I started reading the Odd Thomas series by chance. My wife picked the 2nd book in the series (Forever Odd) up in the bargain bin and brought it home. I have never heard of Dean Koontz at that time. I held out little hope that this would be a good book, but figured I’d give it 100 pages.
It turned out that I loved it and loved the quirky character, Odd Thomas (who can see dead people that haven’t moved on). Since that first book, I became hooked on the series and would download the rest to my Kindle. When working away from home it’s nice to get away with a book, with characters that are familiar to you. It’s like checking in on the adventures of an old friend. I’ve read several of his books while I was working offshore, another while working in Israel, all away from my family, oddly enough. It helps bridge the gap between home and wherever I am.
I downloaded the latest book, Saint Odd while I was here in Africa. I knew that Koontz was building up to a big showdown from the last book and it picked up with that same level of intensity.
If you’re looking for an excellent, well-written series, then give the Odd Thomas series a try. There are 8 books. Start with:
- Odd Thomas
- Forever Odd
- Brother Odd
- Odd Hours
- Odd Interlude
- Odd Apocalypse
- Deeply Odd
- Saint Odd
***Spoiler Alert – Don’t read below if you are going to read the series***
The story was great, building up, then after Odd Thomas saves the day, he is mortally wounded. Well, surely he would be saved, the next chapter would flash forward a few days of him recovering at the hospital surrounded by his friends right? This time it wasn’t so, it ended with a great goodbye.
I felt like an old friend had died. I’ve been following his adventures for years and of course I had to google it to see if it was True (because google won’t lie). Sure enough, Koontz felt it was time to bring an end to the series and thus he did. Don’t get me wrong, it was a great ending and a great series, I’m just sad to see it end. It was actually my favorite series of any I’ve read.
Now I feel the need to find another character to latch on to….any suggestions?