Reading a Dean Koontz Novel from His Odd Thomas Series – I Had to Know How Koontz Did This – How Could a Protagonist in a Suspense Thriller Become the Subject of a Series – I Found Out –

Relaxation StationMy relaxation station is a love-seat with a bench that I use as a coffee table and footstool. Picture that. It works. I rest my feet on the bench and read books on my Kindle.

This afternoon I read a Dean Koontz novel, one from his Odd Thomas series.

Wikipedia says of this writer, Dean Ray Koontz (born July 9, 1945) is an American author. His novels are broadly described as suspense thrillers, but also frequently incorporate elements of horror, science fiction, mystery, and satire. Several of his books have appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List, with 14 hardcovers and 14 paperbacks reaching the number one position.

My daughter once told me how much she liked Dean Koontz’s novels. She tried to describe what one of them was about. I told her she shouldn’t read books in that genre. (I thought it wasn’t good for her. She was already an adult, but that doesn’t stop a mom from giving directions, does it?) She politely ignored my instruction.

One day I went with her to her her doctor’s office. While she was in the office, I was sitting in the waiting room with nothing to do. I saw her Dean Koontz novel, so I thought I’d take a look to see how bad it was. Oh, it was bad. Scary, anyway. But it wasn’t what I expected. I couldn’t put it down. When she returned to the waiting room, I had read several chapters of the book and had to get a copy of my own to read the rest.

I haven’t read a Dean Koontz book for a long while until recently. While browsing on Amazon, I noticed that he had written a series. I had to know how he could write a bunch of books based on a protagonist that probably was mentally off balance or in some way weird? This had to be a role reversal somehow. How could the bad guy be the good guy? I bought an Odd Thomas novel and read it.

The main character in this series is Odd Thomas, who is good in a strange way. He is the prevailing hero against all odds. Oddie (his nick name) is an ordinary guy, a fry cook with an unusual and mysterious call on his life. I cannot begin to explain how I could keep reading page after page and be thoroughly entertained by Oddie. I am. I continue to admire this author’s style of writing.

About Carol Ann Ritchey

Life is good because God is good.
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10 Responses to Reading a Dean Koontz Novel from His Odd Thomas Series – I Had to Know How Koontz Did This – How Could a Protagonist in a Suspense Thriller Become the Subject of a Series – I Found Out –

  1. pattisj says:

    I don’t think I’ve read his books. Thanks!


  2. I’ve read several of his novels. Great story teller.


  3. Seems a lot of popular authors are trying to rewrite all the old myths (intentionally or not) for the modern world…Personally, I prefer the originals, The Oddessey, The Iliad, et al….


    • I remember hearing about the myths you mentioned, but I’ve forgotten the actual stories. I didn’t read The Oddessey or The Iliad. I imagine those being ancient documents, another of the many misconceptions I have formed in life.

      Dean Koontz’ special ability is demonstrated in his first-person point-of-view telling of the story (as in the Odd Thomas series) as much as in the story itself.

      Thanks for stopping by and for your comment. Blessings to you, Michael…


  4. elizabeth says:

    Haha, CarolAnn, I also use my coffee-table/bench as a footstool when I read. 🙂


  5. lesliepaints says:

    I am grinning from ear to ear. My Mother used to be appalled that I latched on to Stephen King. All she could see in his writing was gore and gruesome imagery. I didn’t. I saw the battle between good and evil and very interesting character studies. I read each page wondering how a man could be so creatively inspired as to teach me an age old lesson from the grit of impossible circumstances. Some of his novels have taken me back to my youth and the wonderful experience of friendships, “It”. Others have taught me the very importance of caring for our pets through rabies shots and loving them, “Cujo”. Another taught me to not look at a possession and allow it to consume you, “Christine”. And my favorite, “Delores Claiborne” just took me through the incredible journey of a woman faced with incredible odds and how she prevailed and faced it all. My Mother picked up “Delores Claiborne”, read it and said much of what you have here, Carol. We each see, differently, but I think we all search for goodness. I have read Odd Thomas books and liked them, too. My favorite of Dean Koontz was “Watchers”. I cried after the first reading and read it again for the sheer mastery of how he brought the story of good and evil forward in that one.


    • Thank you SO MUCH for your comment. I haven’t read Stephen King’s novels, but I might change that.

      Yes, it is the battle consistently presented between good and evil along with the artful manner in which Dean Koontz tells the stories that keeps me admiring his work. I’ll have to read “Watchers.”

      I always enjoy looking at your beautiful paintings. You are truly talented. Blessings to you, Leslie…


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