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Odd Thomas [Kindle Edition]

Dean Koontz
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)

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The 400 million copy worldwide bestseller Dean Koontz is at his very best in this critically-acclaimed page-turner – soon to be a major motion picture. Find out why Odd Thomas is the master storyteller’s most-loved creation.

Odd by name, a hero by nature.

He’s Odd. Odd Thomas, to be precise. Genius fry-cook at the Pico Mundo grill; boyfriend to the gorgeous Stormy Llewellyn – and possibly the only person with a chance of stopping one of the worst crimes in the bloody history of murder…

Something evil has come to the desert town that Odd and Stormy call home. It comes in the form of a mysterious man with a macabre appetite, a filing cabinet full of information on the world’s worst killers, and strange, hyena-like shadows following him wherever he goes. Odd is worried. He knows things, sees things – about the living, the dead and the soon to be dead. Things that he has to act on. Now he’s terrified for Stormy, himself and Pico Mundo. Because he knows that on Wednesday August 15, a savage, blood-soaked whirlwind of violence and murder will devastate the town.

Today is August 14. And Odd is far from sure he can stop the coming storm…



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Amazon.co.uk Review

Odd Thomas is one of Dean Koontz's more heavily moralised horror thrillers, but is nonetheless charming and terrifying. Odd is an adolescent on the brink of adulthood who sees dead people and has a worryingly precise moral sense; the police chief of the small town of Pico Mundo--little world--relies on him heavily. Hardly has the book opened before a dead teenager leads Odd to her killer--and we are given to understand that this is the sort of thing that happens all the time. He does not just see the dead, however; he sees the thrill-seeking dark spirits that hang around unpleasant events, and he notices, on this particular day, that there are a lot more of them about than usual. Odd is haunted by dreams of dead bowling-alley staff and he wonders whether this might just be the day when the bowling-alley massacre takes place.

The tone of voice here is almost saccharine, almost sinister--Odd and his friends and his sweetheart are vivid, cute and self-righteous. This is a bizarrely paced thriller because it follows the vagaries of an eccentric with his own ways of investigating things--it is as odd as its hero's name. --Roz Kaveney

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Odd Thomas is one of Dean Koontz's more heavily moralised horror thrillers, but is nonetheless charming and terrifying. Odd is an adolescent on the brink of adulthood who sees dead people and has a worryingly precise moral sense; the police chief of the small town of Pico Mundo--little world--relies on him heavily. Hardly has the book opened before a dead teenager leads Odd to her killer--and we are given to understand that this is the sort of thing that happens all the time. He does not just see the dead, however; he sees the thrill-seeking dark spirits that hang around unpleasant events, and he notices, on this particular day, that there are a lot more of them about than usual. Odd is haunted by dreams of dead bowling-alley staff and he wonders whether this might just be the day when the bowling-alley massacre takes place.

The tone of voice here is almost saccharine, almost sinister--Odd and his friends and his sweetheart are vivid, cute and self-righteous. This is a bizarrely paced thriller because it follows the vagaries of an eccentric with his own ways of investigating things--it is as odd as its hero's name. --Roz Kaveney


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1736 KB
  • Print Length: 466 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New Ed edition (13 Feb. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002URYQ74
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,445 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Beauty 23 Oct. 2006
By Johnentwistlespout VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Having discovered that Dean Koontz wasn't the generic horror scribe I'd always assumed he was I have ended up reading pretty much everything he's put out, and it never ceases to amaze me how diverse a writer he is. With "Odd Thomas" Koontz is back in an oddly (sorry) humorous frame of mind, despite the sometimes heavy nature of the story; a greasy spoon cook with two talents and a strange name, the first of his special gifts relates to the grill and the second to communicating with the dead. Odd spends his time between helping the dead settle old scores (a little bit "Sixth Sense"-y) and hanging about with Elvis (yes, the dead one) and his soul-mate - Stormy Llewellyn - until one day the dung really hits the fan. If you liked "Life Expectancy" you will love this, its funny, very sad and a pretty snazzy page turner to boot. By the way five stars are for absolute masterpieces and this is a tad shy of that accolade.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top of the class 25 Sept. 2004
Format:Paperback
Its not often I read a book by DK, but when I do I am often very impressed and wonder why I haven't read more of his books more often. This book excelled all my expectations. The very core concept is similar to a film by M. Night Shymalan, but then it veers off into a totally new direction and has a lot more depth and he makes it his own. The characters are very rich, and so very human and terribly flawed, you empathise with the main character but dont pity him as in a strange way he is sort of everyman who just wants to fit in and live a quiet life, but circumstances and powers beyond his control have conspired to make his life interesting. The author also manages to keep you guessing as just when you think you know, there is another twist, and then something you think you knew already is turned on its head. I think the book is outstanding and cant recommend it enough as a good read that I flew through in a few days, but then slowed down as I wanted to savour it more. I could have spent hours just reading about all the weird ghosts in the town, but leaving me wanting more is definately a good thing. I'm going to break the habit and find another of his books to read sooner rather than later.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wow! This is his BEST book, it's official! 2 Feb. 2004
Format:Hardcover
I've been a BIG DK fan for years now and have ALL his (post-sci-fi period) novels. I love most things he's done, but usually there is a small thing that I would criticize - in recent times his novels seem to have got longer and with slightly disappointing endings. Perhaps it has something to do with the contrast between this book and his last, The Face - which I thought was disappointing, that makes this book all the better, but nevertheless - THIS book is the BEST Dean Koontz novel EVER. It is so easy to read, so compelling, so exciting and compulsive. The characters are all great. It keeps you gasping in shock and surprise with every turn of the page, and all my attempted guesses at what was happening were wrong. I liked that it was written in the first person, and found it very easy to read with a light-hearted comedic style. The ending was so surprising and had me in tears. My ONLY criticism, and it's not really a criticism, is that some things weren't explained properly - I appreciate that some things are unexplainable, that's the whole point - but I would have liked to understand what was going with the 'time-jump' experience in Robertson's house, since it was one of the best parts of the story. Also, Dean - what is it with you and these ridiculously stupid names these days!? It makes me laugh though. Odd Thomas is both a loveable character and a loveable book. Odd himself is reminiscent of Christopher Snow (from the Moonlight Bay trilogy). To sum up, I must say that my friends have sometimes asked me to recommend them one of Dean's books to get them into his work, since I often sing his praises to the world. I can never think of one that is exactly right, but now the world has ODD THOMAS, which is a masterpiece and should be read by everyone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars odd thomas by dean koontz 27 May 2006
Format:Paperback
This has to be one of my favourite books! I don't know about you, but don't you hate it when you read a book and you don't really care about the characters! Well "Odd Thomas" is so well written and you just have to keep turning the pages to see what's going to happen to Odd next. This book is exciting and one of the few books to make me cry - AND laugh(out loud)!

Once you've read it, if you're anything like me, you'll be overjoyed to discover that Dean Koontz has finally written a follow- up to this story! Add "Forever Odd" to your 'Amazon Wishlist' NOW!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully Odd! 23 May 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've re-discovered Dean Koontz after a twenty odd (pun intended!) year absence. My first Dean Koontz novel was "Lightening", and reading it was the only good thing about a truly awful holiday in Tenerife at the age of nineteen, in 1990. What's great about his novels is that they portray hope in a world of pain and suffering. Evil may triumph in the short term, but good wins out in the end. There is a redemptive flow to his novels, despite the heartache experienced by the central characters.

Warmth and humanity is a feature of the narrative, as Odd Thomas interacts with those around him - especially those who are aware of his gift. What makes Odd Thomas so likeable is that he is just like you and me, except for his gift. He is a reluctant hero, and is subject to doubt and despair like anyone else. He would clearly prefer not to be burdened with the responsibility of being who he is, but bears up under it like any true hero. It's in his ordinariness that we can relate to him.

Evil triumphing in the short term, but good winning out in the end...

This reflects a biblical worldview. The world of Dean Koontz is above all a world of hope. A beautiful world, despite its present brokenness. Odd Thomas's world extends far beyond the material. Richard Dawkins and his ilk should take note that there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in their philosophy! There's a spiritual realm out there, and what we do in this life matters in the next. We may not have his gifting, but we can nonetheless persevere with Odd Thomas as he overcomes through adversity.

Dean Koontz develops his characters beautifully, especially Odd Thomas's relationship with Stormy Llewellyn - the love of his life, and his strength.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Odd but it was good
I found this book weirdly addictive. It was quirky and in my head I couldn't help but picture an Edward scissor hands type town as the setting. Worth a read and a good ending
Published 5 days ago by david taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good book, great condition upon arrival
Published 9 days ago by Kyle
5.0 out of 5 stars great book reads
Loving these odd thomas books so much that I am now on book 5. Great story in each and each follow on from the last with a new adventure. Always a super fast dispatch from amazon
Published 11 days ago by Ms. A. M. Alden
5.0 out of 5 stars My first foray into the literary work of Koontz and I enjoyed it...
So Odd Thomas is the first book in a currently ongoing series which has been made into a film as well as a graphic novel comic prequel set and as far as plot goes is pretty... Read more
Published 17 days ago by FallenGrace
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Have read a few earlier books and they're way better than this. It's quite flat with plenty of schmaltzy filler about his relationships etc. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Timothy A. Connell
4.0 out of 5 stars THE FUNGUS MAN? HOW ODD!!!!!
First published back in 2004, Volume One of the Odd Thomas series has deservedly earned the title of Supernatural Classic. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Greggorio!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I really enjoyed this book. Didn't want to put it down Will read more about this character. Definitely one to read.
Published 1 month ago by deb
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful
Best character in a novel since repairman Jack. A must read. Mr koontz can meld humour horror and action like no other.
Published 2 months ago by Bruce W.
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
Very good
Published 2 months ago by SHEILA B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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