The Regulators

The Regulators

A Novel

Paperback - 2016
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Baker & Taylor
On a perfect summer afternoon in Wentworth, Ohio, many of the citizens who live on Poplar Street are killed mysteriously, and at the center of the mystery is a young boy named Seth Garon whose supernatural powers are just awakening.

Simon and Schuster
Master storyteller Stephen King presents the classic, terrifying New York Times bestseller of those caught between the surreal forces of good versus evil in a small suburban town.

“The red van rolls past…humming and glinting.…Things are happening fast now, although no one on Poplar Street realizes it yet.”

It’s a gorgeous midsummer afternoon along Poplar Street in the peaceful suburbia of Wentwort, Ohio, where life is as pleasant as you ever dreamed it could be. But that’s all about to end in blaze of gunfire and sudden violence, forever shattering the tranquility and the good times here. For the physical makeup of Poplar Street itself is now being transformed into a surreal landscape straight out of the active imagination of the innocent and vulnerable Seth Garin—an autistic boy who’s been exposed to and possessed by a horrific, otherworldly force of evil, one with sadistic and murderous intent and who is willing to use whatever means necessary to grow ever stronger.

Publisher: New York : Pocket Books, 2016
Edition: First Pocket Books paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©1996
ISBN: 9781501143755
1501143751
Branch Call Number: PB Bachm
Characteristics: 442 pages : illustrations

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Nasher1981
May 23, 2017

I read "Desperation" years ago and I have said for a long time it was my favorite Stephen King book. I may need to go ahead and re read it... The regulators was good, but it was off the wall crazy insane, just a little far out there for my tastes. I just read the shining which is based a little bit more in reality. Not that there's anything wrong with fantasy, but I mean It was super gory and just heart pounding all the way through. There wasn't anything symbolic or satirical about it, it was just a fun , shallow, deadly romp all the way through. Was it good? Yes, but not in the same way "It" or "The Stand" is good.

OhioEngineer Jun 27, 2012

The quality of the writing of most best-selling authors decreases proportionately with the size of their name on the cover of their books. We have all eagerly purchased the latest work by a famous author only to be disappointed by huge margins and widely spaced lines of type, as the publisher tries to hide what is obviously a “grind-it-out by the deadline” effort. Until now, Stephen King (Bachman) has resisted this temptation, but The Regulators is far below his usual standard. Normally I have trouble putting a Stephen King novel down, even into the wee hours of the morning. With The Regulators I actually gave up on it several times and then fell asleep just a few pages from the end of the book! The plot drags, the characters are paper thin and even the famous Stephen King “blood and gore” more rightly belongs in a cheap video game than in a novel by the master of the genre. I sincerely hope this is just a case of “you can’t win them all,” as opposed to a new approach to writing.

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