"Fine entry in this epic series"
Blaine the killing machine drives the train at speeds that
ultimately means death to the passengers unless Roland and
his companions, (Jake, Eddie, Susannah, and Oy) can find a
way to defeat the seemingly invincible computer that
thrives on riddles and battles of wits. Roland and cohorts
appear to have done the impossible in a verbal gunfight
Following that High Noon debate, Roland explains to his
quartet of followers how he once loved Susan Delgado. When
they reach ravaged 1986 Topeka, (yes we're in Kansas this
time), the city and much of the country lies in ruin from a
biblical proportion disease that left few standing. As
Roland continues his story with that of his teacher Cort,
they wonder if the nearby lighthouse in King's Castle Rock
film logo is the Beam to and from the Dark Tower.
The fourth volume in Stephen King's Dark Tower series is
exciting in several ways especially the tie in to the
Stand. However, the story line seems looser than the taut
previous three tales as if Mr. King used this novel as a
pivotal point to send beams of plots into future books.
Still, this plot displays Mr. King at his multitalented
best by the ease he crosses and blends genres into a strong
fantasy mix that will please fans, especially those
interested in Roland.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 24, 2003