Jefferson City, MO, United States | Member Since 2011
When Dean Koontz writes a series of books, the one thing you can count on is that as the books go forward in the series they get better. Unlike many authors who write a good first couple of books, Koontz keeps writing Odd Thomas in a fresh and exciting way. What I find helpful is that David Aaron Baker gives voice to Odd in a way that is unique. With him dictating the events unfolding, it feels like Odd himself is talking to you. In many ways, he has become Odd Thomas to me, and I don't think it would feel the same if someone else were to read the series. So I give the performance very high marks.
But as new characters come into the series, and old characters continue, I find myself amazed that Koontz can fashion characters that are at once both entertaining and unique. The premise of the novel is, as with all the others, a test for Odd's abilities and yet another punch on the ticket toward his destiny.
I guess if I have a frustration, it would be that after reading Odd Thomas again, I want to go immediately to the next book. These are so good, and the story so thematically powerful (there is evil in the world, and it takes more than good to overcome it, it takes good with a sense of humor and a willingness to hit hard), that I can't put one down without thinking "Okay, Koontz, get busy, I'm waiting!"
If you have not read any of the other books, get them first, listen to them in series, and then end with this one. You'll feel exactly the same way!
We all knew that St. Odd meant that Odd Thomas was going to meet his fate in this book. The craftsmanship and rich character detail in this book are phenomenal. You can tell that this character was very close to the heart of the offer. He spent a great deal of time with this character, liked him, and hated to see him go. The end he has created is richly satisfying and anyone who has read these books will enjoy this book a great deal.
Helpful exercises and read spiritedly, I got a lot out of this book. You will surely enjoy the work. I know I did.
This is an exciting story told by a master storyteller. The narration is very good. Although there are portions of the book that strain credulity, the author never leaves you hanging.
Generally speaking I liked this book, but some of the situations had me scratching my head. At one point, while charging a compound where Cahill is being held, he charges in and kills everyone, never stopping to question anyone as to where the girl is. He just keeps shooting and searching rooms,which does not sound like what a Delta operative would do. It sounds more like a plot contrivance. A smart operator would have taken a prisoner, found out the girl's location, and then planned out the way in and the way out. But other than that obvious departure from tradecraft, the books is quite well done, and I would recommend it.
I love Koontz's work, and I routinely give him two thumbs up on most anything he writes, because they are usually delightful. This one starts darker than some of his others, and sweeps to a conclusion faster than most of his work. The last couple of chapters of the book feel like he just got tired of writing this one, and it feels like a rushed effort. The story was still enjoyable, but the bad guy in the end was disappointing.
I am constantly amazed at how Koontz can take a really novel and facially ridiculous story line (shapeless monsters that crush people) and have you believing it by the time you're done with the book. But more important than the eventual winning over and suspension of disbelief is the themes he explores and the way in which it is always the triumph of the human spirit that wins out in the end of his books. This novel is one of his best, and was recommended by Audible based on past Koontz books. I am very glad I listened. The narrator is not as good as the narrator for the Odd Thomas novels, but still was very good.
The thing I liked best about this book is that it keeps you guessing. If you have read Koontz before you know he believes in creating some really strange and unusual bad guys. The bad guy -- actually a bad gal -- here is one of his more unique signatures. The relationships that develop and the over-the-top symbolism at first left me very much confused. Was Koontz trying to make this book easy for the not-too-bright, or was he just being heavy-handed with foreshadowing? Suffice it to say that in that way that is uniquely Koontz, he won't let you down. You're going to be misdirected, establish expectations, and be wondering what just happened while you're being thrust into another plot change with incredible speed and intensity. This kept me guessing past the last page. It's not exactly The Lady or the Tiger, but it is as close in modern fiction as you're likely to come. And I wouldn't be surprised to find Mr. Koontz recycling one of the characters here somewhere down the line. In short, get this book. It's an entertaining listen!
When the Virgil Flowers line of books started he was kind of an unwelcome diversion from the Davenport series. A spinoff that I was not entirely sure I was going to like. The series started slowly, but I've listened to every one of them, and I am liking them more and more. Eric Conger delivers a good reading performance, and I've come to the point that I like Flowers and know pretty much what he's going to do. He's his own man, and a very different man than Davenport. You can almost predict what Davenport will do; not so with Flowers whom Sandford keeps us guessing about most of the time. This is a good listen and worth you time and money.
I had to mark this one down because I did not much care for the ending, but overall it was a good listen. I think in many respects when I listen to a novel of this variety I am thinking that there will likely be a sequel. I am almost certain, however, that there won't be one here. I don't think this one is set up that way. It's an interesting premise and there were only a few things that made me go "hmmmm." Definitely worth a listen, but likely not to be your favorite book.
If you liked The Killer, you'll love the Enemy. It's a tight tale, with lots of twists and turns, and with some really excellent plotting. Set in Europe, it provides descriptions and settings in places that I can only hope of getting to someday. I have really enjoyed the series, and the highest compliment I can pay a writer is "WHERE IS BOOK 3?" And that's what I want to know: when will I get to read the next of Tom Wood's Victor stories.
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