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 am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
WE MIGHT AS WELL EAT
This is a character driven series and a character driven book. Koontz is one of the best at creating a character and making you care. CALL ME, EDIE. YES MA'AM. Odd is the most famous fry cook in the world and we have watched him grow over six books. His elderly employer in this book is a hoot and even though we never meet him, ONE EARED BOB seems most interesting. Even though this is book six, I believe you can enjoy it without reading the previous books. If you liked this you will want to go back and read the rest. I did get a little tired of the never answering a question routine. Cute at first, annoying the hundredth time.
DON'T DOUBLE THINK YOURSELF
So, your wondering why three stars. I love Odd and the first seven chapters were fantastic. The rest of the book is one lecture after another. We are preached at about morals, bravery and various other personal attributes. There is a tremendous amount of psychology. I go to church once a week, I don't need to be preached at in the books I read for entertainment, especially when I pay for the book, for it's entertainment value. If I want psychology, there are hundreds of books out there for that. Just because Koontz sells millions of books, doesn't make him a know it all in morals. If he is so knowledgeable, he should write some non-fiction books. Or instead of out and out preaching, show us, don't preach it. I tried very hard to stay with this, but with just a little over two hours to go and it was obvious the preaching was not going to stop, I called it quits.
THE WORLD IS GOING MAD
In this book we are continually told how awful the world is today. Koontz is old enough to know that we have made great strides just in the last 50 years, not counting over the centuries. I can remember when kids were ostracized for having divorced parents. Blacks were not allowed to date whites. A girl who got pregnant out of wedlock had to leave town. I guess it was great if you were rich, went to the right church and belonged the country club? Yes, we have Isis and other bad guys, but we had Attila the Hun, Hitler, Stalin and others. Jesus was crucified, cause that was a painful way to die a slow death and be humiliated. That was not invented for Christ, it was common practice. Slavery, child labor, women's rights, civil rights, etc... The world has a long way to go, but it has also come a long way.
The narrator was great.
GOLDIE HAWN, I had a huge crush on her as a kid.
I believe a reviewer should finish a book before submitting a review. What do you think?
Oh I was hoping Mr Koontz would bring back the magic of our beloved Oddy. Although this book was an improvement on the last two in my opinion, the overall charm and cohesion was still missing a bit.
There is a cult of supernatural (some are) bad guys who have kidnapped a group of young children for reasons that are super creepy, the spirits that Oddy sees, a darling hot rod wealthy granny with lovely charm and plenty of dogs, what's not to like?
This all makes for a pretty good Odd book, however because the earlier ones were so good I can't help feeling this disappointment.
And I can't write this review without a mention of the ever pregnant Annmarie character who once again is dangled in front of the listener without any connection to the story. This one pony trick is wearing; doesn't Mr. Koontz realize that there is no need for this ploy? We are loyal reader/listeners and we do not need the "enigmatic ever pregnant woman" to keep us interested in your books. I have the opposite reaction personally.
So of course I look forward to the next Odd book and perhaps the baby will finally arrive and the annoying Annemarie will fade away into the past. Happy listening!
I loved this new adventure of Odd Thomas. It is always a great and interesting journey with him. I hope he has more in store for us. He truly is a God send to those in need!
I'm sure this book is great sin ce all of the Odd Thomas books are, I tried to return it, but my 90 days had passed, I would just like a listenable copy!!!!!
While this author is and always has been a bit preachy for my taste I have been a huge fan of the odd Thomas series. This one was no let down and I'm looking forward to starting the next one
An avid reader that has run out of time to read and has turned to audiobooks to get his daily bookworm fed.
Finally an above average Odd Thomas book! This is the best one since Brother Odd, but not as good as the original. Not that the others are bad but they tend to be only average. Starting out slow and involves a lot of banter between Odd and his new companion, the twist and possibly universe shattering info comes from the least expected source and will hopefully shape the final book in the best ways possible, this could all be a fever dream but here's to hoping. David Aaron Baker is as usual magnificent as our narrator and has become synonymous with what most of us think Odd sounds like, and to top it off he apparently can do a half decent impression of *spoilers*. Dean Koontz had raised all hopes of a phenomenal conclusion to this Odd saga ;) and we all hope he won't let us down.
I enjoy all of Mr. Koontz early work before religion kicked in. I read the Odd Thomas series because to this point he was not writing anything else. When this happens I usually go back to his early work and go down memory lane.
When I read Odd Thomas I have to take a tremendous leap of faith to get into the book. This one was no different. Odd Thomas goes to town to buy a pair of jeans and ends up on a quest to save three children. The story didn't hold a lot of mystery or suspense. The characters were interesting but I never got a sense of danger as I do with most of his books. I wonder if it has something to do with the fact that I don't really have a lot of empathy for Odd Thomas. I don't know why, I just don't find him all that interesting.
The story is pretty straight-forward and it will keep you entertained if you have nothing better to do this afternoon. If you are looking for something with more grit pick up Cold Fire or Bad Place or Shadow Fires, even the first three books of the Frankenstein series are better.
David Aaron Baker makes you believe that you are seeing the world through Odd Thomas' eyes. He brings the character to life. He's not good with the other characters but he is passable. He is not distracting and the story is very enjoyable.
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