This long and enthralling story focuses on the late fifties/early sixties period which King has such a great feel for. Once you get past the basic time travel premise (which is both silly and completely believable at the same time) you are taken on a fabulous ride on a roller coaster of plot and detail building up to and surrounding the JFK Assassination. That event is actually one of my earliest memories, I was three at the time…and in the UK…so I had almost no recollection of feeling for the time. King does a wonderful job of taking you back with the hero and recreating that period. It’s not hokey, there are no rose tinted glasses involved, he simply evokes the period and draws multiple plot threads together to produce what has to be his best work in a good while.
Even since his brush with death and long recovery from a horrific car crash a few years ago, where he was run down whilst walking along a road, he has had a recurring theme of pain and recovery from trauma in his books. That’s true in this case and can that is pretty painful stuff. There is the usual dark side of evil (human and maybe supernatural) but it's implied rather than laid on heavy with a large scary brush. If I have any complaint it would be that the end of the story feels a bit rushed, having been so exquisitely paced and detailed earlier in the book. He brings in a deus ex machina basis god like time cops much like the aliens in Under The Dome, and it works well enough, but the beauty of this book is really in the detail and the characters. It’s very well read by the same fellow that did such a good job with Full Dark No Stars (Kings Previous and very good short story collection). It’s a long listen and thus a substantial commitment, but well worth every minute.
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