The pistol appeared in his hand the way a dove appears in the hand of a good magician, as if it materialized out of thin air. "You think I won’t do it right here in the open. But you’d be surprised.... You’ll drop before you get the breath to scream." The truck driver is decked out like a rhinestone cowboy, only instead of a guitar he’s slinging a gun - and Odd Thomas is on the wrong end of the barrel. Though he narrowly dodges a bullet, Odd can’t outrun the shocking vision burned into his mind...or the destiny that will drive him into a harrowing showdown with absolute evil.
How do you make sure a crime that hasn’t happened yet, never does? That’s the critical question facing Odd Thomas, the young man with a unique ability to commune with restless spirits and help them find justice and peace. But this time, it’s the living who desperately need Odd on their side. Three helpless innocents will be brutally executed unless Odd can intervene in time. Who the potential victims are and where they can be found remain a mystery. The only thing Odd knows for sure is who the killer will be: the homicidal stranger who tried to shoot him dead in a small-town parking lot.
With the ghost of Alfred Hitchcock riding shotgun and a network of unlikely allies providing help along the way, Odd embarks on an interstate game of cat and mouse with his sinister quarry. He will soon learn that his adversary possesses abilities that may surpass his own and operates in service to infinitely more formidable foes, with murder a mere prelude to much deeper designs. Traveling across a landscape haunted by portents of impending catastrophe, Odd will do what he must and go where his path leads him, drawing ever closer to the dark heart of his long journey - and, perhaps, to the bright light beyond.
©2013 Dean Koontz (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Koontz gives his character wit, good humor, a familiarity with the dark side of humanity - and moral outrage." (USA Today)
It's simple really, I am just a guy looking to enjoy the writing and reading talents of others while raising my family the best I can, just Like most everyone else!!!
In most Odd Thomas book's reviews, besides the first one, I'm never sure if a review is needed because odd fans know what to expect. This one is different, a review is needed! Until now the first book was hands down the best and I was shocked when I started liking Deeply Odd more. The characters, mostly the old woman, are one thing that stood out for me. That woman is a great character! A magical, gun carrying, filthy rich, kind and helpful, funny old woman who always knows someone who can help her and Odd, and a woman who drives over 100 mph almost anywhere she goes, is someone to keep writing about. There is so much to write about here, but I DO NOT WANT TO SPOIL SUCH A TREAT FOR ANY OF YOU!!! If you liked the other books then I am pretty sure you will love this one, it is special in my view.
I'm That Guy
Once again Odd Thomas takes us on another intense adventure with plenty of wit and humor. Koontz has a way in these series of bringing forth horrors that could actually be believable and intermingles it with the totally fantastical. Fun and intense. One of the better books in the series. Definitely read the previous books in the series first though, as he refers continuously to earlier adventures and characters.
The Cypress House by Michael Koryta. Which also is a terrific book with a great narrator. Not to give anything away in the book, but the main character also has a bit of a supernatural ability similar but not the same as Odd Thomas
Love him as usual. He has such terrific poise and wonderful character voices. You really feel that he IS Odd Thomas.
A few chuckles and disgust at the villains.
Definitely a worthwhile read, but a better listen due to Mr Brick.
I enjoy David Aaron Baker's reading of the Odd Thomas series. He's great.
I've listened to all of the Odd Thomas audiobooks. His reading is flawless.
Edie. She's a character with mystical talents, she's interesting and young at heart.
I agree with other reviews. This book was better than the last two Odd books. I also agree that Dean Koontz spreads his philosophy a bit much in this one. A little goes a long way. AnnaMarie is a mystery that has gone on too long. Will the poor woman never have that baby and what is that all about. I was pleased at the hint that Odd will go back to his roots in the next book (possibly). I miss all the characters that live in Pico Mundo. Even with that, the story was good, with a satisfying ending.
Keep focus on the plot and continue the witty dialogue.
Yes, but with hesitation.
Have not listened to narrator previously; enjoyable.
I couldn't justify the time to finish this book. Got lost after the "Star Truck" scene.
Great promise! Poor timing on the author's "acid trip", stream of consciousness experiment.
There are few things better than a good story well told!
I enjoyed the story and there were parts that were very funny—like the supermarket scene. Mr. Koontz does not knock it out of the park with this one but it is an entertaining listen. A 3.7 star experience overall. As always, I look forward to more Odd adventure.
Odd's off on another adventure, this time meeting the lovable Edie. Together they embark on a quest to free several children awaiting a terrible fate. Edie introduces Odd to friends along the way, some helping them out, but all in a fight against evil. As in the first Odd book, this one has some unforgettable characters and amusing banter, that provided comic relief while Odd battled new demons. This book won't disappoint Odd fans.
I absolutely love the Odd Thomas series and this was another great installment. The addition of the fast driving, pistol-packin' Mrs. Fischer was a thrill and I hope she makes into future books. She is one of those extra characters that make the book so good. Koontz' ability to make you feel connected to the characters is back in full swing with this book, where he lacked a bit in a few of the others in the series. For fans of the Moonlight Bay (Christopher Snow) series as well, we see more connections in this book and hints that the two stories will interconnect at some point.
Yes, I would listen to all of the Odd Thomas books again. Dean Koontz has hit a deep well of character that is relatable to just about everyone. Odd Thomas has just the right mix of supernatural (without being over the top), trauma, mystery, comedy and the naivete that makes human being.....................human.
I think it was on the roof when he saw himself............don't want to ruin it by saying more than that. Leading up to the climax of that moment you find yourself telling him what to do.
I LOVE Edie and his potrayal of her is wonderful. I can see her face after his description. The way he becomes Edie matches the description.
I think the end of this one did more so than any other. It made me feel like there is an end coming to the series. I could feel his pain more then before. Not just physical pain but the tiredness that comes with emotional and mental stress.
I am an avid reader/listener. I love the written word more than most things in life. Rather it's physically read or listened to. It has the power to give or take such a large range of emotions. It has the gift of taking us away to some place else where maybe our lives don't seem as bad in that moment. With that being said I have to say that the Odd Thomas books are by far one of my most favorite series of books. I will truly mourn the passing of this series and rejoice when Odd moves on to the next stage to be with his beloved Stormy. Thank you Mr. Koontz for a character I could get to know, laugh with, laugh at sometimes (although never unkindly), root for and to get to know so completely as Odd Thomas. He's been a true gift.
To those constant readers if you haven't tried a little Odd in your life you should.
A "deeply odd" book. The soliloquy of the main character (the Odd Man) for the first third or more of the book was sooo boring and self absorbed...I couldn't continue listening. One of a few books that I couldn't plod through. I usually like Koontz but this one was horrible! Sorry Dean, but a very poor effort of story telling in my opinion.
Someone who isn't paying attention to the story.
Possibly. I'm a sucker.
He brings this great character to life.
Koontz cannot write a paragraph without going off on some overly done descriptive tangent. So distracting. Too bad! I love this character. I hate how Koontz throws out inappropriately pretentious words in every single book as if to prove how intelligent he is. It just makes him sound out of touch with his readers. It is unfortunate since I really love some of the characters he has created.
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