What can I add to all the reviews? King is a master. I read this 1000+ page book in a day and a half (sitting on a beach), and I just got lost in the characters, the story, and the well-researched setting. I didn't see this as a good-versus-evil tale similar to The Stand, as much as a meditation on human nature and group dynamics. The importance of standing up to bullies and keeping true to our ideals. But what if this more than just a fun "what if" and more of a commentary on what happened in the US during the Bush years?