Desperation Hardcover – 1996
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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.
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.Read more ›
He builds some nice effective creepy dread in the novel's first half, but by the time it's over, it's not really scary anymore. I admit that I was pretty hooked for the whole thing and did my share of page turning, but the whole time I was reading I was aware that I was reading schlock well below my reading level, and King's writing never affected me like that before. I know that sounds pompous, and I really don't mean it to, but it's just the honest truth. He really belongs in the same class as John Grisham, except he's got more imagination in his thumbnail than Grisham has in his entire body. After I finish "The Regulators" I think my Stephen King craving will be satisfied for some time to come.
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Huge S King fan and so this earned some latitude from 3.5. Enjoyed the read so great value but sometimes his stories keep getting mega surreal and what's with the child Heros all... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Daniel Skye
While not his best nor most freaky, the King of Horror delivers, once again, with a satisfyingly chill - filled story very true to his other works. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Globalgirl1977
This is as scary as it gets --- a relentless, full on horror story that will keep you up at night
Stephan King at his gory best, the story moves along with enough twists and... Read more
This is an outstanding piece of work by Stephen King. I’ve read many books by Stephen King and there hasn’t been one where I couldn’t finish it. Read morePublished 18 months ago by charlie1212
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.Published 23 months ago by Noreen T
very good book and excellent story the most interesting that I've read so long I recommand it to all my friendsPublished 23 months ago by Claude Couillard
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. Read morePublished on July 5 2008 by R. Corson