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512 pages, Mass Market Paperback
First published January 1, 1996
"It's a summer afternoon in Wentworth, Ohio, and on Poplar Street everything's normal. The paperboy is making his rounds; the Carver kids are bickering at the corner convenience store; a Frisbee is flying on the Reed's lawn; Gary Soderson is firing up the backyard barbeque. The only thing that doesn't quite fit is the red van idling just up the hill."
Oh boy, what a perfect book cover....and shocking beginning. There is much to like and fear in THE REGULATORS....the summertime atmosphere is so nice....the trip to the open-pit mine in DESPERATION so creepy....young Seth (and his drawings) such a joy, and we have a wonderfully 'spirited' ending, BUT.......
(For Me), the silly dialogue and asinine behavior of some of the characters during times of death and destruction disrupted the flow of the true horror of the story....the convoy of bad dudes with guns....burning houses....power outages....creatures that materialize out of the mist....and all in the middle of a thunderstorm....It just kind of diminished the fear factor. And, other than Seth and Audrey, I really never made much of a connection to the players. Very surprising (for me) in any KING/BACHMAN novel.
Anyway, there is some good stuff here, just found it a bit out of whack and not the super creepy evil-filled experience I had with DESPERATION.