Sole Survivor by Dean Koontz

60%

7 Critic Reviews

His sympathetic characters drown in the overwriting; his uplifting sentiments wither under the finger-wagging.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Dean Koontz's The City.

A catastrophic, unexplainable plane crash leaves three hundred and thirty dead -- no survivors. Among the victims are the wife and two daughters of Joe Carpenter, a Los Angeles Post crime reporter.

A year after the crash, still gripped by an almost paralyzing grief, Joe encounters a woman named Rose, who claims to have survived the crash. She holds out the possibility of a secret that will bring Joe peace of mind. But before he can ask any questions, she slips away.

Driven now by rage (have the authorities withheld information?) and a hope almost as unbearable as his grief (if there is one survivor, are there others?), Joe sets out to find the mysterious woman. His search immediately leads him into the path of a powerful and shadowy organization hell-bent on stopping Rose before she can reveal what she knows about the crash.

Sole Survivor unfolds at a heart-stopping pace, as a desperate chase and a shattering emotional odyssey lead Joe to a truth that will force him to reassess everything he thought he knew about life and death -- a truth that, given the chance, will rock the world and redefine the destiny of humanity.
 

About Dean Koontz

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Dean Koontz was born in Everett, Pennsylvania, and grew up in nearby Bedford. He won an Atlantic Monthly fiction competition when he was twenty and has been writing ever since. Mr. Koontz's books are published in 38 languages. Worldwide sales total more than 175 million copies, a figure that currently increases at a rate of more than 350 million copies a year. Dean and his wife, Gerda, live in southern California.
 
Published June 29, 2007 by Bantam. 418 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Sole Survivor
All: 7 | Positive: 3 | Negative: 4

Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Jan 01 2008

Masterfully styled, serious entertainment.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Dec 30 2008

His sympathetic characters drown in the overwriting; his uplifting sentiments wither under the finger-wagging.

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Book Reporter

Above average
Reviewed by Marlene Taylor on Jan 23 2011

Although the book didn't keep me up all night reading, it did deal with issues and themes that I believe to be important.

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RT Book Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by Jill M. Smith on Jan 01 2008

Always an incredible storyteller, Dean Koontz reaches new heights with this unbelievably frightening, thrilling, miraculous and uplifting novel.

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Entertainment Weekly

Below average
Reviewed by Tom De Haven on Feb 14 2008

Unconvincing, slow, and talky, Koontz's latest is also strewn, maddeningly, with technophobic kvetching and New Age grousing.

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SF Site

Good
Reviewed by Rodger Turner on Jan 01 2008

Why? Well, buy the book and find out. You'll be pleased you did.

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People

Below average
Reviewed by Terry Kelleher on Jan 01 2008

Bottom Line: Barely survivable.

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