Billy SummersStephen King

Billy Summers

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Billy Summers by Stephen King Book Summary

The #1 New York Times Bestseller
An Esquire Best Book of the Year
A Wall Street Journal Favorite Book of the Year
A Goodreads Choice Awards Finalist

From legendary storyteller Stephen King, whose “restless imagination is a power that cannot be contained” (The New York Times Book Review), comes a thrilling new novel about a good guy in a bad job.

Billy Summers is a man in a room with a gun. He’s a killer for hire and the best in the business. But he’ll do the job only if the target is a truly bad guy. And now Billy wants out. But first there is one last hit. Billy is among the best snipers in the world, a decorated Iraq war vet, a Houdini when it comes to vanishing after the job is done. So what could possibly go wrong?

How about everything.

This spectacular can’t-put-it-down novel is part war story, part love letter to small town America and the people who live there, and it features one of the most compelling and surprising duos in King fiction, who set out to avenge the crimes of an extraordinarily evil man. It’s about love, luck, fate, and a complex hero with one last shot at redemption.

You won’t put this story down, and you won’t forget Billy.

Billy Summers (Stephen King) Book Reviews

Great readI enjoyed this book more than the past dozen or so that I have read. First class Mr King, first class..Score: 5/5

Brilliant !!!!Just brilliant. It had it all..Score: 5/5

One Small Weakness But Overall SuperbThis is an excellent story, skillfully told. The narrative is layered, clever, intelligent, with many twists and turns. My only (small) criticism is that while the book’s major themes are laid out carefully, toward its end the disclosure of the prime villain, his motivations, and cohorts, is done in a rushed “…and another thing is this…” type of manner. But apart from this, the book is one of King’s best, in my opinion..Score: 5/5

Great story!!!Loved this book!.Score: 5/5

Surprising not surprisingI’ve read most of Mr. Kings books stories and seen the movies. This was a surprisingly good read and I’m not surprised. I’ve just been (with the lock downs, social distancing and such) reading some of his books I have but never got to as well as rereading old friends. This is a nice change of topic and it has just a brush and a nod another of his books but doesn’t quite go there. It was a page turner and as sleep would take me each night I would begrudgingly set my iPad down and look forward to the next nights treat..Score: 5/5

How?How is this possible? It seems that Stephen King is only getting better. Wow…and thank you sir..Score: 5/5

Enjoyed it from page 1 to the end!I found this book difficult to put down. In typical Stephen King fashion, he hooked me on page one. In not-so-typical King fashion, there was no supernatural or typical “horror” in this one. Granted, there are some pretty gnarly scenes. I love this book! I genuinely cared about the main characters, and I love the peaceful ending of what was a wild ride of a novel..Score: 5/5

Loved it.I don’t write many reviews but, here it goes. As well as King does monsters, I like when he writes about people best. Under the Dome, even though there were elements of the supernatural, had tons of characters, tons of relationships and explored people’s motives. I think King does that well. This book felt a little like 11/22/63 and I loved that one as well. It’ll keep you guessing..Score: 5/5

All nighterOnce I started reading I could not put it down. Again Stephen King has grabbed me, and wouldn’t let me go. I was up several nights all night long..Score: 5/5

Mr. King does it again.Couldn’t put it down..Score: 5/5

Stephen KingAnother well written book by one of my favorite authors of all time. However, it’s an absolute shame that he’s turned into just another prima dona celebrity trying to force down ordinary folks throat what amounts to Left wing liberal garbage. My advice as a humble fan is to leave that drivel where it belongs, in his head or where it really belongs ….in the toilet..Score: 3/5

LOVED ITWow, this was a great read. Memorable characters and exciting story. Mr. King is a wonderful story teller and he delivers with Billy Summers! One of his best. Loved it!.Score: 5/5

Good not greatIt’s a good book to read with some good action and great detail but it lacks in creativity. Follows what I think is the typical pattern for stories like this. I did enjoy it but it lacked a bit for me to be wowed. Not King’s best but not his worst either. Just good..Score: 3/5

Still all KINGLike an old friend putting a hand on your shoulder, Mr. King glides you into his world. A refreshing change, but not so much as to lose all that we love him best for. Good believable characters, with well rounded emotions and convincing personalities. Different from his usual but still enjoyable..Score: 4/5

Wonderful story telling!Stephen King at his best. A deviation from his traditional scary horror stories, with a faint hint of the past sprinkled in, Billy Summers is a true story of life and self discovery. This action packed story will keep you coming back for more!.Score: 5/5

Billy don’t be a heroI think this is the best book Stephen King has written in a long time. There were times I almost forgot I was reading a Stephen King book. The story does take a while to get one point I stopped reading it and read another book in about four or five days that moved much faster....but I was happy to go back and finish it. And was very glad I did. I have found some of his more recent books a bit disappointing but not this one. Just be open minded and realize this is not a horror novel. Darn good!.Score: 5/5

Pieces felt stole from other mediumsI enjoyed this book but as others pointed out , it felt like a knock off of a variety of tv shows including Succession. I find it sad that King believes only good people are liberals and bad people are conservative. In my lifetime I’ve discovered that the truly evil walk in both parties. As Is the case with most King books he doesn’t really stick the landing..Score: 3/5

PoliticsIt’s unfortunate that so many writers, musicians and actors feel the need to force their political opinions on the rest of us. I’ve noticed that it’s only the liberals that are so inclined. I personally believe celebrities should keep their political opinions private. I’ve quit reading books by these authors or watching these actors who can’t keep their politics out of their public creations. I now wait and read reviews before purchasing their products..Score: 1/5

Shades of Gray, Good vs BadThis great novel perfectly illustrates the notion that the way of the world is never a black and white proposition. It is lived in a landscape colored with countless shades of grey. Always changing in time..Score: 5/5

HookedI never thought Steven King could write like this. Great book..Score: 5/5

Billy SummersAt first I couldn’t get into this book, but my husband told me to keep going. I’m sure glad I did!! I loved it and couldn’t put it down!.Score: 5/5

Kept me wanting more….Very different from Mr King’s previous books I’ve read and it was refreshing. I loved this book..Score: 5/5

Billy SummersKing.. excellent as always..Score: 5/5

Why Does Everything Have To Be So PoliticalI am a huge King fan, so I find it so disappointing that he has to spew liberal nonsense into the story. Just write a great book like you used to without pushing your views on me. King is pushing away half of his fans by doing this..Score: 1/5

Billy summersWell it has to be one of my favorites….. I was a little skeptical of Stephen King considering some of his other works that I have read… But this was incredible… Twists and turns up to the very last end… Definitely a must read!.Score: 5/5

King at his best, once again..This was an outstanding Book ! I couldn’t put it down! Stephen King is a Master ! Thank You Sir for this great story.. G.Wade.Score: 5/5

A touch too much political commentaryA touch too much political commentary inserted. Otherwise, great book!.Score: 4/5

Engaging story…I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. The writing made me care about the people portrayed, the story was most enjoyable, and the pace was perfect. It was the kind of book that could be read in one sitting, but I spread it out over a week because it was so delicious that I didn’t want to gorge myself on it. Little bits were best..Score: 5/5

The protagonistJust Wow..Score: 5/5

Average at bestVery disappointed in this book. Little tension, dull characters, and predictable storyline. I think Mr King got the benefit of the doubt with the reviews because of his successful career in other genres..Score: 2/5

Stephen King does it agaimI always enjoy reading Stephen King’s novels. His writing is very easy to process and very expressive. This was a beautifully written story of love and trauma and growth that engages the reader quickly and easily..Score: 5/5

A waste of timeI haven’t read a Stephen King book in a long time, but a best selling author and all I thought I’d give it a try. What a bad call. This is a terrible book. Word pulp. The writing is just fine but the characters and the plot you could care less about. Then there are these weird flashbacks to Afghanistan to tie in the main character’s writing ambitions. And the implausible scenario that has a professional assassin depending on an iPhone app to sight in a rifle to be used to make a five hundred yard shot. Really? That is plain lazy writing. The best thing about the book is the reference to a book by Emile Zola. Save yourself some time and buy “Theresa Raquin” instead..Score: 1/5

He does it againBy far, on of the best reads! King does it every time! Captivating me from the first chapter till the last….Score: 5/5

Fantastic!I enjoyed this book immensely. So much so, that I may read it again soon..Score: 5/5

Not bad not greatA decent book by Stephen King. I’ve read them all and to me it’s average. First third or so is a bit slow then it gets much more interesting..Score: 4/5

Excellent readReally enjoyed this story. Had a few twist or wrinkles to keep you reading. Another masterful story from the King..Score: 5/5

Wonderful book!Gripping story about characters I cared about. Highly recommended..Score: 5/5

A Wonderful SurpriseI’ve been a Stephen King fan for a long long time. I adore the way he writes horror, but I’m also aware of his knack for non-horror books that absolutely captivate your heart and mind. I would place this creation on the same level as The Green Mile and Dolores Claiborne - I didn’t know what to expect from this title when I came in. I quickly knew it wouldn’t be horror and yet again, I was blown away by this man’s writing skills. If you haven’t read this book yet please do. You won’t be disappointed..Score: 5/5

A masterpieceBrilliantly written. I hope King writes. Ore fiction devoid of monsters and supernatural events. He is one of the great American writers and novels like this should be in his future..Score: 5/5

King has TDSThe plot could have been plagiarized from an episode of Law and Order. The characters just never developed. And unfortunately, it could have been an easy, mindless, yet fun read were it not for the fact that former President Trump is living rent free in Kings drug addled mind. The book is more about veiled, and unveiled cheap shots at a politician than it is about entertaining an audience with a story. King can do better, and should..Score: 1/5

Billy SummersGreat book. Not at all what I expected from a Stephen King book. Very sad when it ended as I had to put the book down. I hope they make it into a movie someday..Score: 5/5

Not his best not his worst.Not his best not his worst. No ghosts or supernatural just a story about a hitman and a girl. Good pacing, predictable story and a couple great characters..Score: 4/5

Best I have read in a long, long time!This book has it all! An absolute must read. I can’t wait for the movie!.Score: 5/5

Billy SummersExcellent book! My only gripe was, he had to bring politics , And something totally not the about Trump, into it. With no need at all. Stick to the awesome stories cus I almost threw this in the trash..Score: 5/5

Great!Enjoyed reading this was great!.Score: 5/5

One of his best!I’ve read probably 90% of Stephen King’s books and love his work. I have to honestly say this is one of his best books he has ever written. I literally couldn’t put it down. Thank you Mr. King for the gift you have and your ability to share it with the world..Score: 5/5

Snooze…Boring, shallow, definitely not up to his usual standards. Plodding pace and one dimensional characters you could care less about. I gave up half way through..Score: 1/5

Billy Summers ROCKSKing at his very best. Plus, it’s a unparalleled advanced fiction writing tutorial..Score: 5/5

So goodSuch a great read. The story flows so well..Score: 5/5

FantasticIgnore the Trump trolls bashing the book. Most of them can’t even read. Great book! King at his best! Trump lost by 7 million votes!!! eat it Donnie.Score: 5/5

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Billy SummersAwesome read. Very much enjoyed it. Thank you again SK!.Score: 4/5

Really goodI’ve read many of King’s books and have always been unhappy with the fact that he often includes a supernatural element to his stories that I find ridiculous and fantastical. It ruins the story for me a lot of the time. This one has a tiny hint of that, but it’s not a horror story or a police procedural and I enjoyed it very much. I will say that the end dragged on a bit, but it wasn’t a deal breaker for me. Definitely his best IMHO.Score: 4/5

I want more….What a fantastic book. I couldn’t stop reading. The characters become your friends. Beautifully written..Score: 5/5

BrilliantKing’s best work in years..Score: 5/5

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