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Publisher's Summary

"The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

Maybe he has a gift, maybe it's a curse, Odd has never been sure, but he tries to do his best by the silent souls who seek him out. Sometimes they want justice, and Odd's otherworldly tips to Pico Mundo's sympathetic police chief, Wyatt Porter, can solve a crime. Occasionally they can prevent one. But this time it's different.

A mysterious man comes to town with a voracious appetite, a filing cabinet stuffed with information on the world's worst killers, and a pack of hyena-like shades following him wherever he goes. Who the man is and what he wants, not even Odd's deceased informants can tell him. His most ominous clue is a page ripped from a day-by-day calendar for August 15.

Today is August 14.

In less than twenty-four hours, Pico Mundo will awaken to a day of catastrophe. As evil coils under the searing desert sun, Odd travels through the shifting prisms of his world, struggling to avert a looming cataclysm with the aid of his soul mate and an unlikely community of allies that includes the King of Rock 'n' Roll. His account of two shattering days when past and present, fate and destiny converge is the stuff of our worst nightmares, and a testament by which to live: sanely if not safely, with courage, humor, and a full heart that even in the darkness must persevere.

©2003 Dean Koontz; (P)2003 Random House, Inc., Random House Audio, A Division Of Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Once in a very great while, an author does everything right, as Koontz has in this marvelous novel....This is Koontz working at his pinnacle." (Publishers Weekly)
"A curious mixture of whimsy, gentle humor, and horror...It is the casual weirdness on display here, rife with bodachs and other signs of a Vonnegut-style fancifulness, that gives Odd Thomas its principal appeal." (The New York Times)
"This quirky and touching story of a 20-year-old short order cook with paranormal abilities is spun with stylistic grace by Dean Koontz, and read in an innocent, unaffected style by David Aaron Baker." (AudioFile)

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  • Leah
  • Bridgeville, Delaware
  • 07-08-08

Odd Thomas

Dean Koontz has outdone himself on this one. It is fantastic. A must read or in this case listen to. Bravo Mr. Koontz.

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Easy listen

Great book but most of the action kicks up toward the second half of the book. I am now reading the next in the series and it follows along the same pattern. If you are not into knowing what the main character is thinking for which there is A LOT of this and you are more of a quick superficial action-paced story type person, than this is not for you. Narrator does a very good job of distinguishing characters.

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  • John
  • Indian Trail, NC, USA
  • 06-10-08

Great, great book.

I can't remember when a book moved me and had me thinking about it for days and weeks after finishing it. This book had that affect on me.
The story is well done and the characterizations are really believable and real.
The ending is great and moving, and in retrospect I should have seen it coming, but it still blew me away.
Also, the narrator for this audiobook does a fantastic job of really bringing the character to life. Fantastic.
I can't recomend this book enough.

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  • Tammy
  • Millet, Alberta, Canada
  • 06-08-08

Best Koontz

My first Koontz read was Taken and I enjoyed it, but wow when I read Odd Thomas, I knew I had found a new favourite author. All elements mesh well.

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  • Christine
  • Guilderland, NY, United States
  • 06-01-08

Absolutely Awful

The reader is fine but the material is pathetic. After listening to the book for three hours, I gave up.
The plot is ludicrous and dull. Why this is popular certainly escapes me. If you are looking for even slight entertainment, you won't find it here.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Steven
  • Sierra Vista, AZ, USA
  • 05-12-08

Koontz just gets better!

I've been a big fan for years, but this work is my favorate so far. Great story line. Great humor. The next two in the series are already in my library.

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  • Angie
  • East Olympia, WA, USA
  • 05-01-08

Good story...well written

After reading many of Koontz' efforts, I had a hard time getting started on this one, but once I did it became a page turner and hard to put down. I love the way Koontz can make a common guy a super-hero. Although ALL the characters in this town of Odd's are a little wacky, it adds to the humor of the book rather than straight horror fiction. I was truly sorry to read the last page, wanting to read more! I couldn't wait to get my hands on the 'Odd' sequals!

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  • David
  • Valparaiso, IN, USA
  • 01-21-08

Gripping

This is my second Dean Koontz book and I liked it very much. Odd Thomas is a well narrated story about a short order cook with a special talent to see and communicate with spirits who wander the earth. This gives him insight into the what is going to happen and where the danger lurks. The author uses the supernatural without offending believers or non-believers. He has a matter-of-fact style that makes you accept that things are really happening to Odd and never tries to explain them, or define where they come from. It's hard to avoid the comparison to "The Sixth Sense" with the biggest difference being that Odd accepts the spirits and no attempt is made to scare the listener with ghosts.

The story moves well and will take you through all your emotions without a boring moment in the entire book. This is the first of 3 featuring Odd Thomas, the second is just as good, and I can't wait to get started on #3.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Suspense and Humor

"Odd Thomas" is a very good book combining both suspense and humor. I enjoyed every minute of listening to this book. This book is much different from other Koontz books that I have read. The main character is very likable and a person you would like to be friends with.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Ruben
  • San Ysidro, CA, United States
  • 12-17-07

Superb

I enjoyed the humor, the suspense, the mystery and everything else.
Very well developed characters give dept to the story.
Great Narration! Narrator has a clear voice and perfect representations of the different characters.
I can not wait to listen to the next book in the series!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful