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Thorndike Press, 2006 - Fiction - 709 pages
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From international bestseller Stephen King, a high-concept, ingenious and terrifying story about the mayhem unleashed when a pulse from a mysterious source transforms all cell phone users into homicidal maniacs.
There s a reason cell rhymes with hell.
On October 1, God is in His heaven, the stock market stands at 10,140, most of the planes are on time, and Clayton Riddell, an artist from Maine, is almost bouncing up Boylston Street in Boston. He s just landed a comic book deal that might finally enable him to support his family by making art instead of teaching it. He s already picked up a small (but expensive ) gift for his long-suffering wife, and he knows just what he ll get for his boy Johnny. Why not a little treat for himself? Clay s feeling good about the future.
That changes in a hurry. The cause of the devastation is a phenomenon that will come to be known as The Pulse, and the delivery method is a cell phone. Everyone s cell phone. Clay and the few desperate survivors who join him suddenly find themselves in the pitch-black night of civilization s darkest age, surrounded by chaos, carnage, and a human horde that has been reduced to its basest nature...and then begins to evolve.
There s really no escaping this nightmare. But for Clay, an arrow points home to Maine, and as he and his fellow refugees make their harrowing journey north they begin to see crude signs confirming their direction. A promise, perhaps. Or a threat...
There are 193 million cell phones in the United States alone. Who doesn t have one? Stephen King s utterly gripping, gory, and fascinating novel doesn t just ask the question Can you hear me now? It answers it with a vengeance."

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User Review  - Katie Scarlett - Goodreads

I enjoyed this book. And although it didn't sound like Kings writing , I loved the idea behind this story. Phones and Internet have taken over. If the pulse happened right now, I'd be a phoner. Ending kinda left me guessing but I can live with it. Read full review

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User Review  - Martin Sisolak - Goodreads

My second book from Stephen King. 11.22.63 was way much better. My issue with the book: How come Jordan (a boy) would know what has been going on with the Pulse and how it works with the brain (erase, restarts memory). They can be just his assumptions. Read full review

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Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine, on September 21, 1947. After graduating with a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Maine at Orono in 1970, he became a teacher. His spare time was spent writing short stories and novels. King's first novel would never have been published if not for his wife. She removed the first few chapters from the garbage after King had thrown them away in frustration. Three months later, he received a $2,500 advance from Doubleday Publishing for the book that went on to sell a modest 13,000 hardcover copies. That book, Carrie, was about a girl with telekinetic powers who is tormented by bullies at school. She uses her power, in turn, to torment and eventually destroy her mean-spirited classmates. When United Artists released the film version in 1976, it was a critical and commercial success. The paperback version of the book, released after the movie, went on to sell more than two-and-a-half million copies. Many of King's other horror novels have been adapted into movies, including The Shining, Firestarter, Pet Semetary, Cujo, Misery, The Stand, and The Tommyknockers. Under the pseudonym Richard Bachman, King has written the books The Running Man, The Regulators, Thinner, The Long Walk, Roadwork, and Rage. King is one of the world's most successful writers, with more than 100 million copies of his works in print. Many of his books have been translated into foreign languages, and he writes new books at a rate of about one per year. In 2003, he received the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. In 2012 his title, The Wind Through the Keyhole made The New York Times Best Seller List. King's title's Mr. Mercedes and Revival made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2014. He won the Edgar Allan Poe Award in 2015 for Best Novel with Mr. Mercedes. King's title Finders Keepers made the New York Times bestseller list in 2015.

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