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Sole Survivor | [Dean Koontz]

Sole Survivor

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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Publisher's Summary

A catastrophic, unexplainable plane crash leaves 330 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.

©1997 Dean Koontz; (P)1997 Random House Audio

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"Mr. Koontz is a master of his trade....He does know how to tell an exciting story." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    Ewan Burlington, Ontario, Canada 04-08-07
    Ewan Burlington, Ontario, Canada 04-08-07
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    "Outstanding"

    This ranks up there wit the best of Dean Koontz. Only "Lightning" thrilled me more. The characters are deep and you cannot help but be pulled into their personalities. The pace is non stop and the mystery continues to deepen throughout. This is definitely worth the time.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Farmington, UT, USA 01-07-08
    Richard Farmington, UT, USA 01-07-08 Member Since 2002
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    "Riveting"

    This book kept me riveted from start to finish. I could not stop listening and finished it in two days.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Gladstone, OR, United States 12-20-07
    Jessica Gladstone, OR, United States 12-20-07
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    "Worth the wait!"

    It was really hard to get past Mr. Koontz's overuse of adjectives, jumps in time/location, and overall droning and rehashing... but it was worth the wait to get to the last 2 hours of the book. The message was poignant and sweet and "worth the wait."

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Keith ROCKMART, GEORGIA, United States 08-11-12
    Keith ROCKMART, GEORGIA, United States 08-11-12 Member Since 2008
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    "I did not think I was going to survive it myself."

    Like others, I like Dean Koontz books, but this one was extremely boring. They were a time or two were I actually fast-forwarded some of Carpenter’s whining and outrage. Especially the segment about the cookies baking Colorado woman.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Christian VA 09-15-06
    Kevin Christian VA 09-15-06 Member Since 2004

    Kevin

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    "A canvas too large"

    Koontz paints a piture with his brilliant vocabulary as skillfully as the great painters of the past and present. In most of his books the picture painted fits perfectly on the his canvas and the reader is pulled into the picture. I found, that in this particular book, the canvas was too large for the picture - it Lacked the usual prcision and captivating story flow that invite the reader into the portrait. Although thoroughly enjoyable, I found it difficult to become as involved as I usually do and felt some dissapointment.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Constance A. Pope Hephzibah, GA, United States 01-31-14
    Constance A. Pope Hephzibah, GA, United States 01-31-14 Member Since 2010

    I love to read, but it puts me to sleep when I'm still. Audible books gives me the opportunity to still hear books while working. Thanks.

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    "Good as expected..."
    What did you love best about Sole Survivor?

    It didn't take too long to get into the characters before the plot started to open up.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes...keeping me wondering what was going to happen next.


    Have you listened to any of David Birney’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not sure. I just started really paying attention to the particular readers.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. We started listening to it for a road trip, but ended up listening to the ending in the house....couldn't wait to find out the finale.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marie Jerome, ID, United States 02-11-13
    Marie Jerome, ID, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2010
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I am a fan of DK. This book deals with what it is like to be left alone, and then to be told your child is alive.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sole Survivor?

    when he realizes someone did survived the crash


    Which scene was your favorite?

    no particular one


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    surviving plane crash


    Any additional comments?

    Out of DK books this is not best but still an interesting read. His best books would be "One Door Away From Heaven" and "From the Corner of His Eye"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Tampa, FL, USA 01-27-10
    Douglas Tampa, FL, USA 01-27-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Barely Survived myself...."

    First off, I love Dean Koontz, but that being said...this book was tough to get through. One of the only titles this past year that I contemplated not finishing. I stay listening in hopes of a great twist or fantastic finish, but was left wondering why I made this purchase. Again, I love Dean Koontz, and was excited about the premise of this story but I would strongly suggest you find another Koontz title (maybe Lightning) or take your chances with another book. I do not recommend this one!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    James New York, NY, United States 04-21-09
    James New York, NY, United States 04-21-09 Member Since 2001
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    "Oh Dear Dean...."

    This starts out well enough but as it morphs into a vehicle for intelligent design it really goes to pieces. He should have left it as a supernatural thriller instead of trying to introduce ID rubbish. The argument that is used in the book for ID even contradicts itself (who designed the designer). Not one of his better books...This starts out well enough but as it morphs into a vehicle for intelligent design it really goes to pieces. He should have left it as a supernatural thriller instead of trying to introduce ID rubbish. The argument that is used in the book for ID even contradicts itself (who designed the designer). Not one of his better books...

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Bob North Lauderdale, FL, United States 11-20-08
    Bob North Lauderdale, FL, United States 11-20-08
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    "A REAL Disappointment"

    Dean Koontz is absolutely my favorite author, but I felt this one is way below his standards. It is the first of his books that I actually didn't finish. It was boring and full of fillers that kept taking you away from the story line. perhaps it is just me, but I can't recommend this one.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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