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Title: Odd Apocalypse
Series: Odd Thomas
Author: Dean Koontz
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Battle Axes
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Odd and Annamaria are just hanging out at a billionaire’s mysterious house where things are weird.
Odd meets a ghost who wants him to help her son, sees some sort of human/swine hybrid creatures wandering the grounds and sees the sky turn yellow instead of blue.
Annamaria simply sits in her room and tells Odd to believe in himself.
As much as I don’t care for Annamaria, she really helps anchor Odd. She gives him a purpose that he can hold onto and a center that he can return to when things are simply beyond his understanding. I still don’t like her though.
While this is touted as book 5, it really is book 6, as Koontz interjected that serial novel Odd Interlude, into the stream of things part way through.
Things get really weird in this book. It seems like reality itself is shifting at random, but only on the estate. Koontz wrote these sequences in such a way that I felt just as confused and disoriented as Odd when these shifts happen. And bad things happen during these shifts as well, so the tension was ratcheted up pretty good.
The whole Tesla and time and copper thing was a means to an end for the story but it didn’t do much for me. I’m not one of those who think that Tesla was some sort of super-genius who got bypassed in history because of politics and business maneuverings.
The ending was a bit more violent than I was expecting, but that isn’t really a bad thing.