Dealing with Samples #4

Just one sample this week. I need to slow down a bit, so that I actually get to read the books I like 😀

So that’s what I tried this week:

Under-the-Dome-book-coverOn 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.

I’ve never watched the TV Show and probably won’t. Even though Edge is in it. The book starts out great though, I just love how King can tell a story and make you fall in love with the characters immediately. I was hoping that Dale Barbara would be the main character and it looks like it, reading the blurb. There’s a couple of characters we get to know during the first pages and half of them are dead again immediately.

I love how King always manages to shock me with his way of narrating.

Talk about a character’s daily life, throw in some info about his past, let him react to the current situation, make you care for him. Let him say goodbye to his wife. AND THE NEXT TIME SHE’LL SEE HIM HE’LL BE DEAD! Just throw this in, randomly.

I like it, so it’s a big YES

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