Maybe he has a gift, maybe it's a curse, Odd has never been sure, but he tries to do his best by the silent souls who seek him out. Sometimes they want justice, and Odd's otherworldly tips to Pico Mundo's sympathetic police chief, Wyatt Porter, can solve a crime. Occasionally they can prevent one. But this time it's different.
A mysterious man comes to town with a voracious appetite, a filing cabinet stuffed with information on the world's worst killers, and a pack of hyena-like shades following him wherever he goes. Who the man is and what he wants, not even Odd's deceased informants can tell him. His most ominous clue is a page ripped from a day-by-day calendar for August 15.
Today is August 14.
In less than twenty-four hours, Pico Mundo will awaken to a day of catastrophe. As evil coils under the searing desert sun, Odd travels through the shifting prisms of his world, struggling to avert a looming cataclysm with the aid of his soul mate and an unlikely community of allies that includes the King of Rock 'n' Roll. His account of two shattering days when past and present, fate and destiny converge is the stuff of our worst nightmares, and a testament by which to live: sanely if not safely, with courage, humor, and a full heart that even in the darkness must persevere.
©2003 Dean Koontz; (P)2003 Random House, Inc., Random House Audio, A Division Of Random House, Inc.
"Once in a very great while, an author does everything right, as Koontz has in this marvelous novel....This is Koontz working at his pinnacle." (Publishers Weekly)
"A curious mixture of whimsy, gentle humor, and horror...It is the casual weirdness on display here, rife with bodachs and other signs of a Vonnegut-style fancifulness, that gives Odd Thomas its principal appeal." (The New York Times)
"This quirky and touching story of a 20-year-old short order cook with paranormal abilities is spun with stylistic grace by Dean Koontz, and read in an innocent, unaffected style by David Aaron Baker." (AudioFile)
Odd Thomas was a thoroughly enjoyable and engrossing book. Never realized Dean Koontz had such a great sense of humor. Listened to every word while driving across the desert. Reader David Aaron Baker was fantastic. He became Odd Thomas, and as I totally suspended my disbelief, Odd Thomas became real.
As a devoted Koontz fan, I downloaded this selection as soon as I saw it was available. This one knocked my socks off. With an economy of narration that should satisfy critics of previous, more descriptive works, Koontz pushes us relentlessly forward towards a potential catastophe with an urgency reminiscent of his earlier "Strange Highways". There is absolute faith and trust in the instincts and integrity of the hero and narrator of this tale, making the supernatural aspects of the story totally believable from the very beginning.
Koontz and Stephen King are often linked together as similar in writing styles and genre. I have had no luck in enjoying King, finding him gloomy, hostile and often vulgar. On the other hand, in spite of catastrophic happenings, Koontz finds hope, courage and devotion to man's responsibility to humanity as consistent themes in developing his stories. I will stick to Dean Koontz, and recommend this story as a place to start.
It took me about an hour to get used to the different style, but once I did, I was hooked. Listened to this book in 2 sittings. Couldn?t put it down. This is definitively one of the few I will listen to again.
If you like his books,you will love Odd Thomas. I have probable read a half dozen of his books, and I couldn't stop listening to this one. I just finished a trip and sat in the car in my driveway until it was over. You couldn't stay away from the last thirty minutes. Great!
Although Koontz does repeat himself often--perhaps for emphasis?--The character of Odd Thomas is delightful and David Allen Baker does a more than commendable job of bringing Odd to life. I was not aware that this book was in the supernatural genre, yet I enjoyed Baker's reading so much, I listened to Forever Odd as well.
The narrator livedly takes you on a journey that you do not want to end. I listen as I drive to work and I found myself leaving home earlier and driving slower so that I could hear more of this awesome tale.
The new style that Koontz displayed in Odd Thomas was really refreshing. I have enjoyed most of his books, but this one absolutely hooked me! DK made Odd seem like a real person...one that would be good to know. Not to mention that David Aaron Baker's narration really fleshed out Odd's character. I could have happily spent another 20 hours (or more) listening to Odd's tale. Hopefully we'll be getting a lot more Odd in the future.
Thoroughly enjoyable. Have stopped talking to strangers before they talk to me. Couldn't wait until the next time I had available to listen. Well worth the time. One of the best.
I bought 'Odd Thomas' on tape before a long 8 hour drive to a destination that neither my wife nor I were looking forward too. It was to be an unpleasant trip at best and I thought if I could get her hooked on a book-on-tape, I could get her mind off of dreadful things. I have been a Koontz fan for years and thought if 'Koontz' can't hook her, no one can. After the first 30 minutes, she put down her puzzle book and was listening with the enthusiasm of a young girl during story time at school. She was so captured ... I had to buy a tape player as soon as we arrived, so she could listen in our motel room.
Koontz has blended his skills into humor, horror and drama, like never before. He changes pace within the book, at just the right time. He brings the characters to life, right before your ears (eyes). 'Odd Thomas' is a joy to listen too and worth the time and money to invest in the audio or book. This puts Koontz in the arena of character development with Stephen King and the story-telling skills of such greats as James Patterson. It's the best of all worlds and I really think that anyone that gives it a read, won't be disappointed.
PS My 17 year old, 'never pick-up a book', son listened to it in just one day. He loved it too!
I may be one of the few people who might be interested in the ODD THOMAS books who is just getting around to reading this masterpiece of writing. Whether you like the story or not, this book is well worth the read just to treasure Koontz's writing ability!
Odd Thomas is definitely a different twenty year old young man. The first person perspective of the book allows the reader to truly get into Odd's thoughts and emotions. Though there is a real 'thriller' aspect to the book, the addition of humor, and a deep philosophy adds a feeling of wonder and fun to the suspense.
I wonder though, has anyone else noticed the similarities between this book and the more recent novel, 11-22-63 by Stephen King? Another great writer! Reading these two books together for a book group might make for a interesting discussion.
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