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Johnny Smith has had a terrible accident.and his life will never be the same. He holds the fate of the world in the palm of his hand and is caught in a bitter battle between good and evil while trapped in a terrifying realm where there is no escape. Stephen King leads you up a winding path to the pinnacle of fear in this horrifying page-turner.
Paperback, 402 pages
Published August 1st 1983 by Signet (first published August 1979)
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SmarterLilac Yeah, yeah, It is fine. And very relevant to a whole swath of major social issues affecting the psychology of an entire generation.

So is The Dead Zone…more
Yeah, yeah, It is fine. And very relevant to a whole swath of major social issues affecting the psychology of an entire generation.

So is The Dead Zone. In a big way. Really a transgenerational condemnation of how our parents (and grandparents) effed up our society and what it would take if anyone wanted to (or could) avoid the worst. But I don't think about this novel as mere social commentary, (even the important, non-sentimental kind) but as a brutally insightful discussion of the burden of Knowing, either as a psychic, a prophet, a scientist, an historian or anyone else, that Bad Things are coming and You are the sole obstacle in their way. It is a heavy and hard responsibility to carry, and very few will be able to wield it well. Even John Smith, though he makes the right choice (just barely) finds his 'luck' run out eventually. And what of those who remain? The other characters have all chosen to try to save society in other ways--but we know how well conventional approaches worked out for the Boomers, don't we?

Pennywise? Has nothing on Frank Dodd. What Bill, Beverly, et al experience? Has never moved me the way John Smith's last stand(s) did.

What's past is prologue. The Dead Zone is every bit as important to 2016 readers as it ever was. (less)

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Carol
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Carol by: Florence
WOW! No horror or gore here, just bits of well done paranormal and one hell of an excellent story!

Meet John Smith, he is a good guy.......you'll like him. He has a great sense of humor, loves his parents (including his lunatic mother) and Sarah. Even after life deals him a devastating blow with recurring consequences and difficult challenges, Johnny still perseveres.

Visit a carnival and spin the wheel of fortune, see inside the mind of a sick serial killer, and watch a dangerously radical politi

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Jeffrey Keeten
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, book-to-film
“We all do what we can, and it has to be good enough, and if it isn't good enough, it has to do.”

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Who else but Christopher Walken could play Johnny Smith in the highly praised David Cronenberg film?

Johnny Smith is a rookie teacher with $8 in his pocket, just enough money to take his best girl Sarah, also a new teacher, to the local county fair. Sarah is coming off a couple of recent relationships that were exciting with aggressive, unpredictable men. Johnny is a step in a new direction, maybe a
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Kemper
Sep 22, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Johnny Smith is one bad-luck bastard.

He starts off well enough as a nice guy with a talent for teaching and is in the early stages of what looks to be a very promising relationship with Sarah. However, a car accident leaves Johnny in a coma which nobody thinks he’ll recover from. Miraculously, he wakes up 4 years later, but he finds that Sarah has married someone else, his mother has turned into a religious lunatic, he’s got a long and painful rehab to endure, and he faces a mountain of debt fro
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Nandakishore Varma
Sep 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
In my own personal opinion, this is the best story Stephen King has ever written. Not the most frightening, not the most thrilling, no: but this novel has true literary merit. And a tragic hero (not a mere "protagonist, mind you) who really qualifies for the title.

John Smith (his name immediately marks him out as the "common man") is blessed and cursed with second sight. It began as a minor ability due to a skating accident in his childhood; but when he wins big time at the roulette wheel in a v
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Dan Schwent
May 11, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, 2013
Johnny Smith wakes from a coma with the psychic ability to read a person when he touches them. Will he use this ability for good or for selfish reasons? And what's the deal with this Greg Stillson character that's swiftly becoming a heavy hitter in the political realm?

Sometime in early 2013, I resolved to read some of the Stephen King books I missed during my binge around the turn of the century. Along with The Shining and It, the Dead Zone is something I'm surprised I hadn't read years ago.

The
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Nayra.Hassan
Jul 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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اعمل الخير و القيه في البحر ..نعم!ا
مدرس علوم يحب مهنته..يعتني بطلبته ...يعشق خطيبته ..عالمه ينهار ذات ليلة بعد حادث مروع..يدخله في غيبوبة لخمس سنوات. .يصحو منها ليجد انه صاحب قدرات .تخيفه قبل غيره .تنبؤ..تخاطب..قراءة ماضي..سايكومتري ..و اجمل ما في القصة انها حدثت بالفعل و لم يتعب كينج كثيرا في تأليف احداث مثيرة

ا"لماذا انا"سؤال إنساني يتبادر إلى ذهن البشر ..كلما اصابتهم مصيبة..و هل هناك مصيبة اكبر ..من الاصطدام بالشر في أعتى صوره؟..
كلما مسست بشر ستجد مصاءبهم تهبط على عقلك..و بالطبع الرواية مأخوذة
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Jennifer
I've read some of Stephen King's titles but nowhere near enough, so I have made it a personal goal to read little by little until I get caught up...if that is even possible. This genius of a man has written a lot of books! I chose The Dead Zone for my next King novel simply because of the recently released audiobook. It's narrated by James Franco!! I absolutely adore him. Seriously, he could do a Pepsi commercial and I would DVR that sucker! Not only did he do a superb job in his narration in th ...more
Leo .
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic book. Sixth sense. Teacher in an accident. Visions of the future. Great film too starring Christopher Walken.🐯👍

Loved the scene in the film when Christopher Walken is talking to Herbert Lom, his doctor.

He asks him, being that he is a Jew, if he could go back in time and get close to Adolf Hitler...Would he kill him?

Herbert Lom replies that he is a doctor and his job is to save lives...And finished by saying he would kill the son of a bitch! Classic Stephen King!

Imagine if you could go
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R.K. Gold
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay here we go Mr. John Smith. I know you have this strange ability to see into the future but did you see this review coming? Well, did ya? You feeling lucky John? Cause I sure as hell am after reading this. I'm not as sad to finish it as I was the dark tower series (because i poured so much emotion into finishing those damn books) but this was quite an enjoyable read; one I could really sink my teeth into when given a full day to do so.
The development of John, his relationship with his famil
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AMEERA
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazing really enjoyed 💕'
Edward Lorn
Oct 13, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: King fans and fans of politics
Shelves: 52-in-52-2014
For Goodreads: 2.5 stars.

I think I dislike this book a little more every time I read it. The Dead Zone is, for the most part, boring setups that lead to lackluster climaxes, if they can be called climaxes at all. Maybe "payoffs" would be a better word... But I think what I dislike the most about this book is all the political mumbo jumbo. I simply don't give a shit about politics, and this book is full of it. If Johnny Smith isn't thinking about how shitty he has it, he's ruminating on the polit
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Delee
THE DEAD ZONE was my very first Stephen King book, and I would like to thank David Cronenberg, Christopher Walken, and one of my high school best friends- Natalie Kowalski- for introducing me to the world of John Smith, and in turn the world of Stephen King.

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After watching and falling for the character John Smith- in the 1983 movie THE DEAD ZONE, I decided to search out the book that it was based on. I had never heard of Stephen King- I had read a lot of mysteries, but had never read
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Kostas Papadatos
Συγκλονιστικό βιβλίο. Ο Τζόνι Σμιθ ξυπνά από ένα βαθύ κώμα που κράτησε τέσσερα και κάτι έτη, έχοντας αποκτήσει τη δύναμη να βλέπει το μέλλον.
Από τα καλύτερα του King. Ά... και απίστευτα μελαγχολικό (χωρίς να είμαι σίγουρος καθώς τελευταία συγκινούμαι και με κατάλογο από τα πράκτικερ).
Wilier
Este es justamente el Stephen King que no me gusta...

Quienes me conocen saben que soy fan de este autor, muchos de sus libros son increíbles, lamentablemente este no es el caso. Sólo déjenme explicarles un poco de mi problema con este en particular.

Para empezar leemos bien claro en la sinopsis que se trata de un tipo que comienza a tener unas especies de visiones acerca del futuro luego de salir de un coma y que pronto descubre que debe asesinar a alguien que provocará una especie de fin de mund
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Paul Nelson
Next up on my Stephen King quest is The Dead Zone, again it’s not a review as such but a collection of my thoughts on the book. So there may well be spoilers but I think pretty much everyone has read it a long time ago anyway, all except me.

After reading The Stand & Salem’s Lot in quick succession, you start to appreciate what a spellbinding storyteller The King can be and I can compare these to the other end of the spectrum, his newly released material, Mr Mercedes & Doctor Sleep. The o
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Kathryn
What comes from knowing things? Nothing. What is the purpose of knowing the future? So you can change it? But wouldn't what you knew about the future and the change you were going to bring to the future, be the way it was supposed to be anyways? Just think about it...

I think in the case of Johnny Smith and The Dead Zone , I would have to say what happened to Johnny and the events surrounding him, happened for a reason.

This is not a horror novel, in my opinion. This is more of a sci-fi novel do
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diegomarcapaginas
Oscura, fascinante y enigmática. Conocía esta historia por su serie pero me ha sorprendido bastante. Con aire irreverente King en estado puro y con un final de infarto.
Franco  Santos
Jun 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stephen-king
Espectacular libro de King. Es uno de mis favoritos de él. Muy humano, conmovedor, profundo y, aunque sea un poco pesado en algunas partes, adictivo. En La zona muerta, King toca temas como la religión, el desencuentro, la soledad y el poder de forma madura y concisa. Una obra maestra.
Jadranka
Dobri, stari King.
Bettie☯


Description: Johnny, the small boy who skated at breakneck speed into an accident that for one horrifying moment plunged him into The Dead Zone.

Johnny Smith, the small-town schoolteacher who spun the wheel of fortune and won a four-and-a-half-year trip into The Dead Zone.

John Smith, who awakened from an interminable coma with an accursed power—the power to see the future and the terrible fate awaiting mankind in The Dead Zone.


No, not this, nor indeed this:

or this:



Will the real Johnny Smith plea
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Micaela Alvi
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, stephen-king
4.5 stars. Johnny has become one of my favourite King characters. This book was so moving, I absolutely loved it.
Glire
¡Último libro del 2015!
“Johnny deseó estar muerto. Si su talento era un don divino, Dios era un lunático peligroso al que había que apagarle el carro.”


La Zona Muerta es mi tercer libro de Stephen King y aún me sigue asombrando su habilidad de mezclar religión, política, hechos paranormales y psicología en una única trama... ¡y hacer que funcione! Su talento si que es un don divino.

La historia resulta un poco predecible, casi desde el comienzo ya puedes adivinar como va a terminar todo: no h
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F.R.
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably the reason Stephen King was so loudly vociferous against Donald Trump in 2016 is that he actually predicted him. In The Dead Zone he conjures up Greg Stillson, a maverick politician who doesn’t play by the rules and who, with his poking the establishment in the eye stance, wins himself a huge following. Moreover, much like Trump, Stillson is initially dismissed as an amusing distraction:

“The reporters should have had a field day with Stillson. His colourful, controversial personality se
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Ashley
I decided like, I don’t know, six months ago? that I was going to read ALL THE STEPHEN KING, so I was eventually going to read this book (and all his others) no matter what. Deciding which books to read first was the main thing. I decided to read this one first (and Misery and The Stand, come to think of it) because I read his On Writing back in November, and he talks about the process of writing all three of them. The way he talked about them made me want to read them more. Anyway, the point of ...more
Daniel
Feb 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three-fourths into this book, I realized that the slow burn that King tended was turning into something much fiercer; after reading the final paragraph, I was struck with a keen sense of melancholy and loss. In brief, this is a story about a man who is struck with a tragic circumstance, and how he deals with it. A sketch of the social and political situation in America circa the mid-1970's runs, at first, parallel to this account; later, it all intertwines with the kind of neatness that one find ...more
Emily
Jan 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Some things were better lost than found."

3.5⭐ - I liked most of The Dead Zone. I feel like it ended up going in a strange direction. I listened to the audiobook, and I got confused at some times - that may just be because I was listening instead of reading. I think I enjoyed the first half of the book more than the second. I guess I was expecting horror based on the title of the book, but this is definitely more of a drama. Johnny's story is quite tragic, and it's sad that everything got so mes
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Jason
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stephen-king
The Dead Zone is a reminder that King writes beautiful literature. Just like he's done with novels like The Green Mile, Lisey's Story, perhaps even Gerald's Game, King writes a literary heartbeat into The Dead Zone that I did not see coming.

There is almost always a supernatural aspect to a King novel, it's sort of his staple. But supernatural motifs don't necessarily mean a book shouldn't be considered literature. The Great Debate on whether Commercial fiction - which is, normally, to say that
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Ken McKinley
Jan 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
The Dead Zone was a re-read for me, as many will be as I go through The Stephen King Challenge, and I forgot how powerful this book was. King was really in fine form during this period in the late 1970s.

Johnny Smith is a young teacher that has started to date Sarah, another young teacher that works for another school. They've started to fall in love and Johnny takes her out on a date to the county fair. They're both excited about the night. Love is in the air and Sarah has hinted that she'd lik
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Stefan Yates
Feb 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For some reason, my recollection of reading this book before was very vague. Therefore, I went into the rereading process without knowing what to expect at all. Boy, was I surprised. After finishing it, I think that The Dead Zone is one of King's best novels.

The character development is superb and I think that Johnny Smith is possibly one of King's best developed characters. We also spend considerable time with his family members and the principle villains and these characters are all strongly d
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Carmine
Jun 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La responsabilità del potere

"Tutti noi facciamo quel che possiamo e dobbiamo accontentarci...e se non basta, dobbiamo rassegnarci."

La chiaroveggenza come cartina tornasole della fragile condizione dei nostri rapporti interpersonali, quasi sempre sconfitti dal passare del tempo e resi pietosamente infimi di fronte alla nostra assenza.
Narrativamente perfette le prime cento pagine - da panico le descrizioni della fisioterapia riabilitativa - e le ultime cento, latrici di momenti emozionanti nonch
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Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, M ...more
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