On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.
Dale Barbara, Iraq vet and now a short-order cook, finds himself teamed with a few intrepid citizens - town newspaper owner Julia Shumway, a physician's assistant at the hospital, a select-woman, and three brave kids. Against them stands Big Jim Rennie, a politician who will stop at nothing - even murder - to hold the reins of power, and his son, who is keeping a horrible secret in a dark pantry. But their main adversary is the Dome itself. Because time isn't just short. It's running out.
©2009 Stephen King; (P)2009 Simon & Schuster
I never would have thought I'd ever recommend a Stephen King book (I'm not a horror fan), but this was worth all 30 plus hours. Duma Key was my first King novel and this was every bit as good. I was expecting a little different of an ending but it does not dampen my strong recommendation!!! Would definitely recommend!!!
I just can't say enough. I thought it sounded good, but some of his works are out there. This moved along so quickly and was just an excellent and entertaining purchase.
This book would be MUCH better if the author had kept is political sniping to himself. I'm only through the first two segments and find this horribly distracting from the story. Unnecessary jabs, not providing value, author obviously using his fame to express a viewpoint. Wrong forum.
It is a must read!!!
First of all I have to say it is a wonderful story, and think you again Mr. King for doing what you do to bring entertainment and sometimes a little enlightenment to "Constant Reader" Life.
This was a story, not only of the nature of man but the nature of the word and how somethings are just bigger than we are. There are bad people in the world and there always will be. No matter how much "Right Teaching" and Religion we try to fix it with. It is the way of things.
As far as the reader goes, I think he did an OK job, although he did get his voices mixed up from time to time. I think there was a time when Barbie was talking in the voice of a little girl. That was weird.
There was a few mistakes, mostly cosmetic, and probably not very noticeable. Like in the first of the book when Barbie tells the guy he is walking the wall with to call the Colonel and tell him "Captain Barbra called" and a few other times he was referred to as CAPTAIN, Until he was promoted to Colonel, the rest of the book it was said that he was Promoted from Lieutenant to Colonel. He refers to himself as former Lieutenant Barbra. Kind of an over sight I think.
Also, sometimes I wonder of Stephen King needs to do more research on guns or maybe he messes things up on intently. I have heard similar things to this in other King books. But there is no such thing as a Beretta 92 Taurus. That is like saying someone has a Ford Mustang, Chevrolet. They are two different brands.
Oh well like I said they are cosmetic mistakes and really take nothing away from the fact that this is a wonderful story with a GREAT message that makes you think a lot!!!
If you like Stephen King you'll like this. Maybe not as good as The Stand but written along those lines. Great book that I would love to see on the big screen.
This book does nothing but mock Christianity. It drags on in meaningless banter about characters that have no bearing on the story while mocking Christians. Avoid this book unless you want to waste hours of your time.
I have been a big Stephen King fan, especially his Dark Tower series but I will never read another one of his books again. The book doesn't have characters it has bad stereotypes. The political and antireligious angles are nauseating. The main bad guy has a signed Sarah Palin picture and there is a jab at Bush every other page. You lost a reader with your extremism Mr. King.
Although this is a well written book, Stephen King spoils it by showing his political hand. Perhaps his need to preach the Gospel of liberalism is more important than satisfying all of his readers with his usual breath taking suspense. The major villain is a right-wing, Christian hypocrite who displays a signed photo of Sarah Palin on the wall of his study and murder room.
This was very heavy handed and stood out in a very awkward way. If you are a conservative reader it may make you uncomfortable waiting for the next insult to show up.
This book was a chore to finish. A thriller? I think not. The only thing this book has going for it is the narrator, who is excellent.
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