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Stephen Kings The Stand is a thrilling novel that portrays the forces of good against evil In the year 1991 a plague strikes America leaving only a few thousand people alive who are immune to the epidemic Of the survivors those who serve G-d instinctively join in Boulder Colorado while those who worship the Dark Man are drawn to Las Vegas Nevada The two groups separately re-build society until one must destroy the other Franni Goldsmith comes very close to killing herself She thinks she can not deal with her parents deaths being unwed and pregnant and having the only other survivor in her hometown of Ogunquit Main be her recently deceased best friends weird brother Harold Lauder Fran puts aside her personal feelings for Harold aside and goes with him to the place in her dreams to Boulder Colorado On their way they meet up with six people from various states in the United States who joined them on their journey Fran is disturbed by her dreams as all of them are by their own She dreams of an old lady named Abigail in Colorado This lady is kind and loving and promises to protect them from the evil In the dreams there is also a Dark Man He is always there lurking waiting to attack Harold admits to himself that he is in love with Fran and goes crazy when he realizes how serious Fran has become with Stuart Redman one of the newcomers to their traveling group Harold becomes insanely jealous and plots to separate them even if it means murder Harold doesnt admit it to any of them but his dreams are different from theirs In his dreams the Dark Man offers Harold power and respect something Harold could never imagine in the past Harold knows his destiny is to go to Las Vegas The group arrives in Boulder and soon after are joined by over one thousand others who dreamt
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