By Dean Koontz
- Release Date: 2003-12-09
- Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Odd Thomas Dean Koontz Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars
Meet Odd Thomas, the unassuming young hero of Dean Koontz’s dazzling New York Times bestseller, a gallant sentinel at the crossroads of life and death who offers up his heart in these pages and will forever capture yours.
“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. Sometimes the silent souls who seek out Odd want justice. Occasionally their otherworldly tips help him prevent a crime. But this time it’s different.
A stranger comes to Pico Mundo, accompanied by a horde of hyena-like shades who herald an imminent catastrophe. Aided by his soul mate, Stormy Llewellyn, and an unlikely community of allies that includes the King of Rock ’n’ Roll, Odd will race against time to thwart the gathering evil. His account of these shattering hours, in which past and present, fate and destiny, converge, is a testament by which to live—an unforgettable fable for our time destined to rank among Dean Koontz’s most enduring works.
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Hard to Follow
Odd Thomas has a way with the dead. They never talk to him, but they do try to communicate. Short-order cook is his day job. Other times he is trying to do right by the dead souls who come to him. Sometimes they seek justice. Sometimes they want to help prevent a disaster.
When a mysterious man comes to town, Odd finds a pack of hyena-like shades following him. Further investigation shows the man has an interest in mass killings. There is also an ominous date added to the mix, leaving Odd 24 hours before evil strikes. With Stormy Llewellyn, his beloved, the ghost of Elvis, and a host of other friends, Odd must stand between evil and his home of Pico Mundo.
Odd Thomas is set in a desert community of Pico Mundo and centers on a psychic named Odd Thomas. When a large man enters the Pico Mundo Grill where Odd works, Odd immediately notices shadow creatures around him: harbingers of a looming cataclysm. The story is told in the first person. The elements of the story should make it interesting. However, the first person nature of the story causes Mr. Koontz to delve into long expositions. These are explanations the reader will likely find confusing. The result is a book that is hard to follow.
I have yet to pick up a Koontz book that I can set down easily. He stories draw me in from the first word. I will read late into the night. Love all his books. Can't wait to start the next one.
By Larry in Mo.
Nobody can write like Koontz. This is a superb book. Thomas is a different type of hero for Koontz, but just as mesmerizing as all of his others, along with the creepiness and terror that live in Koontz's books. I truly enjoyed this book.
Good book worth reading until ending.didnt have to end like that.good read didn't have to have sad ending.makes me not want read rest of books!
This is my number one book for feels! I will never forget this book and I will read the next one!!!! I highly recommend this book, just my opinion.
By Alaska Native
Love the book I couldn't put the book down
One of my fav all time books. Take a chance and fall in love with Oddy.
Koontz, Keep it up!
One of the best books I have read. I have now read it maybe, lets just say 5 times so I don't seem completely crazy. The plot us sublime, and really highlights the good and evil in this world, and the abilities that lie within everyone.
Classic Koontz, mixing seriousness with periods of comic relief to keep the reader from getting too blue. Odd Thomas is an amazing character that grew up too fast and missed out on his childhood. His character really shows an inner depth that is lacking in characters from numerous other authors.
Now, to those people who consider the subject of ghosts and other anomalies just malarkey probably put it back at their local bookstore after reading the back saying "What garbage is this! This sounds like some type of Twilight crap!" I want to say this. You can't judge a book by its cover, especially this one. Now, I would say more, but I'm afraid I might let something slip that would ruin the book. Lets just say, has Koontz ever let you down before? This series comes HIGHLY recommended by myself and at the time of this post, all but one other commenter.
Yours Truly, A Big Fan
Love Odd books
This was the first Dean Koontz book I ever read and it was great. I couldn't put it down. After this I started reading the other Odd books. Great reads!
I love Odd. I love these characters. The story could move faster. Who wouldn't love to see the people Odd has the privilege of enter acting with? The only passed over people I see are angry men. Women are more helpful than scared.
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