Sunday, April 4, 2010

Review: Odd Hours by Dean Koontz

Writer guarantor Dean Koontz returns with the forth thriller in his fabled Odd Thomas novels, a saga that has proved to be charged with an unrivalled mystique buoyed by the strength of the title character. This time, the fog shrouded streets of Magic Beach serve as centre-stage for Odd and his unusual brand of heroics.

A different task has beset Odd this time: to help the living and not the dead. For his apocalyptic dreams have led him to enigmatic Anna-Maria; a pregnant lady who's mystery almost outweighs Odd's own exploits. Hunted by a cabal of thugs who work for the Harbour Department and use the city's streets as their playground, Odd is tested to the limits as supernatural revelations take on new meaning and depth.

In this volume Koontz's prose is as succinct as ever; and although the action is somewhat sluggish compared to previous adventures, the author makes up for it with brutish violence and tasty irony. Joining him on his journey is the peeved ghost of Frank Sinatra and a spirit dog named Boo. At times the reader can get lost in the guessing game and metaphor, but ultimately Koontz's knight is one who delivers sufficient entertainment. 

Note: A couple of these reviews have been abridged to allow for limited word-count in Black magazine. 

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