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Odd Thomas | [Dean Koontz]

Odd Thomas

"The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.
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Publisher's Summary

"The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Michael Hohenwald, TN, USA 04-19-04
    Michael Hohenwald, TN, USA 04-19-04
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    "Shut off your t.v. and listen to this..."

    This newest Koontz novel was absolutely amazing. A little different than his normal style, but five star nonetheless. This was the first Koontz story my boyfriend had ever 'heard' (though I've been fan for about 13 years), and now I've got him hooked too. We looked forward to spending our evenings in the company of Odd. Koontz has crafted deep, engaging characters, and surrounded them with a story that is both haunting and mesmerizing. The only disappointment with this book was that it had to end.

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    Lisa Santee, CA, USA 04-07-04
    Lisa Santee, CA, USA 04-07-04 Member Since 2002
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    "Not Koontz's best, but not his worst either"

    I was and still am a big Koontz fan, and Odd Thomas is worth the read, but only barely. The narrator is pretty good...the whole experience just wasn't very satisfying. Koontz's early works got me hooked, but his last few novels have been let-downs. Just to put my review in perspective: my all-time favorite is Intensity, narrated by Kate Burton. Unfortunately, Audible hasn't got this one yet!

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    M. Wire 03-26-04
    M. Wire 03-26-04 Member Since 2015
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    "Not the biggest Fan of Koontz"

    This is actually the first Koontz book I've been able to get through.. I'm not sure if it's his usual writing style, or if all the stories just seem too similar, but usually, I get bored with Koontz's stories.. Odd Thomas, however, was different. I was hooked from the start and couldn't shut it off. One of the reviewers said something about it being too much like Sixth Sense, and while, there is a basic premise very much like Sixth Sense, I don't see the coloration at all. For one, this book grabbed my attention and the characters were totally likable? unlike Sixth Sense IMHO. All in all, a good read.

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    Izzy Thornhill, Ontario, Canada 03-24-04
    Izzy Thornhill, Ontario, Canada 03-24-04 Member Since 2007
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    "Good story well narrated"

    Many twists and turns, new ideas and suspense. Odd Thomas is an interesting character, with odd powers. David Aaron Baker has a great voice and narrates with feeling. He portrays the main character so you see him through your own eyes. Highly recommended.

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    William Oakwood, GA, USA 03-21-04
    William Oakwood, GA, USA 03-21-04
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    "well duh"

    Do you mean that every one doesn't see them too, well if you dont you will after this one, Koontz has done it again and i think his sence of humor and keeping you in suspence the whole time pays off!

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    Mike Oak Point, TX 03-14-04
    Mike Oak Point, TX 03-14-04 Member Since 2003
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    "Excellent"

    Odd Thomas is by far one of the best storys I've ever listened to. Great story. Great naration. By the end I felt emotionally exhausted. Will definitely listen to it again.

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    A. Wright 03-13-04
    A. Wright 03-13-04 Member Since 2015
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    "works on all levels"

    Great suspense, great characterizations, great hero heroine/love story. Read to the end. A goodie.

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    John Shallowater, TX, USA 02-26-04
    John Shallowater, TX, USA 02-26-04
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    "loved this book!"

    From start to finish this book was great fun to listen to. It's funny at times, often scary, and usually weird, but NEVER boring! Good reader too, he did well with the different voices. I'll listen to this one again I'm sure!

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    Richard A. Bamberg 02-23-04 Member Since 2014
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    "Koontz at his best"

    Odd Thomas is Koontz on acid. This first person novel takes the reader into the not so mundane world of Odd Thomas, a young man who sees the silent dead. With a host of unforgetable characters, this novel will be a favorite of those who enjoy the paranormal, the chills, the thrills, and the heart-felt love of Koontz's best characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole Fayetteville, NC, USA 02-20-04
    Nicole Fayetteville, NC, USA 02-20-04
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    "Way to go Koontz!!"

    Yet another awesome book by Dean Koontz! A little different than his usual style, but still a wonderful "read". I listen to audiobooks on my commute to work and this one made the hour each way seem to fly by; I almost didn't want to get out of the car (even at home!!)

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