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Book Review: End Of Watch by Stephen King

Good Afternoon, Dear Bloggites! Long time, no write, sorry.  I am back now to write a review on the final book of the Bill Hodges Trilogy, End of Watch by Stephen King.  As you all know, I am obsessed with Mr. King and anticipate each new book he puts out.  So here is my review on the final book of Det.-Ret. Bill Hodges.

end-of-watch-by-stephen-kingWe met Det.-Ret. Bill Hodges in Stephen King’s book, Mr. Mercedes.  Bill Hodges was a newly retired detective and felt like he had no purpose in life.  In the beginning he toyed with the idea of killing himself until killer Brady Hartsfield aka Mr. Mercedes, reached out to taunt him on the one case he did not solve before retiring.  In the first book, we met many characters that became endeared to us like Jerome and Holly who helped Bill “catch” the Mercedes Killer, Brady Hartsfield, before he was able to detonate his suicide vest at a concert with many young pre-teens in attendance with their parents.

In book two, Finders Keepers, Bill and Holly open up their own Private Investigation business and once again become embroiled in the life of a young boy, Peter Saubers, whose father was one of the victims of the Mercedes Killer, Brady Hartsfield.  As the duo work the case, Bill cannot shake the feeling that Brady Hartsfield, now a vegetable in the traumatic brain injury ward, is still alive and well inside his vegetative body.  Strange happenings were going on around Brady and Bill believed he had not seen that last of Brady Hartsfield no matter what the doctors say.

Now, the final book in the trilogy, End of Watch, proves that Bill was right about Brady all along.  Brady now has the ability to teleport himself into his ‘drones’ to wreak havoc once more on the people he was unable to kill at the concert. Brady created a program that embed a hypnotic device in a handheld game console and had his ‘drone’ hire his old co-worker to install the program on the devices.

Once these handheld devices were tweaked, Brady enlisted his doctor and a volunteer at the hospital by controlling their mind to complete certain tasks that provided each of the handheld devices as a free prize to those who could prove they were at the concert that Brady tried to attack.  Once activated, these devices allowed Brady to enter the mind of the viewer and encourage them to commit suicide, thus creating a mass suicide epidemic.

The Det.-Ret. and his partner, Holly, were called in on a murder-suicide for two people who were hurt in the initial attack by Brady Hartsfield with the Mercedes many years before by Bill’s old partner, Pete.  Holly finds a game console near a strangely marked ‘Z’ where one of the bodies were found.   Bill knows that Brady is involved and wants to figure out how Brady is capable of doing these things.

I was not disappointed in this final book.  Stephen King brought back all the people I came to love in the first book as well as the villain I loved to hate.  This final book has Bill battling Brady once again to the bitter end.  As the book goes on, we get the back story of how Brady went from being a vegetable to a teleporter with a mind control ability over the years.  The entire book builds to the final confrontation between Bill and Brady and keeps the readers on the edge of their seat.

Stephen King once again writes his novel with such a flair that the reader believes the story they are reading is really happening and so the reader becomes invested in the characters even more than they were.  There were some interesting events that occurred in the book that was unexpected and it was amazing to see how the events from the very beginning were tied into this new challenge found in book three of the Bill Hodges Trilogy.  My only disappointment is that I will no longer be able to delve into the world of Det.-Ret. Bill Hodges.

I give End of Watch by Stephen King 5 out of 5 Bookmarks!  If you have not read the first two books, I recommend you get all three and start from the beginning, you won’t be disappointed, Dear Bloggites! 🙂

4~Ever, P

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Book Review: Finders Keepers by Stephen King

“Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too.  They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.” ~Stephen King

“I thought you were good Paul…but you’re not good. You’re just another lying ol’ dirty birdy.” ~Annie Wilkes, Misery

Ohh, Stephen King, the one man who will always share my bed until the day I die. 🙂  Have I told you lately that I am a Stephen King Junkie?  Borderline obsessive in fact but I am no Annie Wilkes crazy obsessive by any means (for those of you who do not understand the reference to Annie Wilkes, pick up Misery by Stephen King and get acquainted with her). 😉

This book review is on book two of the Bill Hodges Trilogy, Finders Keepers.  I am praying to the Novel Gods that we will continue to visit the life of Det.-Ret. Bill Hodges in future novels to really see how this entire storyline ends: will it be with the good guy or the bad guy showing victorious?  Gets my book nerd panties dancing in a good way!

Finders Keepers by Stephen KingFinders Keepers by Stephen King delves into the world of an obsessed fan over a certain character in a book series of a popular novelist (the obsession is like Annie Wilkes for the character Misery Chastain but ends with severely different results for the author of said books).  In Finders Keepers, the obsessed fan murders the novelist and gets away with it.  Years after the murder takes place the hidden money & unpublished books  that were stolen after the murder are found by a young teenage boy whose life was changed when his dad became one of the victims of the Mercedes Killer who managed to survive his injuries but not able to bounce back on the financial front.

The boy, Pete Saubers, uses the money to help his family by sending a little bit in the mail each month.  The money helps his family bounce back from their financial issues and the novels give Pete hours of enjoyable reading from a literary genius that no longer walked in the world.  Years later, after the money runs out, Pete is faced with the dilemma of how he can now help his sister, Tina, find the money to go to a private school she wants to attend with her friends.  Now a teenager on the verge of graduating, Pete starts looking for a buyer who is willing to purchase the stolen novels while the murderer starts looking for him after finding the hidden trunk empty when he got out of jail for a separate crime.

Bill Hodges is “hired” by Tina to talk to her brother because she is worried he is in some kind of trouble.  Tina had her suspicions that the money was coming from Pete but now she is scared that whatever was found with the money is giving her brother a serious fright.  Bill once again partners with his haphazard band of helpers (minus one) to assist this frightened young girl and try to help her with the concerns over her brother.

Once again, Stephen King gives us a wonderfully written crime drama mystery with familiar characters that we all grew to love in Mr. Mercedes.  The intensity of the hunt by the killer for his lost treasure he stole will leave you wanting to turn to that last page and read the outcome before finishing the novel. 

I once again sat down and read this novel in one sitting.  There was one minor section that dropped the flow of the storyline but not enough to truly damage the overall movement of the novel.  I only state this because I don’t want you, Dear Bloggites, getting upset with me for not giving a fully disclosed review. 🙂  The characters that you met in Mr. Mercedes have grown and evolved deeper in Finders Keepers and the tease of the Mercedes Killer in the book will make you join me in praying to the Novel Gods that Stephen King will continue inviting us into the life of Bill and his haphazard band of helpers.

I give Finders Keepers 5 out of 5 Bookmarks and encourage you to read this book, Dear Bloggites.

Happy Reading!

~4-Ever, P

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Book Review: Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

“People think that I must be a very strange person.  This is not correct.  I have the heart of a small boy.  It is in a glass jar on my desk.” ~Stephen King

I am a Stephen King junkie.  I admit it.  I will expose that vein to him anytime I know he is going to give me that sweet hit of storytelling.  I am writing two reviews tonight, both by Stephen King.  The reason for the double reviews: I just finished reading Finders Keepers which is the sequel to Mr. Mercedes and I felt I must be true to the author and review each book in order.

TMr. Mrecedes by Stephen Kinghis book review is on Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King.  Since Stephen Kings “retirement” he has been able to write what he wants versus what the agency wants.  He has said in several interviews that his love for books came from those old school crime mystery stories.  I know a lot of the book reviewers gave him some crap about not writing a horror story because that is what he is known for, but Mr. Mercedes is not a horror, it is a crime mystery with some creepy images that only the Master of Horror can give.

In the novel, Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King, we are introduced into the world of retired detective versus intelligent psycho killer.  This is a true crime drama mystery storyline.  The premise is about this intelligent psycho killer taking out a bunch of people in a stolen Mercedes car just to see what it felt like to do it and the detective who could not solve the case before his retirement.  The storyline starts with the gruesome crime and then picks up with the detective now a retired washed out man with no purpose in life until the killer reaches out to him with a letter and starts taunting him to end his miserable life.  As the retired detective (Det.-Ret.) realizes that the Mercedes Killer is stalking him, he sets out to finally finish what he started while still on the force, find the Mercedes Killer.

The book is a great read.  I believe I read it in one sitting because I was drawn in immediately and could not put it down until I finished the final page of the 436 page novel. 🙂  I loved the way Stephen King not only makes you root for the good guy and his haphazard band of helpers but also makes you understand the mindset of the killer and how the murderous acts are justified in that crazy mind.  Only a truly talented writer can make you feel empathy for  not only the good guy in the story but also for the most evil of all people and Stephen King does just that by pulling you into the minds of the retired detective and the killer and their day to day struggles with life in general.

Det.-Ret. Bill Hodges is someone we can all relate to: retires after a successful career that engulfed his life only to find himself aimlessly wandering through life without a purpose anymore and too old to really find a new purpose to achieve in his life.  He lives with that one regret of a case that he could not crack before his retirement and it eats away at him because of all the lives that were lost or affected by this crazy act.

Mercedes Killer is an everyday person we can all relate to: steady job, home life, every day challenges of just living except for one thing, the desire to kill just to see what it would feel like, no reason, angst, or revenge motive, just because and that is it.

There is an awesome cat and mouse feel to the book, like the two foes are circling each other trying to size the other up and find some weaknesses.  The haphazard band of helpers consist of a smart up-and-coming college kid that likes to play around with his other “persona” he creates as a joke to tease Bill, a woman whom Bill is falling in love with, and her neurotic OCD cousin.

For those of you who have avoided reading Stephen King because you do not like reading “horror novels” I highly recommend you pick up Mr. Mercedes and give it a whirl.  I promise you, you will not regret it!

I give Mr. Mercedes 5 out of 5 Bookmarks and highly recommend this read to you, Dear Bloggites!

Happy Reading, My Friends!

~4-Ever, P