Odd Apocalypse (book)
|Preceded by||Odd Hours|
|Followed by||Deeply Odd|
Odd Thomas and his traveling companion Annamaria have been invited by a reclusive billionaire to be his guests at his sprawling, pristine estate, Roseland. However, something is deeply wrong within the walls of the sprawling property. The few staff there harbor malice to anyone from the outside world, and as Odd explores the estate, the land and buildings seem to flick between static beauty and a hell on earth... which he finds is influenced by machinery designed by a genius from the past. Odd can't just gather his friend, their dogs (one alive, one a ghost) and escape. Despite the warnings, Annamaria, who has mysteries of her own, has hinted to Odd that Roseland has secrets far more sinister than just an unusual state of preservation. He needs to find someone hidden within the unhappy preserve who is going to need all his help.
"I see dead people. But then, by God, I do something about it." – Odd Thomas pg. 32
Odd escorts Annamaria to Roseland and instinctively trusts her when she tells him he is there for a reason. The estate is pristine, and seems to be in a far better condition than the few people who work the estate could possibly maintain. He is overcome with prophetic visions, more than his normal talent for seeing the restless dead.
He meets the spirit of a woman riding a horse in a long white dress stained red from wounds that she received at her death. As he tries to understand her needs and help her, the sky behind her turns an unnatural color, becomes stained with the dark jet-streams of the debris of war, and he sees impossible, physical monsters wheeling to attack him. He barely escapes the danger, and resolves to explore the secrets of Roseland more deeply: both of the land and its inhabitants.
Annamaria is a young pregnant woman, whom Odd met in Magic Beach in the fourth book, Odd Hours. After leaving Magic Beach with Odd, Noah Wolflaw becomes intrigued by her and invites the two of them to stay at the guest house of the Roseland estate.
Owner of the Roseland estate. He purchased the property from former newspaper mogul Constanine Cloyce who built the estate in the 1920s. He has several live-in full-time staff members from housekeepers, gardeners, and security staff. He is well liked by his staff and the Roseland estate is always in pristine condition.