Monday, May 9, 2016

Book Review: Brother Odd by Dean Koontz

This is a book review of the novel Brother Odd by Dean Koontz, the third book in the Odd Thomas series.

Synopsis from Amazon: Loop me in, odd one. The words, spoken in the deep of night by a sleeping child, chill the young man watching over her. For this was a favorite phrase of Stormy Llewellyn, his lost love. In the haunted halls of the isolated monastery where he had sought peace, Odd Thomas is stalking spirits of an infinitely darker nature. 
As he steadfastly journeys toward his mysterious destiny, Odd Thomas has established himself as one of the most beloved and unique fictional heroes of our time. Now, wielding all the power and magic of a master storyteller at the pinnacle of his craft, Dean Koontz follows Odd into a singular new world where he hopes to make a fresh beginning—but where he will meet an adversary as old and inexorable as time itself.

Firstly, I'll start by saying there will be SPOILERS in this review, so you've been warned. I actually read this book in January, but I'm just getting around to writing the review. So far, I have really enjoyed this series. Koontz has a way with storytelling like no other. It didn't take long for him to become one of my favorite authors. 

This book picks up after the tragic events of Forever Odd in which his beloved Stormy is murdered by gunmen who reined terror on a mall in a mass shooting. Odd managed to stop them, but in the process he lost the most important person in his life. The ending of that novel shook me. If you only ever read one of these books, I'd suggest that one. In this book, Odd decided to spend some time in a monastery near the mountains to clear his mind and avoid the heroic reputation and attention he'd earned after the mall incident. His interactions with nuns and monks is humorous and touching. I love how he never loses his self-directed mockery and sarcastic yet respectful way of addressing those he doesn't trust, namely one guest at the abbey named Romanovich. Their interactions are witty and bold. Odd finally met his match with the lip service. 

Only a few know Odd's secret, that he can see the lingering dead. During his stay, he befriends a ghost dog who leads him in his quests of psychic magnetism. His connection to these lingering spirits and the dark ones he calls bodachs help him solve murders at the abbey. Suspicion fell upon the wrong individuals when among them was one brilliant mind using his monastery salvation and solitude to create mechanical monsters with his extensive knowledge of science and engineering. He was trying to play God. These creations attack innocents who learn of them and aim to destroy the abbey's children, one of which is the creator's autistic son about whom he doesn't seem to care.

What I enjoyed most this time was how Koontz managed to brew the perfect recipe of sci-fi, thriller, and horror into one scrumptious read. I enjoyed every page of this novel. 

Just today, I finished reading the next one in the series. So stay tuned for a review of Odd Hours