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)
The main characters are so likable and the pace of the story is perfect. It would really make for a terrific movie. If you like Koontz, you will find this to be one of his best.
Odd Thomas is one of the best characters to come around in a long time. I have listened to/read all of his stories (SO FAR--let's keep our fingers crossed for MORE!), and they only get better! Odd is self-effacing, brave, modest, strong, proud and hopeful---all at the same time! Even though he has suffered tragedy, and done some horrific things himself, he knows that there is more to live for--purpose. He has one and acknowledges it (It is not just his prowess at pancake making, either!), because he's not one for shirking responsibility. He also knows that our transitory life here is just a beginning. He will always be okay; that's not to say, though, that he doesn't have his share of regrets. But he just keeps on plugging. Keep it up, Odd--AND Mr. Koontz! Anyone who has even a smidgen of hope for mankind and the future will love Odd Thomas as much as I do for sharing the same feeling.
I wouldn't consider this one of Dean's better efforts. Very cliched as far as the modern horror novel is concerned. I can tell Dean goes to a lot of Hollywood's PG-13 horror fair that's in vogue right now. Try something else before considering this one
This was a very good book if you have an interest in the supernatural, or just want to root for the underdog! I've listened to next book in the series already and can't wait to get the third.
It's been a long time since I've read anything of Koontz's, and this is the first audiobook of his I've listened to. This book reminded me what a great storyteller he is, and the narrator did a wonderful job of bringing the main character to life. The story grabbed my attention and held it to the end.
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