The legend began in the obscure little town of Pico Mundo. A fry cook named Odd was rumored to have the extraordinary ability to communicate with the dead. Through tragedy and triumph, exhilaration and heartbreak, word of Odd Thomas' gifts filtered far beyond Pico Mundo, attracting unforgettable new friends - and enemies of implacable evil. With great gifts comes the responsibility to meet great challenges. But no mere human being was ever meant to face the darkness that now stalks the world - not even one as oddly special as Odd Thomas.
After grappling with the very essence of reality itself, after finding the veil separating him from his soul mate, Stormy Llewellyn, tantalizingly thin yet impenetrable, Odd longed only to return to a life of quiet anonymity with his two otherworldly sidekicks - his dog Boo and a new companion, one of the few who might rival his old pal Elvis. But a true hero, however humble, must persevere. Haunted by dreams of an all-encompassing red tide, Odd is pulled inexorably to the sea, to a small California coastal town where nothing is as it seems. Now the forces arrayed against him have both official sanction and an infinitely more sinister authority...and in this dark night of the soul, dawn will come only after the most shattering revelations of all.
©2008 Dean Koontz; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio
I've read Koontz for a very long time, and although the narration quality is excellent, the book itself is lacking. I'm wondering if the publisher got greedy and split the book with another one coming soon. Lots of unanswered questions and it leaves you hanging. With under an hour left, it just wraps up so quick it is tough to believe. The first Odd Thomas is the best, the second was okay and this one is lacking.
Disappointing. Odd doesn't have his usual reliable sidekick to elicit his quirky personality. The heroine adds little to the story. She is absent during most of Odd's journey and she responds to questions with answers such as, "What will be, will be." I found her more irritating than mysterious. Also, rather than outwitting his nemeses, Odd, though exhibiting remorse, escapes peril by killing them off. This is a departure from the Odd of the Monastery. One can only suppose that the writer resorted to surmounting quests in such fashion to meet a publishing deadline or perhaps to offer a substandard tidbit to satisfy those of us who greedily demanded more Odd, now rather than later. With questions left unanswered, this undoubtedly is a pre-quel to the next Odd iteration.
I read both of the first two books in this series and felt that this one didn't hold a candle to the others. There are so many better Koontz novels; skip this one.
I enjoy the Odd series but this book was a disappointment. It will leave you with an "unfinished feeling."
I am a big fan of Dean Koontz and have enjoyed the earlier books featuring Odd Thomas. This one missed the mark. It lacked the constant suspense of earlier books.
Odd's narratives have become flippant boilerplate in this book. Hoping for better from Mr. Koontz next time.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
Any book by Koontz sells well and any book with Odd as the main character sells well, but Koontz may have shot himself in the foot with this half a** attempt. I believe Koontz is getting tired of this character and it shows in his writing. Odd mentions more then once that he would like to die and I believe Koontz would like to kill him off, if only he did not sell so well.
The story starts off on a beach where Odd is attack by some bad guys. It takes him eight chapters to get off the beach. Most of the book is filler. Toward the end our gun hating hero, uses a gun and kills several people, some point blank. At one point he bravely stands still while a bad guy takes three shots at him, like he is superman. It seemed very out of character for Odd to use a gun and I believe it was just a easy way for Koontz to get his character out of trouble, so he compromised the character's character.
In chapter 46 there is an exchange between Odd and a bad guy that is roll on the ground funny, but this is about the only place in the book where there is any levity.
This is the fourth book in the series, but you can read them in any order. My favorite in the series is Forever Odd.
Koontz has written some really great stuff and my favorites are: The Bad Place, Lost Souls, Life Expectancy, Dragon Tears, and By The Light of The Moon.
I like the Odd Thomas stories; but, after four it seems to have gotten a little stale for Koontz. We have a storyline for a half hour movie puffed up with great airy clouds of self deprecating musings by the protagonist. Strange, inexplicable goings on that seem to happen because... well... something needs to happpen in order to add a few chapters to an otherwise pretty thin book. It was fun but a little like cotton candy.
I started this series with Odd Thomas and have enjoyed each one that followed, but honestly this last one was not my favorite. Odd is a very endearing character and after the first book you have developed a true affection for him and what he has been through. The mix of seriousness and humor is wonderful, and David Aaron Baker is a great narrator, after 4 books clearly the voice of Odd Thomas.
In each book there is some evil to be faced, and maybe the evil in Odd Hours is just more difficult for me to accept. I'm hoping that Koontz has more adventures for Odd. I'd hate to see such a good character go out on what I feel is the weakest of the 4 novels so far.
I've listened to all of the other Odd books and loved them. This book, to me, was a great disappointment. It lacked some of the supernatural aspects that I liked in past. It also was not as suspenseful. This book would start to elevate me with excitement and at about the 3/4 mark to climax it would drop me again and again. On a good note, there was enough in this book to keep me interested from beginning to bad ending. Hopefully the next will be better.
I average three books a week, but as I cannot afford to purchase that many books I frequently re-read those I already have. If you are here looking for reviews, I typically only review those books I feel particularly strongly about or have some insight that hasn't yet been posted in a review.
First, this book is excellent. Its a great read that will make you laugh & think, like most Dean Koontz books, all while wrapping you up in the suspense and mystery of the story. This book isnt particularly scary (most Koontz books arnt these days), but its got enough to keep it in the horror genre. The best thing in my opinion is that Koontz is beginning to tie at least some of his other stories into the Odd Thomas universe - maybe I'm alone in this but the first 2 minutes of the book made my eyes bulge with the implications.
Something interesting though, it seems to me that Dean Koontz and Stephen King are having a political battle through there most recent novels. If you've read SK's "Duma Key" you know that there are parts of that book that exist only to insult roughly half the country (it adds nothing to the story, though if not for that I'd say it would have been one of the greatest horror novels of all time). The same sort of thing happens in this book, and again its very obvious and shoddy, like it was thrown in at the last minute, perhaps just to counter King's attacks. Koontz has always expressed his own philosophy and morality but always in a general fashion even when it touched on politics (no names), until now that is. Personally I think this is terrible on the part of both authors, people dont buy their fiction to be berated for their beliefs and you shouldnt subject them to derision after they paid money for entertainment. King is more guilty of this than Koontz as his attacks are personal and more numerous but thats no excuse to stoop to the level he's dropped to. I'm an independent, and "Duma Key" enraged me at points, "Odd Hours" just made me uncomfortable at 1-2 points. DK needs to stick to philosophy and morality as it fits into the story - if these two authors want to duke it out let them debate each other in the non-fiction section.
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