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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY SUSPENSE MAGAZINE • Includes Dean Koontz’s short story “You Are Destined to Be Together Forever”—its first time in print!

From “one of the master storytellers of this or any age” ( The Tampa Tribune) comes the stunning final adventure of “one of the most remarkable and appealing characters in current fiction”( The Virginian-Pilot)—as Dean Koontz brings the unforgettable odyssey of Odd Thomas to its dazzling conclusion.
 
Odd Thomas is back where it all started . . . because the time has come to finish it. Since he left his simple life in the small town of Pico Mundo, California, his journey has taken him to places strange and wonderful, mysterious and terrifying. Across the land, in the company of mortals and spirits alike, he has known kindness and cruelty, felt love and loss, saved lives and taken them—as he’s borne witness to humanity’s greatest good and darkest evil. Again and again, he has gone where he must and done what he had to do—for better or worse—with his courage and devotion sorely tested, and his soul forever changed. Every triumph has been hard won. Each sacrifice has taken its toll.
 
Now, whatever destiny drives him has finally steered his steps home, where those he cares for most surround him, the memory of his tragically lost true love haunts him, and one last challenge—vast and dreadful—awaits him. For Odd Thomas, born to serve a purpose far greater than himself, the wandering is done. Only the reckoning remains.

Praise for Saint Odd
 
“Equal parts supernatural thriller, cultural satire, character study, bildungsroman, offbeat love story, road trip, spiritual meditation, and apocalyptic adventure, the Odd Thomas books . . . are more than irresistible page-turners. They are intimate, haunting, often heartrending, exhilarating, and beautifully composed.” Biography.com
 
“Odd Thomas is such an endearing and likable character and, more than anything else, has been the reason for the success of the series. . . . For readers who have been with Odd all along, Saint Odd will satisfy.” Bookreporter
 
Acclaim for Dean Koontz and his Odd Thomas novels
 
“Odd’s strange gifts, coupled with his intelligence and self-effacing humor, make him one of the most quietly authoritative characters in recent popular fiction.” Publishers Weekly
 
“Koontz gives his character wit, good humor, a familiarity with the dark side of humanity—and moral outrage.” —USA Today
 
“The ultimate Everyman . . . an avatar of hope and honor and courage for all of us—the linchpin of a rollicking good tale . . . Odd evokes the homespun wisdom of Forrest Gump amid the mind-spinning adventures of a Jack Bauer.” —BookPage
 
“There’s never anything predictable about an Odd Thomas adventure.” Booklist
 
“The nice young fry cook with the occult powers is [Koontz’s] most likable creation . . . candid, upright, amusing and sometimes withering.” —The New York Times
 
“An inventive . . . mix of suspense, whimsy and uplift.” The Washington Post
 
“Heartfelt and provocative . . . a wonderfully rich and entertaining story.” —Chicago Sun-Times

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Praise for Saint Odd
 
“Equal parts supernatural thriller, cultural satire, character study, bildungsroman, offbeat love story, road trip, spiritual meditation, and apocalyptic adventure, the Odd Thomas books . . . are more than irresistible page-turners. They are intimate, haunting, often heartrending, exhilarating, and beautifully composed.” Biography.com
 
“Odd Thomas is such an endearing and likable character and, more than anything else, has been the reason for the success of the series. . . . For readers who have been with Odd all along, Saint Odd will satisfy.” Bookreporter

Acclaim for Dean Koontz and his Odd Thomas novels
 
“Odd’s strange gifts, coupled with his intelligence and self-effacing humor, make him one of the most quietly authoritative characters in recent popular fiction.” Publishers Weekly
 
“Koontz gives his character wit, good humor, a familiarity with the dark side of humanity—and moral outrage.” —USA Today
 
“The ultimate Everyman . . . an avatar of hope and honor and courage for all of us—the linchpin of a rollicking good tale . . . Odd evokes the homespun wisdom of Forrest Gump amid the mind-spinning adventures of a Jack Bauer.” —BookPage
 
“There’s never anything predictable about an Odd Thomas adventure.” Booklist
 
“The nice young fry cook with the occult powers is [Koontz’s] most likable creation . . . candid, upright, amusing and sometimes withering.” —The New York Times
 
“An inventive . . . mix of suspense, whimsy and uplift.” The Washington Post
 
“Heartfelt and provocative . . . a wonderfully rich and entertaining story.” —Chicago Sun-Times

About the Author

Dean Koontz, the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers, lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever, Elsa, and the enduring spirit of their goldens, Trixie and Anna.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

One

Alone in the vastness of the Mojave, at two o’clock in the morning, racing along at seventy miles per hour, I felt safe and believed that whatever terror might await me was yet many miles ahead. This would not be the first time in my strange life that safety proved to be an illusion.

I have a tendency to hope always for the best, even when I’m being strangled with a little girl’s jump rope knotted around my neck by an angry, three-­hundred-­pound Samoan wrestler. In fact, I got out of that difficult situation alive, primarily by getting hold of his beloved porkpie hat, which he considered the source of his good luck. When I spun the hat like a Frisbee and he let go of the jump rope to try to snatch his chapeau from the air, I was able to pick up a croquet mallet and surprise him with a blow to the genitals, which was especially effective because he was wearing only a thong. Always hoping for the best has generally served me well.

Anyway, under a full moon, the desert was as eerie as a landscape on an alien planet. The great black serpent of highway undulated over a series of low rises and gentle downslopes, through sand flats that glowed faintly, as if radioactive, past sudden thrusting formations of rock threaded through in places with quartzite or something else that caught the Big Dog motorcycle’s headlights and flared like veins of fire.

In spite of the big moon and the bike’s three blazing eyes, the Mojave gathered darkness across its breadth. Half-­revealed, gnarled shapes of mesquite and scatterings of other spiky plants bristled and seemed to leap forward as I flew past them, as if they were quick and hostile animals.

With its wide-­swept fairing and saddlebags, the Big Dog Bulldog Bagger looked like it was made for suburban marrieds, but its fuel-injected, 111-­cubic-­inch V-­twin motor offered all the speed anyone could want. When I had been on the interstate, before I had switched to this less-­traveled state highway, a quick twist of the throttle shot me past whatever car or big rig was dawdling in front of me. Now I cruised at seventy, comfortable in the low deep-­pocket seat, the rubber-­mounted motor keeping the vibration to a minimum.

Although I wore goggles and a Head Trip carbon-­fiber helmet that left my ears exposed, the shrieking wind and the Big Dog’s throaty exhaust roar masked the sound of the Cadillac Escalade that, running dark, came up behind me and announced itself with a blast of the horn. The driver switched on the headlights, which flashed in my mirrors, so that I had to glance over my shoulder to see that he was no more than fifty feet behind me. The SUV was a frightening behemoth at that distance, at that speed.

Repeated blasts of the horn suggested the driver might be drunk or high on drugs, and either gripped by road rage or in the mood for a sick little game of chicken. When he tooted shave-­and-­a-­haircut-two-­bits, he held the last note too long, and I assured myself that anyone who indulged in such a cliché and then even lacked the timing to pull it off could not be a dangerous adversary.

Earlier, I had learned that the Big Dog’s sweet spot was north of eighty miles an hour and that it was fully rideable at a hundred. I twisted the throttle, and the bike gobbled asphalt, leaving the Caddy behind. For the moment.

This wasn’t the height of bug season in the Mojave, so I didn’t have to eat any moths or hard-­shelled beetles when I muttered unpleasantries. At that speed, however, because I sat tall and tense with my head above the low windshield, the warm night air chapped my lips and stung my cheeks as I bulleted into it.

Any responsible dermatologist would have chastised me for speeding barefaced through this arid wasteland. For many reasons, however, there was little chance that I would live to celebrate my twenty-­third birthday, so looking prematurely aged two decades hence didn’t worry me.

This time I heard the Escalade coming, shrieking like some malevolent machine out of a Transformers movie, running dark once more. Sooner than I hoped, the driver switched on the headlights, which flared in my mirrors and washed the pavement around me.

Closer than fifty feet.

The SUV was obviously souped. This wasn’t an ordinary mama-takes-­baby-­to-­the-­playground Caddy. The engine sounded as if it had come out of General Motors by way of Boeing. If he intended to run me down and paste me to the Caddy’s grille—­and evidently he did—­I wouldn’t be able to outrace whatever customized engine made him king of the road.

Having tricked up his vehicle with alternate, multi-­tonal horns programmed with pieces of familiar tunes, he now taunted me with the high-­volume song-­title notes of Sonny and Cher’s “The Beat Goes On.”

The Big Dog boasted a six-­speed transmission. The extra gear and the right-­side drive pulley allowed better balance and greater control than would the average touring bike. The fat 250-­millimeter rear tire gave me a sense of stability and the thirty-­four-­degree neck rake inspired the confidence to stunt a little even though I was approaching triple-digit speeds.

Now he serenaded me with the first seven notes of the Kingsmen’s “Louie Louie.” And then again.

My one advantage might be maneuverability. I slid lower in the seat, so that the arc of the windshield sent the wind over my helmet, and I made more aggressive use of the three-­lane highway, executing wide serpentine movements from shoulder to shoulder. I was low to the ground, and the Escalade had a much higher center of gravity than the Big Dog; if the driver tried to stay on my tail, he might roll the SUV.

Supposing he was smart, he should realize that by not mimicking me, by continuing arrow-­straight, he could rapidly gain ground as I serpentined. And with easy calculation, he could intersect me as I swooped from side to side of the road.

The third blast of “Louie Louie” assured me that either he wasn’t smart or he was so wasted that he might follow me into a pit of fire before he realized what he had done. Yet another programmed horn blared several notes, but I didn’t recognize the tune, though into my mind came the image of that all-­but-­forgotten rocker Boy George.

When brakes caterwauled, I glanced back to see the Escalade listing, its tires smoking, as the driver pulled the wheel hard to the right to avoid going off the north side of the pavement. Carving one S after another down the straightaway, I cornered out of the current curve, grateful for the Big Dog’s justly praised Balance Drive, and swooped into the next. With another squeal, the Caddy’s tires laid a skin of hot rubber on the blacktop as the driver pulled hard to the left. The vehicle nearly skidded off the south shoulder of the roadway, listing again but, as previously, righting itself well before it tipped over.

Resorting to his basic horn, the driver made no attempt at a tune this time, but let out blast after blast as if he thought he could sweep me off the bike with sound waves.

Recounting this, I might convey the impression that I remained calm and collected throughout the pursuit, but in fact I feared that, at any moment, I would regret not having worn an adult diaper.

In spite of whatever drugs or beverages had pushed the SUV driver’s crazy button and filled him with murderous rage, he retained just enough reason to realize that if he continued to follow my lead, he would roll the SUV. Arrowing down the center of the three lanes, he regained the ground that he’d lost, intending to intersect my bike between connecting curves of my flatland slalom.

The Big Dog Bulldog Bagger wasn’t meant to be a dirt bike. The diet that made it happy consisted of concrete and blacktop, and it wanted to be admired for its sleek aerodynamic lines and custom paint job and abundant chrome, not for its ruggedness and ability to slam through wild landscapes with aplomb.

Nevertheless, I went off-­road. They say that necessity is the mother of invention, but it is also the grandmother of desperation. The highway was raised about two feet above the land through which it passed, and I left the shoulder at such speed that the bike was airborne for a moment before returning to the earth with a jolt that briefly lifted my butt off the seat and made my feet dance on the floorboards.

Hereabouts, the desert wasn’t a softscape of sand dunes and dead lakes of powdery silt, which was a good thing, because crossing ground like that, the Big Dog would have wallowed to a halt within a hundred yards. The land was mostly hard-­packed by thousands of years of fierce sun and scouring winds, the igneous rocks rich with feldspar, treeless but in some places hospitable to purple sage and mesquite and scraggly plants less easily identified.

Jacked up on oversize tires, more suited to going overland than was my bike, the four-­wheel-­drive Escalade came off the highway in my wake. I intended to find a break in the land or an overhanging escarpment deep enough to conceal me, or a sudden spine of rock, anything I could use to get out of sight of my lunatic pursuer. After that, I would switch off my headlights, slow down significantly, travel by moonlight, and try as quickly as possible to put one turn in the land after another between me and him. Eventually I might find a place in which to shelter, shut off the bike, listen, and wait.

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LabrynthTop Contributor: Coloring
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Mixed feelings
Reviewed in the United States on January 21, 2015
I prepped for the final book by reading all of the ones before it. Brother Odd is my favorite of the group with Odd Apocalypse as my least... I love the character of Odd Thomas and all the side characters we''ve met along the way. I''ll be honest, I''m not sure... See more
I prepped for the final book by reading all of the ones before it. Brother Odd is my favorite of the group with Odd Apocalypse as my least... I love the character of Odd Thomas and all the side characters we''ve met along the way.

I''ll be honest, I''m not sure how I feel about Saint Odd. I really don''t.

SPOILERS BELOW

First, Odd told us he would be dead by the end of the series. In every book. I''m not sure how this was a surprise to anyone or how anyone could have not seen it coming. Every. Single. Book. I know people held out for some other possibility (And I probably did too a little), but this wasn''t a shock or a twist. It was given to us from the very beginning.

I felt that the book was rushed and drawn out at the same time. Like with all the Odd books, the time span is a day or less (Less in the case) so there''s a lot to cram in I guess. I felt like this went pel mel thru things, but drug others out for no apparent reason. And why, with all this going on, did we not get to see some of our favs again? Terri for instance. She was such a huge part of Odd''s life, but she makes barely a cameo at the end.

There are so many things left unanswered. What are the bodachs? What about the dream of the attack from behind the white door? What were the lights behind the grates? What was the lightning bolt symbol? What exactly is Edie''s organization? What was it about Odd always having a dog? Did Mr. Hitchcock come back from wherever just to help Odd? How did he know Odd? Why could he talk? Did someone send him? I guess Boo went with the little girl... maybe? Where was Brother Knuckles? I feel like he should have been there somehow...

So many questions.

And many things that sort of got answered, but still left me going.. eh?

Sooooo, AnnaMaria is kind of the mother of all? I think the insinuation is that she is Jesus'' grandmother? Uh, ok...? So any kid who has a mother who doesn''t seem to love them gets looked after by Annamaria? I''m so confused....

Smooth and fully blue... uh, was this a dead thing? And if the people Odd met along the way that are part of Edie''s group and “smooth and fully blue” then were they dead at some point? Or are they just able to see the truth of people the way Odd did at the end?

Why would Stormy say Odd had taken too long? She wasn''t the type to want him to die just to join her.

I had no problem with Odd dying in the end... as I said previously, you sort of had to expect it. At the same time it felt a little predictable. I was also sort of unhappy with the fact Odd seemed to have given up. I get he loved Stormy more than anything else... but she would not have wanted him to just give up on life and that''s pretty much what he seemed to do. It just felt off to me.

I was happy to see that people would still be fighting the good fight. However, like many others, I wanted something to tell me how the rest of the people we''ve come to know and love ended up.

I don''t know.... it wasn''t a BAD book or a bad ending... but I wasn''t blown away and I think I expected to be.

Going to call it 3.5 stars for now.
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Susan Beamon
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Conclusion of the series
Reviewed in the United States on March 13, 2021
This is the conclusion of Odd Thomas''s story. He''s still fighting the satanic cult that he first meet in the first book in this series, although he didn''t know the cult''s full dimensions then. His physic abilities and the ghosts he saw made him think his home town was going... See more
This is the conclusion of Odd Thomas''s story. He''s still fighting the satanic cult that he first meet in the first book in this series, although he didn''t know the cult''s full dimensions then. His physic abilities and the ghosts he saw made him think his home town was going to be drowned. There is a retaining lake above Pico Mundo and the cult does make it look like they plan to blow the dam up and let the water wash the town away.
But when Odd lets his physic tracking sense loose, he is drawn to the carnival that recently came to town. This is the same carnival where Odd and his lost love Stormy received the fortune saying they would always be together forever. Now Odd just gets bad feelings from the rides.
This is prime Koontz writing. Things are teased at before we get full looks. The evil people get their evil on before they get stopped by Odd and friends. I can''t tell you what the ultimate evil the cult plans because then you wouldn''t need to read the story. You should read the story. I read it as part of the group read for Goodreads Koontz group.
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1.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Disappointing
Reviewed in the United States on November 17, 2015
As a big Koontz fan, I was really disappointed in this final book of the Odd Thomas series. I''ve seen this happen before with other authors but I never expected it from Koontz. It seems that they will tire of a character and throw together something to finish it! I had... See more
As a big Koontz fan, I was really disappointed in this final book of the Odd Thomas series. I''ve seen this happen before with other authors but I never expected it from Koontz. It seems that they will tire of a character and throw together something to finish it! I had loved this series and had waited to purchase it because it was $10. I wanted to weigh in on the reviews. I had to fight the urge to skim through great portions of this book as it seemed to be crammed with useless dialogue and endless descriptions of the landscape that added nothing to the story. It was so far beneath the quality expected of this author that it did seem to be written by someone else! He used to be my favorite author, but I will no longer be purchasing his work at such high prices! It was not worth it. Makes me sorry I invested all the time and money on the series as a whole!
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Cristobal Lander
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
A sad way to end the series
Reviewed in the United States on February 24, 2016
This here is the seventh book in the Odd Thomas series (8th if you count Odd interlude as another installment) and it covers the same topics that have been covered throughout most of the series: the conflict of Good and Evil. Odd Thomas, former fry cook, is faced with the... See more
This here is the seventh book in the Odd Thomas series (8th if you count Odd interlude as another installment) and it covers the same topics that have been covered throughout most of the series: the conflict of Good and Evil. Odd Thomas, former fry cook, is faced with the task of preventing a satanic cult from unleashing a nefarious plan, and must race against time and forces of evil to stop it from coming into fruition.

Now, the book has a lot of good things going for it, the main one (in my opinion) being that the book gets rid of all the more "esoteric" aspects of the latest books: There is no dimension-hopping, no parallel worlds, no horrifying monsters or alternate demonic Odd Thomas dopplegangers. The evil being unleashed on this book is decidedly human, and that is a welcome return to what made this series good in the first place. Odd is also as charming, humble and heroic as ever, and as always, it''s a delight to read his adventures. Finally, this book feels like a reunion of sorts, bringing Odd back to Pico Mundo, Chief Porter and Ozzie Boone. This gives the story a good "roundness" to it all.

The book, however, have some serious issues in my opinion:
The first one that comes to mind is that one of the main draws of the book series is that Odd can see the lingering dead, yet that aspect of his persona does not come into play at all during the book. Ghosts appear, but the apparition is fleeting and absolutely inconsequential to the plot, and could''ve easily been ignored. In fact, there is an overuse of the "psychic magnetism" to the point of being silly, it''s kind of a deus ex machina that moves the plot along and gets Odd where he needs to be.

The second one is that it feels as if Dean Koontz wasn''t sure what to do with Annamaria, one of the key supporting characters the last few books, so she was basically ignored for the entire book. There''s no resolution there, no explanation of all the mysteries surrounding her, why she''s perennially pregnant, or even why she decided to join Odd in the first place. There are only ambiguous pseudoexplanations that don''t really explain anything at all, and given that this is the final book of the series, that''s extremely disappointing.

The third is that while Odd does manage to reach a resolution in the current threat he''s facing, it doesn''t really accomplish much in the grander scale of things. He doesn''t really strike a crippling blow to the Evil organization he''s hunting, he just stops their current plan. There''s nothing stopping them from trying again next month. Is that really going to be Odd''s final adventure? Arguably, the events in Deeply Odd are a lot more disruptive.

And fourth, well, for being the final book in the Odd Thomas series, the ending is certainly disappointing. We are explained that there is this ongoing war between forces of Good and Evil and Odd is merely a soldier in this war, shoulder to shoulder with several more unseen heroes. With Odd''s adventures now over, we know what this war will continue without him. In fact, the end of Odd''s tale is not even really linked to the plot of the book, it is as if there was a desire to make this the final book so a "series ending" chapter was added whereas otherwise there would''ve been an eighth book.

Well, I''m sorry but it''s been 12 years following Odd''s adventures, so for all it to end so inconsequentially, without having really changed this war at all and so unceremoniously, well, it''s incredibly frustrating.
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5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
A worthy final...deliciously written, easy to consume too quickly
Reviewed in the United States on January 13, 2015
I thought the first and the last (this one) books were the best out of this series. And while the Mojave night may be as mild as baby-bottle milk, this story is not. This one starts with an exciting chase scene, and doesn''t let up on the suspense and excitement and real... See more
I thought the first and the last (this one) books were the best out of this series. And while the Mojave night may be as mild as baby-bottle milk, this story is not. This one starts with an exciting chase scene, and doesn''t let up on the suspense and excitement and real emotion throughout. I had to stay up last night and read this completely through. Luckily, using the Kindle, when I fall asleep I don''t lose my page! :)

My favorite aspect of Dean Koontz'' writing is that he really connects you to the characters in a meaningful way - he makes you think. They aren''t just people executing stories, they are people, real people, and you can probably relate, whether personally or just through what is happening in the world even. And that is really a rare gift for a writer. There are many examples in the book. One passage I read, re-read several times, and took a few minutes to get past, was this one: "In a sense, it was nothing" Ozzie said, tears still standing in his eyes. Everything barbarians do is nothing, no matter how loudly they insist it is something."

This is an epic tale of good and evil, and throughout the book brings us back to places and people familiar to us. You can theoretically read this one and enjoy it without reading the others first - since we spend a lot of time on what Oddie is thinking, it helps along the way. I don''t recommend it, but if someone gave you the book, go ahead, although then you''ll be hooked, read the others, and then will undoubtedly read this one again. So do yourself a favor and start with the first - here is a link to the Odd Thomas series on Amazon.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=series_rw_dp_labf?_encoding=UTF8&field-collection=An%20Odd%20Thomas&url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text

Hint: Dean Koontz doesn''t dumb down his stories, and my son has to occasionally ask about words, or look them up. It is handy to read on the Kindle, and be able to look them up in context without grabbing something extra.

If you liked this...and you get to the end and are wondering "what do I read next?", you might try Jim Butcher''s Dresden series, which has some similar elements, although it brings in more of the Faerie/Vampire/Wizard side of things.
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5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
perfection
Reviewed in the United States on January 19, 2015
I don''t often say things about books in public. If I say anything it''s to friends or family. But here I make an exception. I''ve loved odd thomas since the first book. If you have never read any of them, do yourself a favor and start now. As to this one: no... See more
I don''t often say things about books in public. If I say anything it''s to friends or family. But here I make an exception. I''ve loved odd thomas since the first book. If you have never read any of them, do yourself a favor and start now.

As to this one: no spoilers, don''t worry.
If you love odd like I and do many others do, you will love this final installment of the series. By the end of it you will both love and hate Dean Koontz. I''ve read almost everything he has published, and this is probably his masterpiece. It is very rare for me to cry in so much sorrow and still be as filled with hope and joy as this story has made me. And I have cried, still am as I write this. Tears from the beauty of what I read and the way it reached into me and made my heart and mind reel.I don''t often say things about books in public. If I say anything it''s to friends or family. But here I make an exception. I''ve loved odd thomas since the first book. If you have never read any of them, do yourself a favor and start now.

As to this one: no spoilers, don''t worry.
If you love odd like I and do many others do, you will love this final installment of the series. By the end of it you will both love and hate Dean Koontz. I''ve read almost everything he has published, and this is probably his masterpiece. It is very rare for me to cry in so much sorrow and still be as filled with hope and joy as this story has made me. And I have cried, still am as I write this. Tears from the beauty of what I read and the way it reached into me and made my heart and mind reel.
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Chrystalia99
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Almost--But Not Quite--There.
Reviewed in the United States on December 27, 2015
Odd Thomas is, without a doubt, one of the most endearing and enduring characters in the modern horro/thriller/para-normal genre--and Dean Koontz has carried Odd''s tale as beautifully in this book as he did in the earlier books in the series. I did notice there were fewer... See more
Odd Thomas is, without a doubt, one of the most endearing and enduring characters in the modern horro/thriller/para-normal genre--and Dean Koontz has carried Odd''s tale as beautifully in this book as he did in the earlier books in the series. I did notice there were fewer "jewels" in this one--those surprising snippets and turns of phrase that catch you unawares when you reach them. There are fewer jewels in this book--but those there are glow all the brighter for their rarity.

Koontz is a word smith with very little (if any) true competition in his genre--in fact, for his use of rich subtext and complex emotional landscapes, the only writers who come close in my opinion would be Sparks (particularly The Wedding) who is NOT in this genre-- and Stephen King on his more coherent and less sanguinary days :-).

Like all of Koontz''s work, the characters in this book shine--beyond that, they glow. They have grown through the course of the series, and though the ending was on the macro scale absolutely set in stone, the circumstances surrounding it were fluid enough to allow for some rather inventive details. Even though I knew how it would end, I was still almost surprised when it ended as expected. I wished for something--more. I''m not even entirely sure what was "missing" from this ending--it is something so subtle I really can''t name it. But--I know it''s there.
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2.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
what?????
Reviewed in the United States on January 24, 2015
I am so disappointed in this book. I have read this series and invested many years with Oddie. It is such a shame this final installment is such a let down. We all knew Odd was going to die in this final installment, that wasn''t the problem. The problem was this story... See more
I am so disappointed in this book. I have read this series and invested many years with Oddie. It is such a shame this final installment is such a let down. We all knew Odd was going to die in this final installment, that wasn''t the problem. The problem was this story drug on and on and it bored me to death way before we saw poor Odd go. What a terrible ending to a wonderful journey. SPOILERS! This is what you don''t get. Who is Annamarie? (Don''t bore me with I had a daughter who had a son, what Drivel). What happened to all Odd''s ghostly companions and pets. What no Bodcahs? They should have been everywhere,honestly 15,000 people were to have been eradicated. Those last few sentences with Stormy were just shy of so not worthy of this final journey with our wonderful, shy, brave fry cook Mr. Odd Thomas. Please tie up some lose ends. What was Edie''s little group all about. Really Mr. K. ? Should have been the symbol you used to describe where the end of this story led not !
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james richard godwin
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
No Mr. Bond, I expect you to die. Well in that case just shoot him!?
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 20, 2015
A decent addition to the OT series, but a fundamental and very obvious weakness in the satanic cults latest "dastardly scheme" to wreak havoc really spoiled the whole event. Without wishing to spoil the plot, once the scheme becomes clear, it is difficult to imagine...See more
A decent addition to the OT series, but a fundamental and very obvious weakness in the satanic cults latest "dastardly scheme" to wreak havoc really spoiled the whole event. Without wishing to spoil the plot, once the scheme becomes clear, it is difficult to imagine how an ancient, sophisticated and well funded organisation could squander the opportunity to create significant mayhem with a deployment method that was laughable in comparison to the weapon they had at their disposal. I tried to console myself with the explanation that, in the classic theme of all super-villains, the cult was undone by their own desire to be super evil and just didn''t have enough clarity of thought to think about flying a crop sprayer over LA, for example? After reflection though it just didn''t wash and I can''t help but conclude that this is just a piece of lazy writing missed by a whole support team who have become complacent. Given the same build up it was not hard to imagine a significantly more creative take on the "Prestige" which would have been much more true to the character of Odd. Having read every published novel written by the author, it is reasonable to assume that I am a big fan, so I am certainly not quick to criticize. Koontz has a great ability to create believable paranormal and other world scenarios which do stand up to logical analysis and allow the reader to believe in the left field world that this creates. Great escapism. It is strange that neither he nor any of his team have picked up on this? Whilst not the best of the OT series, this was certainly an enjoyable read but would really benefit from a significant edit to get rid of what really is a blooper by his normally rigorous standards. Sorry, C+, must try harder!
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Books Are My Vice
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
The final installment!!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 25, 2016
I started this series almost ten years ago. It''s good to get an ending. Like all the Odd books it follows a structure of peril and good guys versus bad guys with some magic thrown in. There is a lot of hope in this series and an enduring love story. You have to read the...See more
I started this series almost ten years ago. It''s good to get an ending. Like all the Odd books it follows a structure of peril and good guys versus bad guys with some magic thrown in. There is a lot of hope in this series and an enduring love story. You have to read the other books first as this won''t make sense otherwise. It''s a good series. I believe it''s quite different to Dean Koontz''s other books - I have only read one or two others but this series has kept me interested for all this time. Politics have obviously played a big part in the background of writing this final book and the despair that this is causing so many Americans. I like how human this series is. This is a must read for any Odd Thomas fan. He is a great character. Enjoy!
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Chris
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
A pedestrian meander followed by a fit and satisfying conclusion to the Odd Thomas series
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 28, 2015
Having read all the earlier books I bought this on the first day of publication. The series as a whole is my favourite series of all time so this finale was always going to be a difficult read and expectations were extremely high. Firstly let me say that I have caught Mr...See more
Having read all the earlier books I bought this on the first day of publication. The series as a whole is my favourite series of all time so this finale was always going to be a difficult read and expectations were extremely high. Firstly let me say that I have caught Mr Koontz being pedestrian in several other books but I have to say this was the worst one for treading water. The ending was frankly expected even from Book 1, but it was a satisfying end all the same. I agree with other reviewers that there are unanswered questions but I am not sure whether the reader is supposed to have all of these answered or indeed should expect them answered. So in summary a pedestrian but an enjoyable meander until the final few chapters when the whole Odd Thomas series comes to an ultimately satisfying conclusion. A great series by one of the greatest authors. If you have read any of the other books then you have to read this one to see how it all ends.
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Shirley
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Bereft Yet Buoyant
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 6, 2018
Well I just finished the last book in this series, and I can''t say much without giving too much away. I have had this book (on Kindle) for quite a while now, loath to start it because (as has happened) I then had to finish it. The story is a normal Dean Koontz one, as in...See more
Well I just finished the last book in this series, and I can''t say much without giving too much away. I have had this book (on Kindle) for quite a while now, loath to start it because (as has happened) I then had to finish it. The story is a normal Dean Koontz one, as in they are all very "notputdownable", and readable as stand alone novels, but I do urge you to - if at all possible - read the rest of the series first. To Mr Koontz himself, thank you for all your amazing stories, and would you consider please doing a spin off story with Annamarie et al?
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Shaun
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A fine start to a disappointing climax
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 25, 2017
As huge fan of Dean Koontz and Odd Thomas in particular I had invested a lot of time and love for our dear oddie and the town Pico Mundo. Saint Odd starts off strongly and in usual Koontz style quickly has us being intrigued, thrilled and laughing at well written wit. The...See more
As huge fan of Dean Koontz and Odd Thomas in particular I had invested a lot of time and love for our dear oddie and the town Pico Mundo. Saint Odd starts off strongly and in usual Koontz style quickly has us being intrigued, thrilled and laughing at well written wit. The setup for this tale is one of the best in the series, it also offers more hints as to who his mysterious pregnant friend really is, and more importantly the true meaning of world. However, its very quickly cut short by an ending that sees our hero meet his fate (no spoilers!) But leaves the readers wondering what they did to deserve such an abrupt culmination in one of Koontz most wonderful series. If you''re a fan of the Odd series its a must read, but just don''t expect everything to be answered....in fact expect none of your questions (or indeed Odds questions) about all the mysteries to be answered! So long Odd!
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