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)
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.
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.
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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Yes I get good understanding of what the writer is saying without having to reread it.
The dark tower by Stephen King
NOT for now. PERHAPS NEVER... I have read almost every book, Dean Koontz, has written. This was the biggest disappointment. I have read or listened to, where available, ALL the, ODD THOMAS, books..And enjoyed them.I honestly can't make heads or tails of what is being said, in this book... Where is the story line???
Personally, if I could, I would have compleatly, OMITTED, ANY STARS ABOVE...
NOT WRITTEN IT...... it was awful/ boring/tangle of 'words'. no plot, not even a story line I could follow...but this one, was truly bad...I have honesly started it 3 times from the beginning, I get to the middle, and just give up.I know this one is a DUD, IMHO, I am going to delete it, and chalk it up to a poor reading experience.
Everything...His voice, I found aggrivating...
ALL IF IT..THERE IS NO STORY, IMHO..I HAVE TRIED 3TIMES TO LISTEN TO IT, AND GIVEN UP...IT IS DELETE TIME.
I HAVE NO IDEA what Dean was thinking...I have just given up on one other...It had a Frankinstine type, misunderstood, monster, I believe...I gave up on that one too...even though it was far better, when compaired to this ,"mess of words"...it just goes on, and on, and says nothing..It will be some time before I waste my time & $ on any further books by him...
I travel the country setting up at comic, toy, sci-fi, and horror conventions. Audiobooks help with the travels.
I listen to a lot of audiobooks. the Odd series is a good one to follow however this one and the one with the terrorist guys are not among my favorites in the series.
yes, if you have read an Odd book, you should continue.
David is a great voice for Odd
Sixth sense meets Supernatural
The World According to JimG944
I rate the audio book Deeply Odd (Odd Thomas, #6) by Dean Koontz five of five stars. While the two previous books were very complex and "jumped around (space and time)", this book was very linear and easy to follow. Our hero, Odd Thomas, was confronted with a seriously evil plot that had un-natural events. A perfect story for Oddy to be involved. During the story, Oddy was aided by a rather strange old lady and a famous (now-dead) movie director. Game-on! An interest and exciting story to read. I enjoyed it and can high recommend it! However, make sure you read books #4 and #5 before this one to set the context for alot of the dialog.
I've been following the Odd Thomas series since the first book. The first 3 books were the best. The last couple of books seemed to just drag and have little climax. This book seemed to have no climax at all. When the book ended, I found myself saying "What?! That's it?" the entire story is very disappointing.
David Aaron Baker has been constant throughout the whole Odd Thomas recordings that I've listened to. He is how I'd heard Odd in my head for the first 3 books (which I read years ago).
No, not really.
I am an attorney and author in Jefferson City, MO.
When Dean Koontz writes a series of books, the one thing you can count on is that as the books go forward in the series they get better. Unlike many authors who write a good first couple of books, Koontz keeps writing Odd Thomas in a fresh and exciting way. What I find helpful is that David Aaron Baker gives voice to Odd in a way that is unique. With him dictating the events unfolding, it feels like Odd himself is talking to you. In many ways, he has become Odd Thomas to me, and I don't think it would feel the same if someone else were to read the series. So I give the performance very high marks.
But as new characters come into the series, and old characters continue, I find myself amazed that Koontz can fashion characters that are at once both entertaining and unique. The premise of the novel is, as with all the others, a test for Odd's abilities and yet another punch on the ticket toward his destiny.
I guess if I have a frustration, it would be that after reading Odd Thomas again, I want to go immediately to the next book. These are so good, and the story so thematically powerful (there is evil in the world, and it takes more than good to overcome it, it takes good with a sense of humor and a willingness to hit hard), that I can't put one down without thinking "Okay, Koontz, get busy, I'm waiting!"
If you have not read any of the other books, get them first, listen to them in series, and then end with this one. You'll feel exactly the same way!
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