Saturday, January 5, 2013

Odd Hours (Odd Thomas #4) by Dean Koontz

Odd Hours (Odd Thomas, #4)Odd Hours by Dean Koontz

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Poor Odd. The things that he has to go through. It amazes me that the Odd books take place over such a short period of time. This book covers about 7 hours in one night of Odd's strange life.

I love Odd. The way that he looks at the world with a sense of humor no matter what he is facing. The conversations that he has with people who are intent on killing him. The friends that he makes along the way on his journey of life. The vulnerable side of him that is forced to face and deal with the things that he has to do in order to save the world.

We meet some interesting new characters in this book and I am curious to see where Koontz is going to go with the series. Is Odd going to be stuck in a cycle of constantly having to save the world or are we going to eventually get to see him earn his reward and somehow be reunited with his girl?

Only a handful of fictional characters are recognized by first name alone. Dean Koontz’s Odd Thomas is one of those rare literary heroes who have come alive in readers’ imaginations as he explores the greatest mysteries of this world and the next with his inimitable wit, heart, and quiet gallantry. Now Koontz follows Odd as he is irresistibly drawn onward to a destiny he cannot imagine and to undreamed of places where the perils he will face and the stakes for which he fights will eclipse all that he has known.

The legend began in the obscure little town of Pico Mundo. A fry cook named Odd was rumored to have the extraordinary ability to communicate with the dead. Through tragedy and triumph, exhilaration and heartbreak, word of Odd Thomas’s gifts filtered far beyond Pico Mundo, attracting unforgettable new friends—and enemies of implacable evil. With great gifts comes the responsibility to meet great challenges. But no mere human being was ever meant to face the darkness that now stalks the world—not even one as oddly special as Odd Thomas.

After grappling with the very essence of reality itself, after finding the veil that separates him from his soul mate, Stormy Llewellyn, tantalizingly thin yet impenetrable, Odd longed only to return to a life of quiet anonymity with his two otherworldly sidekicks—his dog Boo and a new companion, one of the few who might rival his old pal Elvis. But a true hero, however humble, must persevere. Haunted by dreams of an all-encompassing red tide, Odd is pulled inexorably to the sea, to a small California coastal town where nothing is as it seems. Now the forces arrayed against him have both official sanction and an infinitely more sinister authority…and in this dark night of the soul dawn will come only after the most shattering revelations of all.

Burnishing Dean Koontz’s stature as a master of suspense and one of our most innovative and gifted storytellers, Odd Hours illuminates a legacy of mystery and hope that will shine on long after the final page.


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