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Sole Survivor: A Novel Kindle Edition
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“Dean Koontz is one of the best suspense writers operating today, with unfailing narrative drive.”—The Dallas Morning News
“[A] fast-paced masterpiece . . . impossible to put down.”—Lansing State Journal
“Taut plotting, stark terror, and sweet redemption.”—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution --This text refers to the mass_market edition.
- ASIN : B000T8F508
- Publisher : Bantam (June 29, 2007)
- Publication date : June 29, 2007
- Language : English
- File size : 953 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 418 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #91,106 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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Once I started reading this I was totally sucked in, Joe wallowed in pity and pain, yes there was a lot of that but it made the story realistic, it helped me feel what he felt, it put me in his shoes and made the answer only that more urgent to get to. The story truly took a dive into the bizarre at the end, but I liked it, it was interesting and I enjoyed discovering the truth behind the tragedy. This was hard to put down once I started it and I had a nice time reading it, another good read from Koontz, and lots more to go.
- Kasia S.
The characters are decently drawn out and likeable. The villains aren't as menacing as some Koontz has written about.
I did enjoy the book, BUT it just didn't have the depth of character from his later books. Also the 'villains', from the Corporation to the Henchmen, were almost all cardboard characters.
Yet despite the flaws, this book is still a page turner. The pace is rocking along, and the ending gives you a wonderful lift.
This book is perfect for a Koontz fan (obviously), and anyone who loves a thriller with a supernatural twist.
who caused the plane crash to eliminate the former, never mind the collateral damage of innocent lives.
Top reviews from other countries
In the first 3 quarters of the book it's really, really slow going. For example (and this isn't a plot spoiler, so don't worry) when a man walks into a building of a newspaper to do something - you don't then expect to be distracted by several pages of back story about how the paper came to be in that building and so on. ANY suspense you might have felt at that point just evaporates. And so I was just constantly page flipping over information which padded the story out - but added zero to the plot.
It's not that I'm not patient enough - but I've been pretty spoilt by Lee Child's writing which, for me, epitomises how to write a few short lines about Jack Reacher doing something like walking into a diner - and it's sooooooooo well done that you can virtually see it in your imagination. When someone writes as DK has in this book - rooms and buildings that are entered are described virtually down to how many nails are in the door frame and my mind just switches off and I start flipping. I want to use my imagination - I don't want to read a shopping list of colours, textures and features and be told who put the wallpaper up. Too much information. No use to me.
I also really didn't like Joe, which is unfortunate as the book is being told from his perspective. Lots of people go through similar tragedies to his and they don't react with violence the way he does.
I was mildly interested in the plotline - but some of the sermonising around what was happening left me cold. And a certain character constantly saying "I'll tell you soon" over and over just started to tick me off. I got to the end - but I wouldn't recommend this particular book, I'm afraid.
I thought the consept of the story was clever and exciting, although in parts it was a little slow.
Wonderfully discriptive writing and good characterisation.
A book I can recommend.