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    I just finished listening to the audiobook Under the Dome by Stephen King. It was great. Faced paced, intriguing, emotional. It has something for everyone, though I would not say that it is for the whole family. King wrote this with a light hearted style that is almost flippant at times but which is fun through almost the whole book.

    The book is about a small town that becomes isolated from the world. The isolation event leaves the town without grid power or water and missing many of its people resources (medical personnel, the fire department, some police, etc). The town’s folk must face this isolation, and they do so in many different ways.

    It is very interesting in how the town reacts to its isolation, running the whole gambit of the WTSHTF badies: murder, suicide, riots, rape, pillage, etc. In just a few days the powers that be start to round up firearms from citizens and to form a private army. I don’t want to give away the book…trust me, it is a good read.

    Now, as for a read…it is a hell of one. 1088 pages in hardcover. I listened to the audiobook: 60 hours long. About on par with War and Peace in terms of length, but well worth the effort.

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