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)
I rate it 5 out of 5 stars. It's a wonderful story and one of my very favorite audiobooks in quite some time. Dean Koontz manages to offer a mixture in this one that should appeal to a variety of audiobook listeners. The supernatural mixed with just the right proportions of whimsy and humor. It's like a cross between The Sixth Sense and Stephen King with Koontz's own special style bringing out the best of all.
Great book! Thoroughly enjoyable with a surprising twist at the end! Dean Koontz has learned to blend humor and horror for a terrific tale that happens in hometown USA. Hey Dean, if you read this: Thanks for another GREAT book!
I, like many, have been a long-time fan of Dean Koontz... from when Lightning was in hardcover. I own many of his books, and am hardly disappointed. Odd Thomas strayed from his usual writing style, and I really enjoyed being told the story by Odd himself. I've enjoyed Koontz's quirky humor outside of his books very much, and it didn't leak, but gushed into this book. The off-handed remark or comment at just the right time put the soul into the character. The story carried you along, slow at first, building the urgency as you learned about the town and people within Odd's circle. No spoilers in this review, but it was worth it to the end.
The narrator (of the book, not WITHIN the book), David Aaron Baker was new to me, and he captured the nuances of the characters perfectly.
I would highly recommend this book to Koontz fans new and old alike.
I have always been a huge Dean Koontz fan, so when I joined Audible I picked Odd Thomas to listen to first. I was not disappointed. The book had enough twists and turns to keep me listening. The narrarator made me feel as if I was listening to Odd's thoughts. I highly recommend this book.
What a great trip! Voice was perfect for the character, Koontz got me right in there, felt like I was with a friend and listening to their tale. I had the "mystery " all figured out in the first oh say half of the book, only to be delightfully thwapped in the head by the real ending. It was great. Made me want more more more
I am not necessarily a Dean Koontz fan, he's just too verbose. However, the reader in this particular case was so tremendously great he overrode some of the objectionable redundancy. In some cases this is a love story, warm and tender. The main charactor is gentle and easy to understand and of course the plot is pure Koontz, bizzare. Somehow it all fits together, works, and even the ending is pretty darn ok.
This was my first Dean Koontz novel, and if the rest are as good as this one was, I can't wait to read the rest. I did this book in two days and was mezmorized from the beginning. The character of Odd is absolutely lovable and the ending was not as I thought it was at all! A great read and I would recommend this to anyone!
Jumps right into the story head-first and doesn't stop. Moves well with memorable character development built into the fast-moving plot. You'll like this one.
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