Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz


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There are very few books that snare me from the first word, and this is one of them.
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“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 out Odd want justice. Occasionally their otherworldly 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 herald 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 destined to rank among Dean Koontz’s most enduring works.

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Dean Koontz was born in Everett, Pennsylvania, and grew up in nearby Bedford. He won an Atlantic Monthly fiction competition when he was twenty and has been writing ever since. Mr. Koontz's books are published in 38 languages. Worldwide sales total more than 175 million copies, a figure that currently increases at a rate of more than 350 million copies a year. Dean and his wife, Gerda, live in southern California.
Published June 29, 2007 by Bantam. 466 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Action & Adventure, History, Crime. Fiction
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Reviewed by Peter Guttridge on Jan 03 2004

The clash between the cuteness and the supernatural means the novel has an odd tone that dilutes the scariness in the stark situation in Thomas's small town. Even so, this is a read-at-a-sitting novel - with a terrific final twist.

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Publishers Weekly

on Nov 03 2008

This is Koontz working at his pinnacle, providing terrific entertainment...

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Reviewed by Elizabeth Provenzano on Nov 01 2010

This is definitely a series to get into. You will laugh. A cow explodes…how can you not?

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Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on Jan 22 2011

...clearly and uniquely an original, a quietly haunting morality tale that beckons to be embraced and deserves to be studied.

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All About Romance

Reviewed by Ellen Micheletti on Feb 13 2013

There are very few books that snare me from the first word, and this is one of them.

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Reviewed by Nikki Tranter on Mar 03 2008

Instead of the taut, supernatural thriller promised on the publisher’s website, the book reads like a manifesto, a how-to for the video game generation...

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Reviewed by Paula Laurita on Feb 13 2013

If I have a choice between Stephen King and Deen Koontz, I will take the latter.

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Reviewed by Harriet Klausner on Nov 15 2008

Only Dean Koontz can blend a thriller and a horror novel together and make a novel that is better than the sum of its parts.

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Reviewed by Thomas Hand on Oct 17 2012

...Dean Koontz manages to prove himself as one of the masters of modern horror.

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Reviewed by Marie Lorraine on Mar 21 2010

...a clever, exciting, and fascinating new read...

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Below average
Reviewed by JD Adams on Nov 13 2009

Mr. Koontz certainly did not spend any time developing a plot or a character. He was too busy searching his thesaurus for another completely useless allegory...

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Reviewed by Luke Croll on Feb 13 2008

...there is plenty here to absorb and ODD THOMAS will stay with you for some time after you have read the last page.

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