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)
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.
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.
Not if they were like this one. I had to stop listening to it. It was hurting my head.
Yes. It would have to be Free.
Not the narrators fault.
The entire book.
Amazing Entertaining Storytelling
The writing is superb. The reading by David Aaron Baker is also world class. So believable and enjoyable. I wish other Audio books could compare to this, however, most don't even come close to this series.
He is the manifestation of his character. He brings you into his experience with his style, his vocals are unmatched in my opinion. Listen to the entire series, you will not be sorry.
Yes. Both, this series is just an amazing work of art. Koontz really weaves incredible, yet strangely believable characters into his stories and brings you close to them. He is a master. Listening to these books during long road trips was magical. If you can listen to this series in long stretches on the road it is an amazing experience.
Sure, I'd love to hear your story....
I've enjoyed this series for a while and was DEEPLY disappointed in the last couple of books. I was afraid I was ready to say goodbye when this one came along. At least I'm not ticked off at using my hard earned credit. The good news is the addition of a great new character ("call me Edie") that almost made the weird presence of the perpetually pregnant Madonna like character less annoying. But not quite. There is more humor, fewer monsters without rules, and frankly, at least this one has a plot. So I'll just keep complaining that I miss the old Odd, and pony up my credit for the next book. And, the narrator is pitch perfect as usual. Glad he had something to work with on this one.
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.
New twists and dimensions to Odd's talents and I like the new characters and how the story is evolving and developing.
I did NOT at ALL like some of the "editorial" comments that he (Koontz) had Odd and other characters make about life. When Odd and other characters made comments about how terrible the world is now and how it is all going to hell in a hand basket, it felt more like Koontz philosophy was spilling through and didn't really match with Odd Thomas' nature. It muddied the waters and I felt like Koontz needs to stop watching so much Fox News. I will of course still continue to follow along with the series as I love Odd Thomas but it would be a much more enjoyable read if Mr. Koontz would leave some of his (what seems to me) Liberterian views out of the story. Yes, he does use his novels as a soap box for his views on life, but I don't remember them being this dark and unrelentingly negative. Ugh. Normally I love the Odd Thomas series and can't get enough but I found all of the negativity very distracting and irritating and repetitive. He kept harping on the same negatve themes over and over again. We got it the first several times, thank you.Normally I have a very easy time being in the story and enjoy being carried away by the fast paced action of what poor Odd has to deal with but when he makes comments that are so jarring as to bring you out of the story and go: "what, Huh?" It diminishes the experience.
Love him as Odd, he does a great job in the entire series. He is perfectly cast and I hope he can continue throughout the series.
After the last Odd Thomas installment, I felt the Mr. Koontz was getting a little boring with Odd's adventure and that Anna Maria was annoying as hell. However, in reading this installment of Odd, I am once again hooked on this series. Odd has some inner thoughts that had me laughing so hard--Odd even mentions reading Twilight Eyes (One of Koontz's previous books about Carnies). Since I had read it, I found the mention worthwhile. The characters Odd meets, becoming the chauffeur of Mrs. Fisher and the family living off the grid had me rethinking my life and asking the question... What does Dean Koontz know about the true nature of the universe that I am overlooking? Odd just has some serious deep thoughts and nice one liners. My favorite, "We may as well eat." This adventure is just an amazing ride with Odd is worthwhile and of the same caliber, if not better than the first few stories in Odd's adventures. I highly recommend this story.
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.
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