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The Dead Zone by Stephen King

The Dead Zone (original 1979; edition 1979)

by Stephen King

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Title:The Dead Zone
Authors:Stephen King
Info:Viking Press (1979), First edition, Hardcover with dust jacket
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The Dead Zone by Stephen King (1979)


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This book will remain in my Permanent Collection and not available to anyone else. It is AWESOME. If you have seen the movie, I will tell you that you have missed 2/3 of what's in this book. They also changed much in the movie from the Book.

John Smith, through a series of accidents has been given the power of second sight. The crux of the story comes down to one question. "If you could go back in time with what you know now about Hitler, would you kill him?" John Smith is able to see the definitive futures of individuals and is able to alter their outcome. The story of how he has to deal with this "gift" is the premise behind this book.

I found the writing easy to read. I found the characters very believable. I found the story fascinating. I would highly recommend this book as a great read! ( )
  DVerdecia | Jan 29, 2016 |
"The Wheel of Fortune", Part I, of this book is excellent, five star all the way! Part II, "The Laughing Tiger", not so much. Johnny's pursuit of a killer is a much better read than his pursuit of a politician. Still, it makes for an overall good book, and an enjoyable read. Also, it's a little snapshot of the U.S. political climate back in the late '70's, early '80's. ( )
  Stahl-Ricco | Jan 23, 2016 |
A guy has some sort of "higher awareness." Miracle or curse? ( )
  biggs1399 | Jan 19, 2016 |
Johnny Smith is put into a coma after a horrible car accident. He awakens after four and a half years to discover that by touching people he can get psychic flashes into events that have or will occur in the peoples lives. Johnny is treated oddly by most people and when he becomes aware of a terrible event that will occur if he doesn't intervene Johnny has to decide what to do. I found that King really made Johnny's plight realistic and Johnny was sympathetic. Being psychic sounds like a good thing but this book definitely shows what the downside would be. ( )
  RachelNF | Jan 15, 2016 |
Johnny Smith on nuori opettaja, joka auto-onnettomuuden myötä joutuu koomaan ja ihmeen kaupalla herää yli neljän vuoden päästä. Kuitenkin hän huomaa saaneensa ainutlaatuisen, mutta samalla hänen mielestään pelottavan kyvyn. Koskettamalla toista ihmistä hän saa näyn tämän tulevaisuudesta. Velvollisuudentuntoisena miehenä hän käyttää sitä hyviin tarkoituksiin. Kaikki muuttuu, kun Johnny pääsee kättelemään Greg Stillsonia, häikäilemätöntä poliittista kiipijää, joka on saavuttanut jokseenkin hyvän kansansuosion. Näky paljastaa Johnnylle, että Gregin kansansuosio vain kasvaa ja hänestä tulee Yhdysvaltojen presidentti. Nuo tiedot eivät aluksi huolestuta, mutta Gregin tulevaisuuteen liittyy vielä yksi asia: hän aloittaisi kolmannen maailmansodan! Johnny haluaa estää asian, mutta se vaatisi kaiken häneltä ja voiko kohtaloa edes muuttaa? ( )
  JuliaVi | Dec 4, 2015 |
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Bauman, JillIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brown, ChristopherCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Matas, RichardTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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By the time he graduated from college, John Smith had forgotten all about the bad fall he took on the ice that January day in 1953.
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Awake in the dead zone and awake to a nightmare. Recoil in horror as you are touched by a young man cursed with the power to perceive the evil in men’s souls. And whose ability to see into the future forces him into a terrifying confrontation with a charismatic, power-hungry and infinitely dangerous man.
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In the St. James Guide to Horror, Ghost & Gothic Writers, Gary Westfahl predicts that "King has already earned himself a place in the history of literature.... At the very least, he will enjoy the status of a latter-day Anthony Trollope, an author respected for his popularity and social commentary.... More likely, he will be enshrined as the Charles Dickens of the late 20th century, the writer who perfectly reflected, encapsulated, and expressed the characteristic concerns of his era."

If any of King's novels exemplifies his skill at portraying the concerns of his generation, it's The Dead Zone (1979). Although it contains a horrific subplot about a serial killer, it isn't strictly a horror novel. It's the story of an unassuming high school teacher, an Everyman, who suffers a gap in time--like a Rip Van Winkle who blacks out during the years 1970-75--and thus becomes acutely conscious of the way that American society is rapidly changing. He wakes up as well with a gap in his brain, the "dead zone" of the title. The zone gives him crippling headaches, but also grants him second sight, a talent he doesn't want and is reluctant to use. The crux of the novel concerns whether he will use that talent to alter the course of history.

The Dead Zone is a tight, well-crafted book. When asked in 1983 which of his novels so far was "the best," Stephen King answered, "The one that I think works the best is Dead Zone. It's the one that [has] the most story." --Fiona Webster

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In his unequalled career, Stephen King has forged a place in publishing history as the most popular and recognized author of all time. Now, Signet is proud to reissue his most startling psychological thriller! After awakening from a four and a half year-long coma, a simple teacher finds himself irreparably altered -- both blessed ... and cursed -- with precognative visions of the future. Driven by his altruistic nature, he decides to use his newfound powers to prevent tragic events yet to happen. But as word of his unique ability leads to unwanted fame, the gift he hoped to share with humanity inevitably separates him from it.… (more)

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