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Desperation [Hardcover]

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5.0 out of 5 stars Nightmares every day April 13 2004
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Hands down...
This book gave me ongoing nightmares for 2 consecutive weeks.
That's the power of Stephen King.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stephen King--Desperation (1996) June 20 2004
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Although not one of his more critically commended horror-thrillers of the last decade or so (mainly due to its lack of a television or motion picture adaptation), "Desperation" is perhaps one of Stephen King's most exhilarating, yet tender achievements that he has ever written. It begins with a style that is not unique to King, jumping at the audience within the initial few pages, gripping the readers with a relentless strangle-hold that does not subside until the concluding punctuation. "Desperation" not only describes a shockingly serene small town that is ripped apart by an unknown evil, but also dwells on the inner apprehension that comes when faith is not governed from a higher power.
A group of people all find themselves in Desperation, Nevada for one reason or another. Peter and Mary Jackson are returning to New York in their sister's vehicle, but are arrested for having a large amount of marijuana hidden in the trunk. The Carvers, an average Ohio family, are pulled over and taken into police custody because they have numerous flat tires blown out on their RV. Aging motorcycling literary genius John Marinville, who is researching for his last great novel and traveling the country to find answers, is detained for taking a urine-stop on the side of the highway. What these people and all the citizens of Desperation have in common; however, is that they are being tormented by a maniacal police officer named Collie Entragian, who is shooting people at will and is becoming increasingly strange as time goes on. With the help from townie Tom Billingsley, this unforgettable group of magical characters surge into battle against a mysterious vice that has a death grasp on the ill-fated desert village.
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5.0 out of 5 stars huge Stephen King fan Feb. 28 2014
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Loved finding another Stephen King book to add to my collection. As expected it was hard to put down. Truly enjoyed the terror of reading the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars book Feb. 23 2014
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very good book and excellent story the most interesting that I've read so long I recommand it to all my friends
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3.0 out of 5 stars Scary stuff! March 19 2007
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This is one of King's more graphic, horror books (like Pet Semetary). It surrounds a bunch of characters that were driving down Interstate 50 in Nevada and were unfortunate enough to be pulled over by a menacing cop. They are then taken to the town Desperation and all hell breaks loose. I thought this book was really good and pretty scary, some of the images are truly frightening. The reason it doesn't get more stars is that in the middle (for me) it was a little slower compared to the begining and end. But I still did really enjoy it. There's some religious overtones as well but not so much that it becomes cumbersome. Overall I think this is really interesting and scary book and I think it's a must read for horror/King fans!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deja Vu all over again July 13 2004
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Desperation is very good Stephen King that builds a sense of peril and has the readers turning page after page well after they were supposed to turn the lights out.
However, the biggest surprise and pleasure is reading it with the Bachman (King) book The Regulators. It is such a weird deja vu experience having character you think you know in both books. Heros relegated to more minor roles and events playing out differently then you think they will because of your preconceptions. Overall a very enjoyable experience.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive July 5 2008
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I usually don't enjoy horror books but I'm glad that I gave Desperation a chance. It was years ago but I can still recall much of the plot. It was a fun book and well put together. A definite read for anyone that like Stephen King!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The "King of terror"! March 22 2007
By Jojos
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I loved it! Just couldn't stop reading. If you like horror, you will love Desperation. From the beginning until the end, this book was excellent for me like every book I read from Stephen King. Cujo, It, Pet Cemetery, etc. I haven't read them all yet but I'm still going... I'm a real Stephen King fan. :)
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