ACCLAIM FOR DEAN KOONTZ AND HIS ODD THOMAS NOVELS “One would be hard-pressed to find a more satisfying read. . . . Not sinceWatchershas Dean Koontz created such an endearing and enduring character as Odd Thomas. . . … see full wiki
Dean Koontz novels used to be a sure bet for me. However, the last few novels have been uneven in terms of enjoyment. The only ones that have been on the "must read immediately" list are the ones in the Odd Thomas series. The latest, Deeply Odd, gets back to the Koontz style that originally drew me to his work. Interesting story, quirky characters, and the supernatural struggle between good and evil. This was a fun read...
Odd Thomas is once again stepping into the middle of a life and death struggle that he can't seem to avoid. He doesn't know what it is, where it will happen, or when it will occur, but he knows that there's nothing he can do except accept his role in it and try to prevail. He heads into the nearby town where he lives, and there he finds a flamboyant cowboy trucker who seems intent on putting a few bullets in Oddie. What's strange is that no one else seems to notice the trucker when shots are being fired. Oddie foresees a horrible death for three children at the hands of the trucker, and he feels compelled to follow and stop whatever is about to happen. He hooks up with an old lady who is just as quirky and mysterious as he is, and together they set off to walk a thin line between two worlds of good and evil.
Koontz has a talent for writing great character dialog. He uses the Odd Thomas character to perfection when it comes to verbal interactions between both the living and the dead. I got a kick out of a conversational hook he used throughout the book. Whenever he'd talk with someone and use their Mr. or Mrs. name, they'd respond with "Call me ...", using whatever their first name was. The answer from Oddie was always "Yes, ma'am" or "Yes, sir", and he'd continue with the Mrs. or Mr. It's a small thing, but it's consistent throughout the story, and it adds a touch of humor and depth to the character. It's hard to explain, but it amused me. :)
If you haven't read any of the Odd Thomas series, it's probably best to go back and start at the beginning. It'll add the necessary back story to the main character and his psychic "gift". If you've been keeping up with the series, this is a must-read. It's very good, and Koontz is hitting on all cylinders here.