|Publish Date:||Jul 2012|
|Number of Pages:||403|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.5|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||4.75 x 7.75 x 1.0|
Dean Koontz was born July 9, 1945 in Everett, Pennsylvania. He received a degree in education from Shippensburg State College in 1967. A former high school English teacher as well as a teacher-counselor with the Appalachian Poverty Program, he began writing as a child to escape an ugly home life caused by his alcoholic father. A prolific writer at a young age, he had sold a dozen novels by the age of 25. Early in his career, he wrote under numerous pen names including David Axton, Brian Coffey, K. R. Dwyer, Leigh Nichols, Richard Paige, and Owen West. He is best known for the books written under this own name including Midnight, Cold Fire, The Bad Place, Hideaway, The Husband, Odd Hours, and 77 Shadow Street.
Koontz (Intensity, Audio Reviews, LJ 3/1/96) extends his skill with psychological thrillers into the metaphysical realm with Sole Survivor. Joe Carpenter's wife and children are killed in an unexplained and catastrophic plane crash. A year later he is jolted out of his despair and apathy by a visitor, Rose Tucker, who miraculously seems to have survived the crash and who brings an uplifting message to the loved ones of those lost on the doomed flight.
Dark forces, however, are trying to suppress Rose's message and, indeed, her very existence. A consummate storyteller, Koontz has a special talent for bringing wildly implausible plot elements together to form a plausible conclusion, and this he does again here. Actor David Birney reads with a skill that contributes to the suspense, anger, hope, and wonder of the story, especially the characterization of Joe. Recommended for all popular fiction collections. Kristen L. Smith, Loras Coll. Lib., Dubuque, Ia.
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Koontz, who seems to be moving away from supernatural yarns in favor of thrillers grounded in technology and science, here serves up what is probably his best novel to date. Joe Carpenter, a former California crime reporter, loses his wife and daughters in a mysterious plane crash. Soon, a series of strange visits, violent chases, and quasi spiritual encounters points to an amazing idea: that a scientist aboard the doomed aircraft had discovered irrevocable proof of life after death and that a secret government organization will stop at nothing to keep this knowledge from the public.
Koontz's California is a desperate place "where an unintended slight... might result in a thermonuclear response", and his characters are more jaded than the sappy Pollyannas that populate many of his earlier novels. This is mostly light entertainment, but all popular collections will still want a copy.
- Mark Annichiarico, "Library Journal"
(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
When a plane crashes, killing the family of crime reporter Joe Carpenter, he's grief-stricken. But when it turns out there was a "sole survivor"a woman scientist who has stolen something from the governmenthe's absolutely enraged. There's a 600,000-copy first printing, and that's just for books; this thriller will appear in every format imaginable, including a giant 3-D book.
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.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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