Desperation

Desperation

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"The terror is relentless" (Publishers Weekly) in Stephen King's #1 national bestseller about a little mining town, Desperation, that many will enter on their way to somewhere else. But getting out is not easy as it would seem...Located off a desolate stretch of Interstate 50, Desperation, Nevada, has few connections with the rest of the world. It is a place, though, where the seams between worlds are thin. And it is a place where several travelers are abducted by Collie Entragian, the maniacal police officer of Desperation. Entragian uses various ploys for the abductions, from an arrest for drug possession to "rescuing" a family from a nonexistent gunman. There's something very wrong here, all right, and Entragian is only the surface of it. The secrets embedded in Desperation's landscape, and the evil that infects the town like some viral hot zone, are both awesome and terrifying. But as one of the travelers, young David Carver, seems to know--though it scares him nearly to death to realize it--so are the forces summoned to combat them. "Stephen King's knack for turning the stray junk of pop culture into sick, darkly engrossing thrills has rarely been this much in evidence as in Desperation" (Salon).
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Audio, 2016
[New York, N.Y.] :, Simon & Schuster Audio,, [2016]
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781508218289
1508218285
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file (21 hr., 17 min., 27 sec.)) : digital
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nrobocop_nwpl Apr 15, 2017

I went into this book knowing nothing at all about the plot and initially thought it was non-paranormal horror. The first third of the book truly horrified me (in a good way!) and I was looking forward to a real spine-chiller. After that, the story got increasingly bonkers which was sort of fun but took away from the element of fear somewhat. By the end, I felt much less strongly about the book as a whole but I sure can't criticize it for lacking originality!

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kentjm
Dec 29, 2014

King also released The Regulators at the same time as Desperation under his Richard Bachman alias. As a companion piece, it is interesting with the use of the same character names and other similar parallels but a different story all together.

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1lilguy
Dec 28, 2014

would like to have a hold on rlangeloh and lvetterodriguez1

I'm not sure if these are even titles as they don't sound like it. If they are and are Stephen King books I would like to read them.

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rlangeloh
Feb 06, 2014

I believe one of King's best

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kornik
Apr 09, 2010

I have read this book a few times as well. Not one of the best but a good read. Its quite long but it keeps your interest. the regulators is a good book to follow with this one or the precede it as well.
its about a couple on their way somewhere and they are stopped by a small town cop and taken to the town, a mining town and the trouble ensues from there. Quite graphic descriptions of the killings (of course there are killings, this is stephen king!) and such but a good read.

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RazorSteel
Jul 06, 2007

I guess die-hard King fans would love this book. I've enjoyed many of his books, though Desperation isn't in my top 10. I felt it was too long, first of all. After finishing the book I had a feeling I read this before?(shades of The Stand and It). King will never write himself into a corner or worry about explaining things? he simply has the (evil) force do anything it wants to do (it doesn't have to make sense) until it meets a more powerful (good) force ? in this book, God ? and the standoff begins. To me, King brought God into the plot of this book more than any others I've read, which was somewhat interesting.

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nitetraino
Aug 14, 2006

While there is no doubt Stephen King is a great author with an incredible ability to write, he still needs an editor. Obviously, no one bothered to edit this novel from way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way too long. Are King's editors too intimidated to do their jobs? It certainly appears so in this exceedingly unnecessarily long wordy work. Not even close to his best work. 2 out of 10 stars for this neverending yarn.

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