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)
Book dragged on way to long about unimportant things. Would have been good if not for that.
I recommend Abridged version
This was my first Koontz novel. I read it because it was very well reviewed, which is surprising for an author that tends to "crank them out." I enjoyed it. What made the story for me were the quirky and well-developed characters...especially the protagonist.
Odd Thomas, a fry cook in a California desert town has a rare gift. He can see dead people. Well, OK, maybe not that rare as far as fiction goes. But don't let the Sixth Sense sounding story line throw you off. Odd Thomas has got to be one of my top ten favorite protagonists. He is an extremely honorable and likeable guy. The story is told from his first person POV and he has a very unique way of looking at things.
In addition to seeing dead people, he also sees things he calls "Bogarts". Bogarts generally appear when someone is about to die a horrible death. The bogarts seem to thrive on pain and misery. When his small town starts looking like a bogart family reunion with thousands of bogarts streaming in, Odd begins to unravel a deadly plot of enormous proportions.
I listened to this while commuting and the narrator, David Aaron Baker, did a first rate job. He was very believable as Odd and did the other character voices with finesse. Sometimes narrators overdo it when doing female voices, but David was just right.
There are some bloody and graphic scenes in this story.
I really hate to give this book such a bad review, but it is worth no more than two stars. The story is great; it is interesting and creative. However, the writing is cumbersome, filled with off-the-top descriptions and numerous descriptive errors. Key points of the story are repeated over and over again. The only reason I finished listening to the story at all was because I wanted to see how it all worked out in the end.
Must like the main characters, be intelligently written and feel like I learned something at the end.
This was a nice change from the usual murder mystery genre. It is still a murder mystery, of course, but with a refreshing approach where the character, Odd Thomas, can see the dead and other interesting beings. This was my first D. Koontz book and while he is obviously a good writer, I found him to be annoyingly verbose. The book could easily been a few hours shorter without losing the plot . The abridged version would be just right, I believe. The narrator was excellent- clear, easy to take with good character variations. Overall worth the download epecially if you are familiar with Koontz wordy style.
Had I done a little more reasearch I wouldn't have tried to listen to this - had to shut it off after a n hour because it was to gory for me. Interesting premise, though.
This is a great story, classic Koontz with plenty of detail and interesting characters. The story is well read, with the exception of the narrator's attempts at female voices. I found them to be quite irritating. I think you can get past that though to enjoy this book -- WELL worth the listen.
This funny, mysterious, tear jerking story will suprise you. Koontz is a grandmaster entertainer! Stephen King, WATCH OUT!!! It's a good thing he retired. ;o)~
As some of the reviews have pointed out, this is not a typical Koontz book and that is a very good thing! This was my first Koontz and it is the only one I remotely enjoyed. Well worth the listen!
I'm not a Koontz fan, but this one was worth the listen and even had me gripping my seat a few times. As I'm sure many others have, I took it based on the stellar reviews and was pleased to find myself agreeing with them throughout. If you need a break from your usual genre, this is a very good tipple.
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