|Author:||Koontz, Dean R.|
|Publisher:||Random House Inc|
|Publish Date:||Dec 2003|
|Number of Pages:||432|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||1.5|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||6.46 x 1.32 x 9.5|
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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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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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.
“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.
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