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Deeply Odd: Odd Thomas, Book 6 | [Dean Koontz]

Deeply Odd: Odd Thomas, Book 6

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

"Koontz gives his character wit, good humor, a familiarity with the dark side of humanity - and moral outrage." (USA Today)

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    D corona, ca United States 05-30-13
    D corona, ca United States 05-30-13 Member Since 2015

    I read, I write; I listen

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    "Odd Once Again"

    Odd Thomas is back for the sixth time in what is supposed to be a seven part series; and the end seams near.
    “Deeply Odd” begins with Odd and Annamaria together in a small cottage along the California coastline; but Odd must leave to follow his instincts. Soon after leaving the small cottage he runs into a physcopathic, rhinestone wearing, cowboy truck driver that immediately tries to kill him. During the struggle Odd has a vision of this man committing a horrible act.
    Odd gets away from the man but then must track him down to try and stop his vision from coming true. Along the way he meets a very interesting elderly woman, Edie, that helps him on his journey. There is also a cameo appearance from Alfred Hitchcock again.
    As is with all of the Odd series, this is a disturbing look into the darker side of humanity and Odd will be pushed into becoming something he does not want to become, a killer; but he must kill in order to protect the innocent. Odd is changing and like many I miss the Odd in previous books but also realize characters do change.
    The end is coming as Odd’s path seems to be headed back to Pico Mundo and a reunion with Stormy Llewellyn, and with a few twists and hints of a parallel universe the ending should be epic.
    I would not recommend this book if you have not listened/read the previous ones as there are references to the past as the series winds down.
    A word about David Aaron Baker; I have read a few of the Odd books and found with David doing the narration just reading this story falls short of the experience the audio version offers. Mr., Koontz obviously is a gifted writer but David Aaron Baker is Odd; no pun intended.

    18 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 05-28-13
    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 05-28-13 Member Since 2015

    I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.

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    "Oddly Excellent!"

    What does an exploding cantaloupe and a simile equating perfect hash browns to driving speed have to do with the new Odd Thomas installment? You’ll have to listen to find out. The plot is laid quickly, Odd finds himself going head-to-head with a maniacal trucker who tries to kill him not ten minutes in and the vision of what he is bound to do is grizzly. Even though the mission is somber, like all adventures, Odd is full of metaphors and witticisms as usual. Odd keeps collecting folks and Edie will charm your shocks off.

    The great thing about the Odd Thomas stories is how deeply sincere and amusing the character is. I love how self-effacing and humble he is; and, with each story we learn more and more about him and his journey. You would think that this would get old given we’ve been we Odd through heartbreak and triumph and pretty much think we know him. But Koontz continues to unravel us a little more each time as he writes another one of these stories. He not a FBI agent of a Forensic Scientist from a Lincoln Child or Patricia Cornwell – he is simple Fry Cook, a very, very interesting Fry Cook.

    This is book seven for David Aaron Baker who is now the voice off Odd Thomas. His narration fits the quirky nature of Odd Thomas and very much like his easy going narration.

    I love these series! My heart still aches for him and Stormy Llewellyn way back from book one. Koontz has managed to tap into a vein with the Odd Thomas stories that keep you reading and wanting more. Perhaps it is the simplicity that surrounds the deeply complex Odd Thomas as his enigmatic cast. I highly recommend this installment of Deeply Odd – please give it a listen.

    27 of 39 people found this review helpful
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    Regina McKinney, TX 01-31-15
    Regina McKinney, TX 01-31-15 Member Since 2011

    Avid reader who is also a mommy. Audible saved my reading time!

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    "Great Start, Rushed Finished..."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, there are parts of all the Odd books that are good.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The gradual realization by Odd that Edie is more than she appears is fun to watch evolve. There is way too much self reflection and slow to understand parts that take forever to wade through in a listening format. If this was a book, there were whole pages/chapters I might have skipped without missing anything of the story.


    Have you listened to any of David Aaron Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    David Aaron Baker IS Odd Thomas.


    Could you see Deeply Odd being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes, I really enjoyed the first movie and thought the actors were perfect.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyable listen, not long enough to become tedious.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    george 01-29-15
    george 01-29-15
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    "I love this series"

    I have been thoroughly enjoying watching odd make his way and this book doesn't detract from the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Fortson, GA, United States 01-22-15
    Alan Fortson, GA, United States 01-22-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Another spooktacular adventure!!!"

    I really enjoyed this book series. Hate to see that it is coming to quit close (I think) even though Stormy will be happy

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Emily Braswell 01-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Odd Love"

    Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas series continues to delight and illuminate all that is Odd!
    Highly recommend!
    Five stars for Koontz!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    leanne 01-07-15
    leanne 01-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Another ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ for Koontz"

    I haven't read a book from this author yet that I didn't like. And I love the "Odd" series, and he has a new one coming out soon, Saint Odd, can't wait. :)))

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Phoenix, AZ, United States 01-03-15
    Chris Phoenix, AZ, United States 01-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Get it. NOW."

    I loved every bit of it. If you like the series is a must-read. Enough said.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bunty Burnaby, BC, Canada 01-01-15
    Bunty Burnaby, BC, Canada 01-01-15
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    "AWESOME!"

    I started the book yesterday and couldn't stop until the end. Truly a fantastic story. I like the character of Odd Thomas and the secondary characters were good too. Very well performed by David A Baker. The voices of the different characters were very good .I will certainly be following the series starting from the beginning.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 06-01-13
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 06-01-13 Member Since 2015

    I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

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    "Best Odd Since #1"

    This is not quite as good as the first Odd Thomas book, but it is better than all the others. Deeply Odd captures the best aspects of Koontz and Odd Thomas. After the loss of Stormy, books 2-5 had the humor and quirkiness of the first book, but were missing some of the family feeling that I enjoy in most Koontz books. This book may have the best human ghost of the series (Alfred Hitchcock), a great eccentric spontaneous family, a good dog, and a nice story that does not over do it. Annamaria makes only a cameo appearance in this book (which was OK with me).

    The narration is just about perfect, capturing the Oddness of all the characters (and he does a respectable Hitchcock).

    19 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    "Really enjoyed it"

    Interesting, thought provoking as well as exciting and at times very tense. Looking forward to the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • HOLDUFF
    5/28/15
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • P. Buttle
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    "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?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Corky
    8/9/14
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    "Not the usual ."
    What did you like best about Deeply Odd? What did you like least?

    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.


    Would you recommend Deeply Odd to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. Not the best.


    What does David Aaron Baker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I enjoyed the narration.


    Do you think Deeply Odd needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    If there is a follow up it needs more kick to it other wise they are to predictable and monotonous.


    Any additional comments?

    Not one of the better ones.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wendy
    Eastwood, United Kingdom
    8/13/13
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    "Best Odd Thomas book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, such a great story you get to know the people in the book


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Odd Thomas He's so kind and thinks of other people


    What about David Aaron Baker’s performance did you like?

    He made the story come alilve


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Warrington, United Kingdom
    6/17/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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