counter create hit Saint Odd - Download Free eBook
Hot Best Seller

Saint Odd

Availability: Ready to download

The future is haunting Odd Thomas. The carnival has returned to Pico Mundo, the same one that came to town when Odd was just sixteen. Odd is drawn to an arcade tent where he discovers Gypsy Mummy, the fortune-telling machine that told him that he and Stormy Llewellyn were destined to be together forever. But Stormy is dead and Pico Mundo is under threat once more. History se The future is haunting Odd Thomas. The carnival has returned to Pico Mundo, the same one that came to town when Odd was just sixteen. Odd is drawn to an arcade tent where he discovers Gypsy Mummy, the fortune-telling machine that told him that he and Stormy Llewellyn were destined to be together forever. But Stormy is dead and Pico Mundo is under threat once more. History seems to be repeating itself as Odd grapples with a satanic cult intent on bringing destruction to his town. An unseasonal storm is brewing, and as the sky darkens and the sun turns blood-red, it seems that all of nature is complicit in their plans. Meanwhile Odd is having dreams of a drowned Pico Mundo, where the submerged streetlamps eerily light the streets. But there’s no way Pico Mundo could wind up underwater . . . could it?


Compare

The future is haunting Odd Thomas. The carnival has returned to Pico Mundo, the same one that came to town when Odd was just sixteen. Odd is drawn to an arcade tent where he discovers Gypsy Mummy, the fortune-telling machine that told him that he and Stormy Llewellyn were destined to be together forever. But Stormy is dead and Pico Mundo is under threat once more. History se The future is haunting Odd Thomas. The carnival has returned to Pico Mundo, the same one that came to town when Odd was just sixteen. Odd is drawn to an arcade tent where he discovers Gypsy Mummy, the fortune-telling machine that told him that he and Stormy Llewellyn were destined to be together forever. But Stormy is dead and Pico Mundo is under threat once more. History seems to be repeating itself as Odd grapples with a satanic cult intent on bringing destruction to his town. An unseasonal storm is brewing, and as the sky darkens and the sun turns blood-red, it seems that all of nature is complicit in their plans. Meanwhile Odd is having dreams of a drowned Pico Mundo, where the submerged streetlamps eerily light the streets. But there’s no way Pico Mundo could wind up underwater . . . could it?

30 review for Saint Odd

  1. 4 out of 5

    Franklin

    I was bummed when the publishing date moved and anxiously awaited the arrival of "Saint Odd" only to find it to be a huge let down. If you have followed the series, the big reveal that awaited you was 'Will they be together forever?" To be honest by the end of this meandering book, I no longer cared. And trying not to spoil it, the ending seemed hurriedly tacked on. I waited through 8 books to get to an ending that left me empty and just a wee bit angry. All the paranormal aspects of the series I was bummed when the publishing date moved and anxiously awaited the arrival of "Saint Odd" only to find it to be a huge let down. If you have followed the series, the big reveal that awaited you was 'Will they be together forever?" To be honest by the end of this meandering book, I no longer cared. And trying not to spoil it, the ending seemed hurriedly tacked on. I waited through 8 books to get to an ending that left me empty and just a wee bit angry. All the paranormal aspects of the series must have been mistakenly left on the editing floor and replaced with a plot that should have been in another book all together. There were really no answers here, which really would be fine, if they weren't so many damn questions. The story drags and there are chase scenes that are 10 pages too long and to add to that you have characters that are so enigmatic as to cause a reader headaches. I was hoping for a really great finish to a series that I mostly enjoyed, instead I got a 'meh'.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Obsidian

    I don't know why I am surprised. Dean Koontz has done this to me so many times I should not be shocked that I ended up disliking this book and gave it a 1.5 stars. Now I am wishing that I had left things alone after reading, You Are Destined to be Together Forever. The evolution of Odd. We don't have Odd running around using "Odd speak" that much. He only lapses into it a time or two, for the most part we have him acting like an actual grown up that has aged internally and externally due to the I don't know why I am surprised. Dean Koontz has done this to me so many times I should not be shocked that I ended up disliking this book and gave it a 1.5 stars. Now I am wishing that I had left things alone after reading, You Are Destined to be Together Forever. The evolution of Odd. We don't have Odd running around using "Odd speak" that much. He only lapses into it a time or two, for the most part we have him acting like an actual grown up that has aged internally and externally due to the events of the past almost two years. I liked that Odd acknowledges he has transformed into someone that is hard and though he hates killing, knows it has to be done to protect the innocent. However his total willingness to die so he can be back with Stormy was mentioned like every couple of paragraphs. Return to Pico Mundo. I was happy to return to Pico Mundo. However, I was not thrilled that we don't have Odd visiting with his former friends like Terri and Rosalia. Even when Odd meets up with Chief Porter and Ozzie it is not a really happy reunion since Odd has returned from stopping the satanists/cultists from the first book from bringing about a bigger tragedy than the mall shooting that occurred. And Ozzie just worked my nerves the whole time. Apparently even feeling worried about Odd wasn't enough for him to stop eating his food (eyeroll). The plot. It zigs-zags all over the place. We have Odd trying to figure out what plans the bad guys are up to, while also trying to discover the meaning behind a dream he had the night before he returned to Pico Mundo, and is also stopping subsequent plots to harm others, along with trying to figure out who Annamaria is, what the Amaranth flower means, etc. the whole thing was just too much which shows since some things were just tossed there in the end that really didn't make a whole lot of sense based on the previous books. The pacing. Sometimes it is crisp, but towards the last 50 percent of the book it drags. I don't need several chapters describing Odd hiding and listening to people and/or him killing people either. I don't know what was going on there and if Mr. Koontz needed to pad or what. The beginning part of the book was moving at a pretty fast clip. The slow down makes no sense and started taking me out of the story. It also didn't help that in between every chapter in the present we have it go back to Odd's dream written in italics. A better idea would have been to start off with a prologue which was Odd's dream in it's entirety and then move into the present. Readers would get cued up by certain things as we were reading instead of having Odd say why this was in my dream every five minutes. The locations. The location of Pico Mundo didn't feel like the Pico Mundo we read about in books one and two. I think that was because we have Odd tracking down the bad guys and thwarting them that we don't get a sense of the town. The safe house where Odd stays at with the Bullocks was described quite well and I wish we had him interacting more with the Bullocks. The carnival returning was a bit much for me and by then if you didn't already guess the end before it shows up you do at that point. The other characters. The Bullocks. They just were not written consistently. At first, they seem to be pretty savvy people with a southern background of some sort and then they just turn full southern which was a bit much. They were cryptic about so many things and I was just sick of them by the end of the book. Since this is the last Odd Thomas book I wanted things explained. Not more questions or riddles, thank you. Edie Fischer. Seriously. We kind of sort of finally figure out what does the exclamation mean and it was just so dumb. She also still didn't answer much of anything for Odd and when she shows up and disappears again I just felt like it was a waste to even have her show up. It makes no sense at all. Why in the world didn't she and Annamaria stay? I guess I can throw up my hands and yadda yadda destiny, but it makes no strategic sense at all when you have Odd trying to stop something that has the opportunity to destroy an entire town. Do not even get me started at the reveal that Edie had knowledge of Stormy. Annamaria. UGH. I am so mad about the final ridiculous reveal of who Annamaria is that I wanted to kick something. The bad guys. They were just a non-entity. You don't get a sense of them since there is no big bad to thrawt. Just random evil people doing evil things. You needed to have at least one head bad guy or someone to give a face to the 'evil' that Odd is facing. The ending. The final reveals and the ending were so lackluster and disappointing. Everything was crammed in and not very well done at all. I read something today that mentions he may revisit Odd again and I am going to pass on that book. I really don't want to read about our fry cook anymore. I just wish that the ending had lived up to the beginning. And really there was so much that didn't work in the ending that I am going to include in a spoiler for those that really want to know. (view spoiler)[ We all knew that Odd was going to die in this book. It has been hinted at from book two to now. However, the way he died throwing to stop toxic rabies was just...no. And than we have Annamaria coming to him and explaining that she is Jesus's grandmother?! What the heck was Dean Koontz thinking? I think many fans hoped and thought based on things that were said that she was Stormy reincarnated which would have been awesome. Totally turn the entire Odd is going to die on it's ear and have them be together forever. Instead we have Odd going into the afterlife and hey Stormy was totally right about the three lives thing (eyeroll). The reunion between Odd and Stormy was not passionate at all. She could have just been some random stranger that he met in the street. And now we have Stormy being all secretive about what their lives in "service" mean. No freaking thank you at all. I still don't get what fully blue means and I don't care. Having Odd writing his memoir from the other side and somehow sending it to Ozzie. Come the hell on. And what really gets me is that Ozzie includes his final chapter as if this thing was published and I smacked my forehead. He changes the name of Edie Fischer in this book and other books so that the bad guys don't find her. But you still mention her? Does he think that those truly evil can't read books? That they won't come capture him to torture him from more information about Edie and her organization? (hide spoiler)]

  3. 4 out of 5

    Phrynne

    So, so sad that this is the last in the series. I have loved Odd since the first page of the first book and really regret having to let him go. This probably is not the best book in the series but I gave it four stars for readability (I finished it in one day) and for closure. Odd Thomas has left the building and is in his happy place. The ending turned out to be a little rushed but that's okay as I read it twice anyway. Good bye Odd and thanks for such a fun ride:) So, so sad that this is the last in the series. I have loved Odd since the first page of the first book and really regret having to let him go. This probably is not the best book in the series but I gave it four stars for readability (I finished it in one day) and for closure. Odd Thomas has left the building and is in his happy place. The ending turned out to be a little rushed but that's okay as I read it twice anyway. Good bye Odd and thanks for such a fun ride:)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    'Amazement is an emotional response, astonishment a intellectual one'. Well here we are at the end of the Odd Thomas series, am I amazed or astonished? Tricky question, I think I'm both amazed and astonished to have reached the end. I started off adoring this series, and while I've adored Odd Thomas right the way through I did fall out with Dean Koontz mid way. However, these last two books have been decent, I'm glad I pulled myself through. And there we are, no more Odd, but it's been fun, such 'Amazement is an emotional response, astonishment a intellectual one'. Well here we are at the end of the Odd Thomas series, am I amazed or astonished? Tricky question, I think I'm both amazed and astonished to have reached the end. I started off adoring this series, and while I've adored Odd Thomas right the way through I did fall out with Dean Koontz mid way. However, these last two books have been decent, I'm glad I pulled myself through. And there we are, no more Odd, but it's been fun, such a quirky character and while I think the series could have been two books shorter I have enjoyed it overall. And that's it for me now with this author, having now done ten of his books (this series and some standalones) I can honestly say while I like his characters I'm just not loving his writing style so I shall leave it there. Three stars.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Branwen Sedai *of the Brown Ajah*

    So very much about our strange and deeply layered world remained mysterious to me, but my experiences had taught me, among other things, that there were no coincidences. I've been a fan of this series and these characters for almost ten years, so it is with a strong mixture of sadness and joy that I bid them all farewell. It's going to take me a while to construct a proper review of this book. I'm too emotional over it right now, which is of course a good thing and a bad thing. :) So very much about our strange and deeply layered world remained mysterious to me, but my experiences had taught me, among other things, that there were no coincidences. I've been a fan of this series and these characters for almost ten years, so it is with a strong mixture of sadness and joy that I bid them all farewell. It's going to take me a while to construct a proper review of this book. I'm too emotional over it right now, which is of course a good thing and a bad thing. :)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Athena Macmillan

    After waiting so long to finally get my hands on the finale to this series, I ended up being surprisingly underwhelmed. It was very promising most of the way through, but seemed to wind down some time before getting to what should have been the climax of the series. It was a satisfying conclusion, but not one that lived up to the direction the previous books had taken. It could probably almost be read as a stand alone book, as Koontz describes all the important things that had happened up til th After waiting so long to finally get my hands on the finale to this series, I ended up being surprisingly underwhelmed. It was very promising most of the way through, but seemed to wind down some time before getting to what should have been the climax of the series. It was a satisfying conclusion, but not one that lived up to the direction the previous books had taken. It could probably almost be read as a stand alone book, as Koontz describes all the important things that had happened up til this point - something I was glad for as my memory of the last book was slightly hazy by now and that was able to jump start it back up. And if I had read just this one I probably would have thoroughly enjoyed it. But for the end of such a complex series, it just didn't pack the punch that I was expecting.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    A fitting end to a favorite series. I will miss Oddie, he was wonderful. I can't say too much about this, I don't want give anything away. But if you've been reading these, you know where it's been headed, back to Pico Mundo, back to the scene of the original crime that started this whole ball rolling. Odd rolls back into town and stops at the Green Moon Mall which is now abandoned after the horrific killing spree that took Odd's one and only love, Stormy Llewelyn. He is wandering through looking A fitting end to a favorite series. I will miss Oddie, he was wonderful. I can't say too much about this, I don't want give anything away. But if you've been reading these, you know where it's been headed, back to Pico Mundo, back to the scene of the original crime that started this whole ball rolling. Odd rolls back into town and stops at the Green Moon Mall which is now abandoned after the horrific killing spree that took Odd's one and only love, Stormy Llewelyn. He is wandering through looking for some clue as to why he has been drawn back to Pico Mundo when he hears some voices. The voices belong to three members of the cult that Odd has been fighting and he overhears them discussing plans for "something big" that will go down later that day. Odd sets off to fulfill his destiny and all the people who love him make an appearance in this final book. Some questions are answered, most are not, but in the end you know Odd is happy. And that is all that mattered to me.

  8. 5 out of 5

    PF O'Friar

    I cannot believe this one was so bad, I would never have expected that. I love any other Odd book, also both Moonlight Bay. All of them have a quest involved in magical Mystery and developing secrets. Saint Odd: Nothing. No Magic at all. At 50%, nothing had happened. You know that secret you want to know about that special character: I'm a (insert any magical name here). No more than that. Every other Odd book, had a continuous narrative, but a surprise plot that was greatly all over the place: Aliens I cannot believe this one was so bad, I would never have expected that. I love any other Odd book, also both Moonlight Bay. All of them have a quest involved in magical Mystery and developing secrets. Saint Odd: Nothing. No Magic at all. At 50%, nothing had happened. You know that secret you want to know about that special character: I'm a (insert any magical name here). No more than that. Every other Odd book, had a continuous narrative, but a surprise plot that was greatly all over the place: Aliens, Ghosts, Time Travel, Mad Scientists. Here? Recycled premise. Bad recycled premise. By 89% he had only run after or run away from killers. Because they are bad and ... just it, we know they are bad, killing them in the process, sure. It was like a generic Die Hard. To finish we even have another recycled setting. (view spoiler)[Carnies and Funhouse (hide spoiler)] Some recurring characters we love and wished for more, they do not even speak. Others only appear in dream sequences. That also spanned too much chapters. at 92% he join the clues and solves the problem in a Eureka moment. I wish Koontz, pull a Patrick Duffy and make a better finish. or I will write myself a fanfic instead. edit: things that this book lacked (view spoiler)[ A twist Annamaria (she was only in flashbacks and dreams) a main anti-hero / arc-villain His Mom His Dad His Aunt Cymry Terri a celebrity ghost Terrible Chester Danny (hide spoiler)] EDIT: as promised some of my lamish fanfic chapters have been published: Odd Double

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kristie

    Hmmm... I thought this was a really good story, but I felt the ending was anticlimactic to the series. I felt that Odd deserved something. Obviously, I don't want to give anything away, so I won't explain that in detail. I will simply say that the end of this book had a good build up, but then ended too quickly and too simply in my opinion. I suppose that is the point, since it is the story of a fry cook at heart. More importantly, there is a part that was unbelievable even for Odd and I Hmmm... I thought this was a really good story, but I felt the ending was anticlimactic to the series. I felt that Odd deserved something. Obviously, I don't want to give anything away, so I won't explain that in detail. I will simply say that the end of this book had a good build up, but then ended too quickly and too simply in my opinion. I suppose that is the point, since it is the story of a fry cook at heart. More importantly, there is a part that was unbelievable even for Odd and I didn't like the way it was added in the last two chapters. Sorry, but only those that have read the book will know what I'm referring to. I felt that the end should have been the end and Koontz shouldn't have tried to go there. There were ways to get around doing it the way he did and the reader would have known what happened without being told in that manner. I'm still going to give this book 4 stars because I enjoyed this series and the book was really good, last two chapters aside. I love Odd and the humor in these books. It was nice to see him go home to Pico Mundo and reconnect with long lost characters.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cherie

    Without giving anything away, I'll just say I had hoped for more. Without giving anything away, I'll just say I had hoped for more.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany PSquared

    ❝I came home to die and to live in death❞ Although I have enjoyed the Odd Thomas series, I always find them so hard to review. Odd just isn't everyone's cup of tea. His stories are, well, ... odd. If you are into ghosts and other supernatural entities, then this book is for you. But if you're into good guys vs. bad guys, then this book is for you, too. If you're into enigmatic questions concerning the meaning of life and our existence in the universe, then this book is definitely for you. But if you' ❝I came home to die and to live in death❞ Although I have enjoyed the Odd Thomas series, I always find them so hard to review. Odd just isn't everyone's cup of tea. His stories are, well, ... odd. If you are into ghosts and other supernatural entities, then this book is for you. But if you're into good guys vs. bad guys, then this book is for you, too. If you're into enigmatic questions concerning the meaning of life and our existence in the universe, then this book is definitely for you. But if you're into race-against-time close calls and satanic bad guys with automatic weapons, then this book is also definitely for you, too. This is the final book in the Odd Thomas series, so if you're not familiar with him, I would recommend starting with book 1 in order to get his gist first. But if you have grown with Oddie in Pico Mundo and outside of it, then this story is a fitting final chapter for his eccentric adventures. ★★★★

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jenna

    A beautiful ending to a wonderful and thrilling set of books! I won't give out any spoilers- this is better than I had expected! A beautiful ending to a wonderful and thrilling set of books! I won't give out any spoilers- this is better than I had expected!

  13. 5 out of 5

    KatieV

    Endings are hard, especially with a series. I've put off writing this review for a few days, because I wasn't sure exactly how I felt. I'm going to give it a 4, because I enjoyed it more than the last few and we're back in Pico Mundo. As I mentioned, I am unsure of my feelings, but for sentimental reasons I must go with a 4 even though the ending was not as sweet as the beginning. In the first book, Koontz created a character that many of us fell in love with. A young eccentric with a complicated Endings are hard, especially with a series. I've put off writing this review for a few days, because I wasn't sure exactly how I felt. I'm going to give it a 4, because I enjoyed it more than the last few and we're back in Pico Mundo. As I mentioned, I am unsure of my feelings, but for sentimental reasons I must go with a 4 even though the ending was not as sweet as the beginning. In the first book, Koontz created a character that many of us fell in love with. A young eccentric with a complicated and often dark life, Odd still managed to maintain a certain innocence and sense of humor. Much of that was due to his anchor of life in Pico Mundo and his girlfriend, Stormy. He loses that anchor, of course. The series covers less than two years of Odd's life, but by the end he is desperate to hold on to the young man he was and we are as well. It is sad and often frustrating, but Odd can never go back to being a fry cook with a passing interest in the tire business. In the final installment, Odd returns to Pico Mundo and it is bittersweet. We get to see quite a bit of some old characters and not enough (or any) of others. (view spoiler)[This is the first book I can recall where I was happy the hero died in the end. In fact, I was rooting for it along with him. A happy ending, for Odd, was death, reuniting with Stormy, and saying goodbye to the horrors and responsibilities of this world. (hide spoiler)] Personally, I am still campaigning for a prequel series or tv show about pre-book 1 Odd. I mention this any time I get a chance, hoping Koontz will get a bug in his ear. Okay, okay... I believe there are some graphic novels, but that's never been my thing. I don't think I'd get enough meat out of it, but perhaps I should give them a go. The point is I - and probably many others - want more of book 1 Odd. Koontz teased us so much with possible stories (Odd getting beat up by Carnies, tied to dead mobsters and dumped in a lake, etc). I'll leave off with the intro from the first book that hooked me in. "MY NAME IS ODD THOMAS, though in this age when fame is the altar at which most people worship, I am not sure why you should care who I am or that I exist. I am not a celebrity. I am not the child of a celebrity. I have never been married to, never been abused by, and never provided a kidney for transplantation into any celebrity. Furthermore, I have no desire to be a celebrity. In fact I am such a nonentity by the standards of our culture that People magazine not only will never feature a piece about me but might also reject my attempts to subscribe to their publication on the grounds that the black-hole gravity of my noncelebrity is powerful enough to suck their entire enterprise into oblivion.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    I need an Odd Thomas support group...is there one available??? I can't even handle this right now, I will have to regroup and come back to write my full review, but suffice it to say this was a fitting end to what was an incredible series...Odd Thomas is probably my favorite fictional character ever. That I had come full circle shouldn't have surprised me, for we are born into time only to be born out of it, after living through the cycles of the seasons, under stars that turn because the world t I need an Odd Thomas support group...is there one available??? I can't even handle this right now, I will have to regroup and come back to write my full review, but suffice it to say this was a fitting end to what was an incredible series...Odd Thomas is probably my favorite fictional character ever. That I had come full circle shouldn't have surprised me, for we are born into time only to be born out of it, after living through the cycles of the seasons, under stars that turn because the world turns, born into ignorance and acquiring knowledge that ultimately reveals us to our enduring ignorance: The circle is the essential pattern of our existence. Not even the power of love, as intense a love as any a man had ever felt for a woman, could open a door in the barrior between Stormy and me. Besides, I have no choice but to believe that all our lives are woven through grace, because only then could the promise made to me and Stormy come true. Often it seemed to me that my psychic gifts ought to have been bestowed upon someone with a higher IQ than mine. On our side of this war, one didn't leave a friend unsupported. You never, never left a friend to die alone. ...If they had taken her away on their yacht, if I had never met her, there would be no weight to carry-and no memories to sustain me. In the court of Odd, even the most preposterous suspicion was admissable.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    This book had me right until the epilogue. That was a weird one. Review to come. Audiobook Comments Read by David Aaron Baker - having a consistent reader throughout an entire series makes my heart happy. YouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Snapchat @miranda_reads This book had me right until the epilogue. That was a weird one. Review to come. Audiobook Comments Read by David Aaron Baker - having a consistent reader throughout an entire series makes my heart happy. YouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Snapchat @miranda_reads

  16. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Lawson

    “You are Destined to be Together Forever,” --the Gypsy Mummy prophecy In SAINT ODD, our hero again returns to his hometown, Pico Mundo. Unfortunately for that town, however, the satanic cult, overcome so recently, has also returned in force. This time, the satanists are ready to wreak havoc on the town's inhabitants in an even more violent way. Like the other books in the series, SAINT ODD involves evil forces versus good. In SAINT ODD, our hero makes a return to the carnival setup at Pico Mundo, “You are Destined to be Together Forever,” --the Gypsy Mummy prophecy In SAINT ODD, our hero again returns to his hometown, Pico Mundo. Unfortunately for that town, however, the satanic cult, overcome so recently, has also returned in force. This time, the satanists are ready to wreak havoc on the town's inhabitants in an even more violent way. Like the other books in the series, SAINT ODD involves evil forces versus good. In SAINT ODD, our hero makes a return to the carnival setup at Pico Mundo, where he and Stormy first got the fortune teller card. You might recall that it was the "gypsy mommy" who handed them that very special card--a card that would change both their lives forever. Now standing at that same place again, Odd chooses to receive another card from the same gypsy mommy. But the message he receives is not at all what he expected. SAINT ODD completes the Odd Thomas series. SAINT ODD reprises some of the curious characters who appeared in the prior books. Do you remember Edie Fischer, the rich lady driving the limo? (Recall that she hired Odd briefly as her chauffeur.) Edie again makes a timely appearance, and we learn a lot more about her--as well as her connection to Stormy. Also, Odd's best friend, the rotund author, Ozzie Boone, makes his appearance. You might also remember the mysterious, perpetually 8-months pregnant Annamaria from the prior installment. She's quite a mysterious figure, and we will learn more about her. And of course, what would a Dean Koontz book be without a special passage regarding a beloved dog? This touching encounters takes place near the very end of the book. In all of modern literature, I think Odd Thomas might be the most endearing, likeable character. Odd is a modest fellow, as he again declares, "I'm a fry cook, at my best when working the griddle, master of the spatula, maker of pancakes so light they seem about the float off your plate." Of course, we readers know very well that Odd Thomas is anything except JUST a fry cook. We all know by now that Thomas can see the spirits of the recently dead, and that he has an assortment of very unusual psychic/spiritual abilities. Most of his encounters with the newly dead are peaceful encounters. He reminds us, in Saint Odd, however, that sometimes a vengeful ghost can create havoc: I had lost a perfectly good stereo system to a poltergeist when I was 17." In SAINT ODD, the reader is again treated to imaginative descriptions of unusual situations. Here's one: Odd Thomas finds himself in a bit of a bind, and he worries about being bitten by a vampire bat. He notes that "people were rarely bitten by vampire bats, which mostly drink the blood of chickens, cattle, horses, and deer." And then here's the kicker--He notes that "I didn't find the word RARELY as comforting as the word NEVER." Likewise, when Odd admits he is afraid that he might get eaten by beetles, he remarks: "It was not my fate to be BEETLED to death." [my caps] √ All in all, SAINT ODD is an outstanding work, a fitting cap to this wonderful, endearing series. Of all the books written by this master author, this book might just be one of his best. If you have not yet read the other books in the series, I strongly encourage you to stop--do not read this book yet. You will thank me for it later. Much of the intricacy of this book depends upon readers understanding what has come before. Like all of the other Odd Thomas books in the series, SAINT ODD is a pleasure to read--so don't rush it. Especially as you near the finish of this book, slow down, and savor every word. The second to last chapter, Chapter 52, is one of the finest, most meaningful chapters in all of Koontz' books. All I can say is, the author is a wonderfully gifted writer, and this review does not do justice to this work. TRIVIA FOR LOVERS OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE As many readers probably already know, the author was an English teacher before he achieved fame as an author. Thus, the author is a master of the English language. For example, I was delighted to see that the author knew precisely how to use the word "balustrade." Many writers do not use this word properly, but of course Dean Koontz gets it exactly right when he uses the word in chapter 2. Yes, I admit this is a rather slight observation, but it shows you how careful the author is when he constructs his narratives--he is a master of DETAIL. NEW VOCABULARY WORDS I frequently read books by Dean Koontz with a dictionary close by. Then, I like to make a list of all the new vocabulary words I have learned. In SAINT ODD, I learned 14 new words. Here they are: PURLING, ASPERGILLUM, RECONDITE, TAINTER, GREENSWARD, CRENELLATED, MELANGE, VOLPLANED, CELADON, JACARANDA (tree), FINIAL, ANTIMACASSAR, AMARANTH, TRAVERTINE. SERIES NOTE Depending upon how you count the books, this is actually the 7th or 8th book in the series. Some fans consider ODD INTERLUDE not really part of the main series, and refer to that book as book #4.5. Using that numbering system, this is the seventh book. If you include ODD INTERLUDE as a separate book in the series, then this is actually #8 in the series. In the last chapter, Odd Thomas himself notes that he penned seven memoirs before this book, thus making SAINT ODD number eight. Note: I have no connection to either the author or the publisher.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Weinreich

    To quote a previous reviewer: "meh". I REALLY wanted to like this and given my hatred of "Odd Hours," with the subsequent volumes not being much better, that was probably my mistake. The story lacks focus, takes too long, and the main conflict ends hurriedly. It reminded me of how Stephen King finished "The Stand" - like he got tired of writing. Truly it feels like Koontz had run out of ideas for Odd, adding volumes for pressure from fans or money or whatever. He has never met the quality of the To quote a previous reviewer: "meh". I REALLY wanted to like this and given my hatred of "Odd Hours," with the subsequent volumes not being much better, that was probably my mistake. The story lacks focus, takes too long, and the main conflict ends hurriedly. It reminded me of how Stephen King finished "The Stand" - like he got tired of writing. Truly it feels like Koontz had run out of ideas for Odd, adding volumes for pressure from fans or money or whatever. He has never met the quality of the first book, but at least it took more than a paragraph and the fiery hand of God. He had King beat there. He also did not stay true to all of his story arc details. In an earlier volume, Odd previews his own ending. I won't spell it out but if you've been following the series (and it is likely you have, as most people don't start with the LAST) and you remember what that is, don't hold your breath. It's not there. As a story, it cannot stand on its own, apart from the series. Several details are forgotten after a bit, and SO many questions remain. I am just ... Disappointed.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Gail Strickland

    I doubt I'm telling tales out of school if I mention that things don't end well for Odd. Koontz tells us several times that this is the final book in the Odd series but I wonder. Never say never, Mr. Koontz but unless you can come up with a better story line, don't bother...please. I doubt I'm telling tales out of school if I mention that things don't end well for Odd. Koontz tells us several times that this is the final book in the Odd series but I wonder. Never say never, Mr. Koontz but unless you can come up with a better story line, don't bother...please.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    I gave 5 stars more for the series than this book, but I did like it as well. By this time we have traveled a long way with Odd and I thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Consistently good and sometimes great, this series has taken this completely engaging character through 7 novels and 3 novellas. Funny, tense, and even scary at times, Odd Thomas is a thoroughly original character with a never ending wit and wisdom and one of my all time favorites. Don't want to say much about plot because this is the l I gave 5 stars more for the series than this book, but I did like it as well. By this time we have traveled a long way with Odd and I thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Consistently good and sometimes great, this series has taken this completely engaging character through 7 novels and 3 novellas. Funny, tense, and even scary at times, Odd Thomas is a thoroughly original character with a never ending wit and wisdom and one of my all time favorites. Don't want to say much about plot because this is the last in the series. All you need to know is that he goes back home and that all the loose ends get resolved. Oddie takes his well deserved victory lap. If you have not read the series, get Odd Thomas and start a very enjoyable journey.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Grumpus

    No review, no commentary, just a heartfelt thank you to Dean Koontz. I believe this was my all-time favorite series. I'm sad that this was the last book but enjoyed how it all wrapped up. David Aaron Baker's narration throughout the series was outstanding and as listeners we are fortunate that he was able to read the entire series. Good job Dean Koontz and David Aaron Baker. No review, no commentary, just a heartfelt thank you to Dean Koontz. I believe this was my all-time favorite series. I'm sad that this was the last book but enjoyed how it all wrapped up. David Aaron Baker's narration throughout the series was outstanding and as listeners we are fortunate that he was able to read the entire series. Good job Dean Koontz and David Aaron Baker.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    and Odd's saga is finished. All the holes are filled. Although in the end a couple of the plot holes are not fulfilled enough. It is like Koontz had to end it and just made up a couple of things. Just did not jive but in all it was a wonderful story and Odd's saga is finished. All the holes are filled. Although in the end a couple of the plot holes are not fulfilled enough. It is like Koontz had to end it and just made up a couple of things. Just did not jive but in all it was a wonderful story

  22. 5 out of 5

    John

    I write this review with equal parts happiness and sadness.Happiness for the fact that i know Odd Thomas complete story now.Sadness because for me the journey is over.I would be doing a incredible injustice to fellow readers to give away any of the plot of this final volume but for those of you who have arrived at the end of this magnificent ride i leave you with this i now know the true meaning of FULLY SMOOTH AND TOTALLY BLUE. Thank you Mr. Koontz for creating two characters Odd and Stormy who I write this review with equal parts happiness and sadness.Happiness for the fact that i know Odd Thomas complete story now.Sadness because for me the journey is over.I would be doing a incredible injustice to fellow readers to give away any of the plot of this final volume but for those of you who have arrived at the end of this magnificent ride i leave you with this i now know the true meaning of FULLY SMOOTH AND TOTALLY BLUE. Thank you Mr. Koontz for creating two characters Odd and Stormy who in my heart and in the hearts of many rejoice that they are destined to be together forever.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    Hmmm...for the most part a good story, but i have to say i'm a bit let down with how the whole "Odd Thomas" saga came to an end. I expected the outcome, but the way it was accomplished was a little lacking. I rated it 4 stars, but the real rating would be 3 and a half stars. Hmmm...for the most part a good story, but i have to say i'm a bit let down with how the whole "Odd Thomas" saga came to an end. I expected the outcome, but the way it was accomplished was a little lacking. I rated it 4 stars, but the real rating would be 3 and a half stars.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Winter Sophia Rose

    Touching, Complex, Amusing, Charming, Memorable & Beautifully Written Series! I Loved It!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    Odd Thomas arrives back to his hometown of Pico Mundo California only to be stalked and attacked by the Satanic cult that killed his true love Stormy and whose hideout was destroyed in Nevada. Can he stop them from causing chaos and destruction to his home before it's too late? Read on and find out for yourself. This was an amazing but sad finale to the Odd Thomas Series. It was action packed, full of thrills and chills. It held me on the edge of my seat. If you like action thrillers with a super Odd Thomas arrives back to his hometown of Pico Mundo California only to be stalked and attacked by the Satanic cult that killed his true love Stormy and whose hideout was destroyed in Nevada. Can he stop them from causing chaos and destruction to his home before it's too late? Read on and find out for yourself. This was an amazing but sad finale to the Odd Thomas Series. It was action packed, full of thrills and chills. It held me on the edge of my seat. If you like action thrillers with a supernatural element to it, be sure to check this book series out. It's available at your local library and wherever books and ebooks are sold.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Saint Odd by Dean Koontz is a 2015 Bantam publication. Oddie has had such a melancholy life, and is such a sweet guy, I fell in love with him right away. Every time I read an Odd Thomas novel , I just wanted to reach through the pages and hold him. But, after the the third or fourth book in the series, I stopped making an effort to pick it back up again. I noticed this one in the overdrive library, and it's obvious from the title and cover which way the series was headed. So, with no patience fo Saint Odd by Dean Koontz is a 2015 Bantam publication. Oddie has had such a melancholy life, and is such a sweet guy, I fell in love with him right away. Every time I read an Odd Thomas novel , I just wanted to reach through the pages and hold him. But, after the the third or fourth book in the series, I stopped making an effort to pick it back up again. I noticed this one in the overdrive library, and it's obvious from the title and cover which way the series was headed. So, with no patience for hunting up the fifth and sixth books, I decided not to go back and catch up with the series, opting to dive right in with this, the seventh and last book in the series. While I am sure I missed a few harrowing adventures by passing on the last two books, I had no problems understanding what was happening with this story. Odd has returned home knowing it's his time and that Pico Mundo needs him as it is about to face yet another major crisis. Odd is plagued by nightmares and vivid dreams as he tries to figure out a way to keep his hometown from being lost forever. But, for most of us the burning question is whether or not Odd and Stormy's future will unfold as it was foretold in the first book of the series. Will they be together forever? The truth is, I didn't go into this book with super high expectations. The reason I had lost track of the series in the first place was because it had gotten way off track, so I was more cautiously optimistic than anything else. I was happy to see Odd touching base with old familiar faces, but once more he has a big job to do. However, for the bulk of the book Odd discusses dreams, reflects upon the past, shares his rambling musings and then from time to time gets down and dirty and serious about figuring out what he needs to do next. It wasn't until the last quarter of the book that the pacing begin to pick up. Once it got rolling the story began to move along too quickly and the really big finale was pretty anti-climatic. My heart quickened at once spot toward the end, and I thought a lump might actually be forming in the back of my throat, but, when I saw nothing more was going to come from it, I was pretty let down. It goes without saying that Oddie will have a quirky and unconventional happy ever after, which fits in with Odd and his experiences up to this point. But, for me the conclusion was pretty weak and what should have been a huge emotional, pull on the heart strings, grab that box of tissues, as the credits start to roll kind of ending fell horribly flat. I don't know what I was expecting, but this wasn't it. It was disappointing to see the conclusion turn out like this when Oddie deserved a much bigger send off. Overall, two starts is the best I can give this one.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kimberley

    If you've read the first 6 books you can kind of see the end coming, but it still felt rather abrupt. The reader doesn't get much closure or really any answers as to why any of this was happening. The motive for the evildoers seemed rather weak. There is not much characterization of the bad guys, but from what little the reader does get to see/hear of them, they seem like cardboard cutouts, speaking and acting like caricatures of a stereotypically IQ-challenged country yokel who has somehow mana If you've read the first 6 books you can kind of see the end coming, but it still felt rather abrupt. The reader doesn't get much closure or really any answers as to why any of this was happening. The motive for the evildoers seemed rather weak. There is not much characterization of the bad guys, but from what little the reader does get to see/hear of them, they seem like cardboard cutouts, speaking and acting like caricatures of a stereotypically IQ-challenged country yokel who has somehow managed to acquire (view spoiler)[the resources to purchase night vision goggles and fully automatic weapons for everyone despite the fact that they are all bumbling idiots with no discernible leader (hide spoiler)] . They also manage to (view spoiler)[keep Odd Thomas on the run all night even though they are all bumbling idiots with cabbage for brains and no discernible leader (hide spoiler)] . I think Koontz is trying to show that some evil people just do evil things for the sake of it, but the motive felt rehashed from a previous book in the series, and it was weak IMO the first time. Especially strange was the idea that (view spoiler)[a couple of the cult members were supposed to have a PhD in microbiology yet they were hanging around at the ruined Pico Mundo mall and basically acting like they were Bill and Ted in "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure." (hide spoiler)] I think that was supposed to be explained away by Odd's psychic magnetism but it was a weird scene. I don't know. It was just off to me. Plus the reader never gets any answers as to (view spoiler)[who Annamaria is. All we are told is that she once long ago gave birth to a daughter who later gave birth to a son so now she is like an avatar who stands in as a mother figure for those whose own mothers didn't love them. Huh? When did Annamaria ever act as a mother toward Odd? Why did she ask him if he would die for her? What does her having a daughter who had a son have to do with anything? (hide spoiler)]

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tucker Elliot

    I had the same reaction to SAINT ODD as I did the last three books in the series – readers who’ve been along for the entire ride and are already Odd Thomas fans will enjoy it, but new readers might be left wondering what the fuss was about. No spoilers here – but as someone who has read the books in order, from the beginning, I thought Dean Koontz did an admirable job creating a final chapter to Odd’s saga. Koontz is often philosophical with his prose – not just with Odd Thomas, but in most all o I had the same reaction to SAINT ODD as I did the last three books in the series – readers who’ve been along for the entire ride and are already Odd Thomas fans will enjoy it, but new readers might be left wondering what the fuss was about. No spoilers here – but as someone who has read the books in order, from the beginning, I thought Dean Koontz did an admirable job creating a final chapter to Odd’s saga. Koontz is often philosophical with his prose – not just with Odd Thomas, but in most all of his recent novels – and I think he offers a good summation of the entire series when he writes: “In this world, Evil works through countless surrogates. Its name is Legion. But Good works through surrogates, as well, and they are legion, too.” He also writes “there were no coincidences” in Odd’s life, and I when I finished SAINT ODD I had a definite sense that all the mysterious things in the earlier books had served an ultimate purpose. I give it 5/5 stars as someone who is already a fan of the series – and there’s no need to recommend it to readers who are also fans, because they’re going to read it already – but for any potential new Odd Thomas readers I would strongly suggest you start with book one. The rest of the books, including this one, will have far greater impact if you start at the beginning.

  29. 5 out of 5

    J.S. Bailey

    I don't think I've ever cried so much reading a Koontz book. It's like I have feelings, or something. I don't think I've ever cried so much reading a Koontz book. It's like I have feelings, or something.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Stacey Cotter

    I love this author and series, thus was very excited to read it. It was thrilling going back to the mall where Stormy was tragically killed and revisit Pico Mundo.

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.