Invasion U.S.A.

Stephen King

Reviewed by Donna Izett
Mark Martin J-Mar Express

Listening Time: 23 hours

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

Retail: $49.95

Genre: Science fiction

Plot: Mainly talks about the United States being invaded. The story is somewhat gruesome at times. It shows how real friends help each other in times of need. The book discusses how two friends fought against the invaders and the Army and won.

Main Characters: Four men who grew up together. They met a young man who was retarded and became his friend. The five friends had some sort of ESP. The sixth main character was Mr. Gray.

What’s best (or not)? The book keeps you in suspense. You have to keep listening to find out what happened. The book was kind of drawn out, but it was still very good. I didn’t like three of the main characters dying.

Would you recommend? Yes. It is good listening. It does keep you in suspense and you will find you can’t put it down.

Narrator’s style: The narrator was good. He kept it going as if you were listening to several people.

How would you rate the book? A+

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The tide quickly changes when Marlene befriends her beachside neighbor, Rose Wickham-Heeney, a northeastern aristocrat turned wife of West Virginia coal mine union leader Ralph “Red” Heeney. After fun-filled weeks of family barbecues and lazy afternoons with the Heeneys, the Karps discover that Rose, Red and their daughter Lizzie have been brutally murdered back home in McCullensburg. Irresistible force meets immovable object when the West Virginia governor appoints Karp as special prosecutor to bring justice to the corrupt town, its union chieftain and his band of merry thugs. Marlene joins Karp as he searches for the killers and works to save his own family from an evil that runs deep as the mines that fuel it.
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