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Where were you on October 1st at 3:03 P.M.?

Graphic artist Clay Riddell was in the heart of Boston on that brilliant autumn afternoon when hell was unleashed before his eyes. Without warning, carnage and chaos reigned. Ordinary people fell victim to the basest, most animalistic destruction.

And the apocalypse began with the ring of a cell phone...

Review:

"What if a pulse sent out through cell phones turned every person using one of them into a zombie-like killing machine? That's what happens on page six of King's latest, a glib, technophobic but compelling look at the end of civilization — or at what may turn into a new, extreme, telepathically enforced fascism. Those who are not on a call at the time of the pulse (and who don't reach for their phones to find out what is going on) remain 'normies.' One such is Clayton Riddell, an illustrator from Kent Pond, Maine, who has just sold some work in Boston when the pulse hits. Clay's single-minded attempt to get back to Maine, where his estranged wife, Sharon, and young son, Johnny-Gee, may or may not have been turned into 'phoners' (as those who have had their brains wiped by the pulse come to be called) comprises the rest of the plot. King's imagining of what is more or less post-Armageddon Boston is rich, and the sociological asides made by his characters along the way — Clay travels at first with two other refugees — are jaunty and witty. The novel's three long set pieces are all pretty gory, but not gratuitously so, and the book holds together in signature King style. Fans will be satisfied and will look forward to the next King release, Lisey's Story, slated for October." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"King blasts any notion that he's exhausted or dissipated his enormous talent." Booklist

Review:

"A nerve-racking, genuinely unsettling thriller, Cell is proof positive that King has tapped into yet another creative wellspring during a period of life when most writers are often overworking the same dry and dusty literary landscapes." Denver Post

Review:

"The cell-from-hell premise gives this story an instantly powerful hook. But there are times when the book threatens to become all hook and no fish....[T]his is a traditional King narrative studded with alarming signs of the times." Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Review:

"King has always had a keen ability to weave horror and social commentary together and Cell is no exception....Just as Psycho kept people out of the shower, Cell will make readers think twice before using their cell phones." Baltimore Sun

Review:

"Cell stumbles because its intent remains unclear. Is this a horror novel? A bit of post-apocalyptic science fiction? A cautionary tale?" Los Angeles Times

Review:

"Cell is hard to put down once you've picked it up. There is no shortage of harrowing scenes....While it is a solid, entertaining read, I'm afraid we will need to wait a bit longer for that Great American Zombie Novel." George R. R. Martin, The Washington Post

Review:

"Cell is nowhere near as long, thoughtful, or deeply layered as The Stand....The book is cacophony, without a clear signal." Boston Globe

Review:

"Cell carries you along at breakneck speed; suspense and horror build and the end satisfies. So, turn off CNN, prepare some snacks and enjoy the ride. And turn off your cell phone." The Oregonian (Portland, OR)

Review:

"Cell is a 200-page plot lost inside a 350-page calling area....Too often, Cell rides along on clunky expository dialogue instead of compelling action." The Wall Street Journal

Review:

"Whether you are a Luddite or a mannerless cretin who can't leave home without a headset and a phone charger, King wants you to know he has your number." USA Today

Synopsis:

WHERE WERE YOU ON OCTOBER 1ST AT 3:03 P.M.?

Graphic artist Clay Riddell was in the heart of Boston on that brilliant autumn afternoon when hell was unleashed before his eyes. Without warning, carnage and chaos reigned. Ordinary people fell victim to the basest, most animalistic destruction.

And the apocalypse began with the ring of a cell phone....

About the Author

Stephen King has written more than forty novels and two hundred short stories. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. King has also received the O. Henry Award for his story "The Man in the Black Suit." Among his most recent worldwide bestsellers are Lisey's Story, the Dark Tower series, On Writing, The Green Mile, and Bag of Bones. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

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jtokio, March 6, 2012 (view all comments by jtokio)
Armageddon comes not from the height's of Heaven nor the depth's of Hell but from a little device that let's you speak to the world...can you hear me now?
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ringois, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by ringois)
I love all Stephen King books and this was no exception. He does some stories that make you think and wonder, could this really happen? That's why I like them.
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knitist, September 28, 2008 (view all comments by knitist)
As a long time Stephen King fan (Salem's Lot), I was disappointed by Cell. I appreciated the characters, but the situations and resolution of the story left me wishing I had skipped this one. I almost find it hard to believe that he really authored this one.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416524519
Author:
King, Stephen
Publisher:
Pocket Star Books
Subject:
Murderers
Subject:
Cellular telephones
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Horror - General
Subject:
Horror fiction
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reprint ed.
Edition Description:
Mass Market Paperback
Publication Date:
November 21, 2006
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
7.5 x 4.125 in

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Product details 480 pages Pocket Star Books - English 9781416524519 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "What if a pulse sent out through cell phones turned every person using one of them into a zombie-like killing machine? That's what happens on page six of King's latest, a glib, technophobic but compelling look at the end of civilization — or at what may turn into a new, extreme, telepathically enforced fascism. Those who are not on a call at the time of the pulse (and who don't reach for their phones to find out what is going on) remain 'normies.' One such is Clayton Riddell, an illustrator from Kent Pond, Maine, who has just sold some work in Boston when the pulse hits. Clay's single-minded attempt to get back to Maine, where his estranged wife, Sharon, and young son, Johnny-Gee, may or may not have been turned into 'phoners' (as those who have had their brains wiped by the pulse come to be called) comprises the rest of the plot. King's imagining of what is more or less post-Armageddon Boston is rich, and the sociological asides made by his characters along the way — Clay travels at first with two other refugees — are jaunty and witty. The novel's three long set pieces are all pretty gory, but not gratuitously so, and the book holds together in signature King style. Fans will be satisfied and will look forward to the next King release, Lisey's Story, slated for October." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "King blasts any notion that he's exhausted or dissipated his enormous talent."
"Review" by , "A nerve-racking, genuinely unsettling thriller, Cell is proof positive that King has tapped into yet another creative wellspring during a period of life when most writers are often overworking the same dry and dusty literary landscapes."
"Review" by , "The cell-from-hell premise gives this story an instantly powerful hook. But there are times when the book threatens to become all hook and no fish....[T]his is a traditional King narrative studded with alarming signs of the times."
"Review" by , "King has always had a keen ability to weave horror and social commentary together and Cell is no exception....Just as Psycho kept people out of the shower, Cell will make readers think twice before using their cell phones."
"Review" by , "Cell stumbles because its intent remains unclear. Is this a horror novel? A bit of post-apocalyptic science fiction? A cautionary tale?"
"Review" by , "Cell is hard to put down once you've picked it up. There is no shortage of harrowing scenes....While it is a solid, entertaining read, I'm afraid we will need to wait a bit longer for that Great American Zombie Novel."
"Review" by , "Cell is nowhere near as long, thoughtful, or deeply layered as The Stand....The book is cacophony, without a clear signal."
"Review" by , "Cell carries you along at breakneck speed; suspense and horror build and the end satisfies. So, turn off CNN, prepare some snacks and enjoy the ride. And turn off your cell phone."
"Review" by , "Cell is a 200-page plot lost inside a 350-page calling area....Too often, Cell rides along on clunky expository dialogue instead of compelling action."
"Review" by , "Whether you are a Luddite or a mannerless cretin who can't leave home without a headset and a phone charger, King wants you to know he has your number."
"Synopsis" by , WHERE WERE YOU ON OCTOBER 1ST AT 3:03 P.M.?

Graphic artist Clay Riddell was in the heart of Boston on that brilliant autumn afternoon when hell was unleashed before his eyes. Without warning, carnage and chaos reigned. Ordinary people fell victim to the basest, most animalistic destruction.

And the apocalypse began with the ring of a cell phone....

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