The Regulators Author:Richard Bachman (Pen name of Stephen King) It's a summer afternoon in Wentworth, Ohio, and on Poplar Street everything's normal. The paper boy is making his rounds; the Carver kids are bickering at the corner convenience store; a Frisbee is flying on the Reeds' lawn; Gary Soderson is firing up the backyard barbecue. The only thing that doesn't quite fit is the red van idl... more »ing just up the hill. Soon it will begin to roll, and the killing will begin. A quiet slice of American suburbia is about to turn to toast. The mayhem rages around a seemingly still point, a darkened house lit fitfully from within by a flickering television screen. Inside, where things haven't been normal for a long time, are Audrey Wyler and the autistic nephew she cares for, eight-year-old Seth Garin. They're fighting their own battle, and its intensity has turned 247 Poplar Street into a prisonhouse. By the time night falls on Poplar Street, the surviving residents will find themselves in another world, one where anything, no matter how terrible, is possible...and where the regulators are on their way. By what power they have come, how far they will go, and how they can be stopped -- these are the desperate questions. The answers are absolutely terrifying.« less
If you are a Stephen King fan, Richard Bachman (wink, wink) will not disappoint you. The story is engrossing and confusing at first and you may (or may not) wonder what the Hell is going on (this will make sense if you've read enough King) but all comes together in the end and you are left with an appreciation of the author's creativity.
The story is an original and I'm looking forward to reading "Desperation" as well.
This is the companion volume to Stephen King's "Desperation", and is a great read when considering most of the characters appeared in "Desperation", too, although here they are in a completely different setting but battling the same enemy. Think of it as parallel universes with a common menace, and you'll latch on to the gimmick of "Desperation" and "The Regulators". I haven't heard that this is King's best work, but it is certainly engaging and involves his usual ensemble of characters battling against a demented, weirdly evil foe. This was a fun and thrilling read, with shocks of graphic violence interspersed in the tale of a power so evil and so great that it can bend the very fabric of reality itself. At times the situation feels hopeless, as if the characters are doomed, but the resolution and ending of this book make the arduous journey worthwhile.