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Author: Stephen King
ISBN13: 978-0340654286
Title: Desperation
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Language: English
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Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; New Ed edition (July 1997)
Pages: 736

Desperation by Stephen King

Desperation is a horror novel by Stephen King. It was published in 1996 at the same time as its "mirror" novel, The Regulators. It was made into a TV film starring Ron Perlman, Tom Skerritt and Steven Weber in 2006. The two novels represent parallel universes relative to one another, and most of the characters present in one novel's world also exist in the other novel's reality, albeit in different circumstances.

The Washington Post Book World. Incredible Praise for. Desperation and The Regulators. King has created two of his most substantial characters. Desperation and The Regulators mark a return for Stephen King to his old stomping grounds: supernatural horror and multicharacter plots that entertain with a vengeance. Both of these novels, which provide entertainment with a moral, are sure to keep you turning pages well past midnight. Grateful acknowledgment is made for permission to reprint excerpts from the following copy.

Desperation Stephen King. Now he had time to read it: DESPERATION POLICE DEPARTMENT in gold letters below the town seal, which appeared to be a miner and a horseman shaking hands. Desperation, he thought. Even better than Destry. On one hip the cop wore a gun as big as the rest of him, but his hands were empty - no clipboard, no citation-book. Peter didn't like that. He didn't know what it meant, but he didn't like it.

On this level, Desperati Say what you will about Stephen King, but you've got to hand it to our man in Maine: sitting down with one of his novels is never a struggle. Having read a number of his books, I've gradually come to think of him as being a bit like an old friend: a charming, chatty old friend who, for the price of a paperback, will happily sit down with you and tell you one of his numerous stories, stories whose occasional nastiness seems quite at odds with their mild-mannered narrator.

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Desperation By Stephen King. The book is written by Stephen King and for the first time, the writer himself has also played the role of the narrator of the story. The story has a wonderful beginning. The writer has done the job of a narrator wonderfully well.

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Located off a desolate stretch of Interstate 50, Desperation, Nevada has few connections with the rest of the world. It is a place, though, where the seams between worlds are thin. Miners at the China Pit have accidentally broken into another dimension and released a horrific creature known as Tak, who takes human form by hijacking some of the town's residents. The forces of good orchestrate a confrontation between this ancient evil and a group of unsuspecting travelers who are lured to the dying town

Desperation is the 37th (or 38th) book published by Stephen King; it was his 31st (or 32nd) novel, and the 26th under his own name. The book was released by Viking on 24 September 1996, on the same day as its " twinner -novel," The Regulators. Desperation is a story about several people who, while traveling along the desolated Highway 50 in Nevada, are abducted by Collie Entragian, the deputy of the mining town of Desperation

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Reviews: 7
I have a great fondness in my heart for some of King's work. He has a gift as an author thats hard to ignore when it comes to genre writing. Mostly, I am partial to his short stories and novellas. I think that just about every story he tells could fit neatly into one of these tight packages. Maybe with the exception of an epic like the Stand. Its my belief that when King loosens up and publishes a longer piece, he's not really telling more of a story, just using more words. And because 'Desperation' is a huge book, King is using a lot more words.

I think that the idea is good. And King is a good enough story teller to make it somewhat entertaining when he meticulously pulls in massive back stories to a half dozen characters. Its just if you have read enough King... these are not new characters. He's pretty much told these stories before. If he were to cut them out, using sparser language, he would have chopped half of the pages away and been left with a much stronger story.

Also, this book really feels like it could have some great horror potential. But it gets a little silly in my mind when King starts getting into the demonic animals of Desperation NV... Basically the story here is a half dozen people, three different groups from outside and a lone individual from Desperation are being tormented by a cop/some evil spirit from hell. A lot is left sort of unclear, like why them? Why not keep a few of the townspeople around instead? And King pulls in some silly aspects like a 'special kid'. Sort of reminded me of the hoakier Dean Koontz story angles.

I'd stay away from this King. If you have not read them, 'Skeleton Crew', 'The Stand', and 'Salem's Lot' are all really good.
Although the contents are deserving of 5 stars, this book is highly flawed on the Kindle to the extent of distracting from enjoying the story. I've submitted about three dozen corrections through the course of casual reading. I believe Amazon should institute a policy of providing rebates if the number of typos exceeds a certain number.
Pros: One of the greatest horror stories ever!

Cons: The first 100 pages are very unnerving.

I had this book in my collection for a number of years as I am a subscriber to the Stephen King Book Club. I have been reading the remaining Dark Tower books and now that Stephen King is listing in bold at the beginning of his books all of the related Dark Tower books, I have started reading his older books to get the back story, the side story and the complete story.

The Story

Highway 50 is a remote highway in the US Midwest here in this story. We are told that three sets of strangers were randomly stopped by a police cruiser because of different reasons.
The first is a family of four driving in their RV. They are the Carvers, Ralph and Ellen and their children David and Pie. The Carver's RV had suddenly run over very sharp nails that flattened all of the vehicle's tires. Luckily, Officer Entraigan was nearby and was able to help the family. He drove them into the town of Desperation to get help with their travels...or is this oversized policeman up to no good?

Then there was a couple driving across country, which was pulled over because they were missing their back license plate, but when they looked in the trunk for a tool to fix it, a bag of marijuana was found by one Officer Entraigan. They were arrested and brought to Desperation.

A third person was riding his motorcycle and pulled himself over to relieve himself on the side of the highway, but when he came back up from the ditch he was utilizing, Collie Entraigan, the policeman, was waiting near the Harley. Johnny Marinville, a novelist, was taken to Desperation because the cop planted drugs (the pot he found in the couple's car) in the motorcycle.
Anyway, these three sets of people were taken to jail, or in some cases killed on the way, (this happens within the first 70 pages of this 600+ page book, so no real spoilers here, trust me).

There was a local who was already locked up in one of the three cells where they all were forced to stay.
Only after just a couple of hours, almost all of the prisoners manage to escape their jail cells, by a feat nothing short of a miracle.
They have escaped, they are home free! Not quite, it seems that God has other plans for the people before they leave Desperation.

Something more than natural is happening; maybe something supernatural indeed is present in Desperation.
This small group of Desperation fugitives discovers that this Collie Entraigan is more than just a crazy policeman. Not only is he at least 6' 6" and growing, but he somehow can communicate and control any species of animal or insect. We see groups of Scorpions, or Spiders trying to attack, or packs of coyotes, circles of buzzards, even a mountain lion.
This small three mile town is desolate, and as the story unfolds, we find out that the entire town in dead, murdered.

It seems that the town's troubles started in China Pit, a copper mine at the end of town. Something ancient and evil was unearthed and is itching to get out, possess and cause evil mayhem wherever it may wind up.
How will these ordinary folk get out of this one? Don't worry, Stephen King has a plan, and maybe not all of these ordinary folk are "ordinary."

My Thoughts

Well, after reading the first 75 to 100 pages I was ready to put this book down. I know that I wanted to read the book because of the so-called link to the Dark Tower series, but I found that this book was way too disturbing. What was seemingly just a crazy overgrown policeman who seemed unstoppable and capable of senseless murders and abuse of power, frankly this was a bit too disturbing to me.

I decided to trust Stephen King, and luckily I kept reading. This turns out that this surely is one of the very best books by King. I feel this was even better than It one of my favorites from King, it ranks up there with Insomnia.

Not quite immediately, but as I continued to force myself to read I became immersed within the characters' plights and feelings. King is always so full of emotion and detail when writing about his characters. Even if the story turns out not so hot, we have enough of an idea of what makes his people tick.

My favorite character was, of course, the hero of the story David Carver. David, brought up in a secular atheistic family found God on his own, and is as devout in prayer as the Pope. I really relate to this character, as his situation growing up was sort of the same as mine. David was lucky; God had actually showed Himself to David via one huge miracle that he got to witness.

Lately, I have been watching movies where evil runs rampant, and I always say that God is absent, and I ask 'how come God never steps in and intervenes?'
Well, although David had special insights and helped most of the characters get out of this situation, God was truly the real hero in this novel. And this makes this book one of the best religious fictional novels I've ever read, if not the best.

One lesson that David Carver learned out here in the small town of Desperation that he could never learn from his prayer or talks with his reverend, is that God is Cruel.

The demon who the characters name as Tak speaks in a language at points that the insect world and the animals understand and respond to. The language itself could be frightening, as when spoken by Tak, something wicked is about to happen.

I found myself feeling loathe for some of the characters in this book. The feeling of evil would emanate from some of these people and creep up on me, and sometimes while reading it was tough to shake.

The Dark Tower Connection

What I thought to be the connection of the Dark Tower Series and this novel turned out to be no connection at all.
The only connection that I thought that I made was a single character link. This character lives in this novel and Dark Tower VI. If you have read Dark Tower VI, and you remember the phrase "God Bomb", then you will remember Reverend who uses the phrase here and in DT VI. It turns out that although two reverends had used this phrase of "God Bomb," they were actually two totally different characters. It would have been pretty cool if this was the connection, and that's all I have to say about that.

After confirming my error, it turns out the connection is even more miniscule and inconsequential. The language of the demon in this novel is the same used in the short story The Little Sisters of Eluria from King's Everything's Eventual book of short stories. This short story is set in the time around when Roland was in between Dark Tower IV's flashbacks and Dark Tower I: Gunslinger. He had a small and terrifying confrontation with the Sisters of Eluria and some more creatures.
It's sort of cool because it sort of sheds light on the enemy Roland had encountered, possibly this same demon, or at least a relative (so to speak).

The Regulators

The Regulators is a novel written by Richard Bachman (aka Stephen King). If you place the cover of Desperation and Richard Bachman's The Regulators, you will see that this is one big picture cut in half. As I just started reading The Regulators, I've noticed something I have never seen before in a book, almost all of the characters from Desperation, live or dead are used in this novel. Although, these characters are used, this seems to be a different plane of existence, so many of them are changed or at different ages from Desperation. I recommend reading the two novels, it makes The Regulators a more interesting read.