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Odd Apocalypse: An Odd Thomas Novel, Book 5 | [Dean Koontz]

Odd Apocalypse: An Odd Thomas Novel, Book 5

Once presided over by a flamboyant Hollywood mogul during the Roaring ’20s, the magnificent West Coast property known as Roseland is now home to a reclusive billionaire financier and his faithful servants. And, for the moment, it’s also a port in the storm for Odd Thomas and his traveling companion, the inscrutably charming Annamaria. In the wake of Odd’s most recent clash with lethal adversaries, the opulent manor’s comforts should be welcome. But there’s far more to Roseland than meets even the extraordinary eye of Odd, who soon suspects it may be more hell than haven.
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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Nominee, Best Thriller/Suspense Category, 2013

Once presided over by a flamboyant Hollywood mogul during the Roaring ’20s, the magnificent West Coast property known as Roseland is now home to a reclusive billionaire financier and his faithful servants. And, for the moment, it’s also a port in the storm for Odd Thomas and his traveling companion, the inscrutably charming Annamaria.

In the wake of Odd’s most recent clash with lethal adversaries, the opulent manor’s comforts should be welcome. But there’s far more to Roseland than meets even the extraordinary eye of Odd, who soon suspects it may be more hell than haven.

A harrowing taste of Roseland’s terrors convinces Odd that it’s time to hit the road again. Still, the prescient Annamaria insists that they’ve been led there for a reason. Just how deep and dreadful are the mysteries Roseland and her masters have kept for nearly a century? And what consequences await whoever is brave, or mad, enough to confront the most profound breed of evil? Odd only knows. Like his acclaimed creator, the irresistible Odd Thomas is in top-notch form - as he takes on what may well be the most terrifying challenge yet in his curious career.

©2012 Dean Koontz (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    JENNY Comanche, TX, United States 08-18-12
    JENNY Comanche, TX, United States 08-18-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Snooze fest"
    What disappointed you about Odd Apocalypse?

    I couldn't stay awake for this book. I loved the other three books in the series but this book was so wordy and full of description of everything under the sun that it kept loosing me and I would fall asleep. I understand the auther is trying to paint a picture in your mind for the story but THAT much detail is not needed, it really took away from the story.


    Have you listened to any of David Aaron Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The performance was fine, it was the material he had to work with, I would listen to his performances again, he has a really good voice.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Odd Apocalypse?

    I wouldn't cut any of the scenes really, I would just not be so darned descriptive of every little detail, if you're listening to Dean Koontz, you already have a good imagination!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Annette Bainbridge Island, WA, United States 08-16-12
    Annette Bainbridge Island, WA, United States 08-16-12
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    "Odd Thomas Ruined"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It needs editing. There was too much description that went on and on. And while I respect Mr. Koontz's right wing political views, he has made his character a spokesman for gun violence and ruined the sweet and charming character of Odd Thomas which was present in the first few books.


    What was most disappointing about Dean Koontz’s story?

    Odd Thomas has become a gun slinger and a tedious philosopher of the right. Subtly has been lost and the story has been overwhelmed with description and violence. It would be nice if Mr. Koontz stopped preaching and returned to the kind of story that he started his series with.


    What does David Aaron Baker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does a very nice job of voicing the character of Odd Thomas.


    Could you see Odd Apocalypse being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I am not sure that I will listen or read any more in this series.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    David Houston, TX, United States 08-12-12
    David Houston, TX, United States 08-12-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Good Story, but confusing at first"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Odd Apocalypse to be better than the print version?

    I prefer the audio verson because it helps me get thru the heavy Houston Traffic, and David Aaron Baker is always great.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Odd, is always my favorite character, but I liked how he pulled Tesula into the story.


    Have you listened to any of David Aaron Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The only David Aaron Baker's performances I have heard are the Odd Thomas books. He does a great job. I will search for more of his readings.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Odd, Past and Present with a dash of sideways


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chazz 08-12-12
    Chazz 08-12-12

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    "Not up to usual quality"
    Any additional comments?

    I was only able to get through about an hour of this book. It seemed like all odd Thomas did was just speculate on the weirdness of life over and over. It just got boring. I loved all the other odd Thomas books so I'm disappointed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Charles 08-12-12
    Charles 08-12-12
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    "slippage....."
    What disappointed you about Odd Apocalypse?

    astonishingly weak story; Tesla has been done to death [literally in this book].

    began to sound as predictable as a Harry Potter book

    total lack of the sadness and depth of the first book


    Would you listen to another book narrated by David Aaron Baker?

    yes. I will give him one more chance since I was truly moved by his reading of Odd Thomas [vol. 1]


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Odd Apocalypse?

    everything but the title


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Koontz has written some of the best and the worst books I've ever heard. I wish someone would prevent his publisher from publishing his inferior works.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Kingston, ON, Canada 08-11-12
    Mike Kingston, ON, Canada 08-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "More please, Sir."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Odd Apocalypse to be better than the print version?

    Better than the print version? .... isn't that question a little irrelevant and self serving audible folks?


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes... suspenseful...mysterious...


    What about David Aaron Baker’s performance did you like?

    David Aaron Baker *IS* Odd Thomas. I believe it is Odd Thomas narrating, with all the emotional connections to the events in the book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    never do - but gripping none the less.


    Any additional comments?

    Dean Koontz is very talented at writing and developing characters. Often his characters are as much the story as the events they experience. In my mind, that is the best of both worlds. For me, Odd Thomas is the pinnacle of these characters.This entire series is an extreme pleasure to listen to.

    'Odd Apocalypse' continues Odd's saga in fine form. Before I started listening, I was feeling a little reluctant that this book/series would become tiring and was wondering how Koontz could keep the series fresh. This is a fresh story and a continuation and I want book 6 now!

    My only modestly negative thought is that the book did feel a little transitional, in that, the overall 'series plot line' seems only minimally further developed... but who knows.

    If you are a fan of the Series this will not disappoint. If you're not a fan of the series and enjoy a good 'ole paranormal battle between good a and evil...the first book is called "Odd Thomas"....I'd start there for maximum enjoyment.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    william 08-07-12
    william 08-07-12 Member Since 2015
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    "AUDIBLE CENSURED MY FIRST REVIEW-THIS IS MY 2ND"

    Most successful authors are contracted to mass produce a book a year. I guess they are human and only have so much imagination in their tank. The ODD THOMAS series is a great series until this one which was an unequivacal disaster!!!! Whatever Koontz was thinking of when he wrote this, I suspect the plot came up in his mind while he was riding the porcelain pony, reading the funny pages, because this book is a joke and an embarrassment to Koontz. Koontz is undoubtedtly one of the best writers of this genre. MY ADVICE-SAVE YOUR MONEY AND BUY SOMETHING ELSE. I MEAN NO DISRESPECT TO KOONTZ BUT HE KNOWS THIS BOOK IS CRAP ALREADY AND PROBABLY DIDN'T WANT IT TO GO TO PRINT, BUT DEADLINES ARE DEADLINES. Maybe the next Odd Thomas book will be better, it can't be worse. I will buy any new book from him as I've read every other book he has written. SIDE NOTE: Readers like me want to see and read true reviews from other readers, not fabricated reviews from the publisher or an author's friend. So AUDIBLE: STOP CENSURING READERS REVIEWS. If you wrote a review praising this book then you are a moron or a liar! Anyone who has read the book can comment on whether my review was truthful or not. That is if AUDIBLE.COM has the cahonies to let my review stand AS IS????j

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Eileen Tinley Park, IL, United States 10-02-12
    Eileen Tinley Park, IL, United States 10-02-12 Member Since 2014
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    "What has Koontz done to Odd??"

    The first Odd Thomas book was brilliant, in my opinion. I loved the departure to a quirky story with a lovable character from Dean Koontz. As the Odd Thomas series progresses, however, the books decline in all areas.

    I realize one must suspend belief in horror/sci-fi/fantasy novels, and I can do that, no problem. I can live with Odd's "talents" and enjoy them and laugh with him. What I can't live with are the ridiculous, not-believable-by-any-stretch-of-imagination situations he's in after the first book - with Odd Apocalypse being the worst. Even Odd's once charming sense of humor came off as forced and, as a result, quickly annoying.

    To be honest, I really hated this book, and I found myself checking often on "how much time is left??".

    If you loved Odd Thomas, remember him as he was in book 1, and save yourself the money and time this piece of crap will cost you.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Normal, IL, United States 09-06-12
    Cynthia Normal, IL, United States 09-06-12 Member Since 2009
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    "So disappointing in so many ways"

    I was thrilled to find another Odd, but this sweet anticipation quickly died. Odd should really focus on the undead instead of creating monsters, such unappealing beings, whose descriptions changed with each telling. They overran the story and all but blotted out the Odd we loved. Once Odd picked up a gun in book 4, his character fell below freezing. Odd for me has now become a beloved lost friend.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 08-29-12
    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 08-29-12 Member Since 2015

    I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.

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    "Classically Odd! A winning series and winning #4"

    This is book four of the Odd Thomas series and it has been too long in coming. Written in the first person narrative style that marks its three predecessors – it does not disappoint. It has the right mix of suspense and conflict with a sprinkling of fantasy/science fiction that is Koontz’s trademark – with a hint of political commentary. Though this book is number four, it stands on its own and you can read it without fear of being lost although it does give away things in earlier novels. Odd Thomas, himself, you cannot help but like and there are moments in this book that you laugh out loud and usually don’t see them coming. This book can easily be enjoyed by readers of all ages and certainly as early as youth/teen. It also has appeal for the seasoned reader in its descriptions and scenes. I don’t know why it took Koontz so long to bring out this installment, but it’s should be definitely on your list.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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