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The seventh Odd Thomas novel takes place a mere 19 months after the events of the first book, which shows just how tightly knit this story is more of a serial, really, than a series. An unplanned encounter with a hateful trucker leads Thomas to put his own life on the line to save the lives of the three children who will otherwise die at the hands of the man. Thomas, you see, has a special gift that allows him to see not just the spirits of the dead (the ghost of Alfred Hitchcock is a supporting character in the book) but also events that have not yet happened but certainly will, unless he intervenes. Odd Thomas is an engaging narrator, a young man who's still coming to terms with the rather staggering recent changes in his life, and, although the setup of the story would normally suggest a fairly predictable conclusion This very bad guy isn't really going to get away with it, is he? there's never anything predictable about an Odd Thomas adventure. Another satisfying entry in this wildly popular series. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: It's Koontz, and it's Odd. Class dismissed.--Pitt, David Copyright 2010 Booklist
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Series fans will appreciate more than newcomers bestseller Koontz's sixth paranormal crime novel featuring itinerant fry cook and prophetic dreamer Odd Thomas (after 2012's Odd Apocalypse). Thomas, who is "drawn to trouble as reliably as iron to a magnet" and can see "the spirits of the lingering dead," has been searching for the meaning of his life for two years-ever since he saved many people (though not the love of his life, Stormy Llewellyn) from a shootout in a California shopping mall. When Thomas investigates a truck he knows to be evil, he receives images of a masked man in a blood-red suit torching children. Convinced that what's he's glimpsed is a vision of a tragedy to come, Thomas dedicates himself to preventing it-after fending off the truck driver with a barrage of fruit. The farce in this novel often undercuts the terror. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.