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The Regulators [Kindle Edition]

Stephen King
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Poplar Street is just an ordinary street in an ordinary town, except there's something strange about Audrey Wyler's nephew. When the strange-looking vans arrive a surreal nightmare begins which threatens to turn the familiar street into a wasteland of devastation and desperation.

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Popular fiction's most prolific terror-monger (The Times)

Slides slickly down an eager gullet (Telegraph)

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'Slides slickly down an eager gullet'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 740 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (11 Mar. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003BVFZ5K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,892 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Desperation! 16 July 2004
By C. M. Collier VINE VOICE
In my opinion,this is a fantastic book,one which I have read again and again.It has most of the characters of Desperation,but is set on a happy summer street,and concentrates more on Audrey Wyler and her autistic nephew Seth,a beautiful little boy possessed by an alien,Tak.Stephen King,writing as Richard Bachman,writes women like no other man I know,and her diary entries are so believable and poignant that they form a perfect contrast to the unbelievable violence that erupts in this peaceful neighbourhood.
I love the ending of this book so much; in fact I just love this book.It may seem strange that a story about death and mayhem should appeal to me so much,but what I like so much about Stephen King is the constant fight between good and evil,and the fact that good usually triumphs,whatever the cost.It definitely does here,and I find the ending so satisfying,I sometimes pick up The Regulators and read the last few pages.
So,to sum up,Desperation's great,but The Regulators is absolutely brilliant!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very disturbing story...awesome! 7 Jan. 2010
By Gav.76
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought this on hardback the day of release back in 1996 along with Desperation. I read Desperation straight away and loved it, but somehow The Regulators stayed on the shelf until 3 days ago, some 14 yrs later almost! I am kicking myself that such a fantastic book has been looking out of my bookshelf at me for so many years yet I ignored it (I have the first edition UK hardback with green cover which actually HAS an eye on the front - maybe it WAS looking at me after all!?!).
I have just read it within 2 days and from start to finish it enthralled me, mesmerised me and if i'm honest, scared the living daylights out of me too! One of SK's more sinister and freaky novels and an instant classic that I know I will wanna read time and time again.
I know we all have different views and opinions, but I am struggling to understand how other King readers are leaving reviews stating 'not one of his best' ect ect... IMHO, this novel contains EVERYTHING a constant reader needs from a King novel. Some great characters (and previously known too which was kinda cool, remembering them from Desperation), there are some truly horrific scenes that made me cringe with delight, and the ending really got to me, not what I was expecting at all! The flashback scenes courtesy of journals left by Audrey were indeed both frightening and heartbreaking. One reviewer on here left a comment saying they skipped all the journal parts - these are so vital to the storyline, I would suggest having another read!
Then comes a letter written by the worker from the mine - these 6 or 7 pages had me on the edge of my seat!!!!

One of the best SK books I can honestly say I have read, and I have read many.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars King-by-numbers 17 Jan. 2002
By A Customer
I was introduced accidentally to Stephen King and his alter-ego with Misery - a complex two-handed psychological narrative which left me in awe of this supposed gore-meister's grasp of true fear and horror. Since then, I have dipped infrequently into the back catalogue, with varying success. What works best for me (and I'm probably in a minority here), are the stories which weave real-life situations into an horrific super-reality. The regulators is not in that camp. It feels like a Stephen-king-by-numbers: a disparate, ill-defined group of stereotypes, facing a supernatural foe in a small town setting. Serve with frequent pop-culture reference (often lost on us Brits), and a kid with strange powers. Some die, some survive. Life is never the same. It's a well-trodden formula, that often pays off, but in The Regulators, the tension, and gradual dissemination of the nature of foe seems to be hurried, and the final reel (often a weakness in King plots) seems rushed and incomplete. By no means a disaster, but not up to the usual standards... Desperation anyone ?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good book 27 Mar. 2015
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was a fan of Stephen King for many years, loved his scary, creepy and exciting books. But he moved on to more ordinary stuff, good books in their way too, but to me he lost that magic touch he had to spellbind me. This book 'The regulators' reminded me of 'old' King and was glad for that. Mysteries, excitement, scary in its moments and unthinkable things happening to a neighbourhood. That was the good parts, the only bad I can really say about this book is that it at times was hard to keep all the characters apart so in the end I didn't really care about most of them. But I do think you should try it, was worth the money and if you are a longtime fan of Mr King as I you might enjoy it also.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Potty Mouth attacks again 21 Aug. 2005
By bernie VINE VOICE
This item would probably not have been published if Stephen King had not hit the big time with his other novels. This is a loose collection of mostly obscenities and nasties with a little gore to glue it together. It appears to be a test project for future novels.

I will not go too much into detail as each incidence relies on surprise. However we start out with a normal small town. Bizarre events eventually turn into a surrealistic nightmare. People are trapped in a twilight zone type of atmosphere and the question is if anyone will survive? It does not look possible.

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