Dead on Arrival

Dead on Arrival

by Matt Richtel

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“MICHAEL CRICHTON meets STEPHEN KING at their finest … with the creepiest opening I’ve ever read.” — Lisa Gardner * “Joins the ranks of classic paranoid thrillers about human achievement run amok, with STEPHEN KING’s The Stand and Michael Crichton’s Terminal Man.” — Joseph Finder * “A heart-stopping thriller. … a must-read for MICHAEL CRICHTON fans.” — Dallas Morning News * “Similar in atmosphere and style to MICHAEL CRICHTON and STEPHEN KING. ... A race-against-the-clock thriller.” — Booklist




An airplane touches down at a desolate airport in a remote Colorado ski town. Shortly after landing, Dr. Lyle Martin, a world-class infectious disease specialist, is brusquely awakened to shocking news: Everyone not on the plane appears to be dead. The world has gone dark. While they were in the air, a lethal new kind of virus surfaced, threatening mankind's survival, and now Martin—one of the most sought-after virologists on the planet until his career took a precipitous slide—is at the center of the investigation.

Moving at lightning pace from the snowbound Rockies to the secret campus of Google X, where unlimited budgets may be producing wonders beyond our capacity to control, Dead on Arrival is a brilliantly imaginative, intricately plotted thriller that draws on Matt Richtel's years of science and technology reporting for the New York Times, and establishes him as one of the premier thriller writers working today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062443281
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/20/2018
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 400,261
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Matt Richtel is a Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times reporter and bestselling nonfiction and mystery author. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Meredith, a neurologist, and their two children. In his spare time, he plays tennis and piano and writes (not very good) songs. Visit him online at

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Dead on Arrival: A Novel 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most overhyped books of the year! There is not enough science to make the premise plausable. Although the writing is OK (but not remarkable), characters are not well developed. The plotting is not unique and the ending is lame.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But got boring as the story progressed. This should not be compared to Michael Critchton.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very enjoyable read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
took about 6 chapters to get into it just not my cup of tea!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I should have known based on the title.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dead On Arrival starts with a tremendous premise. What happens if, when you land at your airport, everybody at the airport is dead? Matt Richtel employs this head scratching and promising scenario to great advantage in this highly anticipated thriller that reminds the reader of Stephen King and other gifted horror and thriller writers. As the story begins, a plane is landing in Colorado. All is seemingly well until the pilot notices a distinct lack of activity on the ground as well as communication problems with airport personnel. Is the problem local, regional, or worldwide? And what exactly is going on? I will not delve further into this outstanding and creepy novel. Suffice it to say that the book is full of unique characters, plot twists, and turns, and has a message about the ubiquity of computers of all kinds. Dead On Arrival lands on August first. Be sure to meet it at the gate, if you dare.