When a man escapes from a biological testing facility, he sets in motion a deadly domino effect, spreading a mutated strain of the flu that will wipe out 99 percent of humanity within a few weeks. The survivors who remain are scared, bewildered, and in need of a leader. Two emerge-Mother Abagail, the benevolent 108-year-old woman who urges them to build a peaceful community in Boulder, Colorado; and Randall Flagg, the nefarious "Dark Man," who delights in chaos and violence. As the dark man and the peaceful woman gather power, the survivors will have to choose between them-and ultimately decide the fate of all humanity.
Hapscomb’s Texaco sat on Number 93 just north of Arnette, a pissant four-street burg about 110 miles from Houston. Tonight the regulars were there, sitting by the cash register, drinking beer, talking...
Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are Doctor Sleep; Joyland; 11/22/63; Full Dark, No Stars; Under the Dome; Just After Sunset; End of Watch; and the latest novel in the Dark Tower saga: The Wind Through…
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The Stand is a masterpiece of apocalyptic fiction and one of my all time favorite books. The pacing is steady for the first two thirds and then ramps up as it nears the end causing a beautiful bit of tension for the reader who can feel the story building to a climax. The characters, save for two, are very relatable and easy to make a connection with. The exceptions to that are the characters the "Walking Dude" and "Mother Abigale" as these two characters are either supernatural themselves or have been given some supernatural abilities.
Overall I would list this book as required reading for anyone interested in the psychological thrillers with a touch of horror. I give it a 9/10.