I like this character, Odd Thomas. He is quiet and unassuming with a big heart. He is a hero but much different from most we read about. He has the ability to see the dead, lost and confused souls who need to “move on.” He is called upon to help them out, finding the person who hurt or killed them, or just ease their transition to the next life. He doesn't particularly enjoy this gift, preferring instead the quiet life of a fry cook, in his home of Pico Mundo until it is time to be reunited with his true love, Stormy Llewellyn, who was killed in the first book. He travels with his ghost dog Boo. I thoroughly enjoyed the first 3 Odd Thomas books so couldn't wait to read this one.
Through his "physic magnetism" he finds himself drawn to a small town in California, having dreams of a destructive red tide and of a young woman. He finds the young woman, Annamarie, and while talking to her on the beach they are attacked. Thus begins the long night in which Odd must protect Annamarie, escape the bad guys and save the world from the destruction in his dreams. The action is fast paced and doesn't let up until the end of the book. Even though Odd saves the world, the stage is set for more adventures. His two new friends will show up in the next book I believe.
I didn't think this one was as good as the first three, but is was fast paced and fun.