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)
When the narrator in this book becomes Odd Thomas, you instantly feel drawn to the young man who narrates the story. You are given over to the story even as the story starts to get inside you.
If you let yourself, this book will take you through a complex set of emotions that you don't really understand. Only after you've had time to reflect on the events and the characters do you really understand that Odd Thomas is more a love story than anything else. The themes of Koonz's books are getting better, and they are becoming so much more enjoyable.
I thoroughly recommend this book.
I am the first to say that I am a long time Koontz reader. I most enjoyed books that he wrote in the 90's and I didn't really enjoy some of his recent works like "The Face" or "The Taking." However, I thoroughly enjoyed this work. It reminded me of "Seize the Night," told in the first person with just the right balance of the realistic and the supernatural. Odd is a funny, sarcastic and completely lovable narrator. This book was perhaps a bit predictable at times, hence the 4 stars instead of 5, but it does save a few twists that you won't see coming. The narrator was pleasant and added his own flavor to the characters. All in all "Odd Thomas" was worth the money.
This book by far surpasses anything Dean Koontz has ever written. His writing style, which I have often found to be somewhat tedious in other books, suits the voice of this character perfectly. David Aaron Baker was an excellent choice for the narrator, making this audio book one of the best I have ever listened to.
The reader at first was very boring but as I got to know the character the voice all made sense and it fit perfectly. The book although very even keeled had an undercurrent of spookiness that kept me wanting to know what would happen next. I put myself in Odd's shoes and tried to understand why he felt his gift was both a benefit and a nightmare to him. The twist at the end was totally unexpected because I thought the ending was good without the finale.
A totally weird but wonderful book. I loved the characters and despite the review of other readers, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's one of a few books that actually touched my ?heart strings? at the end. I highly recommend ?Odd?. I've ?read? it twice already.
5 stars because I finished it and truely felt something.
The 6th Sense in a small town with an older boy.
When I heard that I almost passed this one by...and that would have been a bad thing.
Deep characters that you will come to care about.
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