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Odd Thomas has a special gift and someone evil and maniacal has heard about it, and wants it. Only very close friends are trusted with Odd's secret. His childhood friend Danny is one of them. A beautiful woman named Datura has used her feminine wiles to coax this precious secret from him.
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The safeguarded secret is that Odd sees dead people, but he uses his gift to bring justice to those who lost their lives at the hand of another. Datura, however, thinks he can animate the dead. She has already killed to get her prized treasure. She killed Danny's father in order to kidnapp Danny and has taken him to an abandoned casino. Danny is her bait to lure Odd so she can force him to comply to her wishes or she will kill them both.

Odd is drawn to the undisclosed location and knows his friend's life is in peril. Odd must kill or be killed to save his friend and himself.
The review of this Book prepared by Tracey Ray

Odd Thomas can see dead people. They can't talk to him but they show him things. He helps his good friend, who works for the police department, with local crimes.He has knowledge of an upcoming killing spree in the local mall. With the help of his girlfriend, who is danger of being killed in this event, they try to stop it from happening.
The review of this Book prepared by Sherrie L. Jones

Bantam, Dec 2003, 26.95, 401 pp.
ISBN 0553802496

is no typical twenty-year-old. What he considers ordinary most people would consider frightening. On August 14, he sees Penny, a young child, and knows instantly she is a ghost. Penny points out her killer and Odd gives chase finally apprehending him. The sheriff, who knows about Odd's psychic powers, uses him as an able tool in crime fighting.

While working as a short order cook in a diner he notices a man with badachs (shades that never lived and feed off of violence) hovering over him. Believing that this stranger plans to do something that will result in a lot of deaths he tracks the man to his house and finds a file with the date August 15 in it. Odd surmises he has less than one day to stop what he thinks will be a blood bath judging from the amount of badachs hovering in town.

Only Dean Koontz can blend a thriller and a horror novel together and make a novel that is better than the sum of its parts. ODD THOMAS is a likeable character that readers will want to mother (or big brother) because he is weighed down by the gift he possesses. He believes he must use it to help people no matter the toll it takes on him. This thrill-a-minute horror thriller is Mr. Koontz at his best.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 40%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 10% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy story on current Earth Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Horror story?    -   Yes Horror plotlets    -   the ghost chased me!

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   blue collar worker Age:    -   20's-30's If magical mental powers:    -   clairvoyant    -   can see into the future


Earth setting:    -   current (early 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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