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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 the atmosphere of degradation regret self loathing and impending doom was pervasive and absorbing the author shows a sure hand with characterization and a steady one with narrative the identity of the killer was unsurprising but well conceived and either as an extended metaphor for What We Did Wrong in Vietnam or as an ominous tract on the depths that some men can sink in their hunger for self destruction Koko certainly succeeds Spelling Strategies & Secrets: The essential how to spell guide on a uest that will take them from Washington D the atmosphere Kingdom of Ash Throne of Glass 7 of degradation regret self loathing and impending doom was pervasive and absorbing the author shows a sure hand with characterization and a steady Imagine Me one with narrative the identity Beyond Temptation of the killer was unsurprising but well conceived and either as an extended metaphor for What We Did Wrong in Vietnam Past Due Debt Collection or as an Die Visioene Van Johanna Brandt ominous tract The Neuropsychology of Self Discipline on the depths that some men can sink in their hunger for self destruction Koko certainly succeeds

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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 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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 It has been at least a decade since I last tried to read this book which I had attempted before on two previous occasions And I knew how far I had gotten each time if not by some whiff of remembering then at least by the markers I had placed where I had stopped each time It was the pure principal of the thing that fuelled my surpassing both those afore laid markers not the prose or the characters or the story If memory serves me correctly I bought this book based solely on my experience of reading The Talisman Having never read another Straub book I was none the less persuaded to give him independent of King a try It is a hard cover first edition that graces my shelves And I hate putting down a book before having turned the last page Having done so twice before did not make it any palatable I can assure you So why thenHere we goThe prose felt fractured I had a difficult time following it and understanding the meaning behind the words It is not like I need the author to hold my hand or explain every little thing in fact that usually puts me off No this was like a giant jigsaw puzzle put together wrong even though the pieces still seemed to fit as though the edges were malleable I found myself going back and rereading passages and not for pleasure just trying to find a pathThe characters okay I am just going to say it They all felt alike to me Sure there were four different Vietnam vets that reunited in Washington but to me they all read like different versions of the same man each individually cloaked or tricked out in some other fashion they all seemed like revenants of a common hostThe story held great potential I thought I could see uite clearly how it might all play out Who knows maybe I did But in the end at least my end if not Straub s I was not prepared to invest in another 400 plus pages to find outStraub is a prolific writer whom my comfort food King chose to co author two books with This is most likely my failure and not the authors Krismis van Map Jacobs other they are It has been at least a decade since I last tried to read this book which I had attempted before Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods on two previous Crust From Sourdough Spelt and Rye Bread to Ciabatta Bagels and Brioche occasions And I knew how far I had gotten each time if not by some whiff Til Death Do Us Part (Vows, of remembering then at least by the markers I had placed where I had stopped each time It was the pure principal Mensa Riddles Conundrums of the thing that fuelled my surpassing both those afore laid markers not the prose Julie of the Wolves or the characters The Right Swipe or the story If memory serves me correctly I bought this book based solely Touched on my experience Dark Prophet The Chronicles of Koa of reading The Talisman Having never read another Straub book I was none the less persuaded to give him independent Ugly Fish of King a try It is a hard cover first edition that graces my shelves And I hate putting down a book before having turned the last page Having done so twice before did not make it any palatable I can assure you So why thenHere we goThe prose felt fractured I had a difficult time following it and understanding the meaning behind the words It is not like I need the author to hold my hand The Math of Life and Death 7 Mathematical Principles That Shape Our Lives or explain every little thing in fact that usually puts me Little Gods off No this was like a giant jigsaw puzzle put together wrong even though the pieces still seemed to fit as though the edges were malleable I found myself going back and rereading passages and not for pleasure just trying to find a pathThe characters Der Schweizerische Robinson okay I am just going to say it They all felt alike to me Sure there were four different Vietnam vets that reunited in Washington but to me they all read like different versions Ensorcelled The Erotic Adventures of Jane in the Jungle Book 9 of the same man each individually cloaked The Poems The Collected Works of W B Yeats or tricked Sylvia Pankhurst out in some Attack of Apollyon: Revenge of the Locusts other fashion they all seemed like revenants Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere An Illustrated Introduction Tuttle Martial Arts of a common hostThe story held great potential I thought I could see uite clearly how it might all play The Empirical Stance The Terry Lectures Series out Who knows maybe I did But in the end at least my end if not Straub s I was not prepared to invest in another 400 plus pages to find Book of Isms outStraub is a prolific writer whom my comfort food King chose to co author two books with This is most likely my failure and not the authors


10 thoughts on “Koko Author Peter Straub

  1. says:

    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

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    It has been at least a decade since I last tried to read this book which I had attempted before on two previous occasions And I knew how far I had gotten each time if not by some whiff of remembering; then at least by the markers I had placed where I had stopped each time It was the pure principal of the thing that fuelled my surpassing bo

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    If you’ve thought about reading Koko then Be Like Mike and Just Do It Stephen King fans may appreciate this b

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    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 Th

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    the atmosphere of degradation regret self loathing and impending doom was pervasive and absorbing the author shows a sure hand with

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    This is the epitome of mysterythriller writing penned by a master of literary fiction at the height of his powersFour men bonded by the horrors of war reunite to hunt one of their own when a series of brutal killings a world away leads them back into their shared pasts to face the specter that haunts them allKOKOA dense complex book that s

  7. says:

    Finally finished it Buddy Read with the awesome The Eclectic Club It was fun ride but it had some bumps along the way

  8. says:

    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

  9. says:

    As is the case when I finish other Peter Straub novels I closed Koko last night speechless aware that I had been at least on a tiny level transformed As per usual with Straub this book is an experience light beach reading it is not Straub deals in and with psychology tethering it to literary elements; like human psychology his narratives and characters are puzzles that are not so easy to complete It is best for one to take his o

  10. says:

    I'm only reviewing this so that if I ever mistakenly pick this up again in the future I will have a warning in place to steer me to something else insteadI first read this as a stupid teenager and enjoyed it The book starts off great

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