Odd Apocalypse (Odd Thomas Series #5)

Odd Apocalypse (Odd Thomas Series #5)

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Odd Apocalypse (Odd Thomas Series #5) by Dean Koontz, David Aaron Baker

“Koontz gives [Odd Thomas] wit, good humor, a familiarity with the dark side of humanity—and moral outrage.”—USA Today
 
Once presided over by a Roaring ’20s Hollywood mogul, the magnificent West Coast estate known as Roseland now harbors a reclusive billionaire financier and his faithful servants—and their guests: Odd Thomas, the young fry cook who sees the dead and tries to help them, and Annamaria, his inscrutably charming traveling companion. Fresh from a harrowing clash with lethal adversaries, they welcome their host’s hospitality. But Odd’s extraordinary eye for the uncanny detects disturbing secrets that could make Roseland more hell than haven.
 
Soon enough the house serves up a taste of its terrors, as Odd begins to unravel the darkest mystery of his curious career. What consequences await those who confront evil at its most profound? Odd only knows.
 
“Odd Thomas is the greatest character Dean Koontz has ever created. He’s funny, humble, immensely likable, courageous, and just a joy to read about.”—Seattle Post-Intelligencer
 
“[Odd Thomas is] one of the most remarkable and appealing characters in current fiction.”—The Virginian-Pilot
 
“Supernatural thrills with a side of laughs.”—The Denver Post

Includes a preview of the next novel in the Odd Thomas series: Deeply Odd!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781480506213
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 04/30/2013
Series: Odd Thomas Series , #5
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 300,717
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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.

Hometown:

Newport Beach, California

Date of Birth:

July 9, 1945

Place of Birth:

Everett, Pennsylvania

Education:

B.S. (major in English), Shippensburg University, 1966

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Odd Apocalypse: A Novel 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 277 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why do some people feel like when they write a review they have to write a book of their own? Irritating when half of the story is told in the review! Anyway, i love Odd Thomas and am glad to see the new book. :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love, love, love Odd Thomas, but this was the first one of the series that took some effort for me to get through. Unlike the previous books, this one lacked much interaction between the characters, focusing instead on long stretches of introspection and observations. The result was that much of the usual fun banter was replaced by long intervals of overly descriptive, boring prose. Because I enjoy the Odd Thomas character, I pushed through to the end but, if this had been the first in the series, I most likely wouldn't have continued on. It would be wonderful to see Odd return to his endearing, interesting self in the future, once again making readers anticipate each page instead of dragging themselves through them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oddy's strangest adventure to date! Superbly written as always, so descriptive it's a movie in my head. Depicting such detail and emotion as to transport me to Odd's world. Love it and can hardly wait for the next book!
LittleOzzie More than 1 year ago
I have been a Dean Koontz fan for some time now, but I must say I have a special place in my heart for Odd Thomas. The whole concept, just outlined sounds really ridiculous but Mr. Koontz has always made it work. Every one so far has always been a real page turner, addicting, heart pounding, thrilling, and relatable. I find myself relating to a lot of what Odd goes through, his struggles, his insecurities, and such. This addition to the Odd Thomas saga doesn't disappoint in the least. I would highly recommend reading the bridge between the last novel and this one though, found only on e-readers. It’s a 3 part adventure that will leave the reader wanting to dive write into this novel. Thank you Mr. Koontz, but please don't take so long for the next adventure of Odd.
emmi331 More than 1 year ago
A weak three stars at that. I'd like to grab the author and ask, "Who are you, and what have you done with Dean?" This is not the Odd novel I'm used to, which always has notes of hope and even spirituality. This is really unpleasant, though well-written and containing those wonderful flashes of humor I associate with Odd. Odd and the enigmatic (and the very pregnant) Annamaria find themselves on the magnificent and sinister country estate of a billionaire magnate. Once again Odd is faced with spectres, spirits, and someone to rescue. Unfortunately he also encounters way too many psychos and sickos for my taste. There's an underlying plot line involving kidnapping, subjugation, and torture. Dean Koontz has gone this dark route in at least one other novel, which I stopped reading halfway through, but not in the Odd books - until now. Way too grim for my taste - I'm not sure I'll be picking up another in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this latest installment of the Odd Thomas series and am looking forward to the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have waited for so long for this book and it does not live up to the other books. I am dragging myself through pages and pages of very boring details about the layout of a house and it's grounds. The scenes are redundant but the biggest disappointment is that Odd Thomas is not his usual charming quirky self. I couldn't wait to get back to reading the other books. I couldn't put them down. Now I really don't care if I have time to read this book. That is sad. I have never written a book review before but felt strongly enough to do so now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dean Koontz has outdone himself, yet again! I literally couldn't put this page turner down. I recommend reading the entire series, but this is by far the best of the Odd Thomas novels to date. I missed a little of Odd's humor in the beginning, but considering all the character has been through it is totally understandable (afterall, it just goes to show he's human, with real emotion, not a superhuman. Just a fry cook going wherever he is needed).
Debi1 More than 1 year ago
I love Dean Koontz's book, especially the Odd series, Frankenstein series (miss Jacko) and the Chis Snow series, I have read all his novels except for the Trixie books and most I have read twice. W/that said, I found this Odd edition very disappointing. It is extremely hard to get into although does pick up toward the middle...that is a long ways to go to get into a book. His characters are not engaging, you bond w/ no one including ODD who in the other books of the series I was already dreading the end of the book in the middle cuz I knew I would miss him once I finished. Koontz is now relying too much on fancy speech and confusing phrases instead of just writing the way most ppl talk and think. I understand Odd is not most ppl but some of his sentences and paragraphs get so locked up in language that I find I have to re read and still think it makes no since in relation to what is being said before and after it. He did this in 77 Street also....no engaging characters, no bondable ppl and too many fancy/artsy words to the point nothing makes sense. I hope this is not a trend he keeps up because he is my 2cd favorite author.
Blakese More than 1 year ago
Awsome read. Picked this book up in the late morning and finished it that same day. Koontz draws the most wonderful characters and the surroundings are so detailed that it is easy to become immersed. Hate to wait for more.
Thecelticdragon More than 1 year ago
Roseland. During it’s heyday in the 1920s it was a pleasure palace on the west coast owned by a Hollywood mogul. Now it’s owned by a billionaire financier and run by his minions. While the outside may look the same, it’s more like the mouth of hell than a place of untold sweet fantasies. And this is where Odd (had a mistake at the hospital not taken place, his name would have been Todd) and his 7 ½ month pregnant traveling companion Annemarie (the Lady of the Bell) find themselves. The problem is that time does not run normally here, and no one means to be evil or cruel. And that fact alone makes them even scarier. Top that with the fact that Odd’s first experience in this place involve a deceased woman on horseback that rides, not up to Odd, but through him. Then, throw in the awareness of Nicholi Tessla’s experiments, terrorists, and Homeland security, and one has to ask if Odd has finally met his match. Koontz does himself proud with the development of characters that are well fleshed out, and that as a reader, you care about. While “Odd Apocalypse” is a continuation of a series, this book is so finely written that one could select and read it and still come away with a knowledge of who Odd is, and it leaves a reader wanting more.
gearley More than 1 year ago
I am constantly amazed at the fact that I LOVE reading Koontz. He makes me giggle, laugh out loud, cringe with horror and tear up all in the same book! This latest book about Odd Thomas is eminently readable and lots of fun.
WineGuy95113 More than 1 year ago
Incredibly original story line (Yep, the Tesla anniversary is coming up) and another great read in the Odd series. Glad Odd isn't dead yet, can't get enough of him...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well, Koontz had done it again. Odd Apocalypse, with the beloved Odd Thomas, is an outstanding story. I thought the plot was riveting and fun. All my favorite characters were mentioned (except Terrible Chester - I miss that darn ol' cat)! I HIGHLY recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great adventure and suspense,great humor,and some thought provoking insites that are common in all of dean koontz boks
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good butt darker than most.
pandorales More than 1 year ago
Having read the Odd Thomas series, including novellas 1 through 3, and countless reviews of each, I was really looking forward to the #5 installment of this series. I was disappointed. Odd finds himself with Annamaria at the vast and pristine Roseland estate. Annamaria is present like background noise on an AM radio station. Her presence is relevant to the story but it's barely active. Allow me a sideways tangent for a moment... Remember reading the first Harry Potter book and then eventually, the last? I found J.K. Rowling's writing to have subtly but significantly changed for the better over the course of those eight books. Odd's journaling - which is the premise for why these stories come to us, right? Eventually these journals will be published in the fictitious world of Pico Mundo after Odd Thomas dies. As a reader my assumption is that Odd will eventually pass on into second service and his good friend, Little Ozzie, will see to it that these manuscripts are published. So Odd is journaling as a means of dealing with his gift. Well the point I'm now going to get to is this: I liked reading Odd much better when his writing style was simpler and more straight-forward as it was in the first book. The redundancy of descriptive prose describing the grounds of Roseland becomes drudgery to read through again and again. The new literary style of quoting Shakespeare (and in this book using Shakespeare to destabilize a character's relationship) feels very contrived and mechanical. The first Odd Thomas story read so well in comparison. In that book, Odd was a character worthy of empathy and full of intrigue. By this book, Odd is a caricature of his former self on a perpetual holy-martyred mission to make the world a better place through his unique gift of being able to see the dead. Having a cameo celebrity ghost pop up to make a nonsensical appearance felt a little tacky as well. It was as if Koontz was recognizing that this book was sub-par but in order to set a hook for the next novel, he briefly introduces the third celebrity ghost as an appeal to this person's fan base. All in all, this one disappoints, feels tired and suffers from redundant descriptive prose. And yeah, I'll buy and read the next one because while I didn't like it, I didn't hate it. And frankly, I am hooked.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Koontz's new novel has delighted me so far. As a fan of the "Odd Thomas" series I find this book to be like sitting down with a latte and warm, wise, interesting and dryly funny friend. Have only read the !st 50 pages and cannot review as yet but cannot wait to immerse myself. Thanks, Dean Koontz.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thinking koontz has taken advantage of those readers who fell for the odd thomas character. Guilty myself and eager to read the next installment, l discovered all too quickly that this storyline seems to have caused koontz to hit his creative wall. koontz has definitely lost the momentum he built in the first two books with the introduction of a pseudo Madonna in the lady of the bell character. I suggest he re-read those first books and recover his focus. Definitely the weakest of the series thus far...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If stranded on an island with only one book - it would be "Odd Thomas". But, Dean, it is time get Oddie out of Science Fiction and back into the world of paranormal. That is what made readers fall in love with our Odd One!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some pages get stuck on the nook color. It get stuck in a loop, instead of page forward, it goes back 4 pages, you have to type in page number to get past the loop. The book itself doesn't seem the same as the other odd books, it's really going out in left field.
Blue13 More than 1 year ago
This book was such a disappointment. Why do great writers get lazy and just write for a pay check? At one time I would be so excited to read anything Dean Koontz wrote but now it is just one disappointment after another. The Odd Thomas character was great in the first two books but now I just want him to go be with Stromy so I won't waste my time reading another novel where Mr. Koontz wraps everything up, whether it makes sense or not, in the last couple of chapters just because he reached the page number he was contracted to write. He can try to deny it but we all know that is what happening!!! Either you have ghost writers who do not have clue how to write a good ending or you are just in it for the money. The Odd Thomas Interludes were way better then this book and cost less; well except for the ending which was a little too neat for my taste.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another beloved book about my favorite series star, the Odd one. Very cool and interesting how he wove facts about Tesla into the story - it actually sparked my interest inTesla and has inspired me to read up on him. SPOILER ALERT ---- I cant wait to see what happens with Hitchcock. Knootz displays his talent and wit yet again!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This one is a little odd, but I guess that's the point. It picked up right where the last one left off and started a little slow. Once it picked up I couldn't put it down.
Lisa8579 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this installment of Odd Thomas, looking forward to the next book!