Saturday, September 20, 2008

2008 Book 81: Brother Odd

Book #:81

Book Title:Brother Odd

Author:Dean Koontz

Publisher:Bantam Dell

Pub. Date:2006


Started:September 19, 2008

Finished:September 20, 2008

Time to Read:2 Days

Back Cover / Inside Flap:"St. Bartholomew's Abbey sits in majestic solitude amid the wild peaks of California's High Sierra, a haven for children otherwise abandoned and a sanctuary for those seeking insight. Odd Thomas has come here to learn to live fully again, and among the eccentric monks, their other guests, and the nuns and young students of the attached convent school, he has begun to find his way. The silent spirits of the dead who visited him in his earlier life are mercifully absent, save for the bell-ringing Brother Constantine and Odd's steady companion, the King of Rock 'n' Roll.

But trouble has a way of finding Odd Thomas, and it slinks back onto his path in the form of the sinister bodachs he has met previously, the black shades who herald death and disaster, and who come late one December night to hover above the abbey's most precious charges. For Odd is about to face an enemy who eclipses any he has yet encountered as he embarks on a journey of mystery, wonder, and sheer suspense that surpasses all that has come before."

Review:I think this third installation of Odd Thomas is just as good as the first. Dean Koontz hits hard with an intriguing setting and a more intriguing story line. Although deep characterizations do not occur in this (or any) Odd Thomas novel, the characters as they are presented are entirely authentic and true to real life.

In Brother Odd, Odd finds himself at odds with forces of nature that are not entirely...natural. How he handles these occurrences and seeks to protect all they may harm is what makes this an endearing and enduring tale. Fans of Odd Thomas will fall in love all over again when he frolics in his first snow storm with his newly found puppy friend Boo or when Elvis again shows up to entertain the crowd, albeit a crowd of 1 and decades after his death.

Definitely recommend...this is a great 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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