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)
Lover of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, mystery, and westerns in all media, including old-time radio dramatizations.
I've been less than impressed with a few of Koontz' Odd offerings, but 'Deeply Odd' reminds me of the charm and humor found in the beginning of the series. David Aaron Baker's performance is excellant. His voicings add greatly to the humorous aspects of the story. Highly recommended for a Odd fans.
I am a commercial artist working in my studio in central Virginia. Audible keeps me company and extends my painting hours.
The original character in books 1 - 3, was delightful and compelling. Since then, in an effort to introduce new adventures, Mr. Koontz has lost the magic. I am only listening because I purchased the book.
Don't have a clue
Nothing. I think he does an admirable job.
Can't imagine that would help.
The scene in the warehouse stairwell stands out as incredibly mind-numbing. I am absolutely at a loss for words to describe how bad this book is.
I have read all of the Odd Thomas books, and this is the first one I have enjoyed on audio. Knowing that David Aaron Baker reads all of these books, I may have to go back and start over, for the joy of listening to his spot-on narration.
This book starts out with Oddy on a trek to buy some new socks and clothes, and he encounters the book's main villain almost immediately. An encounter ensues that, because it occurs so early in the book, has no real context, so I found it a bit disconcerting. Never fear. The context arrives, along with a delightful new character, the elderly Edie Fisher, who is one of Oddy's accomplices in this drama, and who sheds more light on the battle between good and evil that is the fate of Odd Thomas.
Many serious readers in my circle scoff at Dean Koontz and his continual inventions of evil characters who must be challenged and (usually) defeated by Koontz' assorted heroes. Say what they will, I adore this series and Odd Thomas' naive and trusting acceptance of his mission. Thank you, Dean Koontz, for helping us share this childlike belief in the existence of people who are thoroughly good, and devoted to the banishment of forces that threaten to overwhelm us. Getting up in the morning with a smile on my face is a bit easier after reading this book.
entertaining characters, witty dialogue and traumatic scenes were not as drawn out as much as usual.
I have read all previous novels.. this was my first experience with the audible version. I won't read another this way. I think the main issue was my vision/voice of Odd did not match up with the person reading it at all. So I was bothered by that through out. Also I don't think I ever realized how many extraneous words were used by Koontz.. Has he never heard the adage don't use 25 words when 5 will do? I believe that in reading the novels.. my brain, just skipped over all that extra "stuff" but hearing it read out loud .. made me scream more than once.. just GET ON WITH it... I still liked how the story progressed... and look forward to more adventures with Odd, but will definitely go back to reading them rather than listening.
Yes. the story line is enjoyable
Story was definitely left unfinished.. not sure how many are planned in this series?
I've read all the Odd Thomas books, and I think the story is starting to get old. The first half of Deeply Odd was more of the same. No straight answers, no real advances in the overall Odd Thomas story. It was just the uncovering of an evil scheme, and lots of exchanges along these lines:
Odd: how do you know that?
other person: I know many things.....
Odd: Where are we going?
other person: we'll find out when we arrive....
Odd: what color is the sky?
other person: it's whatever color it wants to be....
This is getting really old. Luckily the second half got better.
I will continue reading the Odd Thomas series because I want to know how the story will turn out. Other than that no.
I think he does a very good job of bringing character and personality.
Nothing in particular, all the scenes were useful. They just weren't the scenes I was hoping for.
First off, I love how the narrator has been the same for every audio book. David Arron Baker does a wonderful job taking you through the journeys of Odd Thomas.
Second...I enjoyed how Edie and Odd build there friendship and how a sort of peace comes over him towards the end. This book made me smile for the characters...and I'm sure you will to :)
Besides Odd Thomas...the two that stood out to me in this book was the little old limo driving lady, Edie, and Alfred Hitchcock.
Can't say without giving too much detail away
YES!!!! Its on my ipod so I listen to it in the car, at the gym, grocery store, in the tanning bed...can never put these books down
There were alot of twist and turn with Odd figuring out what 'world' he was in so I did have to pay attention through some parts but over all it was delightful. Plan on listening to again in the future.
I could not follow all the twists in this story.
The writing seems way off of other books.
I love Audible's customer service and being able to return books.
Audible customer for over 10 yrs for this reason.
The driving Miss Daisy: so good. And Alfred....what a hoot.
OOOh yea cowboy
When the old lady stopped to pick Odd up and asked his all these questions.....
No, my job won't let me listen to them at one sitting, but I can never wait to get back to them.
Yes, MORE MORE MORE MORE FASTER FASTER....
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