Odd Apocalypse

Odd Apocalypse

[an Odd Thomas Novel]

Book - 2012
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The stallion reared over me, silently slashing the air with the hooves of its forelegs, a creature of such immense power that I stumbled backward even though I knew that it was as immaterial as a dream. . . .
 
The woman astride the ghostly mount reaches out desperately, the latest spirit to enlist the aid of Odd Thomas, the unassuming young fry cook whose gift--or curse--it is to see the shades of the restless dead, and to help them when he can. This mission of mercy will lead Odd through realms of darkness he has never before encountered, as he probes the long-held secrets of a sinister estate and those who inhabit it.
 
ODD APOCALYPSE
 
Once presided over by a flamboyant Hollywood mogul during the Roaring '20s, the magnificent West Coast property known as Roseland is now home to a reclusive billionaire financier and his faithful servants. And, at least for the moment, it's also a port in the storm for Odd Thomas and his traveling companion, the inscrutably charming Annamaria, the Lady of the Bell. In the wake of Odd's most recent clash with lethal adversaries, the opulent manor's comforts should be welcome. But there's far more to Roseland than meets even the extraordinary eye of Odd, who soon suspects it may be more hell than haven.
 
A harrowing taste of Roseland's terrors convinces Odd that it's time to hit the road again. Still, the prescient Annamaria insists that they've been led there for a reason, and he's promised to do his best for the ghost on horseback. Just how deep and dreadful are the mysteries Roseland and her masters have kept for nearly a century? And what consequences await whoever is brave, or mad, enough to confront the most profound breed of evil? Odd only knows. Like his acclaimed creator, the irresistible Odd Thomas is in top-notch form--as he takes on what may well be the most terrifying challenge yet in his curious career.
 
ACCLAIM FOR DEAN KOONTZ AND HIS ODD THOMAS NOVELS

"This is Koontz working at his pinnacle, providing terrific entertainment that deals seriously with some of the deepest themes of human existence: the nature of evil, the grip of fate and the power of love."-- Publishers Weekly (starred review), on Odd Thomas
 
"Supernatural thrills with a side of laughs." --The Denver Post, on Brother Odd
 
"The nice young fry cook with the occult powers is Koontz's most likable creation . . . candid, upright, amusing and sometimes withering." --The New York Times
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c2012.
ISBN: 9780553807745
9780553593099
Characteristics: 355 p. ;,25 cm.

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Shellie1_us
Apr 23, 2019

I think this is book 5, and is one of the best in the series. Odd Thomas goes with Annamaria to an estate named Roseland in CA. Roseland is like Heart's castle, but still in a private owners hands. No Roses grow in Roseland, but something else does thrive on the grounds. The strange timeless beauty of the estate arouses Odd's curiosity, and he explores the grounds. Odd stumbles into a phantasmagorical alternative reality time lapse, with a alternative Roseland Odd is quite chilled by this first encounter of the time lapse. A ghost seeks his help in saving someone, so Odd feels compelled to investigate. Being a magnet for mayhem, this does not go well. Odd seems to trigger an increase of the time lapse which has dangerous things anxious to reach present day Roseland. Horrors that everyone in Roseland fears with good reason. Excellent read.

PimaLib_SherrieB Nov 02, 2015

A good mixture of horror, mystery, science fiction and humor that's fast-paced and entertaining. While this book reads ok as a stand alone, starting with book one in the Odd series (Odd Thomas) would provide helpful background.

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TanayaF
Aug 20, 2014

It has been a while since I have read previous Odd Thomas books, but I have always retained the character in my head. Odds' humor, behavior, and commentary were always present. At the start of reading this, I quickly realized this is not Odd Thomas. Koontz has fallen into the "Mary Sue" of writing, himself and his political and religious beliefs have tainted Odd in ways that I do not remember him being tainted. Whether his character had progressed far beyond what I remember from the start of the series to now, remains unknown. But, I do not like what Koontz has turned Odd into, which is himself.

Overall the story was decently paced, with enough information about the previous few novels dispersed in between Odd's (odd) remarks about politicians and God (I don't remember him being so political or religious but... I digress). The plot was within the realm of other Odd Thomas novels, not too far fetched for what the fry-cook was used to dealing with, but with enough of a new edge to keep it interesting.

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gmdecarlo
Jan 14, 2014

It is Odd. Yet, the writing is a little too science fiction and Odd's humor and sharp wit are off the mark. Could it be a "ghost" writer? I tend to believe it is so. It is enjoyable, there are a few recalls of previous novels and of course an Odd finish for all to give a sigh of relief. But, it just didn't follow in the footsteps of Odd benchmark novels. Maybe I just expect more, I will see with Deeply Odd.

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Artiste
Jul 22, 2013

Not as good as his first Odd books

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falconroom
Jun 22, 2013

The most entertaining of all of the "Odd Thomas" series and I've read them all, save one. Koontz' dry wit is not so dry, I caught myself chuckling constantly even in the midst of the evil, which comes in the form of spitting maids and pigmies that whirl sharper and sharper blades at Oddie, but turn in the end to be strange "heroes". But the funniest Koontz amidst all of this is when Odd is caught in the stables hiding from the pig guys in a feed bin, trying ever so hard not to sneeze...
It;s a classic Koontz horrifically funny moment!
Read it's got a feast (of words) for anyone. It's not a horror novel but a big root for the little 'ole fry cook who's out to save the world, one stranger at a time.

joshualehnerz Apr 25, 2013

Love the odd thomas series

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gloryb
Mar 05, 2013

I wasted my time reading this time-travel horror novel. I did, however, enjoy Koontz's excellent use of simile and metaphor throughout his story.

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Boosterl16
Oct 19, 2012

Unlike general consensus, I am n ot sure this one goes down as a "best" for me in the Odd Thomas series. However, there are many elements I loved coming across, some references to old characters/spooks.
I particularly liked the inclusion of Nikola Tesla.
A great book, and I anxiously await the next in the series.
Koontz has done it again!

byandby Oct 15, 2012

Totally excellent. Best Koontz book in a while. If Odd Thomas character is new to you, treat yourself and start at the beginning of the series. You won't be sorry.

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