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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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    Chazz 08-12-12
    Chazz 08-12-12

    One Man's Opinion

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    "Not up to usual quality"
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    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
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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 2002
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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 2002
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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 2012

    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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    Marg224 08-09-12
    Marg224 08-09-12

    keep on keepin on

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    "OK, yeah, just ok"
    What would have made Odd Apocalypse better?

    I really found most of it dragging on and on...it's just not what I expected.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dean Koontz again?

    Of course.


    What does David Aaron Baker bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Narration was good. Young sounding voice made it easy to believe he was Odd.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment and a sense of .... when will this end!


    Any additional comments?

    Well, I'm glad I purchased it, I had to find out for myself, but, I felt a lot of disappointment and a sense that it was not the standard I'm used to finding in a Dean Koontz novel. Still, I'm glad I found out for myself, I bought it before any reviews had been written just because I'm such a big fan, but, had I waited for the reviews I prob. would not have purchased it quite yet or even not at all. I hate to waste time and money and this was close to doing both. Not so bad as to call it a total waste of time, but, not the quality I expected, and I'm sorry for that. I would still purchase future novels by Mr. Koontz hoping that old magic will return.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Judith 02-25-13
    Judith 02-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good read, by a great writer"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Odd Apocalypse was the third book in the series that I have read, having just discovered Dean Koontz recently. Yes, I know, everyone else knew him before, but I procrastinated. His use of a type of inquiry that continues through the book, in which a quasi spiritual conversation takes place within the main characters thoughts.The author poses situations and contrasts them with his hero, the Odd Thomas in question, who is constantly providing paradoxes and thoughts that provoke others.The main character, Odd Thomas enjoys a terribly simple existence, bumping along on the kindness of others, following a type of "voice" or urge, or Higher Powers instructions.The author got a little beyond me in this one, and I never quite enjoyed it as much as the two previous novels, but it was probably due to his use of over the top characters who behave so, well, improbably. They were just a bit too inexplicable for me to feel a connection with.I felt a little irritated with the consistently lurking evil, having insufficient reason for the action going to take place,always by brilliant people, with loads of money, and either a grudge or an ego based goal. With all that said, I would also say - all along, I enjoy the writing, and so I will read more of this writer, in fact, with an eagerness I will try the next one n the series. After all,not every book comes from the same space in a writers head, as another.


    Which character – as performed by David Aaron Baker – was your favorite?

    Odd Thomas


    Was Odd Apocalypse worth the listening time?

    yes


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Edmund W. Cheung Playa Del Rey, CA USA 08-23-12
    Edmund W. Cheung Playa Del Rey, CA USA 08-23-12 Member Since 2001
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    "Loved all the Other ODD Thomas... this one not so"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I have loved all the other Odd Thomas novels and have listened to them twice. This one sort of gets old after the first 2 hours. I am not too sure if it is the verbal mental diarrhea that I get tiring or the story like is not quite as innovate / quirky as the other novels. The performance and reading is excellent, but perhaps the story line is getting old? If you have run out of everything else to read or listen to and have absolutely nothing else, then I would recommend trying this book out. Otherwise, I am sure are there are many other books.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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