But Odd has a knack for finding himself in the path of trouble no matter where he goes — even among the eccentric monks in their sanctuary and with his steady spirit companion, the King of Rock 'n' Roll, at his side. For a killer is stalking the ancient holy halls, and Odd is about to meet an enemy who eclipses any he has yet encountered.
©2006 by Dean Koontz; (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
"The nice young fry cook with the occult powers is Koontz's most likeable creation." (The New York Times)
"An irresistibly offbeat mix of supernatural horror and laugh-out-loud humor." (Publishers Weekly)
I am an avid Dean Koontz reader & fan. So of course I have already read the first & second “Odd” books. I liked them & considered them to be entertaining though I was not necessarily a big “Odd” fan.
BUT!...This 3rd book in the series was absolutely wonderful. There are several passages that are nothing less than poetic prose; not sappy or gratuitous but enchanting. Odd was much more genuine & witty in his humor & in his observations. Though very good at figuring out where things are going, the last few chapters strayed from the assumed path & captured my complete attention to the immediate written word. During this time I was not thinking ahead to what, more than likely, was going to happen.
This book is more about the humanity of people than the inhumanity of Dean Koontz’s monsters. He has transcended his “formula” & expanded his range. For this I am very grateful. I can not wait to see more of this from him.
To put it simply....Brother Odd Thomas & Dean Koontz’s writing made me feel really, really good! Lighter in heart & spirit as well.
White Sulphur Springs, WV
I don't understand some of the reviewers, I love Koontz and this is one of his best. I can't wait for Odd's next story. I am glad to see that tons of foul language is not needed to write a great novel. King's getting more foul mouthed and Koontz is getting cleaner. Thanks Dean, Keep up the good work. Maybe you are on an spiritual journey along with Odd. Enjoy the journey!!
Odd is great reading when no actual thought is necessary. You gotta love this character, his adventures are hilarious, and it's nice to take a break from "heavy literature" and just read a nice little story like Odd Thomas stories sometimes.
Again not as good as the first. The plot line is better than the second book, but does not match the first book. Characters are better developed than the second book, but the evil is very difficult to visualize and understand. I would have preferred sticking with ghosts and exploring the bodocks a bit more.
I enjoyed the first two Odd Thomas books so much that I couldn't wait until Brother Odd came out. Dean Koontz's use of vocabulary is amazing. I often wonder what kind of mind can conceive the stories that Koontz writes. Brother Odd has an interesting interaction between accepted religion and Odd Thomas' gift, which adds a new twist to the Odd Thomas series. I look forward to more Odd Thomas novels!
I enjoyed this book but not as much as Forever Odd. If you enjoyed the other Odd Thomas books you will probably like this one too. After viewing the author’s Web site and his 20 reasons for writing Odd Hours I decided to ship the last book in this series.
If you are looking for light suspense,a little humor and just a fun read. The Odd Thomas series is your best bet. I found Dean Koontz several years ago with Fear Nothing and have been hooked ever since.
I adored Odd Thomas the first time I met him in the original novel. He was quirky, fun, earnest, and kind. In this latest novel, he's become self-righteous and rather rigid. I was surprised at how Koontz seemed to insert diatribes against everything from the ACLU to unions to euthanasia every chance he got. Oh, and don't forget about science. I respect Mr. Koontz's right to his political beliefs (come to that, I respect Odd's rights too) but it's hard to like a character who has gone from complex to monologic. After this latest installment, I don't think I have the fortitude to meet an even older and more rigid Odd in the future. I liked the younger, more open Odd too much.
The Odd Thomas series are, I believe, Dean Koontz at recess- weaving a wierd, humorous tale. This lighthearted approach is a bit of a departure from some of his other works. Brother Odd may be a bit predictable in plot, but the story is still great fun. This reader has done the entire series, and on this book his characterizations and voices are so well done I "forgot" I was listening to a book- I so thoroughly felt I was listening to Odd himself narrating his adventures. Probably best if you listen to these in order.
Its always great to read another book in this series as Odd Thomas is a GREAT character, and its also SUPERBLY read! That being said, this book doesn't have the mystery or intrigue of the previous two books. It also didn't have enough of the needed interaction between Odd and his departed friends that makes these books unique. I kept waiting for Odd to be visited by more ghosts, but this book was more earthly. It also could have been longer.
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