Sole Survivor

Sole Survivor 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

  • Title: Sole Survivor
  • Author: Dean Koontz
  • ISBN: 9780679425267
  • Page: 114
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 aA 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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    • Phrynne says:

      Classic Dean Koontz. A good story, some gruesome bits, lots of action and a touch of the paranormal. An undemanding and thoroughly enjoyable read.

    • Quentin Wallace says:

      This book to me was a mixed bag. On one hand, it was a pretty cool story, and the action near the end was very suspenseful and engaging. However, I also think the book could have been shorter and been much better. I find many books have an issue of just being too long which causes the story to drag. Perhaps it's just me, I'm not sure.This story was very emotional and was a character study as well as a suspense story. I will admit I had guessed at least part of the big reveal, although not exactl [...]

    • Hyejung says:

      This is the worst of his books that I have read so far. As with most of his books, there is an interesting concept - cloning. However, the story, itself, was drab. I thought the main character was annoying and dumb. Of course, I understand his desire to find the daughter he thinks is alive, but the way he acted really frustrated me and I never really felt any sympathy for him except in the beginning when I didn't know his character well enough. I could actually say that I almost skimmed this who [...]

    • Patrick Kiernan says:

      I read this book as part of a group read with Koontzland for the month of May 2017. This was an emotional rollercoaster, it was an insight into a grieving father's healing process and it also has a little bit of The firestarter by Stephen King.

    • Matthew says:

      A bit of Firestarter by Stephen King. A bit of Runner by Patrick Lee. A tragic plane accident turns into something so much more. Koontz takes you on a bizarre spiritual adventure questioning our mortality, destiny, and how far some might go to keep that knowledge/power for themselves and use it for evil.While this story is packed with action and conspiracy, it will most likely leave you asking a lot of "What if?" questions about life as well.

    • Cheri says:

      I certainly wasn't expecting this to turn into a preachy bs book.Oh well.

    • Chris says:

      Reviewed first at Brunner's BookshelfI have to say that I am not a huge Dean Koontz fan. My wife was with his earlier work but there came a point when his books just got really weird and our interest faded. I have some of his books that I really liked, Tick Tock and Life Expectancy to name a few. This was another book that kept popping up in my hunt for horro books for the R.I.P. challenge. I figured I would give it a try. Let's just say I was expecting a horror novel and this isn't.The book is [...]

    • Dustin Crazy little brown owl says:

      I really like this book. It brings to mind elements from Watchers, False Memory, The Eyes of Darkness, Fear Nothing, From the Corner of His Eye, The Silent Corner and Stephen King's Firestarter. A story of loss and hope, with glimpses of alternate realities. While Sole Survivor doesn't make it into my personal top ten favorite Dean Koontz books, I find it a fine achievement and a beautiful work. Favorite Passages:Out of the thin blood-filtered light, into the hallway where a funerary stillness o [...]

    • Johnny says:

      One year after a plane crash took away his wife and two daughters, Joe Carpenter meets a woman who was supposed to have died in that accident as well, holding the secret of what really happened.The title “Sole Survivor” doesn’t only point at this woman, but also at Joe himself. He’s the one left behind, the only one of his family still alive. The book is about loss, about grieving, accepting death, and about faith, believing that the human soul doesn’t just vanish into nothingness when [...]

    • Steve Lee says:

      Perhaps it is just me, but this book ultimately seemed to be little more than the preaching and proselytising of a religious fundamentalist. At one stage in the book, a prominent biologist even goes to lengths to condemn evolution in the manner that only a creationist lunatic would. It was almost like reading the AIG website or a Jehovah Witness Watchtower pamphlet. I am currently reading another of his novels (The Taking) and find that this, too, is interjected with out-of-place statements and [...]

    • Michael Jensen says:

      Made it through 30% before I finally gave it up. I've only read a few Koontz books and wasn't impressed by what I did read. Sole Survivor only confirms that I'm not a Koontz fan.You'd think it would be pretty difficult to make a man who lost his wife and two daughters in a plane crash unsympathetic, but Koontz makes it look easy. The first 20% of the book is the main character going on and on and on about he's suffering, miserable, angry, unable to ever move on, yadda yadda yadda. We get it. The [...]

    • Karen B. says:

      Koontz has a nice blend of characterization and plot in this novel. We meet Joe Carpenter who has basically given up on life after the death of his family in a plane crash a year ago. He seems to have nothing to live for. Then he meets a strange woman at the graveside of his wife and daughters taking photos of the gravestones. Why? Then he finds that she is being chased and he is under being watched as well. Why again? The reporter in him is still alive as he becomes determined to find out what [...]

    • John says:

      Definitely on the short list of Koontz's best work, SOLE SURVIVOR is a wildly entertaining thriller with surprisingly ambitious emotional and spiritual underpinnings. Not only does it contain one of the most powerful hooks I've ever come across, but, in between scenes of grisly murders and exciting chases, Koontz aims to teach readers a little something about life. For a suspense novel, however, it all feels a bit overwritten. Koontz tries to imbibe SOLE SURVIVOR with the trappings of "serious l [...]

    • Carrie Luciano says:

      I was really enjoying this book. Koontz as usual can develop wonderful characters that you really care about. It moved at a break neck speed for much of the book but I thought it petered out and was somewhat anti climactic in like the last 20 pages.

    • Paul Wardman says:

      3.75 stars. This is my first Dean Koontz novel so I didn't know what to expect. Upon finishing the book it was like reading Stephen King crossed with Harlen Coben, with a sprinkle of Michael Chrichton added for good measure. Reading the synopsis made this sound like your typical thriller novel. A shocking revelation, a character un-equip to deal with what is thrown at him. You expect lots of plot twists and an ending you couldn't predict if you had fifty guesses. You got most of this, but what m [...]

    • Jenny Jo Weir says:

      Soah about that.Um, wellI'm not going to lie, this was a bit over my head. I mean, I think I get it but it was a tad out there and I might be a bit confused on a few things though I really liked the message in the end least I think I do. Again, sorry but it left me wondering about a whole lotd I didn't exactly like wondering what happens to the other party. Is it just me or is there a second book that gives answers? It seemed like the beginning of a series but I don't see any other books linked [...]

    • Bark says:

      Joe Carpenter is a man paralyzed by grief and anger. On the one year anniversary of the plane crash that killed his beloved wife and daughters he visits their cemetery and spots a woman taking pictures of their grave marker. He approaches her and sets off a series of events that make him question if the death of his family and 300 others was the intentional work of officials attempting to cover up something that could possibly change mankind for all time. As he digs for the truth he witnesses an [...]

    • Mike (the Paladin) says:

      I discovered once I got into this book that I remembered the movie based on it (very loosely based). My daughter tells me I actually tried to read it once before and laid it aside.I can sort of see why.For a long, long (long,long,long,long) time this book does try the patience. Our protagonist is in despair over the sudden loss of his family in a plane crash. The event is a year in the past but Joe Carpenter is still shattered. And he tells us about ithe loses control, he creeps out strangers by [...]

    • Ken Campbell says:

      This book started well enough as a mystery novel. The main character was reasonably developed as a grieving father who was trying to uncover a conspiracy. The story moved effectively into a science fiction style, with the cloning of children who had special powers. Unfortunately, these two themes were abandoned near the end, and the book concluded with magic and existential concepts. None of the initial issues (the mystery and the children with special powers) were completed. It was a disappoint [...]

    • Jennifer Shevchik says:

      Well my second Dean Koontz was not as good as my first experience.I was disappointed with this story. I felt for the main character, however, I was just bored with the entire story. The ending was not what I was hoping it would be. Not only that but they didn't tie up any loose ends, it just ended. He takes the time to explain things that do not matter that much in great detail, but then doesn't wrap up the story. Blah.

    • Shannon says:

      I loved this book from the start. I remembered there had been a movie years ago on this book starting Billy Zane, but luckily my memory of it was vague so the book wasn't spoiled. There were certain parts that tested my patience. The end was a bit anti-climatic, it could've ended better. Hence the four stars. Otherwise, I totally recommend it!

    • Tara Kable says:

      Fantastic book! Loved it!

    • Sean McBride says:

      I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I go back and forth with Koontz, because his story ideas are always out there and strange (which is a good thing), but his prose is a bit self aggrandizing. He strives to infuse deeper meaning within his suspenseful plots, and sometimes it just falls flat. That is exactly what happens with the end of this novel. It isn't as fast paced as I thought it would be, but it was beautifully twisty and had a truly intriguing plot. The end of the story just unravels [...]

    • Jim says:

      I'd say it's his best book along with Watchers. That said, even Koontz's best books leave a lot to be desired. Good for an entertaining fast read on an overnight flight (and then leave it behind on the plane).

    • Cynthia says:

      It was very exciting and scary until it introduced God and the Hereafter. I lost interest but I did finish it.

    • Sarath Krishnan says:

      The sky is deep, the sky is dark.The light of stars is so damn stark.When I look up, I fill with fear.If all we have is what lies here,this lonely world, this troubled place, then cold dead stars and empty spaceWell, I see no reason to persevere,no reason to laugh or shed a tear,no reason to sleep or ever to wake, no promises to keep, and none to make.And so at night I still raise my eyesto study the clear but mysterious skiesthat arch above us, as cold as stone.Are you there, God? Are we alone? [...]

    • Deyth Banger says:

      Notes:February 15, 2017 –90.0% "Reading shit sometimes have two paths once to get the best and once to get the worst the same is and for not reading shit You always get shit .want it or not!"February 15, 2017 –90.0% "And the story has reached the end!"February 15, 2017 –90.0% "What you say write when you read it sounds like shit but reading somebody else stuff is another story."February 15, 2017 –90.0% "Memories we go back again and again and again until get the result which we want"Febr [...]

    • Jonathan says:

      “Sole Survivor” is more of a mystery book than an action or horror novel. Koontz introduces you to Joe Carpenter, an investigative journalist who is trapped in despair after a commercial plane crash takes his wife and children. It is clear that something is being covered up, but neither you nor Joe have any idea what that is. The book is a roller coaster ride as Joe strives to reveal the facts. What is being covered up about his family’s deaths? Why does it appear that someone is still try [...]

    • Kellan Fabjance says:

      I would have liked this book more when I was 15. I shouldn't be surprised anymore, when I read a Dean Koontz book, by the Christian undertones. I enjoyed his work more back when I didn't understand what to look for. Alas, that is not the case today. I struggled to find a correct phrasing in order to describe this book without sounding mean or insensitive. The best that I could come up with is that this book is condescending in its Christianity. Now, I don't want people to think that my issues wi [...]

    • Bridgette Redman says:

      There's a lot ot be said for expectations ruining a story. Dean Koontz' "Sole Survivor" might have been enjoyable if I'd been expecting a science fiction novel or a supernatural thriller. Certainly, the writing was terse and the plot was fast-moving. But I wasn't expecting science fiction or supernatural fiction. This book was a selection of the month of the mystery book club and I was expecting a mystery novel. I had never read Koontz before, so my only expectation was that which was written up [...]

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