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Be Odd for a day!,
This review is from: Odd Hours (Odd Thomas 4) (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.