The Regulators

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Dutton, 1996 - Fiction - 466 pages
343 Reviews
"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 idling 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."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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I enjoyed it and it show just how great a writer he is. - Goodreads
The ending lacked creativity and logic. - Goodreads
This was a great read, intense and the pace was good. - Goodreads
I didn't really need all the character development. - Goodreads
The ending was pretty good for a King novel too. - Goodreads
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Real rating: 5.4/10 This work was an experiment by King and for that alone it deserves a level of kudos, however the work itself falls flat and thanks to its companion piece the novel ends up feeling ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kaylee Law - Goodreads

It's been a while since I read Desperation, and I really enjoyed it, but I think I actually enjoyed this more. It may have been as reading this after it was nice to have that alternate reality aspect ... Read full review

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About the author (1996)

Richard Bachman is a pseudonym of author Stephen King. Bachman was born in New York. He spent several years serving in the U.S. Coast Guard and the merchant marine before settling down on a New Hampshire dairy farm. Bachman published four novels in paperback between 1977 and 1982. The hardcover novel "Thinner" was published in 1984. In 1994, Bachman's widow discovered a carton containing a manuscript of the novel "The Regulators," which was published posthumously in 1996. The last Bachman title, Blaze, was publshed in 2007. Bachman died in 1985. His identity remained a well-kept secret until a bookstore clerk confronted King with his suspicions that King was Bachman. The clerk, Steve Brown, could not believe that Bachman and King were not one and the same. Brown located publisher's records at the Library of Congress and discovered a document naming King as the author of one of Bachman's novels. Afterwards he sent a letter to King's publishers, with a copy of the found documents, and asked them what to do. Two weeks later Stephen King phoned Brown personally, and suggested he write an article about how he discovered the truth, allowing himself to be interviewed. This led to a press release heralding Bachman's "death" supposedly from "cancer of the pseudonym," and an article written by Brown in the Washington Post.

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