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In a chance encounter with a sinister truck driver tricked out like a rhinestone-cowboy, Odd has a vision of an outrageous multiple homicide, the murder of three innocent children, that has not yet been committed. Across California, into Nevada, and back again, Odd desperately gives chase. Along the way, he meets - and charms - a collection of eccentrics who become his allies in a terrifying battle against a sociopath of singular boldness and cleverness - and a shadowy network of like-minded murders whose ...

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Deeply Odd (Odd Thomas Series #6)

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Overview

In a chance encounter with a sinister truck driver tricked out like a rhinestone-cowboy, Odd has a vision of an outrageous multiple homicide, the murder of three innocent children, that has not yet been committed. Across California, into Nevada, and back again, Odd desperately gives chase. Along the way, he meets - and charms - a collection of eccentrics who become his allies in a terrifying battle against a sociopath of singular boldness and cleverness - and a shadowy network of like-minded murders whose identities and motivations are mysterious and whose resources seem almost supernatural.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781480506336
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 5/28/2013
  • Series: Odd Thomas Series , #6
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 5.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Dean Koontz
Amazingly prolific and relentlessly suspenseful, Dean Koontz can be counted on for chilling, sometimes gory stories that occasionally overlap genres. His novels can jump from straightforward crime to sci-fi to horror, but the one thing he's consistent about is delivering nail-biting yarns that have kept fans reading for more than three decades.

Biography

He is one of the most recognized, read, and loved suspense writers of the 20th century. His imagination is a veritable factory of nightmares, conjuring twisted tales of psychological complexity. He even has a fan in Stephen King. For decades, Dean Koontz's name has been synonymous with terror, and his novels never fail to quicken the pulse and set hearts pounding.

Koontz has a lifelong love of writing that led him to spend much of his free time as an adult furiously cultivating his style and voice. However, it was only after his wife Gerda made him an offer he couldn't refuse while he was teaching English at a high school outside of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, that he had a real opportunity to make a living with his avocation. Gerda agreed to support Dean for five years, during which time he could try to get his writing career off the ground. Little did she know that by the end of that five years she would be leaving her own job to handle the financial end of her husband's massively successful writing career.

Koontz first burst into the literary world with 1970's Beastchild, a science fiction novel that appealed to genre fans with its descriptions of aliens and otherworldly wars but also mined deeper themes of friendship and the breakdown of communication. Although it is not usually ranked among his classics, Beastchild provided the first inkling of Koontz's talent for populating even the most fantastical tale with fully human characters. Even at his goriest or most terrifying, he always allows room for redemption.

This complexity is what makes Koontz's work so popular with readers. He has a true gift for tempering horror with humanity, grotesqueries with lyricism. He also has a knack for genre-hopping, inventing Hitchcockian romantic mysteries, crime dramas, supernatural thrillers, science fiction, and psychological suspense with equal deftness and imagination. Perhaps The Times (London) puts it best: "Dean Koontz is not just a master of our darkest dreams, but also a literary juggler."

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Shortly after graduating from college, Koontz took a job with the Appalachian Poverty Program where he would tutor and counsel underprivileged kids. However, after finding out that the last person who held his job had been beaten up and hospitalized by some of these kids, Koontz was more motivated than ever to get his writing career going.

When Koontz was a senior in college, he won the Atlantic Monthly fiction competition.

Koontz and Kevin Anderson's novel Frankenstein: The Prodigal Son was slotted to become a television series produced by Martin Scorsese. However, when the pilot failed to sell, the USA Network aired it as a TV movie in 2004. By that time Koontz had removed his name from the project.

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Koontz:

"My wife, Gerda, and I took seven years of private ballroom dancing lessons, twice a week, ninety minutes each time. After we had gotten good at everything from swing to the foxtrot, we not only stopped taking lessons, but also stopped going dancing. Learning had been great fun; but for both of us, going out for an evening of dancing proved far less exhilarating than the learning. We both have a low boredom threshold. Now we dance at a wedding or other celebration perhaps once a year, and we're creaky."

"On my desk is a photograph given to me by my mother after Gerda and I were engaged to be married. It shows 23 children at a birthday party. It is neither my party nor Gerda's. I am three years old, going on four. Gerda is three. In that crowd of kids, we are sitting directly across a table from each other. I'm grinning, as if I already know she's my destiny, and Gerda has a serious expression, as if she's worried that I might be her destiny. We never met again until I was a senior in high school and she was a junior. We've been trying to make up for that lost time ever since.

"Gerda and I worked so much for the first two decades of our marriage that we never took a real vacation until our twentieth wedding anniversary. Then we went on a cruise, booking a first-class suite, sparing no expense. For more than half the cruise, the ship was caught in a hurricane. The open decks were closed because waves would have washed passengers overboard. About 90% of the passengers spent day after day in their cabins, projectile vomiting. We discovered that neither of us gets seasick. We had the showrooms, the casino, and the buffets virtually to ourselves. Because the crew had no one to serve, our service was exemplary. The ship dared not try to put into the scheduled ports; it was safer on the open sea. The big windows of the main bar presented a spectacular view of massive waves and lightning strikes that stabbed the sea by the score. Very romantic. We had a grand time.

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    1. Also Known As:
      David Axton, Brian Coffey, K.R. Dwyer, Deanna Dwyer, John Hill, Leigh Nichols, Anthony North, Richard Paige, Owen West, Aaron Wolfe
    2. Hometown:
      Newport Beach, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 9, 1945
    2. Place of Birth:
      Everett, Pennsylvania
    1. Education:
      B.S. (major in English), Shippensburg University, 1966
    2. Website:

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  • Posted May 28, 2013

    Dean Koontz is an exceptional writer, and the Odd Thomas series

    Dean Koontz is an exceptional writer, and the Odd Thomas series is some of his best work. There seemed to be a few years where he was just releasing some books to fulfill his contract with his publisher, but those days seem over. A very good writer telling a story he clearly loves telling. Hopefully the movie(s) does his series justice. 

    19 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 19, 2013

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    How Disappointing. I am a Koontz fan from way back & have al

    How Disappointing. I am a Koontz fan from way back & have all his books, most twice. I love Odd, but Deeply Odd is such a disappointment that I will not buy another book just because Koontz wrote it. For one the book really lacks a plot or anything else for that matter, unless you want to call pages upon pages and chapters upon chapters of him describing to you what a warehouse looks like and scenery on road trips look like; because that is what this book is all about. Right from the get go Koontz tells you that off has a vision about a truck driver killing some kids, he does not even peak your interest with this. I felt I knew the ending before it even began. He did introduce 2 new characters he could have developed quite nicely but of course he didn't which was another disappointment. The take I got from this book is that Koontz either had someone else write this for him...since Odd did not even sound like Odd on the few occasions he even spoke or did something other describe things in the book, or Koontz has major writers block and owed a publishing company a novel with so many words...since that is all this book is is WORDS with no purpose or intent. I'd just like to know how he managed to screw up a book about such a well established character as Odd. Like others who are Odd fans I would have like to have seen Odd meet up with Chris Snow or Deucalion. I mean really even if he had writers block there was so many other places he could have gone with this story than to just give us a bunch of meaningless descriptions that basically had nothing to do with the story other than fill up pages. No writer can put out great story's every time, but how can you screw up such a wonderfully established character such as Odd....from this point on I will be going to B&N book stores and using my hour free read on my Nook before buying one of his books. I was not too happy with his last book 77 Shadow Street either, I felt the same way, that he was just trying to fill pages with words. Such a disappointment to lose one of your favorite authors.     

    16 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 31, 2014

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    On a trip to town Odd has an encounter with a flamboyantly dress

    On a trip to town Odd has an encounter with a flamboyantly dressed trucker whom he refers to as the Rhinestone Cowboy. He has a vision of him burning three children on stage with a flamethrower and follows the trucker to a market where he disappears. Odd knows his next quest has begun.




    He meets Edie Fischer, an 86 year old pixyish FBI Agent Dana Scully look alike, who is in need of a chauffeur. Odd reluctantly accepts this roll as he needs a vehicle in which to follow the Rhinestone Cowboy to a truck stop. Here we meet the Koontz obligatory "Celeb du Libra" Alfred Hitchcock.




    The reader begins to suspect that the Rhinestone Cowboy might have as many paranormal talents as Odd making him a formidable adversary. Odd, who believes that intuition is the highest form of knowledge knows he must play out this drama to save the three children as he continues the pursuit and follows the monster along the highways and byways of California and into his hellish chimeras.This novel, "Deeply Odd", is a great story for the most part. Odd Thomas is here using his psychic magnetism to track down the "rhinestone cowboy trucker" who has powers of his own. That was a nice twist, as we saw that Odd wasn't the only person in the world with a touch of the supernatural on their lives. Unfortunately, the things that made the first book so interesting have slowly begun to fade away in the last two or three novels in the series. I am all for character growth, but it seems as if Dean has almost lost his original idea of what made Odd so special and has been moving him into a new character. For one thing, in this novel the inner monologues become incredibly chatty, sometimes meandering so long you forget what Odd was doing at that point. Annamarie is another problem. I can fully appreciate the enigmatic angle Dean is going for with her, but she is so otherworldly now (appearing out of nowhere in a thrift store hundreds of miles away from where Odd left her, only to find she isn't really there but is still at home but WAS there hours ago...with no transportation of any kind) she's almost ridiculous. You just got love love Odd. 

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2013

    Couldn't put this one down. Listened to it on audio and finished

    Couldn't put this one down. Listened to it on audio and finished it in two days. I really enjoyed the ending of the book along with the new characters. Dean Koontz did great on this one 

    9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2013

    Loved it

    I couldnt put this book down. I was anxious for the release and was not dissapointed. This was worth the wait and was an enjoyable read.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2013

    Another great book by Dean Koontz, He starts the action off pret

    Another great book by Dean Koontz, He starts the action off pretty fast in this book and that's really good and stops every so often for a comedic break so in the norm for odd thomas novels I'm sad the series is ending in the next book but every good series must come to an end

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 3, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Got it on Friday and couldn't hardly put it down. Read it in two

    Got it on Friday and couldn't hardly put it down. Read it in two sittings. Very well done, and now I can't wait for the final book.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2013

    Deeply Odd

    Well written and oddly funny/inspiring/disturbing!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2013

    Boring

    I love the Oddie books but I could not get into it. Gave up after pg. 100...

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2013

    Favorite!

    This is a wonderful series and this is my favorite book of the series. I hope there are more to come.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 27, 2013

    Just finished this book.  I've read them all and once done you c

    Just finished this book.  I've read them all and once done you can't wait for the next book.  I highly recommend this Odd story

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 28, 2013

    I ENJOYED READING THE EXCERPT OF THIS BOOK, AND I FULLY INTEND T

    I ENJOYED READING THE EXCERPT OF THIS BOOK, AND I FULLY INTEND TO PURCHASE A COPY FOR MY BOOK COLLECTION! WE NEED MORE AUTHORS LIKE MR. KOONTZ!
    THOUROUGHLY ENJOYED THE SMALL AMOUNT OF THIS BOOK THAT I WAS ABLE TO READ WITH OUT
    HAVING TO BUY THE BOOK BEFORE I KNEW IF I WAS GOING TO LIKE IT!

    4 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2013

    "Deeply Odd" the newest addition to the Odd Thomas ser

    "Deeply Odd" the newest addition to the Odd Thomas series is an enthralling tale. This novel grabs your attention from page one and does not dissapoint. "Deeply Odd" is possibly the best novel in the series thus far.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2014

    Disappointing

    I have been reading Dean Koontz since before he became DEAN KOONTZ - every single book! Loved the beginning of the ODD series. Dean should have stopped at #5! His writing is just rambling on to fill up the pages and satisfy the terms of his contract? Very un-Koontz like - terribly disappointed!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2014

    Bit of a disappointment...especially for an fan of the Odd series.

    I have been a big fan of Dean Koontz' work for years, but it seems that this book failed to hit the high mark found in earlier books. Side characters are underdeveloped and shallow, the story/plot barely keeps one engaged, and most of the book is full of "writers fluff"- non-essential, flowery descriptions of places, etc., that do nothing to move the story forward. Mr Koontz must have been given a short deadline from his publisher on this one...seems like he just went through the motions to knock a book out.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2014

    Odd Series

    I love this series, and the first was the best! However in the character of Edie, Koontz once again captures us with an incredible character! A definite must read series!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 14, 2013

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    I love Dean Koontz. I have been reading his books for over 20 ye

    I love Dean Koontz. I have been reading his books for over 20 years. But I suggest that Mr. Koontz put quality ahead of quantity and stop a series before it bores hisreaders to death. This book totally jumped the shark!
    Disappointed!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2013

    Losing soul of Odd

    Love the character but more and more getting the feeling Koontz is losing the soul of the character. Story is weak compared to earlier novels. It seems author does not love the character as I do, but loves the money. So many possibilities........

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    not so recommended

    This one was not as good as the past. It felt he was just putting words on the page. I did not enjoy it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 8, 2013

    Disappointing.Not up to the standards of the series.

    All of the other books in this series grabbed me from Chapter One. I was struggling to get through the first three Chapters of Deeply Odd. The personal attatchment just wasn't there for me. I usually read these books in three to four days. It took me two weeks this time. I hope the next one doesn't disappoint. I would truely miss Odd.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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