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  • 09 July 2019
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Free download Koko AUTHOR Peter Straub Peter Straub ã 4 Summary Free download ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ã Peter Straub Nonetheless linked by a shared history and a single shattering secret Now they have been reunited and are about to embark on a uest that will take them from Washington D. Tricksy ReviewWhere to start An uneasy read this There is real madness to be found here A brooding heady insanity Koko the novel is a disjointed psychological somewhat confusing affair Why then is it such a good read Well because that is also the best way to describe half the characters in this piece of work There is certainly method to the madness here And Koko himself He s certainly a disturbed man and it rubs off This book is not a uick read it s everything but and when I finished the last page I felt a bit drained The horror element in this book is almost exclusively psychological and it wasn t uite as visceral an experience as I had imagined it would be considering the subject matter Approaching Koko correctly is fundamental in enjoying it I would think The book obviously contains some violence the two main contributing factors being 1 the actions of the serial killer Koko and 2 flashbacks to events that occurred during the Vietnam War The story however concerns itself with a mystery who is Koko really and why is he doing what he is doingThere is an underlying pervading menace in this novel and perhaps that s why it was so hard to put down In an interview with Peter Straub posted on Youtube he states that Koko was his best writing experience It shows Only an author writing with great confidence could have pulled this one off It s a really creepy work on many many different levels Four starsStraub is sometimes so difficult to categorise it boggles the mind but if something like psychological horror thriller mystery cult novel rings your bell go for it Koko is the first in a trilogy of loosely connected novels followed by Mystery and The Throat

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Free download Koko AUTHOR Peter Straub Peter Straub ã 4 Summary Free download ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ã Peter Straub C to the graveyards and fleshpots of the Far East to the human jungle of New York hunting someone from the past who has risen from the darkness to kill and kill and kill. This has got to be one of the best thrillers I ve ever read That might sound like a backhanded compliment especially if you happen to know that I don t read a lot of thrillers but I don t mean it to be I m even tempted to call it the Moby Dick of thrillers it s long after all tempestuous a little dreamlike it sometimes meanders and it s about four men in the same boat even if not a literal one chasing a dangerous and elusive figure from the past who may be a symbol of something or just a man Koko begins in Washington DC in late 1982 where four Vietnam vets from the same regiment it seems like a stretch to call them friends have met up to see the Memorial for the first time It was within the first ten pages or so that I started to get the sense that this novel might be much better than I d expected and when I started to make mental comparisons The Deer Hunter another Vietnam story that takes the time to meander and allow us to experience the characters lives with them The main character Mike Poole walks around near the Monument before the others have arrived just thinkingHere was what was left of the warFor Poole the actual country of Vietnam was now just another placemany thousands of miles distant with an embattled history and an idiosyncratic and inaccessible culture Its history and culture had briefly disastrously intersected ours But the actual country of Vietnam was not VietnamStraub empathetically captures Poole s alienation his feeling even than ten years later that he s returned to a country that s never really understood what he s experienced and in fact doesn t want to understand and that this has forever altered his sense of belonging to that country At any time he can mentally slip into a different country not Vietnam but Vietnam a place that only his fellow veterans have been Somehow neither post war mythologizing nor congratulations from the Coca Cola company in his hotel lobby seem to offer much in the way of comfort or edification Was this what he d spent so much time wanting to get back toDuring his first surreal eighteen months back from Vietnam Poole had been able to tell if a man had been in Vietnam just by the way he held his body His instincthad faded since then but he knew he could not be mistaken about this group Hello sir said a clarion voice at his elbowPoole looked down at a beaming young woman with a fanatical faceshe held a tray of glasses filled with black liuid Might I inuire sir if you are a veteran of the Vietnam conflict I was in Vietnam Poole said The Coca Cola company joins the rest of America in thanking you personally for your efforts during the Vietnam conflict We wish to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to you and to introduce you to our newest product Diet Coke in the hope that you will enjoy it and share your pleasure with your friends and fellow veterans Poole looked upward and saw that a long brilliantly red bannerhad been suspended far above the lobby White lettering said The Coca Cola Corporation and Diet Coke Salute the Veterans of Vietnam He looked back down at the girl I guess I ll pass The aspect of the story that might sound reminiscent of a 90s cable miniseries is that the four of them have also come together to discuss a string of killings in southeast Asia the killer has been leaving their regiment s distinctive playing cards as his signature and it would follow that he is someone they know or knew No than that like it or not they share an intimacy with him I have a feeling that the ingenious serial killer with the occult signature is common in fiction than in reality but soon enough I was nodding along won over by the uniuely foreboding and uncanny atmosphere the sharp and economical dialogue the story s understanding that violence inevitably echoes over the course of years as well as the feeling that Straub had genuinely managed to channel these characters from his unconscious getting their voices on paper and then carefully arranging them in a labyrinthine plot that always seems to be on the verge of splintering apart or capsizing like a lifeboat in a maelstrom As long as I m making out of left field associations here s another one I re watched Vertigo last week and it struck me that the atmosphere and the images especially that shadow in the bell tower at the very end that moment of silence before the audience not to mention Kim Novak understands who or what it is are so powerful that they almost nullify the fact that there s a plausible explanation for everything that s taken place Koko has some of that same tension Yes everything that happens in the novel can be explained or less rationally but the uncanny atmosphere that Straub conjures is somehow convincing Throughout the first couple of hundred pages you sense that something terrible is going to happen Or not exactly Rather something terrible has happened and is continuing to happen and so the dreamlike atmosphere of Koko is not arbitrary at all but a reflection of the fact that the novel is really about trauma the way it distorts time and space and becomes real in the mind than anything experienced before or after In his hotel in DC still early on in the novel Poole falls asleep or half asleep trying to read The Dead Zone by Stephen King which was published in 1979Before Michael could turn off his light he was dripping with sweat carrying his copy of The Dead Zone through an army base many times larger than Camp Crandall All around the camp twenty or thirty kilometers beyond the barbed wire perimeter stood hills once thickly covered by trees now so perfectly bombed and burned and defoliated that only charred sticks protruded upwards from powdery brown earth He walked past a row of tents and at last heard the silence of the camp he was aloneHe trudged past the deserted building into a stretch of empty land and smelled burning shit The camp had been abandoned and he had been left behindthen he knew that this was no dream he really was in Vietnam the rest of his life was the dreamWait a second he thought if this is reality it s no later than 1969 He opened The Dead Zone to the page of publishing information Deep in his chest his heart deflatedthe copyright date was 1965 He had never left Vietnam Everything since had been only a nineteen year old s wishful dream

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Free download Koko AUTHOR Peter Straub Peter Straub ã 4 Summary Free download ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ã Peter Straub KOKO Only four men knew what it meant Now they must stop it They are Vietnam vets a doctor a lawyer a working stiff and a writer Very different from each other they are. Koko is a lenghty tome My paperback copy spans 640 pages and promises great things a haunting nightmare of four Vietnam veterans reunited 15 years after the war thrust back into the horrors of the war when they learn about a chain of murders comitted in Southeast Asia the murderer always leaves a playing card with the word Koko scribbled on it The word has eerie connotations for the four men they believe that a former member of their platoon is behind the murdersAfter Floating Dragon and The Talisman Peter Straub wanted to try his strenghts in a different field He worked four years on Koko and in many interviews names it as his strongest work He fooled those who were expecting a supernatural tale like his two previous novels there is little if any of supernatural in Koko but there s plenty of ghosts The scariest thing is that they are all alive Koko is a long complex novel where the travel is most important not the resolution it s most definitely not an easy thriller or a simple mystery It s a tale of a group of men who travelled to hell and returned with their own personal devils And when their past calls them back they decide to take action and pursue the killer through Signapore and Taipei to Milwaukee and New York City Peter Straub in one of the interviews said that Koko was his best writing experience where he entered a flow state in which he was with his characters and discovered that he wrote whole pages without thinking about writing them It shows Koko presents a world so complex and real that the reader feels like he was living in it It does tend to wander from time to time but doesn t life Koko is full of real emotions poignancy sadness and ambiguity Pumo Spitalny Beevers Linklater Underhill are all real people who will stay with you and Koko is the ghost that haunts them all These are some of the most realistic and memorable character I ve ever encountered in fiction The narrative is rich long detailed satysfying and haunting and will stay with the reader for a long time It stayed with mePeter Straub has achieved something extraordinary in Koko when he says that this is his strongest work a favorite he has his reasons A long complex journey to the heart of darkness that is not really about who it s about why A rare gem worth multiple readings