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 rediscovered Dean Koontz when I read the back of this Audio Book and was intrigued by the description on the back. I left it on the shelf unopened for nearly six months, when my wife and I decided to vacation in Orlando and we wanted a nice long listen for the drive down and back. Not only did Odd Thomas fit the bill, we skipped at least one day with the mouse in favor of spending a little more time with Odd. The end of the book left us both feeling stunned, numb, drained, and yet thoroughly satisfied. I pretty much group Dean Koontz along with Stephen King in their very own genre. While it's true you could call their works horror, mystery, suspense, etc. They're also so much more than that. This is the best work I've ever had the pleasure of reading from Dean Koontz. I despair of ever seeing its like.
This book is a great listen!! The narrator is excellent and I was thoroughly captivated. Dean Koontz has an uncanny ability to give life to his characters and Odd Thomas is no exception.
I was not sure how many stars to give this book. Either One, or five. I settled on four.
I usually do not like Dean Koontzs books, but I loved this book. It was an interesting story all the way through. It is just the last 10 minutes that upsets me to no end. Why he had to end it that way is beyond belief. When i recommend books to my friends, I throw this one in there, but say that one of the books is great but has about the saddest endings I have read. To put that many hours into a book and then get kicked in the gut, thats what I felt. I had to call someone after I read this book i was so sad and depressed. enuff said.
Great marriage of material and narrator. I am not normally a Dean Koontz fan, but this is the Adiobook I enjoyed the most during the last half of 2004.
Don't get me wrong, I'm a Dean Kootz fan and I realized this wasn't going to be his typical book, but oh my gosh did it drag on. And talk about wordy!! I also thought the explanations were too "pat" and it sort of wrapped up in a hurry. Don't waste your time.
I loved this book. I have listened/read a number of books since I had the pleasure coming across Odd Thomas. I often think back at how wonderful this book was. The narrator made ut even better. Don't hesitate about Odd Thomas, you will enjoy it immensely.
I have read most of Koontz's books, but this was one of the best. I liked the characters with their eccentricities. The ending was a complete surprise.
I found this rather slow in comparison to some others by Mr. Koontz. Sure, the storyline has some highs but a lot of this book seems to be filler or fluff rather than content. I found Tick Tock a much more engaging listen.
Typical Koontz style, but the ending is a bit more surprising. Odd has become a favorite of mine along with Chris Snow. Hoping there will be another Odd Thomas novel coming along!
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