Set in the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine
A #1 New York Times bestseller about a man who wakes up from a five-year coma able to see people’s futures and the terrible fate awaiting mankind—a “compulsive page-turner” (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution).
Johnny Smith awakens from a five-year coma after his car accident and discovers that he can see people’s futures and pasts when he touches them. Many consider his talent a gift; Johnny feels cursed. His fiancée married another man during his coma and people clamor for him to solve their problems.
When Johnny has a disturbing vision after he shakes the hand of an ambitious and amoral politician, he must decide if he should take drastic action to change the future. With “powerful tension that holds the reader to the story like a pin to a magnet” (The Houston Post), The Dead Zone is a “faultlessly paced…continuously engrossing” (Los Angeles Times) novel of second sight.
In the audiobook debut of King's classic 1979 thriller, a car accident sends Maine high school teacher Johnny Smith into a multiyear coma, from which he emerges into a changed world with the unwanted ability to see people's past and future just by touching them. Johnny's visions increase in scope from the image of a nurse's son surviving dangerous surgery to the second sight of a murder scene that helps a local sheriff find a serial killer. Each leaves Johnny physically diminished and psychically damaged. But they're just warm-ups for his vision of jingoistic politician Greg Stillson achieving the presidency and starting a devastating nuclear war. Actor Franco performs at full thespian force, telling the story in a naturalistic, almost mesmerizing manner with distinctive voices for all of the book's many characters: Johnny's highlights his affability, integrity, pain, and inner turmoil. The villainous Stillson sounds smarmy, aggressive, and insane in the way that can drive a man to kick a dog to death. Additionally, Franco's interpretation of the final section of the novel, consisting of letters and excerpts from committee meetings, is moving enough to bring tears to listeners' eyes. A Pocket paperback.
The Dead Zone is riveting and prescient.
I saw the 1983 movie first. Had never had occasion to read the book until I heard Steven King compare the book’s antagonist, Greg Stillson, to Donald Trump when giving an interview. I remembered from the movie how true the comparison was but wanted to now read the book—a book examines and provides more insight into its characters than a movie can ever do. The foreshadowing of Trump in the character of Stillson is amazing. Donald Trump is the real-life Greg Stillson, and Steven King predicted his coming in this novel, The Dead Zone.
The book is riveting. You can’t put it down. Bravo, Mr. King. You are a genius writer.
A terrifying journey into The Dead Zone!
I’ve, of course, never read this book as an ebook, only as a print book. However you want to read it, on your phone or on the printed page, this is a terrific book from the imagination of Stephen King! While I disagree with any reviewers who claim that horror fans wouldn’t really enjoy this book, I 💯 agree with all who claim that it’s an enjoyable, emotional, thought-provoking drama. This enthralling book makes readers really stop and think about what it might be like to have such extraordinary psychic powers while using the subject to tell an eerie, occasionally terrifying, tale of suspense and horror. While it’s nowhere near King’s most critically acclaimed book, it’s a great read that I think all of his fans will enjoy! It will always be a favorite of mine!