hits the spot
There's something in this violent, smart, simple, vigilantly-under-control character (Reacher) that hits the right balance of righteousness, adventure, mystery, and must importantly, reality. Reachers ramblings again reel us in and keep us wondering whether this time he's gone too far this time. Best read from first book on, I'm on the 7th and have no reason to stop.
Carlin is one of my favorite comedians. His airline flight attendant skit (not in this book) is one of favorites of any comedian. In this book when in the middle of his stories, I laughed. But the introduction, a slow crawl of his snobby pet peeves turned me off, and I never recovered.
Great characters, but it's like he's keeping us in suspense for the next book and we just started this one. I kept falling asleep waiting for the plot to tie together and become suspenseful, but it never does. Action without a compelling plot doesn't create suspense. Why talk all the time about his dead sweetheart if it never ties back into the story. This could have been his best Odd book.
I will say that if he takes the characters and unanswered questions he's created, and ties them together into the great story he's capable of, his next book could be more than awesome.
He is one of my favorite narrators. He is the reason I finished this book, that, and the fact that I'm not ready to give up on Odd Thomas yet.
I would see a movie based on Odd Thomas is they tied up all the loose ends they open in the movie.
I love this series. This book did it harm, but, it is redeemable. But if Mr. Koontz is tired of it he should poor his heart into one more book tying up the loose ends.
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