Deeply Odd

Deeply Odd

An Odd Thomas Novel

Book - 2013 | 1st ed
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The pistol appeared in his hand the way a dove appears in the hand of a good magician, as if it materialized out of thin air. "You think I won't do it right here in the open. But you'd be surprised. . . . You'll drop before you get the breath to scream." 
The truck driver is decked out like a rhinestone cowboy, only instead of a guitar he's slinging a gun--and Odd Thomas is on the wrong end of the barrel. Though he narrowly dodges a bullet, Odd can't outrun the shocking vision burned into his mind . . . or the destiny that will drive him into a harrowing showdown with absolute evil.
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.

Praise for Deeply Odd and Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas series
"Not since Watchers has Dean Koontz created such an endearing and enduring character as Odd Thomas. . . . One of our contemporary masters." -- San Antonio Express-News
"[A] popular series . . . Koontz asks real questions about the nature of good and evil." --The New York Times Book Review
"Odd evokes the homespun wisdom of Forrest Gump amid the mind-spinning adventures of a Jack Bauer. . . . The ultimate Everyman . . . an avatar of hope and honor and courage for all of us--the linchpin of a rollicking good tale." --BookPage
"There's never anything predictable about an Odd Thomas adventure. Another satisfying entry in this wildly popular series. It's Koontz, and it's Odd. Class dismissed." -- Booklist
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780553807738
Branch Call Number: FIC KOO
Characteristics: 335 p. ; 25 cm


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PimaLib_SherrieB Nov 17, 2015

This Odd Thomas adventure would have been better told as a short story or, at most, a novella. Odd’s narration in this book is so thick with moral lamentation, sometimes contradictory and often repetitive, that I found myself skipping paragraphs in order to advance the story. While one of the newly introduced characters is somewhat charming, she and other characters remain flat. This series may have run its course.

Feb 16, 2015

When the main character of a novel can see the dead, you have to have a certain suspension of disbelief. I'm prepared to do that, and the first novel in this series didn't require much of that. By this point, I'm having to suspend so much disbelief that it could kill me if it falls. Every chapter more characters turn up drawn to Odd, dispensing mystical advice and pithy phrases. And I don't want to get into the fact that the Chauffeur Odd replaces died aged 90 or so, and his mother was 104.

Jul 11, 2013

I love Dean Koontz but he got very wordy in this one. Overly descriptive and philosophical. Come back to us, Dean!

Jun 09, 2013

I've read several Koontz novels before and generally found them entertaining. But I LOVE the Odd Thomas series. Can't wait for new ones to come out then I'm completely sucked in. Good development of characters that builds throughout the series. And keeps you guessing, unlike many mystery novels these day. Totally recommend you start with "Odd Thomas" and read the whole series!

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