Stephen King\'s The Stand

Stephen King\'s The Stand is a thrilling novel that portrays
the forces of good against evil. In the year 1991, a plague
strikes America, leaving only a few thousand people alive
who are "immune" to the epidemic. Of the survivors, those
who serve G-d instinctively join in Boulder, Colorado, while
those who worship the "Dark Man" are drawn to Las Vegas,

Nevada. The two groups separately re-build society, until
one must destroy the other.

Franni Goldsmith comes very close to killing
herself. She thinks she can not deal with her parents\'
deaths, being unwed and pregnant, and having the only other
survivor in her hometown of Ogunquit, Main be her recently
deceased best friend\'s weird brother Harold Lauder. Fran
puts aside her personal feelings for Harold aside, and goes
with him to the place in her dreams, to Boulder,

Colorado.

On their way, they meet up with six people from
various states in the United States who joined them on their
journey. Fran is disturbed by her dreams, as all of them
are by their own. She dreams of an old lady named Abigail,
in Colorado. This lady is kind and loving and promises to
protect them from the evil. In the dreams there is also a

"Dark Man". He is always there lurking, waiting to attack.

Harold admits to himself that he is in love with

Fran and goes crazy when he realizes how serious Fran has
become with Stuart Redman, one of the newcomers to their
traveling group. Harold becomes insanely jealous and plots
to separate them, even if it means murder.

Harold doesn\'t admit it to any of them, but his
dreams are different from theirs. In his dreams the "Dark

Man" offers Harold power and respect, something Harold could
never imagine in the past. Harold knows his destiny is to
go to Las Vegas. The group arrives in Boulder, and soon
after are joined by over one thousand others who dreamt of

Abigail and this place. They inevitably form a society
where they settled and has meetings to decide what they
would do about the "Dark Man". Abigail tells the people
that three of them, including Stuart, must be sent to
destroy the "Dark Man". Meanwhile Harold secretly leaves
with the "Dark Man\'s" bride-to-be, Nadine, to Las Vegas.

Harold is ready to kill Stuart, but is killed instead by"the will of G-d". Nadine makes it safely to Las Vegas
before Stuart and his two companions are about to be hanged.

Out of the sky "the hand of G-d" comes and destroys the

"Dark Man" sparing the three men. After much
hardship, Stuart returns to Fran and her newborn son and
together they plant the seeds of a new society.

The Stand is a book about human nature. It shows
people\'s inclination toward good or evil. Mostly, it shows
how it is in man\'s nature to build society and to fight for
his beliefs. I found this book to be extremely entertaining
because it was well written and somewhat realistic, despite
it\'s supernatural aspects. I would recommend this book for
anyone who enjoys roller coasters, horror movies, or a good
old fashioned suspense novel.