Bestselling authors Stephen King and Peter Straub's epic thriller about a small American town held in the grip of unspeakable evil is now available from Simon & Schuster Audio completely unabridged on MP3 CD for only $19.99! Twenty years ago, a boy named Jack Sawyer traveled to a parallel universe called the Territories to save his mother and her ...
Bestselling authors Stephen King and Peter Straub's epic thriller about a small American town held in the grip of unspeakable evil is now available from Simon & Schuster Audio completely unabridged on MP3 CD for only $19.99! Twenty years ago, a boy named Jack Sawyer traveled to a parallel universe called the Territories to save his mother and her Twinner from an agonizing death that would have brought cataclysm to the other world. Now Jack is a retired Los Angeles homicide detective living in the nearly nonexistent hamlet of Tamarack, Wisconsin. He has no recollection of his adventures in the Territories, and he was compelled to leave the police force when a happenstance event threatened to awaken those long suppressed and dangerous memories. When a series of gruesome murders occur in western Wisconsin that are reminiscent of those committed several decades earlier, Jack s buddy, the local chief of police, begs Jack to help find the killer. But are these new killings merely the work of a disturbed individual, or has a mysterious and malignant force been unleashed in this quiet town? What causes Jack s inexplicable waking dreams if that is what they are of robins eggs and red feathers? As these cryptic messages becomes impossible to ignore, Jack is drawn back to the Territories and to his own hidden past."
While I do not generally look to Stephen King for eloquent writing, he can create and describe a mind-bending nightmare world as no one else. This novel, which follows the previous Straub-King effort, is very engaging. Many of the scenes and characters are nearly cliché and predictable. The twisted aspects of the plot and the bizarre nature of the crisis go far in making up for this. An old geezer wearing a dressing gown and shifting between alternate realities while wreaking havoc is a novel idea. The pace of the novel is fast. The writing is a bit more polished and comprehensible than most King work, due most likely to the Straub collaboration. This book is self-contained; it is not necessary to read Talisman first. King does provide a unique point of view and periodically makes a comment or an observation that is immensely real, capturing the essence of the situation. The bikers and their dialogue are shallow, but the queen in the asylum and the dream connection with Jack are very good. The notes from the Fisherman, signed ?your fiend? and the snatching of a kid leaving a sneaker are haunting. I enjoyed the book, but King?s real talent is writing short stories. His ideas have a variety and range that are practically unmatched.
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