11/22/63 by Stephen King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Absolutely fantastic!!! Be prepared to be sucked in for a while with this one - it's long and involved, but well-worth the time.
Jake is shown a way to travel to the past and encouraged to do something huge - prevent Kennedy's assassination. Since he can only travel back to 1958, he spends the time between then and 1963 building a life that has more value to him then the one he left. But - here's the rub - he will HAVE to travel back to present time once he stops the assassination to make sure everything's ok. Once he does that, he can't go back.
Stephen King is one of the best wordsmiths there is. While some of his books are definitely better than others, they are all great, in my opinion. This one stands at the top of the list though - one of my favorite King books has always been It (and yay! some It characters make a showing in this book!). 11/22/63 comes close to taking over the top spot (and only doesn't because I just LOVE when King gets truly creepy).
I give this one all 5 stars without hesitation.
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