|Publish Date:||Apr 2012|
|Number of Pages:||463|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.6|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||4.75 x 7.5 x 1.25|
Dean Koontz was born July 9, 1945 in Everett, Pennsylvania. He received a degree in education from Shippensburg State College in 1967. A former high school English teacher as well as a teacher-counselor with the Appalachian Poverty Program, he began writing as a child to escape an ugly home life caused by his alcoholic father. A prolific writer at a young age, he had sold a dozen novels by the age of 25. Early in his career, he wrote under numerous pen names including David Axton, Brian Coffey, K. R. Dwyer, Leigh Nichols, Richard Paige, and Owen West. He is best known for the books written under this own name including Midnight, Cold Fire, The Bad Place, Hideaway, The Husband, Odd Hours, and 77 Shadow Street.
Odd Thomas has a unique and frightening gift: he can commune with the ghosts of local residents who have been the victims of violent deaths. He is also able to see supernatural visitors shortly before a tragic event, thereby enabling him to predict those deaths. Uniquely Koontz, this psychological drama and eerie thriller includes enough 20th- and 21st-century references to be readily believable. Modern-day allusions include references to the PT Cruiser; 9/11/01; serial killers Manson, Bundy, and Gacey; E.T.; and occasional visits from Elvis Presley.
Literary allusions include The Narnia Chronicles, Andromeda, and quotes from Mark Twain. David Aaron Baker provides an excellent reading with accent-free speech and distinctive tonal variations to differentiate among characters. While the professionally produced cassettes are noise-free, they do not indicate tape or side changes nor is there any sentence repetition at the beginning and end of a side change to assist the listener with continuity. This will be in demand by Koontz fans; purchase where needed. Laurie Selwyn, Grayson Cty. Law Lib., Sherman, TX
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In this quick follow-up to The Face, a troubled young man named Odd Thomas struggles between past and present, life and death as he tries to head off a catastrophe that only he sees coming.
What if Cole ("I see dead people") Sear from the film The Sixth Sense had grown up and wanted to use his special gift for the benefit of others while keeping this talent hidden from all but his closest friends? He would be Odd Thomas. A 20-year-old short-order cook, Odd Thomas seeks to avoid attention and keep his life simple, at the same time dealing with spirits (including that of Elvis) that have not yet let go of their ties to the real world.
In addition, Odd Thomas is able to see other spiritual entities that swarm near people and places where future violence will occur. He narrates a story that is ripe with suspenseful possibilities and filled with an eclectic troupe of friends and acquaintances who aid him in his quest to rid his hometown of brutality and evil. Koontz has once again set in motion a compelling combination of character and circumstance, tempered with his special brand of dark humor. For most popular fiction collections.
- Nancy McNicol, Ora Mason Branch Lib., West Haven, CT
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
“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. Meet Odd Thomas, the unassuming young hero of Dean Koontz’s dazzling New York Times bestseller, a gallant sentinel at the crossroads of life and death who offers up his heart in these pages and will forever capture yours.
Sometimes the silent souls who seek out Odd want justice. Occasionally their otherworldly tips help him prevent a crime. But this time it’s different. A stranger comes to Pico Mundo, accompanied by a horde of hyena-like shades who herald an imminent catastrophe. Aided by his soul mate, Stormy Llewellyn, and an unlikely community of allies that includes the King of Rock ’n’ Roll, Odd will race against time to thwart the gathering evil. His account of these shattering hours, in which past and present, fate and destiny, converge, is a testament by which to live—an unforgettable fable for our time destined to rank among Dean Koontz’s most enduring works.