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The pistol appeared in his hand the way a dove appears in the hand of a good magician, as if it materialized out of thin air. “You think I won’t do it right here in the open. But you’d be surprised. . . . You’ll drop before you get the breath to scream.”
The truck driver is decked out like a rhinestone cowboy, only instead of a guitar he’s slinging a gun—and Odd Thomas is on the wrong end of the barrel. Though he narrowly dodges a bullet, Odd can’t outrun the shocking vision burned into his mind . . . or the destiny that will drive him into a harrowing showdown with absolute evil.
How do you make sure a crime that hasn’t happened yet, never does? That’s the critical question facing Odd Thomas, the young man with a unique ability to commune with restless spirits and help them find justice and peace. But this time, it’s the living who desperately need Odd on their side. Three helpless innocents will be brutally executed unless Odd can intervene in time. Who the potential victims are and where they can be found remain a mystery. The only thing Odd knows for sure is who the killer will be: the homicidal stranger who tried to shoot him dead in a small-town parking lot.
With the ghost of Alfred Hitchcock riding shotgun and a network of unlikely allies providing help along the way, Odd embarks on an interstate game of cat and mouse with his sinister quarry. He will soon learn that his adversary possesses abilities that may surpass his own and operates in service to infinitely more formidable foes, with murder a mere prelude to much deeper designs. Traveling across a landscape haunted by portents of impending catastrophe, Odd will do what he must and go where his path leads him, drawing ever closer to the dark heart of his long journey—and, perhaps, to the bright light beyond.
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
Series fans will appreciate more than newcomers bestseller Koontz's sixth paranormal crime novel featuring itinerant fry cook and prophetic dreamer Odd Thomas (after 2012's Odd Apocalypse). Thomas, who is "drawn to trouble as reliably as iron to a magnet" and can see "the spirits of the lingering dead," has been searching for the meaning of his life for two years ever since he saved many people (though not the love of his life, Stormy Llewellyn) from a shootout in a California shopping mall. When Thomas investigates a truck he knows to be evil, he receives images of a masked man in a blood-red suit torching children. Convinced that what's he's glimpsed is a vision of a tragedy to come, Thomas dedicates himself to preventing it after fending off the truck driver with a barrage of fruit. The farce in this novel often undercuts the terror.
Gripping and compelling, yet too many lines wasted on mundane explanations and meanderings that already exist in all the previous Odd books. Too many teases to mysteries that are never answered or explained. A lot of things happening where you don’t really know what’s happening.
Another Odd Thomas
Another great story, however. I felt that the excitement that is normally found in an Odd Thomas story was lacking in this book. The book seemed rushed and left the reader with more questions than answers.
I hope Dean is able to slow down and provide us with another well written book soon.
Awesome ending.Makes one consider their place in this world as it # goes "to hell in a hand basket" something Mrs. Edie Fisher from this book would say!