom, but rather the writer believes the stock market will function, all sizes of companies will still exist, and alternative energies are all available who can meet much of the demand. It seems the writer is trying to scare people into taking the problem seriously by telling the worst case scenario (oil runs out overnight). However they seem to agree it will be gradual and at worst a depression when you consider their investment advice.
What I take from this is yes: I think oil will increase in cost. But no, there won't be the economic collapse predicted. The investment advice is probably sound for when the oil does increase in cost. However, I doubt the returns mentioned will be realized, as I think the market will continue to develop alternative fuels the more expensive oil becomes. It won't occur overnight--or even in this decade as the book claims--and therefore returns will be spread over a longer period of time.
I've been a fan of King for years. I've read a high majority of his books. This is the first book I just couldn't finish. I gave it about 10 hours of audio before just giving up. The story goes practically no where and the character isn't interesting.
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