The Dead Zone

The Dead Zone

Paperback - 1979
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Penguin Putnam
Beware, The Wheel of Fortune…

Johnny, the small boy who skated at breakneck speed into an accident that for one horrifying moment plunged him into…the dead zone.

Johnny Smith, the small-town schoolteacher who spun the wheel of fortune and won a four-and-a-half-year trip into…the dead zone.

John Smith, who awakened from an interminable coma with an accursed power—the power to see the future and the terrible fate awaiting mankind in…the dead zone.
Beware, The Wheel of Fortune

Johnny, the small boy who skated at breakneck speed into an accident that for one horrifying moment plunged him intothe dead zone.

Johnny Smith, the small-town schoolteacher who spun the wheel of fortune and won a four-and-a-half-year trip intothe dead zone.

John Smith, who awakened from an interminable coma with an accursed powerthe power to see the future and the terrible fate awaiting mankind inthe dead zone.


Random House, Inc.
Beware, The Wheel of Fortune…

Johnny, the small boy who skated at breakneck speed into an accident that for one horrifying moment plunged him into…the dead zone.

Johnny Smith, the small-town schoolteacher who spun the wheel of fortune and won a four-and-a-half-year trip into…the dead zone.

John Smith, who awakened from an interminable coma with an accursed power—the power to see the future and the terrible fate awaiting mankind in…the dead zone.


Baker & Taylor
After four and a half years in a coma, Johnny Smith awakens with a knowledge of the death zone and an ability to see the future, a horrible power that he does not want and cannot escape

Baker
& Taylor

After more than four years in a coma, teacher Johnny Smith awakens with a terrible knowledge of the death zone and an ability to see the future, a horrible power that he does not want and cannot escape. Reissue.

Publisher: New York : Viking Press, c1979
ISBN: 9781439507629
9780670260775
0670260770
9780451093387
0451093380
9780451155757
0451155750
Branch Call Number: F KIN
Characteristics: 426 p. ; 24 cm

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I came across Stephen King’s 1979 book The Dead Zone by happy accident when I had nothing to read. Though I have read many King novels, I somehow hadn’t heard of this one before, and the story piqued my interest: young Johnny Smith awakens from a five year long coma to find the world a changed place. His beloved fiancée has moved on to another man and now has two children; his ultra-religious mother has lost her mind; and his body needs extensive surgical repair if he ever wants to walk again. Johnny’s once promising teaching career is in question, and on top of all of this, he seems to have developed a supernatural power of precognition in connection with his brain injury. This ability is a blessing and a curse to Johnny: he is able to help loved ones avoid misfortune, but he also sees terrifying flashes into the depraved mind of an active serial killer who has been terrifying the New England area for years. Johnny’s unwanted new ability does not go unnoticed: it attracts the vulture-like attention of reporters and scammers looking to make a quick buck. While he mourns the loss of his old life and longs for solitude in rural Maine, the growing number of women falling victim to the serial killer and the strengthening connection force Johnny to use his new power for good. Johnny has another connection to a force even more sinister than the killer: a local politician with the darkest of intentions. I couldn’t put this book down. Though I had never heard of it before, it will remain one of my favorite Stephen King books from here on out. It was thrilling as well as deeply moving. I’d definitely recommend this on a chilly fall weekend! (Submitted by Mandi)

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CrewCutKen
Oct 25, 2016

The Dead Zone is "dead-zone" boring.

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gtct
May 27, 2015

Not one of his more morbid tales. Enjoyable.

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Bearskito
Jul 26, 2014

The Dead Zone was a very interesting and strange book. I liked the plot, which did not progress as linearly as some books. There were 2 side stories that ran through the book, eventually meeting up with the life of John Smith at different points in the book and playing major roles. I liked the amount of setup these characters had, which made them seem more fully developed than if they were just thrown in. Overall a good book, I would recommend it to fans of Stephen King or thrillers.

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DASTardlyGal
Feb 20, 2011

This was my 2nd book from SK that I read-after The Shining. This is a great book and very thought provoking. One of my favorites. Again, I would highly recommend this one to read.

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