Maggie_S, February 1, 2013 (view all comments by Maggie_S)
I wasn't really a big Bean Koontz fan when I picked this book up. Odd Thomas changed all that! From the first page I was pulled in and felt an emotional attachment to the character. I have since read all of the Odd Thomas books and wait anxiously for the next!
by Publishers Weekly (Starred and Boxed Review),
"[E]lectrifying tension....[S]tands out for its brilliant tightrope walk between the amusing and the macabre....Koontz working at his pinnacle, providing terrific entertainment that deals seriously with some of the deepest themes of human existence..."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"[D]espite the lift he strives for, these pages go by on automatic pilot....With its tender surprise ending, call it It's a Wonderful Sixth Sense, built out of wet pulp and milk."
by Richmond Times-Dispatch,
"Dean Koontz almost occupies a genre of his own. He is a master at building suspense and holding the reader spellbound."
by The Times (London),
"Dean Koontz is not just a master of our darkest dreams, but also a literary juggler."
Fate and destiny converge in this haunting tale of love and terror, suspense and self-discovery. Odd Thomas is an unassuming young hero who regularly communicates with the dead — a gallant sentinel called upon to stop a mysterious man on a day of catastrophe.
“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. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn. Maybe he has a gift, maybe its a curse, Odd has never been sure, but he tries to do his best by the silent souls who seek him out. Sometimes they want justice, and Odds otherworldly tips to Pico Mundo's sympathetic police chief, Wyatt Porter, can solve a crime. Occasionally they can prevent one. But this time it's different.
A mysterious man comes to town with a voracious appetite, a filing cabinet stuffed with information on the world's worst killers, and a pack of hyena-like shades following him wherever he goes. Who the man is and what he wants, not even Odds deceased informants can tell him. His most ominous clue is a page ripped from a day-by-day calendar for August 15.
Today is August 14.
In less than twenty-four hours, Pico Mundo will awaken to a day of catastrophe. As evil coils under the searing desert sun, Odd travels through the shifting prisms of his world, struggling to avert a looming cataclysm with the aid of his soul mate and an unlikely community of allies that includes the King of Rock 'n' Roll. His account of two shattering days when past and present, fate and destiny converge is the stuff of our worst nightmares—and a testament by which to live: sanely if not safely, with courage, humor, and a full heart that even in the darkness must persevere.
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