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've listened to all the Odd Thomas books and had a hard time listening,I was just bored throughout most of this one.
There was a large amount of this book spent reminding me that we didn't live in the the 1950's anymore, and how horrible that is.
Spend more time on the 3rd act and make the conclusion live us to the build up.
Simple, clean, and crisp
I love the series but more and more it just seems to be preaching and longing for a world that happen 60 years ago. Sure it must have been great with more crime, higher death rates, sexism, racism, lack of science and technology. I'm glad that Dean Koontz loved his childhood but believe it or not people then and now are good and want to do good things.
I have loved the Odd Thomas books in the past, but this one just bored me. I couldn't finish it. There were just tooooo many asides to the past, to Stormy and to things that had already happened. I didn't think that so much time should have been spent on it, because it left me saying, "get on with it". My other half, however, really liked it, so perhaps I am just impatient.
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.
very well narrated and a very good story with a nice ending for a change cheered me up on many shifts
"Enjoyable entry in the sequence"
Enjoyed this book, the continuation off off Thomas story. Nothing amazingly different about it though it does feel more like it's heading somewhere than the last two which didn't seem to have much of an arc. Hoping it all pays off in book five or might be disappointed!
"Really enjoyed it"
Interesting, thought provoking as well as exciting and at times very tense. Looking forward to the next book.
"An excellent addition to the series"
Another brilliant Dean Koontz Odd Thomas tale. David Aaron Baker's voice captures Odd and the other characters layers and quirks. Deeply Koontz, deeply addictive.
"Opened up a lot of questions?"
Enjoyed it of course? but who is Edy Fisher? Side series maybe?
Book was very much Odd Thomas, we find out a little more about him and we pick up a couple more friends along the way, some of them mysterious. Found myself wanting to know more about the side characters than was revealed.
*possible spoiler alert *
The Rhinestone Cowboy was a good bad guy, but did not get the reason that reality warped? Wasn't explained in Saint Odd either?
"Not the usual ."
I have read the Odd Series and enjoyed them. This seemed to be lacking something to ensure you were on the same wavelength as Odd.
No. Not the best.
I enjoyed the narration.
If there is a follow up it needs more kick to it other wise they are to predictable and monotonous.
Not one of the better ones.
"Best Odd Thomas book"
yes, such a great story you get to know the people in the book
Odd Thomas He's so kind and thinks of other people
He made the story come alilve
"Best Odd Book Yet"
This is the best Odd Thomas book to date. Lots of action, horror and supernatural events in the usual Dean Koontz style. When you get to the end it still leaves you wondering who and what his new friends are and if Odd is the same. I hope there are more Odd book on the horizon.
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