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Sole Survivor
Sole Survivor
Author: Dean Koontz
ISBN-13: 9780345384379
ISBN-10: 0345384377
Publication Date: 10/29/1997
Pages: 416
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 258 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
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First Koontz book I read and I was hooked! Not all are this good, but Koonts is great!
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I'm not so sure I'm happy with the way it ended, but I did appreciate that it kept me guessing till the end, I hate books where you already have it figured out 1/4 or 1/2 way in. Really loved the main character Joe, you could really feel his anguish and rage. 4/5 star book IMO.
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If you are a fan of Dean Koontz, you know he has never written onee that isn't a grabber. You'll enjoy this!
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As a huge Dean Koontz fan, I loved this book. The story follows a man who loses his family in a plane crash that killed everyone on board. The man later finds out there is a sole survivor, who has many secrets she is keeping. This book has the usual heavy character development found in Koontz's novels. A very good book.
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Not sure how to describe the book without telling all the secrets of it. A thriller and will keep you on the edge... 5 sars from me...
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Mystery. A man mourning the loss of his wife and daughter in a plane crash is told there was a sole survivor - a little girle. It's a race against time to find and protect her from unknown forces seeking to eliminate her.
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This book, like all of his books I have read, is a Definite page turner, til you finish book! The title caught my eye in the grocery store and once I opened the book, it was so difficult to put down, I would read until my eyes hurt!
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a reporter loses his wife and 2 kids in a plane crash,still trying to deal with his grief a year later a women contacts him and tells him that she is the sole survivor of that crash.
koontz and his imagination
good read
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Crime reporter Joe Carpenter lost his wife and two young daughters in the crash of Flight 353. Aching from his loss, Joe is unable to work, or to think...unable to do anything but grieve, and wait for his own death. Then Joe meets Rose, a woman who claims to be the crash's sole survivor. But before Joe can probe further, the elusive Rose slips away...and Jie is left with haunting, terrifying questions: If Rose lived through the crash, is it possible his family could have survived it, too? Did the authorities comspire to hide what really happened that night? Will his search for the truth shatter him like notheing has before...and force him to question everything he thinks he knows about life and death?
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Every once in a while I just have to read a Dean Koontz book. There is no one who can describe rain ,dirt, mist, storms, or anything else like he does,he reminds me of Louis Lamour stories and his descriptions of the old west.

And besides that, he has stories about stuff we can't even think about. I read one a while backj that described "hell" I think and this story on "The Survivor" is about a man's challenge to get over his loss of his family. The characters he comes up with without a bed scene or a barroom fight are fantastic. I will probably read this again sometime in the future when I get tired of regular stuff.

Richard
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Consistent Koontz...
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Excellent read. Love his imagination.
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Another excellent read by Koontz
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If you are a Stephen King fan, and haven't read Dean Koontz, you owe it to yourself to discover his writing!
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Dean Koontz, always the best!
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"A gripping search for a new explanation of worlds beyond our mortal ken. A fast-paced read."
- Mail on Sunday (London)
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Gripping
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One of my favorites. No horror in this one.
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Excellent book - a little fantastic at times, but very interesting listen!! Had me sitting in my car (listening) in the parking lot more than once!
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This like the others is great.
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Like other Koontz books, I found the characters likable and well-developed and liked the suspense. The one drawback was an ending that felt a bit rushed, jumping from an edge-of-your-seat chase to a peaceful epilogue.
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I have never met a Koontz book that I didn't like.
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A very predictable read.
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koontz does it again!
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What can one say? This is Dean Koontz, enter slowly and gently, end by getting blwon out of your seat. Koontz is good for that.
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I enjoyed reading this book very much.
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A fast-paced mystery. The twist at the end makes you think....
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Joe Carpenter lost his wife and two young daughters on Flight 353. He later meets Rose who says she is the only survivor from the plane...now Joe begins to wander if maybe his family is still alive. The mystery is in the chasing.
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Scary!! Don't read at night if you get scared. Very good with lots of twists.
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interesting beginning & middle but the ending could have been better.
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Now one man who lost everything that night is about to discover the answers he needs to go on with his life,or the convection to end it. the truth will force him to question everything he thinks he knows about life and death.
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Crime reporter Joe Carpenter lost his wife and two young daughters in the crash of Flight 353. Aching from his loss, Joe is unable to work, or to think...unable to do anything but grieve, and wait for his own death. Then Joe meets Rose, a woman who claims to be the crash's sole survivor. But before Joe can probe further, the elusive Rose slips away, and Joe is left with haunting, terrifying questions: if Rose lived through the crash, is it possible his family could have survived it too? Did the authorities conspire to hide what really happened that night? Will his search for the truth shatter him like nothing has before, and force him to question everything he thinks he knows about life and death?
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Brand new, read once. No damage.
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This book is very imaginative and believable at the same time. Fun read
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Great read for someone who loves a mix of horror and mystery
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Very good story
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As with most recent Koontz, it's fine airplane crack.
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I just got through reading this book and it was a great read! If you are a Dean Koontz fan this is a great book for you! I loved it! It's a gripping search for a new explanation of worlds beyoung our mortal ken! It has a lot of twist and turns and will keep you turning to wonder what lies on the next page!
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No lull in this book. Something was happening every minute. A very unique story that surprised me!
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Very good reading when you are stranded with some friends.
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The story begins with a plane crash in which Los Angeles Post crime reporter Joe Carpenter loses his family. Yet a year later, Joe encounters a woman named Rose who claims she survived the crash. She has a secret. But before Joe can question her, she slips away. Joe is determined to find her.
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This was a very interesting book - well, an interesting premise. The most interesting and saddest parts - the psychic test study kids - were the most interesting parts and there wasn't as much about them as I would have liked. And, really, the end was a little unsatisfying as nothing was done about those kids. And the side-story that turned into the main one, about religion, was a disappointment and a surprise to come from an author like him. Still, his books are fun reads and he is a good writer, this just isn't his best.
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he Sole Survivor was my first Dean Koontz book. Can't say I'm a big fan of his style. The book started off really slow. By the time I felt like I had gotten to something interesting, I had already gotten through a quarter of the book. In the middle half of the book, the plot unfolded at a snail's pace while the auther filled the pages with irrelevant details. The pace picked up in the last quarter of the book, and the story got more interesting as it got into paranormal activities. I wish I didn't have to skip over so many boring paragraphs though to get there.
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Excellent, I read this book in 1 day!!!
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Crime reporter Joe Carpenter lost his wife and two young daughters in the crash of Flight 353. Aching from his loss, Joe in usable to work,or to think..unable to do anything but grieve, and wait for his own death. Then Joe meets Rose, a woman who claims to be the crash's sole survivor. But before Joe can probe futher, the elusive Rose slips away... and Joe is left with haunting, terrifying questions. If Rose lived through the crash, is it possible his family could have survived? Excellent book!
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I like his newer books a lot better than when he first started writing because he adds a lot more to his characters now. The man in this book is so distraught by the loss of his family that he will go to any length to solve why they died. A good mystery if, a little on the unbelievable side even for Koontz at the end but whatever, it was a good read.
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had the book finished within 3 hours.. couldnt put it down;)
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Full of suspense, very engaging!
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Loved it!
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Good fast read. I liked it.
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I loved this book. It is not a horror book. Mystery and science fiction. Fast read.
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Intriguing plot! Hard to put down!!! You can count on Koontz to deliver mesmerizing stories.
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Fantastic novel
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Great book! Have read it twice!
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I got really hooked on this book. I couldn't put it down but was kind of dissapointed by the ending. I don't know how I thought it would end but just didn't like it.
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GOODBOOK-A pretty good ending.
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Masterful mystery
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This was a really good read.
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This book was not what I expected, but good nonetheless. I thought it would be more supernatural/horror, but instead it turned out to be more of a supernatural/conspiracy type off book. A good read and it does keep you guessing.
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very suspenseful, wonderfully written
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Dean Kootnz is a master of suspense. This book is a prime example.
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Fast page turner mystery!
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Great story.....definitely an book that will keep your attention. The movie was good also.
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The plot for this book was quite imaginative. The characters are well defined and are what make the difference in this story. It ws fast paced and exciting and kept me reading. The book did make for a good read even if I was dissatisfied with the ending.
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An ok book but nothing special. It is very disorganized. It seems like someone wrote the basic story line and then as someone else read it, wrote in extra stuff to fill in the plot holes. For instance the main character isnt really introduced untill half way through the book.
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Ever since i read life expectancy by Mr. Koontz, i've tried to read EVERYTHING of his. An awesome book (no suprise) with twists and turns.
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As always, Koontz is a great read.
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The plane crashed without warning. Three hundred and thirty people died. No explanation. No survivors. Now one man who lost everyting that night is about to discover the answers he needs to go on with his life---or the conviction to finally end it.
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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.
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It was okay. I guess I'm not ready to return to Koontz, I've been on a crime and thriller kick lately, and haven't read hime for years... maybe I just don't have the patience for the Koontz-style parawierd. But that's just me....
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This book begins with a catastrophic, unexplainable plane crash with no surviors. Have the authorities withheld information from the families of the victims? This book makes one reassess what one knows about life and death. This novel by Koontz was of haunting suspense.
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Classic Koontz!
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From Dean Koontz Website
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.