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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. 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 or her time when reading Straub and to not get overwhelmed his output is not immediately personable or friendly It reuires work Because this novel is in part about PTSD long stretches feel fantastical many times I was not sure if what I was reading was actually happening to the character or not It is in this cloudy mania Straub dwells and thrives Though not uite a horror novel this could be labeled a thriller if anything it does certainly contain horrific elements if in mood and style and not so much subject matter Like the best of this author s work this long novel repelled and intrigued me it is enjoyable because of the challenges the narrative poses I am glad I finally marked this off my TBR

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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. If you ve thought about reading Koko then Be Like Mike and Just Do It Stephen King fans may appreciate this book and know about the connection with his friend Peter Straub These two guys are like bookends in the horror genre At times they even have a similar way of writing But Koko is its own thing It s not like Straub s earlier book Ghost Story saw the movie have yet to read the book To me that was horror Koko has horrific acts psychopathic killer atrocities committed in war But mostly Koko is a mystery a character study and a weird psychedelic trip inside a killer s mindStraub s plotting continuously alternates between the straightforward and the confusing I d like to think this is deliberate and that Straub is toying with the reader Otherwise how could he manage to keep us interested and guessing throughout one 550 page book let alone three Oh and if you didn t know like me Koko is the first of three books in the Blue Rose trilogy So just let me say that I liked it If there s a problem it s how the story meandered At times I became a little vexed Who are you Koko Four American veterans of the Vietnam War believe they know who he is and just where to find him Yeah not so easy guys I realized at some point that I was the cat in this cat and mouse game with Straub continually pull the rug out from under me But I continued to guess That s half the fun of reading so I m than willing to be the cat when the story is a decent one A thanks to my EC buddies This one took us awhile but as always the group read experience makes for a better read

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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


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  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 it The word has eerie connotations for the four men they believe that a former member of th

  2. says:

    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

  3. says:

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

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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 me

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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 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 o

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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 showcases all of Straub's impressive skills as a wordsmith disassembling and recreating the w

  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

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    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 Dic

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    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 l

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    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 but then meanders into an antiuated jumble of overwrought writing and cringe worthy narra