Thursday, December 07, 2006

Forever Odd, by Dean Koontz

The follow-up to "Odd Thomas", this is another odd story about a man who is visited by the dead in search of justice.

I have to admit that I am a Dean Koontz junkie who cares less about story than I do about listening to Mr. Koontz's amusing prose and weird juxtapositions. You know there will be good vs evil. You know that good will triumph. And you know there will be a few laughs. The bad guys (and gals: Koontz is an equal opportunity vilifier) will be gruesome and bloodthirsty.

In this story, a man has been murdered and his son, Danny, has disappeared. Danny, a long time friend of Odd's, is suffering from a disease that gives him very brittle bones, so he is quite fragile. Odd starts getting calls from a mysterious female psychopath who threatens to hurt Danny unless she gets what she wants: miracles. It seems that this woman, a bizarre occult practitioner, is using Danny to get to Odd so she can exploit his relationship with the supernatural.

This is not one of his best, but Koontz still gets a solid 3 star grade for this one. It is narrated by David Aaron Baker, who is good, but almost a little too soft-spoken for this one. Almost.

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