Deeply Odd eBook by Dean Koontz Click Here to Download the Book How do you make sure a crime that hasn’t happened yet, never does? That’s the critical question facing Odd Thomas, the young man with a unique ability to commune with restless spirits and help them find justice and peace. But this time, it’s the living who desperately need Odd on their side. Three helpless innocents will be brutally executed unless Odd can intervene in time. Who the potential victims are and where they can be found remain a mystery. The only thing Odd knows for sure is who the killer will be: the homicidal stranger who tried to shoot him dead in a small-town parking lot. With the ghost of Alfred Hitchcock riding shotgun and a network of unlikely allies providing help along the way, Odd embarks on an interstate game of cat and mouse with his sinister quarry. He will soon learn that his adversary possesses abilities that may surpass his own and operates in service to infinitely more formidable foes, with murder a mere prelude to much deeper designs. Traveling across a landscape haunted by portents of impending catastrophe, Odd will do what he must and go where his path leads him, drawing ever closer to the dark heart of his long journey—and, perhaps, to the bright light beyond.
Reviews Well, anyone who knows me also knows that I am a huge Dean Koontz fan. BUT, I really think he has outdone himself with this book of the ODD series. In Deeply Odd, Koontz adds characters that are so endearing and entertaining. Many, many villains but a hint of the goodness that also exists. Best job of parallel worlds that I have ever read. The main plot is Deeply Dark but Koontz, in his unique way scatters humor, sarcasm, political commentary and a strong sense that goodness can and will defeat evil. The bringing in of other characters that he sort of hints are similar to Odd are also in this world and parallel worlds lets you walk away from this book feeling hopeful. Many, many laughs and giggles--absolutely loved this book. I think for me it is the best in the ODD series.
Prior to Deeply Odd, I have read one Koontz novel, Hideaway, which was chilling in the way thrillers are supposed to grip you to the end. I also read Odd is on Our Side, which interestingly isn't listed in the bibliography at the front of Deeply Odd, but introduced me to Odd Thomas, a whimsical world of good vs. evil with a wry sense of humor. It was enough to interest me into the Odd series. However, it hardly prepared me for the surprising world between the Odd covers. Odd Thomas sees dead people, often helping them make what turns they need to move past the limbo between death and their next destination. Odd, himself, seems to be between way stations, guided by an inner sense of trouble to where his peculiar talents are needed. When he sees a rhinestone-studded cowboy who drives a foreboding 18-wheel rig, he has a flash-forward and knows the trucker will incinerate three innocent children as an entertainment on some demonic stage. Guided by a magnetic pull to danger, and with the assistance of his departed dog, Boo, and the late director, Hitchcock, Odd must track down the trucker to top his diabolical plan. But first, Odd has to figure out the undercurrents that threaten to tear a rift between the physical world and the forces of hell bent to destroy life. Completely engrossing. Surprisingly insightful, and oddly uplifting. Koontz keeps surprising on every level. I'm astonished at his craft to write beautifully, in the midst of gripping terror, while illuminating good and evil, even bringing a sense of beauty suggestive of angels surrounding the mortal sphere, ready to help where and when they are most needed.
I can't say why, exactly, but I enjoyed this Odd Thomas book a lot more than i did the last one. Still, it's another one where the entire story takes place in a day. Odd meets an intriguing 80 year old, pistol Packing woman who seems attuned to strange but wonderful people who seem able to help him. In a discussion with someone else, who asks if Odd is Blue and Smooth, she replies, Not, yet," and when Oddie asks what this means, she tells him that he'll find out later. This was somewhere in the first 100 pages of the book, and I assumed the reader would be let in on the secret by the end. Unfortunately, this never happened.
Holy crap! It took me a couple days to read Odd Apocalypse, but I couldn't put this one down from the minute I got home from the bookstore! It might just be my favorite Odd Thomas book so far, which is no light praise. There's many a connection to be found that will drive Koontz fans nuts, and things that will blow Odd Thomas fans's minds, hopefully, though I'm not going to say any more about that. The villains are the creepiest yet. And there's an old woman character, Edie Fischer. I want to be her when I'm old.
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