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Wolves of the Calla
Stephen King
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Roland of Gilead's quest to save all worlds from evil continues in this fifth installment of King's epic tale, which finds the gunslinger and his companions helping the farmers of Calla Bryn Sturgis fight against the terrifying "Wolves" who threaten to kidnap the Calla's children. Joining them is Father Callahan, who first appeared in King's second book,'Salem's Lot (1975). Using a low, gruff voice that only Clint Eastwood could equal, Guidall aptly captures Roland's rough-edged character, but it's often difficult to distinguish between the tenors he employs for the book's many male characters. Andy the robot, however, is one character that listeners won't confuse with the others. Wise-guy gunslinger Eddie might compare Andy to Star Wars' C3PO, both in his "complacent, slightly prissy voice" and his lanky, mechanical appearance, but avid listeners will find that the tone Guidall adopts for Andy more closely resembles that of the beloved 1980s toy Speak & Spell. In the afterword, King thanks the narrator of the first four Dark Tower novels, Frank Muller, whose debilitating motorcycle accident in 2001 prevented him from finishing the series. "[A]udio insists you absorb everything," King notes, and in Muller's absence, Guidall does a fine job of bringing this epic tale to life. Simultaneous release with the Donald M. Grant/Scribner hardcover (Forecasts, Aug. 4). (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

This is the fifth installment of King's epic series, started more than 30 years ago. In the last segment of the series, we left our hero, Roland, and his "ka-tet" of companions as they emerged from the Oz-like crystal palace to return to their quest for the Dark Tower (Wizard and Glass). Since then, much water has passed under the bridge in the lives of both the storyteller and his audience. Nonetheless, we have all gathered 'round the campfire once more to learn Roland's fate, and King does not fail us. In the latest portion of this epic tale, the four gunslingers take a detour from their journey to fight on behalf of the downtrodden residents of Calla Bryn Sturgis. Fans will delight not only in King's continued gleeful intertwining of multiple genres but perhaps most of all in the return of Salem's Lot's Father Callahan. This hardcover release, promising illustrations (not seen) by graphic artist Bernie Wrightson, is an essential addition to any library's King collection. It will be followed in close succession by the final two volumes of the series, both of which are completed and scheduled for publication in 2004. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 7/03.]-Nancy McNicol, Louise A. Brundage Community Lib., Hamden, CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Roland Deschain
Known as the Last Gunslinger; on a quest to the Dark Tower; helping a farming village against wolves that come once a generation to take one child from each pair of the town's twins; must also save a single red roe growing in Manhattan in 1977.

Eddie Dean
Married to Susannah.

Susannah Dean
Formerly Odetta Holmes; her two personalities merged forming her new identity; married to Eddie; discovers she has become impregnated by the demon she had coupled with; learns she has a second personality again.

Jake Chambers
Age: 11
Following Roland on his quest; learns his new friend's father is a traitor.

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