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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.

DEEPLY ODD

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.

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Following the explosive success of Odd Apocalypse, here is the gripping new adventure of Odd Thomas, Dean Koontz’s most celebrated character.

In a sinister encounter with a rogue truck driver tricked up like a rhinestone cowboy, Odd has a disturbing vision of a shocking multiple homicide that has not yet been committed. Across California, into Nevada, and back again, Odd embarks on a riveting road chase to prevent the tragedy. Along the way, he meets — and charms — a collection of eccentrics who become his allies in a terrifying battle against a sociopath of singular boldness and cleverness — and a shadowy network of mysterious, like-minded murderers whose chilling resources seem almost supernatural.

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Dean Koontz, the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers, lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever, Anna, and the enduring spirit of their golden, Trixie.

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Tung, July 15, 2013 (view all comments by Tung)
I stopped reading Dean Koontz after the horrendously bad "False Memory," not only because of its own shortcomings, but because it marked the author's turn away from the excellent Moonlight Bay series, which to this day still awaits the concluding novel of the trilogy. I think you'll agree that 15 years has been long enough to wait. One of the reasons Koontz hasn't gone back to Christopher Snow's storyline appears to be his captivation with Odd Thomas, the short order cook who sees ghosts.

When I saw "Deeply Odd" available through Amazon Vine, I decided to give it a try. Of course, this is the sixth novel in the Odd Thomas series, so I had to start at the beginning. I'll say this: I plowed through them pretty quickly. I was able to borrow the first through my library as an ebook, and the second through the fifth through the library in hardcover. I read pretty quickly, but I finished the FIVE of these books (including "Deeply Odd") in April.

They're compulsively readable and relatively short novels. As a narrator, Odd has a distinct voice, although at times it's hard to believe he's only in his early twenties. I can chalk some of his worldly view to the fact that he's seen a lot of supernatural horrors, but on the other hand, in the first two novels, he had never ventured beyond the little desert city that he was born in. (He also has quite a libertarian view, which is consistent with what I know about the author, but not a very natural fit for the character. I'm not saying that young people can't be libertarians, but by the later books, the observations were becoming more forced, at least to me.)

Anyway, in the early books, Odd would see some ghost that would lead him to some upcoming horror to avoid. This made him a bit like a proactive version of the boy in "The Sixth Sense." However, in more recent books, he's gained another power -- sometimes when touching someone, he can see a possible future involving that person (usually a very bloody/nasty future). This makes him much like Johnny Smith in Stephen King's "The Dead Zone."

In "Deeply Odd," the future vision he sees is of three kids being burned to death intentionally, thus setting off a chase across California, Nevada, and other states to pursue the would-be killer. Along the way, he discovers an intersecting parallel universe, a soul-sucking entity from that other place, and a death cult.

Koontz still has a definite gift for the way he describes events and feelings in particular. But for some reason, despite the intriguing premise of Odd Thomas, I found "Deeply Odd" ultimately kind of bland. It should've stuck with me more than it did. I'm not sure why, except maybe that so many of the tropes here have been done elsewhere. Not necessarily better, but in more memorable ways.

3 stars is a little low for this, but 4 would be too much. This would be a good book for many writers, but it falls short of the best of Dean Koontz, which is a stretch in the mid-80s to the mid-90s, with awesome reads like "Strangers," "Watchers," Lightning," "Dragon Tears," "Dark Rivers of the Heart," and others.
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ISBN:
9780553807738
Subtitle:
An Odd Thomas Novel
Author:
Koontz, Dean
Author:
Koontz, Dean R.
Author:
Dean Koontz
Publisher:
Bantam
Subject:
Horror - General
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Thrillers
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20130528
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.54 x 6.37 x 1.4 in 1.3 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Following the explosive success of Odd Apocalypse, here is the gripping new adventure of Odd Thomas, Dean Koontz’s most celebrated character.

In a sinister encounter with a rogue truck driver tricked up like a rhinestone cowboy, Odd has a disturbing vision of a shocking multiple homicide that has not yet been committed. Across California, into Nevada, and back again, Odd embarks on a riveting road chase to prevent the tragedy. Along the way, he meets — and charms — a collection of eccentrics who become his allies in a terrifying battle against a sociopath of singular boldness and cleverness — and a shadowy network of mysterious, like-minded murderers whose chilling resources seem almost supernatural.

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