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.
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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).
I believe a reviewer should finish a book before submitting a review. What do you think?
Oh I was hoping Mr Koontz would bring back the magic of our beloved Oddy. Although this book was an improvement on the last two in my opinion, the overall charm and cohesion was still missing a bit.
There is a cult of supernatural (some are) bad guys who have kidnapped a group of young children for reasons that are super creepy, the spirits that Oddy sees, a darling hot rod wealthy granny with lovely charm and plenty of dogs, what's not to like?
This all makes for a pretty good Odd book, however because the earlier ones were so good I can't help feeling this disappointment.
And I can't write this review without a mention of the ever pregnant Annmarie character who once again is dangled in front of the listener without any connection to the story. This one pony trick is wearing; doesn't Mr. Koontz realize that there is no need for this ploy? We are loyal reader/listeners and we do not need the "enigmatic ever pregnant woman" to keep us interested in your books. I have the opposite reaction personally.
So of course I look forward to the next Odd book and perhaps the baby will finally arrive and the annoying Annemarie will fade away into the past. Happy listening!
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.
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.
It's simple really, I am just a guy looking to enjoy the writing and reading talents of others while raising my family the best I can, just Like most everyone else!!!
In most Odd Thomas book's reviews, besides the first one, I'm never sure if a review is needed because odd fans know what to expect. This one is different, a review is needed! Until now the first book was hands down the best and I was shocked when I started liking Deeply Odd more. The characters, mostly the old woman, are one thing that stood out for me. That woman is a great character! A magical, gun carrying, filthy rich, kind and helpful, funny old woman who always knows someone who can help her and Odd, and a woman who drives over 100 mph almost anywhere she goes, is someone to keep writing about. There is so much to write about here, but I DO NOT WANT TO SPOIL SUCH A TREAT FOR ANY OF YOU!!! If you liked the other books then I am pretty sure you will love this one, it is special in my view.
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.
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.
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.
"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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