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)
I seem to be a verb.
Familiar character, familiar narrator made it like returning to a familiar, pleasant place. The new character was quite fun, the turns of the story delightfully dark.
the limo-racing, pistol-packin' elderly Mrs. Fischer and Odd's insistance on being polite when everyone was encouraging him to be more personal. "call me Edie, dear" - "Yes, ma'am".
Koontz can paint some delightful pictures with his words. He, perhaps, over does this at times, but I delight in a playful turn of phrase.
Nope. Same narrator as before and a familiar friend. To hear another narrator read would be a shock. David Aaron Baker IS Odd Thomas.
Pleased as punch with this visit to Oddworld.
Again, David Aaron Baker does a great job with the performance and this new addition to the Odd Thomas series adds some unexpected twists and turns with new characters being added to the mix. I believe there is only one more book in projected in this series and I can now see in the mist some direction on where this may end, but only very hazily. As usual, Koontz does a great job of making me laugh, sit in suspense and cry as the story unwinds. Another great novel from Koontz. Looking forward to the final chapter in this story.
This is one of the best. The proper blend of sci fi, supernatural, suspense, and just plain quirkiness that hooked me into this series with the first couple of books, I couldn't listen to it fast enough and sat in my car for half an hour to finish it.
Long haul commuter. Audiobooks keep me from causing serious physical harm to my fellow commuters. Bless you, Audible!
Odd Thomas may well be my favorite literary character of all time. Too early to tell. Certainly my favorite Dean Koontz character. Fans of Odd Thomas will not be disappointed as a few more layers of reality are peeled back to reveal to Odd the true nature of the world.
On a purely personal note, there is a scene where Odd is in a car driving on the 15 Freeway between Victorville and Barstow, CA (Chapter 16). As that scene was described I was on that exact piece of piece of highway. Life is Odd.
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....
Only if he/she read the other odd books
No movies or tv shows. Books are Always better
I listen to the whole series and it kept me interested even though I have a short attention span I loved it
I am a poor reader, audio books open up the world of books that I wouldn't be able to have in my life.
Dean Koontz has done it again. I enjoyed this story and the whole series.
David Aaron Baker is Odd Thomas, I can't imagine Odd Thomas without him.
It's so nice to be told a story, but I believe some people may prefer the written version to the spoken one and nice versa.
He allowed the characters' personalities to be better imagined when read aloud.
Odd - he is just so special.
I Like the character of Odd Thomas he is engaging and funny, But also the stories are becoming quite predictable, seems like Koontz is mailing it in for a paycheck lately.
I'm not an author so it isn't my place to make suggestions on how to make it more enjoyable.
David's voice is good on audiobooks he is very likeable.
Sure it would make a good miniseries maybe but the story might become predictable pretty quick or at least repetitive.
I used to wait for Koontz's next book with baited breath, but recently they haven't really got my attention. What happened to the guy who wrote the bad place, who scared the beans out of you?
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