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The blurb is true, up to a point. It does start with a bang, and does have a terrific velocity in the plot. It is, as you'd expect (I guess), very much in the Stephen King cosmos, of parallel universes and everyday American culture. The characters are well drawn, more or less, with the Gas Mask man being a typical Stephen King creation straight out of The Stand.
The let down for me was the ending; it's obvious from the first chapter what the last chapter is going to be, but the ending is very rushed, as though Joe had a publishing deadline to meet and had to cram three months' work into one. Christmasland was beautifully described, but the heroine's John McLane antics, whilst seriously injured (no spoiler there; she seems unable to avoid any injury from early on in the book) are straight out of a poor pulp novel.
The last third seemed rushed, with several major characters killed off almost perfunctorily. It was a real shame, as the first two thirds were superb, and it was one of those few books where I couldn't wait to get back to.