Review: “Deeply Odd” by Dean Koontz

In case you hadn’t noticed, I’m a huge fan of Dean Koontz’s Odd Thomas novels. Why it has taken me this long after its release to get around to reading Deeply Odd (*****), I actually have no idea. I can only point lamely to the massive TO-BE-READ stack of books on my shelf and stammer incoherently. Nevertheless, I have now read all of the extant Odd Thomas books. Not all of them that there will be, God willing, as Koontz obviously has an endgame in mind for the character, but this brings me up to date with his publishing schedule. And the good news is, its a better spot to hang out than the ending of Odd Hours, which drove me nuts for years while we waited for Koontz to actually produce a new entry in Odd’s memoirs. Given that this is a series, this review may contain spoilers for previous Odd Thomas adventures.

Odd’s had an eventful three months. First he foiled the terrorist plot in Magic Beach, then the very next day found himself in the strangely sinister roadside outpost of Harmony Corner before moving on to Roseland and ending a madman’s plot to become immortal no matter the cost. For the past several months he and Annamaria have been living in a small California village that he barely bothers to name while he attempts to recuperate from having to take on this veritable $#!^storm of evil, but that period of rest is put to an end when a chance encounter with a demented rhinestone cowboy sets him on the trail of a trio of kidnapped children. Unless Odd can stop them, the cult to which the rhinestone maniac belongs will sacrifice them with a number of others in a dark and perverted ritual. New enemies, new allies, and a new understanding of the nature of the world all await Odd as he embarks on what could be his most harrowing adventure yet, one that will set him on his way towards the final leg of his journey….

What can I say about this book that I haven’t said about previous entries in the series? I think this was one of the better ones, although the first half was a little slow. Odd Thomas continues to be one of my favorite characters of all time, and I love the way Koontz is able to communicate that, for all the evil that exists in the world–and there is evil, have no doubt about that–there is good as well, and that the good is stronger in the end. He is also adept at bringing humor to every situation, usually through Odd’s internal dialogue. I very much look forward to reading the upcoming final chapter to Odd’s adventures, though I will be sad to see them end.

CONTENT: PG-13 language, with the implication that Odd is filtering out a good deal of R-rated language from the baddies. Brief sexual innuendos. Violence, occasionally somewhat disturbing. Occult content: Odd can see the dead, and interacts with (read: fights) a foul demonic entity intent on stealing his soul. The villains are cultists who plan to sacrifice a number of children to some dark demonic entity, so if the presence of such stuff offends you (or you object to Koontz vilifying Satanists) you may want to stay away. I would personally defend the book on the point of it being redemptive and on the point that all those intentionally interacting with these demons (as opposed to interacting with them while trying to thwart them) are unquestionably villains, but that’s just me.

Prequel: You Are Destined To Be Together Forever
Book I: Odd Thomas
Book II: Forever Odd
Book III: Brother Odd
Book IV: Odd Hours
Interlude: Odd Interlude
Book V: Odd Apocalypse
Book VI: Deeply Odd
Book VII: Saint Odd
Manga Prequel Series
Odd Passenger (Non-Canon Webseries)

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