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Joe Carpenter, the hero of Dean Koontz's newest novel, Sole Survivor, is a man nearly paralyzed by grief. One year earlier, his wife and two children had been among the 230 victims of a plane crash that left no survivors. So when Joe encounters a woman who claims to have been aboard that plane and survived the catastrophe, and then she almost immediately disappears, he is understandably riled up. In the course of trying to track this woman down, Joe finds himself entangled in a web of shadowy conspiracy and perilous secrets.
In this latest book, Koontz pumps up the volume and gives his readers what they've come to expect from him: an expert mix of cover ups, cults, bizarre suicides, and a shocking twist at the end that keeps Sole Survivor racing along from one improbable but undeniably thrilling event to the next. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
YA. Joe Carpenter's life stops with the deaths of his beloved wife and two young daughters in an airplane crash surrounded by mystery?350 dead and no survivors. Marking the first anniversary of the disaster with a visit to their graves, Joe encounters a young woman taking pictures of their tombstones. She tells him her name is Rose and that she survived the crash that killed his family. Before Joe can continue the conversation, they are attacked by two gunmen. As Rose flees for her life, Joe knows he must discover the truth of what happened to the fatal flight and the reason for the cover-up. His search leads him to relatives of other crash victims?most of whom commit bizarre suicides and all of whom have been contacted by Rose. His investigation reveals that Rose was in possession of government secrets that could change the world once she exposed them. Koontz has readers so totally involved that even Joe's impossible dream, that a member of his family may have survived the crash under Rose's protection, seems possible. A spellbinding novel.?Katherine Fitch, Lake Braddock Middle School, Burke, VA
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Dean Koontz is just a little to weird for great enjoyment. However he can keep you on edge and that is good.Published 20 months ago by John Marsden
I'm not going to rehash the storyline as many others have done in their reviews.
I found this book stale. Read more
Having read many of Koontz's books, this is one of his best. It is my second favorite after Watchers. It is thoughtful and eye-opening on issues of loss. Read morePublished on July 10 2004
An improbable but well-written novel by Dean Koontz borrows heavily from the Hindu philosophy of eternal soul to give a bizarre end to what starts as an investigative mystery. Read morePublished on July 8 2004 by Murali Chari
Time and time again, Dean Koontz has the uncanny ability to re-invent himself with courageous, outlandish stories that captivate his readers with every riveting page. Read morePublished on May 26 2004 by The Tweeder
"Sole Survivor" follows the standard Koontz formula throughout the story, but seems to get slightly lost at the end. Read morePublished on April 19 2004 by Barry
Perhaps those familiar with Koontz know his page-turner suspense novels are intended to slowly sneak up on his readers with creationist polemics, miracles, neo-Jesus characters,... Read morePublished on Oct. 24 2003 by PR
This was a suspenseful and gripping book. It keeps you interested and turning the pages right up until the last 100 or so pages but then it turns strange and sort of fizzles out. Read morePublished on Oct. 10 2003