The third volume of this world famous series of supernatural themed love tragedies is both a classically wonderful and traditional ghost story (set in a centuries old monastery), as well as an introduction to Metaphysics, taught at your leisure, by Professor D. Koontz. This book works on several levels. At times it is gloriously spooky, and at other times it is heartbreakingly sad. It can be laugh out loud funny, too, especially when the ghost of Elvis makes an appearance, in several successful attempts by the author to lighten the mood. At times it might be said that he goes too far with the light heartedness, but if you don’t find something funny, then no one is going to notice.
Having said that, this book can also be profound, uplifting and educational, too. The forty to fifty percent mark of the book is where it starts to get really interesting (and heavy) from that perspective, with just about every plot twist inserted by this prolific and much loved author underscored by recurring themes of redemption, eternal damnation and the ever lasting battle between the powers of good and evil. As for the quality of the writing itself, you may want to look at kindle locations (KL’s) 662, 1748, and 2059.
I have said before that the decision to kill off Odd’s girlfriend (Stormy Llewellyn) at the end of book one was a mistake, both in a story telling and marketing sense of the word. But given the nature of the series, it is relatively easy for the reader to imagine how she can be brought back into the series, and in BROTHER ODD, Mr Koontz has done this, but only to a minor extent.
Superficially, however, the book is about a disappearing monk. Brother Timothy has vanished, and its only thanks to the bravery of our hero, who was attempting to follow his gut instincts through a vicious snow storm, that the reader has any idea of what has happened to him.
Odd has some friends at the monastery that know him - and his background - completely. They can, however, be counted on one hand. Each of these people have their own colourful history; and speaking of this, another excellent feature of the writing is the depth of the characterisation. In fact, the people who populate this book are so well drawn that the reader is not completely sure of the degree of their integrity. And the character names are at times quite joyous to discover, too.
So then - BROTHER ODD is interesting on many levels. It is deep, it plays very well on the reader’s emotions. Some people love the author’s writing style in this set of books, but I find it needs patience to have maximum effect. But who doesn’t love a good mystery? Especially when it is set in the spooky surrounds of a centuries old monastery, complete with incredibly life like and colourful characters that have the potential to fill the mind of the reader with an overwhelming sense of wonder.
And fear. And horror.
But this *is* a Dean Koontz book after all. What else can we expect?
A solid and highly entertaining four stars from me.
Read Odd Thomas. Liked characters and enjoyed it. The second one a bit ho-hum, but I finished it. This one a return to more interesting characters. Hope Dean Koontz develops odd Thomas a bit more. I don't feel like I know Odd ticks but he's humorous.
A remote, isolated mountain monastery is the perfect setting for this third book in the Odd series by Dean Koontz, allowing the classic horror scenario of a small group of individuals cut off from civilization and help being menaced by an unknown terror in the dark. It also allows the author to interject much of his own well known opinions and beliefs on religion and the ethics of science into the dialogue and internal musings of the lead characters and the readers patience with these sometimes rambling asides will depend largely on where they line up on the religion versus science spectrum and how much they appreciate being preached at in their novels. Characterisation, always a highlight of a Koontz book, is as strong as ever in Brother Odd, particularly in the idiosyncratic, sympathetic and off beat heroic Odd Thomas himself, ably supported by a memorable cast of monks, nuns, a mysterious Russian special agent and, at times, heartbreaking group of abandoned and disabled children resident in the monastery. It is the scenes between Oddie and some of these children where the writing and story assumes depths of poignancy and emotion that takes it to a new level beyond the standard supernatural thriller. I also agree with those reviewers who felt the ending to Brother Odd was somewhat abrupt and perfunctory after such a lengthy, measured build-up to the final confrontation, but otherwise this remains another excellent installment in an imaginative and memorable series from Dean Koontz.
I have read the Odd Thomas series several times. Of all the books in the series, I always enjoy this one the most. In part due to the interesting characters, Brother Knuckles, Rodion Romanovich and of course, Boo the dog. The other thing that appeals to me is the I interesting concepts discussed in this book. As ever there is the usual droll wit from Odd. As well as the tension required of any thriller.