Odd Hours contains a mystical attribute that sets it apart from its earlier brethren.(This is the fourth novel in the Odd Thomas series, which also has a set of three graphic novels that precede - in terms of the general story arc - the first novel, and which now also has a set of three e-books - or three parts of one e-book - that serves as an interlude between Odd Hours and its successor,Odd Apocalypse - due out in July, 2012. The interlude is appropriately entitled Odd Interlude, all three parts of which are available - separately - on Amazon's Kindle at this time. Odd Interlude and Odd Apocalypse continue with the mystical nature.)Notable about Odd Hours is that it takes on a substantially less-depressing nature than its three predecessors. In the story, Odd takes on a group of would-be terrorists and saves the world as we know it. As usual, Koontz delivers the goods when he tells a story, although there is one aspect of Odd's conduct in this book that sort of goes contrary to the Odd of the first three books. I won't say anything more than that - I wouldn't want to spoil anything.As for the mystical element of the story, Odd meets a young pregnant girl (Annamaria) who seems to have some link with Odd, and is also linked to some event which is to be developed in later stories. She becomes Odd's companion through Odd Interlude and Odd Apocalypse. My thinking is that Koontz has foreseen the limitations to Odd Thomas stories in linking them solely to "real" events, and intends to keep the series going by adding a new dimension to them. Whether it works or not remains to be seen.As for Odd Hours, it is lively, engaging, witty, full of intriguing characters, and (ultimately) satisfying.
It may seem rather "odd" to call a book the main character of which sees dead people (among other things) more mystically oriented than its predecessors, but