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Title:
Deeply Odd : an Odd Thomas novel
ISBN:
9780553807738

9780553593082

9781410458445
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First edition.
Publication:
New York : Bantam Books, [2013]
Physical Description:
335 pages ; 25 cm
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Summary:
Odd Thomas journeys through California and Nevada after a vision about the murders of three children, an effort throughout which he befriends a series of eccentric helpers who become allies in a battle against a sociopath and a network of killers.
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Koontz Odd Thomas v.6
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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.
 
DEEPLY ODD
 
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


Author Notes

Dean Koontz was born on July 9, 1945 in Everett, Pennsylvania. He received a degree in education from Shippensburg State College in 1967. A former high school English teacher as well as a teacher-counselor with the Appalachian Poverty Program, he began writing as a child to escape an ugly home life caused by his alcoholic father. A prolific writer at a young age, he had sold a dozen novels by the age of 25. Early in his career, he wrote under numerous pen names including David Axton, Brian Coffey, K. R. Dwyer, Leigh Nichols, Richard Paige, and Owen West. He is best known for the books written under his own name, many of which are bestsellers, including Midnight, Cold Fire, The Bad Place, Hideaway, The Husband, Odd Hours, 77 Shadow Street, Innocence, The City, Saint Odd, and The Silent Corner.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

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. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Booklist Review

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.--Pitt, David Copyright 2010 Booklist


Library Journal Review

Odd Thomas, a short-order cook who can see dead people and recognize those who intend to harm the living, is back and better than ever. When he encounters evil in the guise of a rhinestone cowboy trucker and receives a vision of the horrors the trucker plans to inflict on innocents, Odd knows he must do all he can to stop it. He encounters a host of new and endearing characters, including Edie, an elderly lady with a mysterious history and talents, and others whose unique skills would be of great use to Odd in the brewing battle against the forces of darkness. Written to include enough backstory that one who has never read any of the earlier books could easily begin here without feeling lost. David Aaron Baker does a superb job of interpreting Odd's humility and self-deprecating humor and bringing all the other characters to life. VERDICT Recommended to all listeners of fiction audio. [The Bantam hc was a New York Times best seller.-Ed.]-Gay Smith, Dripping Springs Community Lib., TX (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.