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The Survivors

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  760 Ratings  ·  59 Reviews
When a passenger plane goes down in the Appalachians, rescue teams start looking for survivors and discover that a five-year-old boy and a woman are missing. Twenty miles from the crash site, Deborah Sanborn has a vision of two survivors, cold, hurting and scared. Over the years she has learned to trust her gift, and she senses these strangers are in terrible danger. She s ...more
Paperback, 376 pages
Published February 20th 2007 by Mira (first published 2005)
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I always struggle with Sharon Sala/Dinah McCall. Some of her books I've enjoyed others I've not even finished, -all have a high cheese factor. This one had a great premise, a follow through that I wasn't expecting (and not in a good way) with main characters becoming secondary and an over the top maniacal bad guy. Some of the dialogue in this was also laughably old fashioned and or just plain ridiculous with love scenes the same. The following being almost unreadable.

"When they began the dance
Jul 13, 2007 Jaime rated it really liked it
I had a hard time putting this down! This was the first Dinah McCall (or Sharon Sala) I’ve read, and I wouldn’t hesitate to read more. The rescue happens rather early in the story, so I wondered what else was going to happen. The weather didn’t disappoint.

My one complaint is that I found it hard to believe that the bad guy would survive as long as he did in the wilderness in bad weather, injured, with very little food and/or water. But I rarely read anything that doesn’t require at least a littl
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Something a little different. Who knows what will work for me or not. This one did work and I loved it. In this story a plane crashes and almost everyone is killed, except for a little boy and a woman, and the man who wants to kill them. Edge of your seat excitment!
Feb 06, 2012 Gail rated it it was amazing
An amazing book. Never a dull moment. Full of excitement and wondering what will happen next. Thanks to Linda for suggesting I read this book!
First I started slowly, didn't really get into it and set it aside. Then it was time for the Bout of Books Readathon, so I picked it up again and read the entire thing in one day. Which I believe is the right way to read this book.

I really liked it. It was full of endearing characters. There was also a bit of suspense, and two cute romances.
I also appreciated the characterization of the main antagonist, who wasn't a cartoonish villain but a character motivated by desperation.
(Although I did ha
Aug 15, 2014 Lyndi rated it it was ok
So I gave this one another shot and I'm kinda on the shelf about it. The plot was interesting, though entirely unrealistic. The characters were fine... none of them had a lot of back story or development, probably due to the fact that there were seven main characters. Everything was just kinda average, even the psychic slant was a non-event. But what kills me is the way it was written. Jumping back and forth, sometimes for just a paragraph, to focus on the various characters was exhausting. Than ...more
Jennie Leigh
Jan 08, 2015 Jennie Leigh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
I enjoyed the book in general, though I found myself struggling to suspend my disbelief more than once. First off, it seemed highly contrived for everyone else to die in the plan crash. It just didn't make much sense to me, especially considering the real life crashes that have been much more violent, yet have seen survivors walk away. (IE the 1989 crash in Sioux City, Iowa) And are we just supposed to be amazed that not only did the two senators wind up on the same flight, but it just happened ...more
Apr 01, 2012 Nath rated it really liked it
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Mar 12, 2008 Mf-s rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Mf-s by: Terry
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Aug 05, 2015 Charlotte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another gem.

I would recommend this book to anyone but especially to any of Dinah McCall's or Sharon Sala's fans. This lady has such a wonderful way of expressing herself through her characters. She is such a wonderful story teller. I have most of her books in hardback and am now acquiring them in e-books. She has the ability to speak right to my heart. Thank you for all the hours of reading pleasure..
This is not the type of romance I normally go for. It is basically sweet and going in to it I had an oppinion of what would be the subject of the romance and who the main characters were in that regard. Instead I found out there was actually two emerging couples. Both the son and his father finds love on the side of that mountain. As far as romance is concerned the main couple is not Molly and Ethan as I assumed, but his father Mike and the psychic Deborah. (And why is it always the young ones t ...more
A great book, couldn't put it down!

When a passenger plane goes down in the Appalacians, rescue teams start looking for the survivors and discover that a five-year-old boy and a woman are missing. Twenty miles from the crash site, Deborah Sanborn has a vision of two survivors, cold, hurting and scared. Over the years she has learned to trust her gift, and she senses these strangers are in terrible danger. She sees a hunter, moving in for the kill.

Four generations of O'Ryan men have gather
Nov 04, 2012 Cindy rated it really liked it
This is the first time I've anything by this author but it won't be the last. I really liked this story - it had plenty of action and the characters were well-drawn and compelling.

A plane has crashed in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky and there are 3 people missing - a senator, a young woman, and a 5 year old boy. A woman of the mountains has the gift of sight and goes to help the rescuers. The boy, Johnny, is the youngest of the O'Ryan men and they rally to search for him. I liked the relatio
Miss Kim
Apr 28, 2008 Miss Kim rated it liked it
My first Dinah McCall book and I thought it was pretty good. A young woman and a child witness a murder after their plane crashes in the snowy mountains of Kentucky. They fear the murderer will want to kill them too, if he knew they witnessed his crime. They are forced to run on foot through a blizzard in search of rescue. With the help of a lonely psychic woman who lives on the mountain, the boy's family is desperately trying to reach them in time. There are to romances going on in the story. T ...more
Jan 01, 2016 Theresa rated it it was ok
Interesting and really great characters, but it all felt kind of detached and distant; didn't really draw me in, feel real to me. Also, too many characters and side plots going on; McCall should have stuck with just one or two.
Carol M. Laird
Dec 23, 2015 Carol M. Laird rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
excellent read

The story had a little of everything to draw me into the book. It was difficult to put down! Great plot excellent characters with humour sex and twist and t turns for some spice
Awilk -never sleeps-
I was surprised by how much I loved this book. I picked it up for under 20cents at a second-hand book fair, and only chose to read it now for a monthly reading challenge.
What a great surprise. A whole family of military men rallying together to save one of their own. I liked how these men worked together and truly cared for each other. They were all wonderful characters, from 85 year old Thorn to 5 year old Johnny.
There was two romances in the story, but I enjoyed Mike and Deborah more than Evan
Apr 21, 2008 Gina rated it really liked it
Awesome book! Once again, McCall delivers. You swear you can feel the cold, the fear of the victims; the anger, fear and desperation of the 'hunter'; the fear, anticipation and hope of the searchers. When Deborah's 'gift' appears, you can feel it happening, and with words, McCall uses them wisely, making you feel like you're there, along for the ride, running with Johnny and Molly, feel the O'Ryan's desperation, and the pull that leads Deborah to them. For some of the characters to find love at ...more
charmaine White
Feb 12, 2015 charmaine White rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As good as it gets

I have read this book twice. Once was not enough.Each book holds you from beginning to end,and leaves you wanting more.
Sarah A.
Aug 05, 2009 Sarah A. rated it really liked it
A suspensful book with some romance mixed in.

I read this multiples times and enjoyed it a lot. There are some gross parts but if you want you can just skip over them.

A story about a young boy, and woman, and a man who survived a plane crash. There was once a fourth but he was killed by another suvivor. The 2 witnesses fled and are being followed by the third. The third wants to silence the only witnesses.

Deborah Sanborn has visions and sees two survivors wandering on the snowy mountain. Now sh
Keomony Mary
May 29, 2016 Keomony Mary rated it it was amazing
This book kept me so engaged that sometimes I forgot to even breathe until the climax of each scene was read through.
Maggie Shanley
Aug 29, 2016 Maggie Shanley rated it really liked it
Great paranormal suspense story, but be warned if you start this at night you will be missing out on some sleep time.
Jan 28, 2010 Jacqueline rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: romantic suspence lovers.
I really liked this book. The only thing that kept it from being 5 stars is that the 2 romances or at least the main romance could have been a bit richer. I'm happy they fell in love, I just wish I could have read more and experienced more about it. I like all the generations of the men being together and supporting each other. I loved the pyschic aspect. I did wonder how the bad guy stayed alive while injured in the weather etc. After all, Molly and Johnny nearly died after only 2 nights. How d ...more
Jul 24, 2014 Pauline rated it it was ok
Simple, predictable and way too perfect of an ending.
Apr 25, 2014 April rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. It was really good.
Woman In Gold
Jul 13, 2015 Woman In Gold rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book. I've reread it many times.
Sep 09, 2016 Ellen rated it liked it
Good characters
Letina Kelly
Dec 30, 2015 Letina Kelly rated it liked it
Good book.
Jun 15, 2012 Kristin rated it really liked it
The beginning of the book was a little confusing as you met each character, but I couldn't stop reading until the end so I would know if Molly and Johnny were safe from Senator Darren Wilson and what his fate would be. The suspense just about killed me. As a warning,there is a bit of swearing through out the book and there is a love scene(I skipped to the end).
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Dinah McCall is a pseudonym for author Sharon Sala.

It was a job she hated that drove Sharon Sala to put the first page of paper in an old typewriter, but it was the love of the craft that kept her writing. Her first efforts at writing came in 1980 when she began a book that wound up under her bed. A second book followed in 1981 and suffered a similar fate, but she claims the writing bug had bitten
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