Deeply Odd Kindle Edition 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 I love the Odd Thomas books. When Dean originally announced this character's adventures, he said it would be a closed-ending series of books--probably ending at book seven. This is book six in the series, and while I love the Odd Thomas character I am also looking forward to the series ending in the next book if he follows through with his promise. This novel, "Deeply Odd", is a great story for the most part. Odd Thomas is here using his psychic magnetism to track down the "rhinestone cowboy trucker" who has powers of his own. That was a nice twist, as we saw that Odd wasn't the only person in the world with a touch of the supernatural on their lives. Unfortunately, the things that made the first book so interesting have slowly begun to fade away in the last two or three novels in the series. I am all for character growth, but it seems as if Dean has almost lost his original idea of what made Odd so special and has been moving him into a new character. For one thing, in this novel the inner monologues become incredibly chatty, sometimes meandering so long you forget what Odd was doing at that point. Annamarie is another problem. I can fully appreciate the enigmatic angle Dean is going for with her, but she is so otherworldly now (appearing out of nowhere in a thrift store hundreds of miles away from where Odd left her, only to find she isn't really there but is still at home but WAS there hours ago...with no transportation of any kind) she's almost ridiculous. But the thing I miss most in the Odd stories is the loss of the spirits of the lingering dead he used to encounter and help often. Alfred Hitchcock is along for the ride now and he's definitely the most fun companion Odd has had in the series because he genuinely seems to love being a ghost. But for the most part any other spirit is missing. He sees one as he is driving early in the book but doesn't stop to help them move on...which is what made him interesting in the first book. Even his ghost dog is no longer hanging out with him, relegated in the last two books to just hanging out with Annamarie while Odd is off fighting for his life. Is Dean going to end the series with the next novel? I hope so. I hope Odd returns to Pico Mundo for one final adventure and then is reunited with his lost love forever, as he has been seeking since the first book. I hope the enigma of Annamarie is wrapped up as best as possible (since no possible explanation could work now satisfactorily). I hope Odd goes out as a hero and we get to enjoy the memory of a guest who left us at just the right time or maybe even a little too soon, so we'll miss him, rather than the guest who stays on well past their welcome and rattles on incessantly about being a fry cook who can make fluffy pancakes.
I love the Odd Thomas series. Where else can you find such a great hero, genuine good vs. evil stuff, wonderful side characters, and HUMOR in a "horror" book? Koontz intersperses scary sequences with Odd's random musings, which help make him a believable hero, albeit a hero in pretty unusual situations and with some unusual skills... For instance, in the midst of chasing down the villain, he proposes that "although it isn't profound, there are worse mottoes to live by than 'we might as well eat.'" Few other supernatural suspense writers can do this successfully, in my book. John Connolly (in the Charlie Parker mystery series) and Joe Hill both can do it...Stephen King tries but he gets hammy with his humor IMHO (much like he does in cameos in his movies). Heresy to some, I know: sorry.
To say that I am entranced with the Odd Thomas series would be a gross understatement. I love the fact that Dean Koontz has finally stepped past the max 2 book barrier and gone to 5 with more to come in this series. Oddie as a character is brilliant, self deprecating, instinctive, quick witted and witty (not necessarily available as a package in regular people). True, there are some glaring coincidences in to series but that's a part of Odd's life. This book is a little wordier, gets a lot deeper into Odd's head as we go along Though I love the series, I was in danger of letting it fall for a while, and it actually took me a little longer to get thru than the others in the series, but then the dog shoowed up. (if you've read the couple of books previous to this you'll know what I'm talking about). From that point on it just rocks and rolls. Odds world is changing. He's finding others like himself, and seems to be learning that he is an integral cog in a much larger machine. The hints are that he is soon to return to Pico Mundo - where it all begins, though the sneaky Mr Koontz doesn't actually promise that yet, so we'll see. This is a great series, no sign of boredom yest and I recommend the whole lot to any one who wants a new wxperience in horror/suspense.
If you are a fan of Koontz in general and the Odd series in particular this is a must read. The plot thickens, Odds character develops and there is Alfred Hitchcock as a ghost:) I like the first books better, this one gets a bit strained with the Annamaria sidestory and all the travelling but its still a good read.
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