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
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'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.
I enjoy the Odd series but this book was a disappointment. It will leave you with an "unfinished feeling."
Ancient Civil Engineer and Land Surveyor
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 had to write in praise of the narrator. His voice characterization of the protagonist, Odd Thomas, is always spot-on, but his other characters really shone in this recording, particularly the quirky Birdie and Blossom, and especially the elderly retired actor Hutch, who was just delightful. The voice of the menacing small-town sheriff was perfect as well. It was hard to believe all those voices came out of the same narrator! It made me feel sorry for those who read this book in print and missed out on the fun. The only sour note was the voice of Reverend Moran, who seemed to be channeling Father Mulcahy from MASH at the end. Otherwise, a marvelous performance. The book is a roller-coaster ride that leaves the story unfinished--I can't wait to find out what comes next.
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 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.
The first book in the series was mostly stripped of needless description and flowery passages of alliteration. Not so this one. The first hour is spent describing one scene on and underneath a pier. I laughed out loud at some of the endless verbiage(and not in a good way-the "story" never seemed to start) until I gave up counting all the times three adjectives were used when one would have been sufficient. I gave this two stars out of sentimentality toward the character and the excellent narrator. Where was the editor of this book, in Bermuda? Heaven forbid this IS the edited version.
I've been waiting for the next Odd Thomas novel but wasn't very impressed with this one. It isn't awful but it isn't great, either. It isn't equal to its predecessors. You are plopped into the story with little explanation, a few "odd" things happen, then it ends with almost no explanation. And much of what Odd does seems out of character for him.
I'd say it is mildly interesting just because Odd is an interesting person and the narrator does a great job. But it isn't what I was expecting, after the previous Odd Thomas books.
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.
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