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The Stand by [King, Stephen]
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First came the days of the plague. Then came the dreams.

Dark dreams that warned of the coming of the dark man. The apostate of death, his worn-down boot heels tramping the night roads. The warlord of the charnel house and Prince of Evil.

His time is at hand. His empire grows in the west and the Apocalypse looms.

When a man crashes his car into a petrol station, he brings with him the foul corpses of his wife and daughter. He dies and it doesn't take long for the plague which killed him to spread across America and the world.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4148 KB
  • Print Length: 1348 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (11 December 2008)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0037TPMP4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,833 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Padded out and incredibly dreary. Stephen King seems to have lost his edge.
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King and the Captain Trips apocalypse is a brilliant and epic tale. Characters are worth investing in and the writing is top notch. Dont waste your time on this review, buy it and get reading... M O O N, that spells now.
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This Stephen King epic is about the end of the world and just after. Its characters goes through three parts, each with its own dangers and discoveries. First, the "Captain Trips" virus escapes from a secret U.S. Army research lab and kills more than 99% of the U.S. population. A few survivors are naturally immune. For the rest, there is no cure. The story begins much like any science fiction apocalypse; there are no supernatural elements.

In the second part, individual survivors gradually find each other. Each of them has two different repeating dreams that are remarkably similar across very different people. One dream is of a kindly old woman named Mother Abigail, who encourages them to gather in Hemingford Home, Nebraska. The other dream is about a dark man with no face, who confronts each of them with their greatest personal fear. He pressures them to surrender to his will and come to Las Vegas, Nevada. The story introduces several main characters, explores their motivations behind the destinations they choose, and illustrates the dangers of post-civilization travel.

The two groups begin settling and restoring. Mother Abigail moves with her group to Boulder, Colorado, where a panic at the plague's outbreak has left the city relatively free of bodies. Randall Flagg leads the Las Vegas group, directing them to not only restore utilities but to gather weapons. Guided by Flagg's ruthlessness and supernatural powers, they prepare to attack Boulder.

The third part has a mystical focus and sharpens the story's contrast between good and evil. A dying Mother Abigail chooses four from Boulder to confront Flagg's Las Vegas. They leave immediately with minimal provisions and begin walking west. The confrontation happens. And the story ends.
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Few can doubt the sheer scope and scale of The Stand. If nothing else, it is a book of terrifying vision.

In short, the army creates a weaponized version of the flu, which then escapes and decimates humanity. The survivors polarise into two camps as some demonstrate arcane abilities.

Despite the length of the book, my only criticism is that I would have liked a bit more character development. But that is a minor quibble, because this book has buckets of tension, pace and some great twists and turns.

Perhaps the greatest thing about this book is its legacy - it has influenced so many other works, from the bestselling A Gathering of Twine (The Spirals of Danu) (my fave book of the last 12 months) to the underwhelming The Passage: A Novel (Book One of The Passage Trilogy) (seriously, why does everyone rave about that book?) and onto such landmark films like 28 Days Later.

The Stand is more than a book of its time, and speaks to countless generations of Man's hubris.

A great read.
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I actually like Swansong by Robert R McCammon better
But the scenes of leaving a dead and rotting New York really stuck with me
Why did Nick have to die , why not sickly sweet Fran?
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This was the first book I ever read by Stephen King many moons ago. It got me hooked from first page. Since then, I've purchased everything he's ever written. I'm an Annie Wilkes without the madness lol. I recommend this to anyone as a starter KING book. Forget what you saw in telemovie..That was ok, but the book will grip you - and wont let you go. Read on and become a "constant reader". Enjoy xx
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By Chrys Matthews TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 September 2015
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Finally I have been able to read this book in full. Until now I have not realized just how much was edited out of the first and second editions of this but have always felt that I was missing something. After reading this book I now know exactly how much more to the story there was. Thank you for this edition most sincerely.
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Starts is a little hard to follow, as every new chapter is following a different chapter. After the first section the characters come together in a post apocalyptic world and the story really kicks off. Making it a fun read, in spite of the mass death that occurs.
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