Written By: Stephen King
Published By: Scribner Publishing
Read: April 25 to May 8, 2015
Rating: 5 stars
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On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? Stephen King’s heart-stoppingly dramatic new novel is about a man who travels back in time to prevent the JFK assassination—a thousand page tour de force.
Following his massively successful novel Under the Dome, King sweeps readers back in time to another moment—a real life moment—when everything went wrong: the JFK assassination. And he introduces readers to a character who has the power to change the course of history.
Jake Epping is a thirty-five-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching adults in the GED program. He receives an essay from one of the students—a gruesome, harrowing first person story about the night 50 years ago when Harry Dunning’s father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a hammer. Harry escaped with a smashed leg, as evidenced by his crooked walk.
Not much later, Jake’s friend Al, who runs the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to 1958. He enlists Jake on an insane—and insanely possible—mission to try to prevent the Kennedy assassination. So begins Jake’s new life as George Amberson and his new world of Elvis and JFK, of big American cars and sock hops, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the love of Jake’s life – a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time.
A tribute to a simpler era and a devastating exercise in escalating suspense, 11/22/63 is Stephen King at his epic best.
Love. Love. Love.
This may be the best book I have read this year.
It is different than my normal picks but it was so ridiculously good! It has the perfect mixture of historical fiction, time travel, suspense, and even a little romance. If I could give this more than five stars I would. This book was 740 pages long and not once did I feel like skimming or skipping ahead. It sucks you in from the very beginning and spits you out an emotional wreck. I haven’t read a lot of Stephen King but from what I have read I know that this is very different than his other novels, so I wouldn’t go into it expecting the normal horror and gore you are used to from Mr. King. (Expect much, much more.) Did I tell you I loved it?
Recommended for Fans of: Fantasy, Time Travel, and Adventure
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