By Stephen King
Stephen King’s apocalyptic imaginative and prescient of a global blasted by way of plague and tangled in an elemental fight among solid and evil continues to be as riveting and eerily believable as while it was once first published.
A sufferer escapes from a organic trying out facility, unknowingly sporting a perilous weapon: a mutated pressure of super-flu that might wipe out ninety nine percentage of the world’s inhabitants inside a number of weeks. those that stay are scared, bewildered, and short of a pacesetter. emerge—Mother Abagail, the benevolent 108-year-old lady who urges them to construct a calm group in Boulder, Colorado; and Randall Flagg, the nefarious “Dark Man,” who delights in chaos and violence. because the darkish guy and the peaceable lady assemble strength, the survivors should choose from them—and finally come to a decision the destiny of all humanity.
(This version contains the entire new and restored fabric first released in The Stand: The whole And Uncut Edition.)
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