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)
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.
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!!)
This book is great, although anything by Koontz would be considered great by me. The description is without parrallel. I could visualize every minute detail. I enjoyed it thoroughly.
I loved this book. It took the first chapter for me to catch on to Odd Thomas's gift, but once that happened the story was terrific. I give this a 4.8.
The title of the book attracted me. I like the strange and unusual. The story did not disappoint. I laughed. I cried. I could hardly wait to discover our hero's fate. I wondered if the bad guys would get their just reward.
The characters were very well developed and colorful. I can vividly picture Terrible Chester, Little Ozzie, and the "Fungus Man" to name a few. I thought about this story and the characters long after I was done listening.
David Aaron Baker did a fine job narrating. There was never a dull moment.
I really enjoyed Odd Thomas, and I can't recommend it highly enough. It's not the best story I have read, but it's so refreshing in it's quirkiness that I just couldn't help but be entertained. Characters are fairly well developed, and Mr Thomas is so likable that you finish the book hoping for a sequel, or even a prequel. Great book!
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I loved this audio book. I was very sad when it ended. The characters seem real and the narrator is awesome.
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