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Product Details

  • Series: Odd Thomas
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; First Edition edition (May 28, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553807730
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553807738
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,471 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

The seventh Odd Thomas novel takes place a mere 19 months after the events of the first book, which shows just how tightly knit this story is—more of a serial, really, than a series. An unplanned encounter with a hateful trucker leads Thomas to put his own life on the line to save the lives of the three children who will otherwise die at the hands of the man. Thomas, you see, has a special gift that allows him to see not just the spirits of the dead (the ghost of Alfred Hitchcock is a supporting character in the book) but also events that have not yet happened but certainly will, unless he intervenes. Odd Thomas is an engaging narrator, a young man who’s still coming to terms with the rather staggering recent changes in his life, and, although the setup of the story would normally suggest a fairly predictable conclusion—This very bad guy isn’t really going to get away with it, is he?—there’s never anything predictable about an Odd Thomas adventure. Another satisfying entry in this wildly popular series. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: It’s Koontz, and it’s Odd. Class dismissed. --David Pitt

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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

More About the Author

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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Customer Reviews

Dean Koontz is great at story and character development.
Cecelia D. Johnson
Enough has been left unanswered that I know I will come back to this universe as soon as the next book is out.
Jay
All in all it keeps your interest and is very entertaining.
Frederick W. Joike

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

199 of 206 people found the following review helpful By Jay VINE VOICE on March 28, 2013
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I will put the caveats first:

1. You should not read this book as a stand-alone... too many references to the previous five volumes are made and much would be lost.

2. You have to accept the book for what it is - light prose depicting dark events with constant humor breaks.

3. You have to be willing to go with the pendulum swings of pessimism to optimism and back.

4. You have to be willing to follow the story with all of the descriptive prose that Mr. Koontz loves to use... if you get aggravated by too many adjectives or too much description, this might not be the book for you.

With that said, I think this book rivals the first Odd Thomas book in keeping the pace up, introducing interesting characters, and further developing a world that if we work and pay attention, we can easily relate to. I read the book in one sitting (who needs sleep??) and came away satisfied that the story ended where and how it should, with a good feeling of where he will go next. Enough has been left unanswered that I know I will come back to this universe as soon as the next book is out. I can't ask much more from a book.

As far as the story goes, it is a paranormal detective action adventure with lots of moral commentary thrown in and the humor strains that Koontz uses in his "lighter" books.

So - if you are a Koontz fan and liked the first Odd Thomas Book - I highly recommend this one!!

... and yes, there are dogs. :)

All the best,

Jay
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88 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Brian Reaves TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 8, 2013
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I love the Odd Thomas books. When Dean originally announced this character's adventures, he said it would be a closed-ending series of books--probably ending at book seven. This is book six in the series, and while I love the Odd Thomas character I am also looking forward to the series ending in the next book if he follows through with his promise.

This novel, "Deeply Odd", is a great story for the most part. Odd Thomas is here using his psychic magnetism to track down the "rhinestone cowboy trucker" who has powers of his own. That was a nice twist, as we saw that Odd wasn't the only person in the world with a touch of the supernatural on their lives. Unfortunately, the things that made the first book so interesting have slowly begun to fade away in the last two or three novels in the series. I am all for character growth, but it seems as if Dean has almost lost his original idea of what made Odd so special and has been moving him into a new character. For one thing, in this novel the inner monologues become incredibly chatty, sometimes meandering so long you forget what Odd was doing at that point. Annamarie is another problem. I can fully appreciate the enigmatic angle Dean is going for with her, but she is so otherworldly now (appearing out of nowhere in a thrift store hundreds of miles away from where Odd left her, only to find she isn't really there but is still at home but WAS there hours ago...with no transportation of any kind) she's almost ridiculous.

But the thing I miss most in the Odd stories is the loss of the spirits of the lingering dead he used to encounter and help often. Alfred Hitchcock is along for the ride now and he's definitely the most fun companion Odd has had in the series because he genuinely seems to love being a ghost.
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55 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Miss Barbara TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 24, 2013
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Odd Thomas is back in Dean Koontz's next edition of his episodic series as Deeply Odd. Odd is now "almost" twenty-two and it's been 19 months since his love and soul-mate Stormy Llewellyn has been mowed down in the shopping center mayhem. He now lives platonically with still pregnant Annamaria and is searching for the meaning of life.

On a trip to town Odd has an encounter with a flamboyantly dressed trucker whom he refers to as the Rhinestone Cowboy. He has a vision of him burning three children on stage with a flamethrower and follows the trucker to a market where he disappears. Odd knows his next quest has begun.

He meets Edie Fischer, an 86 year old pixyish FBI Agent Dana Scully look alike, who is in need of a chauffeur. Odd reluctantly accepts this roll as he needs a vehicle in which to follow the Rhinestone Cowboy to a truck stop. Here we meet the Koontz obligatory "Celeb du Libra" Alfred Hitchcock.

The reader begins to suspect that the Rhinestone Cowboy might have as many paranormal talents as Odd making him a formidable adversary. Odd, who believes that intuition is the highest form of knowledge knows he must play out this drama to save the three children as he continues the pursuit and follows the monster along the highways and byways of California and into his hellish chimeras.

This is a rather formulate novel but for those who are lovers of this character it's one of the better ones. I personally like Koontz's ability to play with words and phrases and often get a smile from the most innocuous of expressions. In describing this villain Dean says "He had Nordic features and a melanoma-doesn't-scare-me tanning-booth glow". When Mrs.
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