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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Corporation; Unabridged edition (May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1480503371
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480503373
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.9 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,509,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born and raised in Pennsylvania where I graduated from Shippensburg State College (now Shippensburg University). When I was a senior in college, I won an Atlantic Monthly fiction competition and have been writing ever since. My first job after graduation was with the Appalachian Poverty Program, where I was expected to counsel and tutor underprivileged children on a one-to-one basis. During my first day on the job, I discovered that the previous occupier of my position had been beaten up by the very kids he had been trying to help and had landed in the hospital for several weeks. The following year was filled with challenge but also tension, and I was more highly motivated than ever to build a career as a writer. I wrote nights and weekends, which I continued to do after leaving the poverty program and going to work as an English teacher in a suburban school district outside Harrisburg. After a year and a half in that position, my wife, Gerda, made me an offer I couldn't refuse: "I'll support you for five years," she said, "and if you can't make it as a writer in that time, you'll never make it." By the end of those five years, Gerda had quit her job to run the business end of my writing career. Gerda and I live in southern California with their dog Anna, and the enduring spirit of their dog Trixie in southern California.

Dean Koontz is an international household name whose hugely entertaining parables for our times have been bestsellers in many countries, selling seventeen million copies each year.

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There are many reasons why Dean Koontz has managed to remain at the top of the authorial tree for so long (and his sales are the envy of many of his contemporaries). Firstly, of his course, there's his totally assured storytelling skill (something that seemed to arrive fully formed even in his earliest books); his command of a variety of popular genres, from horror to the blockbuster crime novel; and his skill at creating distinctive characters. But -- most of all – it's Koontz's direct contact with his readership - a talent he has few rivals at -- that has assured his popularity.

The Odd Thomas sequence has been one of Dean Koontz's most successful series, with its supernaturally gifted protagonist a strong creation. In Odd Hours, Odd finds himself in Magic Beach, California, an oceanside town. His ability to communicate with the dead is both a blessing and a curse -- and his life is currently in a state of crisis, as he tries to find spiritual peace. He is working as domestic assistant to an elderly film actor -- and part of his job is to listen to lengthy stories of the star's golden past. But Odd is experiencing worrying dreams of a red tide -- and his instincts tell him that something evil is on his horizon. He is not prepared, however, for the magnitude of what he will have to confront.

Koontz admirers will know what to expect here: unsettling, atmospheric prose that exerts a steadily growing grip. Some may be uncomfortable with Koontz taking on the threat of terrorism (is this really his territory?), but aficionados know that he won't let them down. And Odd Hours -- discursive though it is -- is still one for Koontz admirers. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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‘On his day, Koontz can out-King Stephen King’ Daily Sport

Praise for the Odd Thomas series:

‘A blend of humour, humanity and horror, the classic Koontz concoction’ The Times

‘Odd Thomas is a superb character’ Independent

Praise for Dean Koontz:

‘Dean Koontz is not just a master of our darkest dreams, but also a literary juggler’ The Times

‘Psychologically complex, masterly and satisfying’ New York Times

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By EJ Collins on 21 Aug 2009
Format: Paperback
Just like all the other books about Odd you can hardly fault Dean's writing talent's.
From pottering along wondering what it's all about to the pulsing action and suspensful twists. Just when you think things are settling down it all kicks off again. I'd say the only thing that really I could point out as... frustrating I guess.. is the ending... as it left a little something to be desired... but then again left a heck of a lot of space for a 5th book... if indeed so... then hurry up and publish it Dean because I can't wait for more Odd!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Chittenden VINE VOICE on 13 July 2008
Format: Hardcover
I think I'm with the other reviewers on this one. This certainly wasn't Dean Koontz's finest Odd Thomas book, certainly not as good as the previous book. I kind of felt he'd returned a little bit to some of his darker days, where a swirling mist seemed de riguer in regards to adding some form of suspense.

I think Koontz has mellowed over time, he doesn't create the spin tingling suspense novels he used to. I'm not saying this is a bad thing, but when he dips back into his previous form, it just doesn't seem as frightening.

The story followed Odd Thomas again, which is great, it's nice to see that he writes books in a series, which so many authors do these days. However, the previous stories all written well, to say, they had a good plot.

I got to the end of the book and I thought the plot was a little light and I still didn't really get who Annamaria was. A good idea to add a little conspiracy whereby, Koontz brings in Terrorists and Nuclear bombs into the country. Perhaps because it was written from the view point of Odd, who is light at heart, despite so much tragedy. Maybe if it were told from another view point it would be filled with violence and destruction.

Still, I hope there is another Odd Thomas book, and that it's form is closer to the first three.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mark Pearce on 15 July 2008
Format: Hardcover
I am a long time fan of Dean Koontz and particularly enjoyed a lot of his earlier books. In more recent years, although I have tended to get his books as soon as they are issued, I have been very disappointed. This is no exception. I believe great things could be done with the character of Odd (or should that be with the Odd Character?) but in this book he just rambles and ambles through a story which did not make a lot of sense throughout. It may be that Mr Koontz was using the book as his "rant" at terrorism or as the latest in his love for dogs slant, but I feel he has lost his way.
I suppose I will continue to read him in the hope that he finds his way back to writing books like Lightning, Sole Survivor, Intensity and others.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By L. Roche on 29 July 2008
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book, which has reached the heights of "Odd Thomas" in a way that that the second and third books in the series, although enjoyable, did not quite manage. Again we have a conflict between the humble and wryly self-deprecating goodness of Odd's character and enemies which personify arrogant evil. Odd's character has become more mature and willing to accept the need for desperate measures; his new enemies have reached a new level of depravity that, while it beggars belief in its detail, may be taken to represent the greatest evils that exist on this planet in their abuse of trust and power and their utter lack of conscience.

I felt entirely immersed in the storyline, despite reading this over more than a week. The atmosphere and the descriptions of the many scenes with varied and rich atmosphere are in some way more important than the almost cartoon-like, but satisfyingly crisp action. The more minor characters including Hutch and Birdie, not to mention Sinatra's ghost, provide some wry smiles. The villains never cause any confused feelings by exposing a vestige of humanity. If you require sympathetic villains, don't buy this book!

The role of the intriguing character of Annamaria was one of the strong points of this book, and a factor which gave it form and a satisfying framework. As in previous Odd Thomas books, some things are not entirely explained, but enough is made clear to reveal the bigger picture.

This is a book I was sorry to have to come to the end of, and felt my life had been a little enriched by having read.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Guitar Fan on 29 Jun 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is the forth Odd Thomas novel. I really enjoyed 'Odd Thomas', less enjoyed 'Forever Odd' and really enjoyed 'Brother Odd'. I thought that perhaps Dean Koontz could build upon the success of the previous Odd book but alas I am somewhat disappointed. In 'Brother Odd, the protagonist really grew in character and the story was very well put together. Unfortunately for 'Odd Hours' we have the same Odd Thomas and none of the original characters from the previous books.

The story is exciting in parts and you really want to keep reading on to see what Odd gets himself into next. However the story plays out like one used in several action movie plots. An action hero has to stop nuclear weapons going off and save humanity. That's it. There is nothing new here that hasn't been done before and a lot of the enchantment of the previous books has all but gone. We no longer have the ghastly presence of Bodachs, we have the one-dimensional bad guys and a new character called Annamaria who is as interesting as a pair of underpants.

I am disappointed Mr. Koontz. I will of course continue to read your books because I enjoy the writing. But please put Odd Thomas to rest. Give us one more adventure in Pico Mundo where Odd and the rest of us can rest in peace!
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