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 read, I write; I listen
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.
I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.
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.
My taste vary. I love a good, blood stained horror, but also a well written kids story. Lots of Sci-Fi, but also Hist. Fiction. No boring!!!
WE MIGHT AS WELL EAT
This is a character driven series and a character driven book. Koontz is one of the best at creating a character and making you care. CALL ME, EDIE. YES MA'AM. Odd is the most famous fry cook in the world and we have watched him grow over six books. His elderly employer in this book is a hoot and even though we never meet him, ONE EARED BOB seems most interesting. Even though this is book six, I believe you can enjoy it without reading the previous books. If you liked this you will want to go back and read the rest. I did get a little tired of the never answering a question routine. Cute at first, annoying the hundredth time.
DON'T DOUBLE THINK YOURSELF
So, your wondering why three stars. I love Odd and the first seven chapters were fantastic. The rest of the book is one lecture after another. We are preached at about morals, bravery and various other personal attributes. There is a tremendous amount of psychology. I go to church once a week, I don't need to be preached at in the books I read for entertainment, especially when I pay for the book, for it's entertainment value. If I want psychology, there are hundreds of books out there for that. Just because Koontz sells millions of books, doesn't make him a know it all in morals. If he is so knowledgeable, he should write some non-fiction books. Or instead of out and out preaching, show us, don't preach it. I tried very hard to stay with this, but with just a little over two hours to go and it was obvious the preaching was not going to stop, I called it quits.
THE WORLD IS GOING MAD
In this book we are continually told how awful the world is today. Koontz is old enough to know that we have made great strides just in the last 50 years, not counting over the centuries. I can remember when kids were ostracized for having divorced parents. Blacks were not allowed to date whites. A girl who got pregnant out of wedlock had to leave town. I guess it was great if you were rich, went to the right church and belonged the country club? Yes, we have Isis and other bad guys, but we had Attila the Hun, Hitler, Stalin and others. Jesus was crucified, cause that was a painful way to die a slow death and be humiliated. That was not invented for Christ, it was common practice. Slavery, child labor, women's rights, civil rights, etc... The world has a long way to go, but it has also come a long way.
The narrator was great.
GOLDIE HAWN, I had a huge crush on her as a kid.
Avid reader who is also a mommy. Audible saved my reading time!
Yes, there are parts of all the Odd books that are good.
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.
David Aaron Baker IS Odd Thomas.
Yes, I really enjoyed the first movie and thought the actors were perfect.
Enjoyable listen, not long enough to become tedious.
I really enjoyed this book series. Hate to see that it is coming to quit close (I think) even though Stormy will be happy
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. :)))
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.
"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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