Reading through Brother Odd, where the main character Odd Thomas is not actually a monk in the monastery he is staying at but is the person everyone relies on to save their skins. His supernatural gifts-seeing the dead, psychic magnetism and in other books quasi-prophetic dreams help him uncover what disaster is going to unfold if he can not stop it. There were some tough things in this book to read, paralleled by equally good things. He spins his tail up to a breaking point. With interesting characters to chat with like Brother Knuckles, Mother Superior Sister Angela and best of all Rodion Romanovich the bearish figure who helps the story develop immensely, it will keep you reading at a good clip. I was very impressed with Dean Koontz‘s ability to create the bone monsters that plagued the story and were the biggest direct threat to the characters. They seem to me the most vivid entity in the whole story and he made them both a menace as much insect like as he could to keep them appearing evil at each level. Comparing it with both Forever Odd and Odd Hours I thought it was better then the latter. This book is actually the third book, between the two mentioned above, and presents itself in a fascinating way. Odd Hours, though following its own path seems to string out the supernatural much further than any of the others, almost too far. Those two were also pretty physically draining adventures; running, shooting, being tied up, crawling and climbing. This one is set in a monastery during a huge snow storm, making the story much more cerebral than steroidal. Hopefully I can get my hands on more of Koontz other works, those not in the Odd Thomas grouping, so I have something to compare them with. Two things I have noticed so far in his books, threads if you will. The first is a love of dogs. His picture on the back of this copy shows he and his dog, there is a ghost dog named Boo and bogs are mentioned in very caring ways in his books. The second is a sense that the world is getting worse, that people are chaotic and depraved. Society has something very wrong with it which is not getting better. Children get abused, families get murdered, hate and corruption are rampant. I would like to say Koontz believes in God, because he seems to distinguish between right and wrong in a very clear and even spiritual way-even when talking about death. This might be his enduring quality and his stories end on a good note, even when cliff hanged into a transition to the next story.
It’s important for those who write to read and to read fresh things to help them write even better. Koontz delivers a roller coaster ride that can inspire both readers and writers. No matter how Odd you may be.
I ended up reading three of these books and thought this was probably the best of them. I posted this previously a few years ago.