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)
My husband and I liked it very much.
I enjoyed the book at the beginning with great expectations. The story was building up and I was hoping all would be explained at the end. Nope. The ending was sloppy and didn't justify the time I spent listening through all these details. Gave me the same feelings like after watching Ocean Twelve (if you saw that movie, you knew what I meant)... you waited and waited and all you got is a very sloppy ending. The characters and plots have holes too... If you can get it for free, it is quite enjoyable 50% of the time.
We listened to this book will driving cross country. The plot was very basic and predictable. The nice thing was you could fall asleep for 1/2 an hour and not miss a thing. He would still be describing some ridiculous detail that had absolutely nothing to do with the plot. I picked the book based on reviews and the authors popularity. The book promises a lot but never comes through. One redeeming quality was the narrator if not for him I would give it a one.
This was my first exposure to Koontz. I'd avoided him after seeing him in the best sellers constantly. I tried to pick one up once, but after a few pages gave up.
This book caught and kept my attention. The character is believable as are the others. You feel for them and with them and are swept along with the narrative. Hopefully he'll write more along this line, however his latest wasn't very good.
Koontz has always built dept into his books. This one had all of the tensions of that depth, yet only briefly (all too!) explored them. A good book which could have been so much more.
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