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on 2 June 2004
Desperation, an old Stephen king favorite of mine, is not just a book, but an experience that leaves the reader frightened, trembling, and questioning their own moral beliefs. Picture a crazed Nevada policeman who pulls over vehicles on a lonely desert highway and forcefully takes away their occupants. Whichever of them he doesn't kill immediately, he locks up in the jail of the small desolate town of Desperation. Among those captured are the vacationing Carver family, whose RV is sabotaged on its way to Arizona. Already incarcerated is Tom Billingsley, a once well-known member of the now slaughtered community of Desperation.
They are soon joined by Mary, one of the very first characters we are introduced to in desperation who has been riding with her husband, Peter, in his sister's Acura, bringing it and some other personal things from Reed college, in Portland to New York City. Following soon after is formerly famous, currently old and overweight writer, Johnny Marinville, who is riding across the country on his Harley-Davidson gathering material for a book of short stories.
I would recommend this book to any adventurous reader. The amazing attention to detail combined with the frighteningly realistic accounts of the pasts of the characters makes this book a fresh experience. Even though I am an avid reader of Stephen King and have read approximately ninety nine percent of Stephen King's books, Desperation still remains one of my favorites by far. Desperations entangled sub-plots and horrific action are so intimidating that you will find yourself turning in bed as much as you will turning the pages.
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