By Stephen King
Stephen King’s apocalyptic imaginative and prescient of an international blasted by way of plague and tangled in an elemental fight among solid and evil is still as riveting and eerily believable as while it was once first published.
A sufferer escapes from a organic checking out facility, unknowingly wearing a perilous weapon: a mutated pressure of super-flu that might wipe out ninety nine percentage of the world’s inhabitants inside a couple of weeks. those that stay are scared, bewildered, and short of a pacesetter. emerge—Mother Abagail, the benevolent 108-year-old girl 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 girl assemble strength, the survivors should make a choice from them—and eventually make a decision the destiny of all humanity.
(This variation contains all the new and restored fabric first released in The Stand: The entire And Uncut Edition.)
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