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About "Under the Dome"
On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the
town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world
by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky
in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes
down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided
from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what
this barrier is, where it came from, and when--or if--it will go away.
Dale Barbara, Iraq vet and now a short-order cook, finds himself teamed with a few intrepid citizens--town newspaper owner Julia Shumway, a physician's assistant at the hospital, a select-woman, and three brave kids. Against them stands Big Jim Rennie, a politician who will stop at nothing--even murder--to hold the reins of power, and his son, who is keeping a horrible secret in a dark pantry. But their main adversary is the Dome itself. Because time isn't just short. It's running out.
Stephen Edwin King is an American writer of contemporary horror fiction, science fiction, fantasy literature, and screenplays. More than 350 million copies of King's novels and short story collections have been sold, and many of his stories have been adapted for film, television, and other media. King has written a number of books using the pen name Richard Bachman, and one short story, "The Fifth Quarter", as John Swithen.
In 2003 the National Book Foundation awarded King the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.