Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz (#1 Odd Thomas)

Odd Thomas (Odd Thomas, #1)

Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz

Published: 2003

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Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz is the 1st in the series.

First, you should know…..I love this series!  Every book.  Second, if you are looking for a deep, scary, paranormal ride, look elsewhere. 

This book introduces us to “Odd Thomas”, a 20 year old short-order cook in the small town of Pico Mundo.  Although Odd leads a strange life, he thinks he is quite ordinary. His only obsession is his girlfriend, Stormy Llewellyn. He is presently considering a career change, maybe selling tires, or shoes.  His goals are not high. Unfortunately, Odd has a rather bizarre gift. He sees dead people. Lately he has been seeing Elvis, but is not sure why.  Usually the dead have been wronged, and they want justice. They find Odd, and Odd tries to help them “move on”,  sometimes with the assistance of sympathetic police chief Wyatt Porter, who is more family to him than his own parents.

When a mysterious man shows up in town surrounded by bodachs (shadowy creatures, and apparently not a good sign), Odd uses his “psychic magnetism” to follow him to his home, where he finds signs that disaster is coming to Pico Mundo.    If only Odd could see how much he had to lose…

The characters in this book are priceless. Stormy is a little “out there”.  Odd’s parents are really “out there”.   The Chief is great, and genuinely loves Odd.  His friend, Little  Ozzie is hilarious, and only Ozzie’s cat, Terrible Chester,  may not like Odd — but the jury is still out on that one.  

I love Odd Thomas.  He is so lovable, courageous, and funny.  He is an optimist, trying to see the good in all people.  All he wants is to save the world, and to love Stormy for the rest of their lives.    Okay, so maybe his goals are a “little” high.  This no deep mystery novel,  nor is it a horror series.  It’s about a young man who sees ghosts.  And it’s a love story.

Koontz has created a character that we can love and root for.  An unassuming hero.

Favorite Quotes from Odd Thomas:

“From time to time, I do consider that I might be mad. Like any self-respecting lunatic, however, I am always quick to dismiss any doubts about my sanity.”

“That’s right,” I said. “A flipped fork flicked my forehead.”

“We are destined to be together forever. We have a card that says so. Gypsy Mummy is never wrong.”

Re-Read: 2015

About the Author:  Dean Koontz won his first fiction competition in college.  His wife agreed to support him for 5 years while he tried his hand at writing.  By the end of that time, she had quit her job to handle the business end of his success.  He is one of the most prolific writers of our times. His books are published in 38 languages and he has sold over 450 million copies to date.  

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