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Add Brother Odd By Dean Koontz To Your Summer Reading List

Reviewing: Dean Koontz Brother Odd  |  Rating:
Cathy Urbanski By Cathy Urbanski on
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Have you read the first two books in the Odd Thomas series yet? If you enjoyed Odd Thomas and Forever Odd, you'll also like Brother Odd. This novel is not bad as a stand-alone, either. Even if you're not familiar with the story line, only a few references are left unexplained.

Within his singular style and voice, Dean Koontz has a pretty fair range. Unlike novels he writes in third-person, his first-person stories become more stylistic. While keeping the narrative tight and the story clipping along at a page-turning pace, this one almost reads as though Koontz allows Odd to do his own thing, telling the tale perhaps more eloquently than Koontz himself would feel comfortable with.

In Brother Odd, the third book in the series but not the last, Odd seeks refuge in a monastery called St. Bartholomew in the Sierra Nevada in California, hoping for a little shelter from the storm that is his life. Certainly there could be no place more peaceful, safer, than this, right? Well, it is for a while anyway. It is not long, however, before Odd is again visited by the bodachs, mysterious entities whose appearance always precludes some sort of catastrophe.

On the grounds at St. Bartholomew, sisters care for children who are mentally and/or physically disabled and abandoned by family in a facility the residents refer to as the school. Odd is gazing down from the window of his suite, anticipating an immanent snow storm (he'd never seen snow before, having lived in the desert) when he catches a glimpse of a bodach.

Racing out into the chill, he meets with Boo the dog, and together they follow the bodach. It leads them to the school, to the room of two sleeping little girls. But it is not alone; there are three of the ominous shadows.

Odd does some detective work, afraid of what horrific event the bodachs' presence foretells.

On his way back to his suite, Odd Thomas trips over something, or rather, somebody. The snow has begun to fall, and before Odd can check the robed figure to find out if he's alive or dead, or even who he is, Odd himself is attacked.

Things take an even more sinister turn for Odd - and the children of St. Bartholomew's school. Out of the storm comes a creature unlike anything Odd has ever dealt with. Certainly this monstrosity is not of this world, but neither is it like anything Odd has experienced for the other side.

As the bodachs increase in number, Odd relies on his many forms of perception as he races to discover more about this new, unworldly creature so he can, with the help of the brothers and sisters, keep the children safe.

Overall, Brother Odd is as good as a sequel gets, with unforgettable characters, a unique plot, and can't-put-it-down suspense.