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Dean R. Koontz
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2007
Brother Odd by Koontz,Dean. [2007] Paperback

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Bantam Books; Reprint edition (2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553589105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553589108
  • ASIN: B0073FY970
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 4.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (556 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,028,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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150 of 155 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Worthy Sequel to Odd Thomas December 3, 2006
Format:Hardcover
Dean Koontz is one of my favorite writers. He has been writing novels for longer than I've been alive (and I'm approaching middle age!). I've read most of Koontz's fifty plus novels, and I'm happy to say that BROTHER ODD is definitely one of the better ones.

BROTHER ODD is the third in a series of novels featuring the character of Odd Thomas, who Koontz introduced to the world in 2003. Many Koontz fans consider the first ODD THOMAS novel to be one of Koontz's best books, perhaps rivaled only by WATCHERS, his 1980s classic.

I personally agree with this assessment. The first ODD THOMAS was a true masterpiece of popular fiction. It is a remarkably well done novel with a highly imaginative plot and fully-drawn characters. Odd Thomas, the title character, is a enormously likable young man from the small town of Pico Mundo who has the uncanny power to see the lingering dead. He is probably my favorite Koontz character of all time. If you have not read ODD THOMAS, I strongly recommend that you give it a try; Koontz has received more reader mail about that book than any other novel in his forty year writing career.

Due to the overwhelming popularity of ODD THOMAS, Koontz released a lackluster sequel, FOREVER ODD in 2005. That sequel is considered a major disappointment by most fans, lacking the fine characterization and strong plotline of the first book. I personally found it to be Koontz's worst novel in several years. Needless to say, after reading FOREVER ODD, I was not thrilled to learn that Koontz was planning a third entry in the series.

However, I was pleasantly surprised by BROTHER ODD. This novel is a major return to form for Koontz, and is very similar in tone to the first ODD THOMAS novel.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Series, Absolutely Perfect! January 12, 2007
Format:Hardcover
I never, ever read a Dean Koontz novel in my life until a few weeks ago when I stumbled across a review of the first 'Odd Thomas' book. I have now read all three of them and I can say that I have never read a series of books with a recurring character that I have enjoyed this much. I hope and pray that there will be MORE!!!!

Odd Thomas is one of the most loveable, humble, engaging and endearing "people" I know....even if he does see ghosts and is only a lowly fry cook! I came away from the series feeling as if I'd made a quirky, sweet, new friend. The scenes with the ghost of Elvis are both bittersweet, heart-rending and funny as hell.

When I finished this book, I was crying my eyes out and my husband walked in shaking his head and said, "I don't think I've ever seen a person crying over a Dean Koontz novel!" I won't give away what made me cry, but it was joyous, poignant, moving and heartrending. I read it again later and cried again.

This is a fabulous, different, enjoyable series and a must-read if you like fabulous characters.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Forever Odd November 29, 2006
Format:Hardcover
If you look at my review for "Forever Odd," you'll find that I was a bit unimpressed by it--although that was, in large part, because of the high hopes the first book had set. [A word of warning, by the way: if you haven't read "Odd Thomas" and "Forever Odd," you may want to read them first, as this book gives away a lot of details from those books--especially the former.]

This third book in the Odd series sets the bar higher, and does so from the very first chapters. Even if you haven't read the first two books in the series, it's pretty clear that some terrible things are about to happen--and yet it took me a very long time to figure out what those things were, and why they were about to happen. And even before those terrible things unfold, there are some truly nightmarish scenes (it reminded me of "The Taking"). Amazingly, though, Koontz managed to keep some surprises even for the very last chapter (which may not be the end of the series).

My only complaint with the book is that Koontz trots out some of the same arguments he's been making for years (for example, there's one rant that could have been lifted verbatim from "One Door Away from Heaven"). But even that doesn't really detract from the novel: Koontz brings the monastery to life while simultaneously crafting the spookiest book he's written in quite some time.

If you're a fan of Koontz or Odd, you won't be disappointed.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brother Odd -- Ever so Wonderful December 2, 2006
Format:Hardcover
_Brother Odd_ leaves me with no doubt that the Master of Story-Telling is back, and in rare form!

I really enjoyed the first in the ODD series, _Odd Thomas_, finished it at 3 am because I couldn't put it down. Being a long-time Koontz fan, I bought _Forever Odd_ the first day. I could not believe the difference in the books. I had to struggle to continue with the second book, it had such a forced feeling about it.

Now this one, Brother Odd, brings back all my faith in story-telling. The characters are very well-drawn, despite the "supernatural" elements. Odd is a believable sort of guy in this one, even without having the protection of all his hometown buddies. His feelings are real, the journey keeps its ups and downs, suspense, chase scenes, it's got them all. My only regret is that I finished it already. I want to read more.

This is the type of Koontz book that I know and love. I put it up there with Whispers, Strangers and Lightning, which are my all-time favorites.

You gotta buy this one -- IT'S A KEEPER!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good airport read.
Funny, gripping and entertaining, I found it hard to stop at the end of each chapter. True, the identity of the main antagonist was predictable and I thought his motives seemed a... Read more
Published 2 hours ago by Steven W. Gilbert
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read as always
Fun read. the author had a great sense of humor and weaves in facts and people in interesting ways that make you think and laugh.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good mystery!
Published 1 day ago by B. Koch
3.0 out of 5 stars Odd-ly disappointing
I found "Odd Thomas" a surprisingly fun read. I'm not into supernatural or horror so hadn't read Dean Koontz before. Read more
Published 2 days ago by batty
4.0 out of 5 stars Brother Odd: An Odd Thomas Novel
Reading about Odd in action was fun My only problem with this one is the person responsible for the murders is revealed early if you pay attention. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Harold Lyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series!
I can't wait to get my hands on the next one!!
Odd Thomas is my favorite literary character to date...
Published 6 days ago by CourtCourt
2.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps someone else would love the book
I was enthralled as Odd's character leaped off the pages in his adventures in Odd Thomas (the first book). I had a hard time with this book. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Theresa H.
4.0 out of 5 stars good fun with a little church/monastic history and humor
Two day read, good fun with a little church/monastic history and humor.
Published 18 days ago by cdogs2
4.0 out of 5 stars Odd Thomas Series
Given all of the novels ever written it would be difficult to give 5 stars. If you want supernatural, dry wit and a truly entertaining book, then this in another book in the Odd... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Douglas E. Graham
4.0 out of 5 stars Dean Koontz at his best.
Cannot go wrong with an "Odd" novel. Dean Koontz at his best.
Published 20 days ago by Chris
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