It was supposed to be Todd…

Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz      description:

“The dead don’t talk. I don’t know why.” But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn. Maybe he has a gift, maybe it’s a curse, Odd has never been sure, but he tries to do his best by the silent souls who seek him out. Sometimes they want justice, and Odd’s otherworldly tips to Pico Mundo’s sympathetic police chief, Wyatt Porter, can solve a crime. Occasionally they can prevent one. But this time it’s different.

A mysterious man comes to town with a voracious appetite, a filing cabinet stuffed with information on the world’s worst killers, and a pack of hyena-like shades following him wherever he goes. Who the man is and what he wants, not even Odd’s deceased informants can tell him. His most ominous clue is a page ripped from a day-by-day calendar for August 15.

Today is August 14.

In less than twenty-four hours, Pico Mundo will awaken to a day of catastrophe. As evil coils under the searing desert sun, Odd travels through the shifting prisms of his world, struggling to avert a looming cataclysm with the aid of his soul mate and an unlikely community of allies that includes the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. His account of two shattering days when past and present, fate and destiny converge is the stuff of our worst nightmares—and a testament by which to live: sanely if not safely, with courage, humor, and a full heart that even in the darkness must persevere.


BOOK 1: Odd Thomas          5 STARS

This is one of my favorite Dean Koontz books… the character is just so real you can’t help but be drawn into his life… to want to know what happens next and feel for him… it’s exciting and intriguing as well as down to earth in it’s way… I have to say I always get a little thrown off when it mentions how young Odd is, just 20 years old, because in some ways he seems much older and I think it’s because of the weight that’s on his shoulders… the need to help the spirits move on… but also trying to keep his life simple because of all that he has to deal with… I mean in a lot of ways he would seem like just some normal fry cook who has a girl friend and lives in a tiny apartment above some old ladies garage…but even as this is a ghost story it’s much more… for one there’s Elvis… the only ghost that Odd has ever met that can change clothes… and then there’s bodachs… dark creatures that only show up when something truly evil is about to happen… creatures that Odd has no idea what they really are and what exactly they’re capable of… but it’s not just Odd that is so intriguing… it’s all the characters that at once seem normal but quirky in their own way… they all have their own lives… I think Dean Koontz is an amazing writer but I have to say this is the best thing I’ve ever read by him and the rest of the series just gets better even as the story gets more tangled and twisted… where you no longer have any idea of what might happen next…


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