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)
This story pulled me in from the first few minutes. I felt addicted as I listened to it every time I had some free time. The story was great, though there were times the descriptions seemed a bit long. The reader did a great job also, using many differing tones for each character. I started to know who was talking just from the readers voice. Excellent all around.
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.
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.
Good narrator, good author, and written in the first person. Neat story too. Tear jerker ending. Worth a credit for sure. Give it a go. :)
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.
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