Tuesday, September 16, 2008

2008 Book 79: Odd Thomas

Book #:79

Book Title:Odd Thomas

Author:Dean Koontz

Publisher:Bantam Dell

Pub. Date:2003


Started:September 12, 2008

Finished:September 15, 2008
Time to Read:4 Days

Back Cover / Inside Flap:"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. 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.

Sometimes the silent souls who seek Odd out want justice. Occasionally their otherwordly 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 hearld 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 destied to rank among Dean Koontz's most enduring works.


Review:I wonder if, while writing this work, Koontz realized it was going to turn into a series that has built up fans who never would have heard of this magnificent author otherwise.

Dean Koontz has completely outdone himself with Odd Thomas. Told in the first person, the reader gets to follow along as a fry cook who happens to see the dead tries to take on the forces of evil that invade his beloved small town. Haunted by his own past demons, Odd takes on the challenge of preventing mass destruction - even though he does not know how or where that destruction will occur.

Although he has already endured much in his life, he will be called upon to sacrifice even more. But in this tale, far more important than the actual events, you can see the sweet humanity that is possible.

One criticism is that Koontz offers several half-baked tales from Odd's past...perhaps they should have been told in full.

Otherwise, this is a masterpiece must read!

If you have read or are planning to read this book, please make sure to stop back by and leave me a comment to let me know your own thoughts!

From my library to yours,


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