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Odd Apocalypse by Dean Koontz
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Aug 23, 12

Read in August, 2012

Odd Thomas is back and he is in big trouble. He and a mysterious girl find their way to Roseland. This mysterious mansion and vast terrain are owned by, well, a not very nice person.

The story kicks off with a woman riding horseback, coming to Odd for help. The woman and the horse are of course ghosts. In the Odd Thomas series, there are rules and one rule is ghosts cannot speak so Odd must learn the mysteries of Roseland and figure out what exactly this horse-riding lady needs done.

Another common theme which is carried through in this outing is a sense of urgency. Odd knows he must help this woman and he knows there is an absolute urgency to carry out her wishes before something really bad happens.

While the creatures of 77 Shadow Street and the characters from Koontz's Frankenstein books do not make an appearance, many similarities exit. So many in fact, you might feel as I did that Dean Koontz read up on a certain set of topics then threaded them together. I was quite happy until the book got closer to the end where many of the mysteries are revealed and it just seemed a bit too played out.

For you Odd Thomas lovers, the book is still a great read/listen. David Aaron Baker read for the Audiobook and did a fantastic job of bringing Odd Thomas to life and carefully using his voice to draw out other unique characters. Odd is of course still full of wisdom, insight and fun one-liners which gives the reader/listener a sense that he is a real person.

I was disappointed with the overall story but still like Odd Thomas and would recommend it. Just be aware Odd Thomas is the reason for reading this book, not the somewhat odd plot.

-Bill
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