Deeply Odd by Dean Koontz
Deeply Odd by Dean Koontz is the 6th in the Odd Thomas series. Odd is a reluctant hero who sees the dead, and helps them to move on. He is currently travelling with a very pregnant Annamaria (who insists she has been pregnant a long time and has longer to go), as well as a boy he recently rescued from Roseland, a rather strange manor estate. In addition, he travels with two dogs, one of whom is a ghost.
On a trip to town, Odd encounters a truck driver who is dressed up like a rhinestone cowboy. This “cowboy” tries to kill Odd, who has a disturbing vision of three children being murdered when he touches the man. Odd has no choice but to try to rescue the kids, and so he follows the trucker. Along the way he meets limo-driving Edie Fisher, an 86 year-old feisty lady who has recently lost her chauffeur, and insists they can help each other. Edie has a few tricks up her sleeve, and friends that come in very handy. Alfred Hitchcock is also still along for the ride.
It turns out that there are more than three children being held hostage, and that a devil-worshiping cult is behind it. Unfortunately, there is more to this cult than your everyday group of crazies. Odd will have to travel many roads, not all in this world, to find the kids.
This book, while highly entertaining, was also a little long. The descriptions of rooms that Odd enters seems a little much, and his philosophical talks to himself also seem to drag the book down. I realize it was not meant to be a “feel-good” book, but the depths often turned to boredom. On the other hand, it’s Odd Thomas! And he still has his quirky, funny ways, and Edie Fisher is a wonderful character, much like Odd. I would prefer her as a travelling companion over Annamaria.
Koontz has managed to remind us of the evil in the world today, but also of the many everyday people who are out there fighting it.
Definitely a good one!
Favorite Quotes from Deeply Odd:
“And he’s not fully blue yet, either. But he’s far more blue and a lot smoother than anyone his age I’ve ever met. He’ll be fully blue and smooth in no time.”
“Although I had no fear of death, I hoped to avoid excruciating pain, long suffering, and concussion-induced blackouts from which I would awake with embarrassing tattoos.”
“The thing to understand is that you have to do what you have to do, always and without complaint. That’s the way.”
“I felt like Frodo in Mordor, but without good Samwise to fight alongside me, alone and with no idea where I’d put the damn ring. When Gollum showed up, he would bite off my finger anyway, ring or not, just for the hell of it.”
Re-Read: December 2016
About the Author: Dean Koontz is the author of more than a dozen New York Times No.1 bestsellers. His books have sold over 450 million copies worldwide, a figure that increases by more than 17 million copies per year, and his work is published in 38 languages.
He was born and raised in Pennsylvania and lives with his wife Gerda and their dog Anna in southern California.