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Billy Summers
Billy Summers | Stephen King
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"When Billy Summers was twelve years old, He shot and killed his mother's boyfriend after he kicked Billy's sister to death. At 17, he enlisted in the army. At 18, he was a sniper in Iraq and involved in the deadly battle to recapture Fallujah. For nearly twenty years, he's worked as a paid assassin. He's a good guy in a bad job, and he wants out. He takes on a very complicated, very lucrative job that he hopes will be his last. He's got a perfect new identity lined up and a scrupulously orchestrated, flawless escape plan. And then something happens that changes everything for Billy. A stranger needs rescuing, and Billy sacrifices the safety of his own perfectly devised new life to offer her protection. And then the two of them-the most compelling and surprising duo in King fiction-set out on one last mission, to rectify the injustices of one extraordinarily evil man"--
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BoleyBooks
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Tackle the TBR 🤓📚 #boleybooks #stephenking #billysummers #constantreader #bookbeast #bookjoy #bookbuds
What are you reading? 😊

bthegood finishing a holiday murder mystery then I start back to “regular“ books - trying #BookSpinBingo this year - Happy New Year and make a great day 🙂 4w
BoleyBooks @bthegood Best wishes to you and happy reading ! 🥳🎉 4w
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perfectsinner
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Even at over 500 pages, I managed to devour this in 2 days. I found it really enjoyable, right up to the end. The end is what took it from a five to a four star book for me. But still very enjoyable.

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perfectsinner
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Being of for the holidays, I'm flying through this and really enjoying it
I will probably finish it today
Merry Christmas!

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perfectsinner
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Billy Summers by Stephen King will my next read. Perfect for the holidays, right? 🤣🤫

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ClairesReads
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Billy Summers is the kind of classic, standalone King novel that I love. This isn't horror King, this is moral compass King. Billy Summers is an assassin with (some kind of moral code). On the surface this is a standard crime novel fully of bad guys, not-so-bad guys, victims, and not-quite victims. Underneath this, there is a social critique of American politics past and present, of suburbia, and of cultural concerns.

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DeeLew
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Shelfie. My favorite little corner. #shelfiesunday

ozma.of.oz Looks cozy! 2mo
Soubhiville What a cool bookshelf! 2mo
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cinda.marie
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Just started this and I‘m already intrigued! #stephenking #constantreader

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Outofcontroltbr
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I love SK. It‘s so incredible the worlds and people and fictional reality he creates. I enjoyed this story and the characters. There were times when it was hard to get through but it was a good story.

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BookishTrish
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A hired assassin takes one last job. It doesn‘t go as planned. This one was as much a love letter to becoming a writer as it was a tale about an outlaw.

mandarchy This picture makes me a little homesick for my old cedar tree. 3mo
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ChrisBohjalian
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Bedtime reading with Jesse. Loving Billy Summers by Stephen King . @ScribnerBooks

AmyG I‘m reading it, too. So good. 4mo
Bklover Just recently finished this one. Loved it! 4mo
Pageturner1 started it, my first Stephen King 3mo
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Addison_Reads
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#BookSpinBingo #BookSpin @TheAromaofBooks

I finally had the chance to read my birthday present from earlier this month. I'll admit, my feelings on this book went from love to boredom and then settling in at, "I really liked it, but it's not a top King book for me."

Surprisingly, the last few chapters of this book were my favorite. The way this story ends was perfect.

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! 4mo
vivastory I still have my #KingAtoZ bookmark One of my favorite photo challenges 4mo
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Oryx
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Loved this one and read in about 3 sittings! As always with King, it's all about the characters and relationships, just as much as (if not more than) the plot.

RachelAmphlett Isn‘t it brilliant? 5mo
Oryx @RachelAmphlett I got so attached to the characters! Brilliant. 4mo
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Oryx
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Seems like Billy Summers was a lucky charm to bring a bit of summer to Scotland in September. 🌞 Really enjoying this one.

squirrelbrain Looks lovely - enjoy! 5mo
Cathythoughts One of our Bookclub ladies was just on to me saying it‘s the best .. back to his golden era of Shawshank & Green Mile .. stacking 5mo
tokorowilliamwallace What a charming and relaxing setting. 1mo
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BookishTrish
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I‘d like to thank Earl Grey for waking me up at 5:30 so I have more time to read on my very last day of vacation

Desha 😂😂😂 5mo
Reggie Lolol you look so happy about it! 5mo
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MyNamesParadise
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This is the 1st Stephen King novel I‘ve read & I loved it! I really enjoyed the character of Billy & his mission to do one final job for a big pay day. I enjoyed it even more when Alice came into the book. I don‘t want to say too much to give anything away. Just go on this journey with Billy and you won‘t regret it. It would make a great mini series.

Suet624 I don‘t know how he does it, but he writes so many great books. 5mo
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Dan_1988
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I‘ve just finished reading Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie.
Now onto the one I‘ve really been waiting for! Billy Summers by Stephen King 🙂📖

#stephenking #newbook #saturday

TrishB I read this with this exact same bookmark 😁 enjoy! 5mo
Dan_1988 @TrishB I‘m up to chapter 4 and already loving it! 🙂 5mo
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Bklover
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I usually buy SK books, but am trying to be thrifty (haha) so got the ebook on Axis360. Started it today and now I want to stop reading and go buy it. I need to own it. And touch it. And turn pages. You understand this, right? I am LOVING this one so far. It‘s just my favorite kind of King book.

AmyG I SO get this. I am starting it today on my plane ride east and am so excited. 5mo
JazzFeathers Is this a new one? I don't think I've ever heard of it. 5mo
Bklover @JazzFeathers Yes- it‘s his newest one. So far I really like it! 5mo
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Bklover @AmyG I know you‘re a SK fan like I am- I think you‘re going to love this one!! 5mo
deeannloso I really liked it. 5mo
AmyG I think you are correct! One thing I love about him…I just effortlessly “slide” into the story. 50 pages in and I am IN. 🙌🏻 5mo
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For no particular reason, it's been two years since I've read a book by Stephen King. (That one was Sleeping Beauties, which he wrote with his son Owen King.) It's been lovely to dive back into some of his storytelling.

I finished Billy Summers as I was beginning his book On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, which I'm using with my juniors this year. While I'll review that one later, I found these books to be perfect complements. ⬇

UnabridgedPod One of the things I love about On Writing is King's sincere devotion to the craft, they way that writing brings him joy and—in a very real way—saves him at some difficult times in his life.

Billy Summers is a novel about an assassin who is an avid reader but who has never felt he has the agency to tell his own story. When he has to act like he's an author as his cover for his newest job, he finally has the push he's needed. ⬇
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UnabridgedPod And writing ends up being more than a cover for him. It's also a way to process the trauma of his childhood, the decisions he's made since then, and the type of person he has become.

If you've read King before, you know this, but I'll just advise you to check out the trigger warnings. He doesn't shy away from some truly horrible things that happen to both good (and bad) people (and really, ⬇
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UnabridgedPod those categories are shown to mean very little in the book). But there's a compassion that runs through the book and a beautiful appreciation for the power of reading and writing, for the beauty of story even in the midst of ugliness.

I loved Billy Summers.
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TiredLibrarian @UnabridgedPod I'm waiting my turn (impatiently) for a library copy!
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UnabridgedPod @TiredLibrarian I hope it comes in soon!! My wait wasn‘t as long as I expected. 5mo
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Tonton
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I‘ve been a fan since Carrie and Firestarter, and l love everything he‘s written. He keeps raising the bar. There are writers you are thrilled to discover and then there are writers who you run and get the newest book because whatever they do it‘s Christmas.Billy is an assassin for hire on one last job. Character driven, betrayals, twists, and a young woman with her own demons who changes Billy. Colorado touches and boom out of the park ending.

TrishB I feel the same about King 👍🏻 5mo
deeannloso Loved this book but it made me cry 😢 😭 5mo
Tonton @deeannloso sort of hollows out your heart😢I didn‘t want to put in a spoiler though. 5mo
Tonton @TrishB He just is such an incredible storyteller. 5mo
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TheNeverendingTBR
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Billy Summers, a Iraq veteran turned professional assassin, a double crossing mobster and a whole lot in between.

This story just flows so well, the characters are loveable and it's just plain great in my opinion; I'd read it again.

It will be interesting seeing an adaptation put forward for this.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4191930542?type=review#...

Jari-chan Those covers are so nice! 🤩 5mo
MrT What's the difference with the 'exclusive edition'? 5mo
TheNeverendingTBR @MrT Absolutely no difference, apart from colour. 5mo
TheNeverendingTBR @Jari-chan I prefer the US edition 😏 5mo
Cathythoughts Great review! I‘m hearing great things about Billy Summers 👍🏻❤️ 5mo
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candc320
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Not my favorite King story but still entertaining (I mean, it‘s King so of course 🤷🏼‍♀️). I tend to love his more paranormal/otherworldly sort of stories over the more realistic ones like this and I wasn‘t a huge fan of the war portions. I did LOVE the mentions of the Overlook Hotel (that always gives me a little shiver) and the ending was good. Keep them coming Mr. King! 🌟🌟🌟

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jackilynn
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The 1st full week back at school is always rough but this year especially. Not only have we been battling Covid/mask guidelines and getting back into the routine but the heat/humidity has been horrible. I came home every day exhausted & my reading was pretty nonexistent. Today has been all about rest & relaxation and I FINALLY started to make a dent in this book. I have a feeling it is going to be another extremely long school year.

CoverToCoverGirl Sending hugs and support. 💜 5mo
JaclynW I hear you! Hang in there! 🥰 5mo
Smrloomis Hope it settles down soon! Get some good rest in the meantime 🤞🏽 5mo
jackilynn Thanks everyone. I am sure many can relate. The beginning of any school year is always rough but things should start calming down a bit once everyone (kids & staff) are back in the routine. 5mo
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amywithbooks
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Man, I sure loved this book. Billy is a fantastic protagonist. The out-of-nowhere, perfectly placed twist in the middle of the story (spoiler in the comment below) was just fantastic. And, since King is (in)famous for his endings, I must say he nailed this one. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

amywithbooks The addition of Alice, completely out of NOWHERE, was perfect. What a pair they made. And, the mention of the overlook hotel! Loved it. 5mo
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BooksCoffeeNurse
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Five stars for Billy Summers. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I loved this book! Stephen King has done it again! 📚❤️

Lindsays_books I gave it five stars as well! 5mo
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keithlafo
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I was conflicted about the first 150 pages, to the point I was almost worried. But then, everything clicked. And this is definitely one of the better endings that King has written. #thriller #stephenking

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DavidDiamond
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Unpopular opinion ahead…
This was a fun ride about a hit man who is hired to do "one last job" before he retires. I'm not big on war stories, so those segments slowed things down for me and the ending confrontations felt rushed. Not my favorite King story, but I'm a lifelong fan so it was worth the read.

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LiteraryLona
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Current commute listen. Interesting so far! I went into this one blind, so I have no clue what to expect from it.

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Sara_Planz
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Only Stephen King could literally refer to Overlook Hotel from The Shining in his newest book and not come away looking shameless.

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BooksCoffeeNurse
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I‘m about 40% through this book and loving it! Anyone else? ❤️

Leftcoastzen Page 78 like it so much. 6mo
Lindsays_books Yuuuup! I‘m reading it, too!! 6mo
SweetP1967 Great so far! I‘m hoping to finish today. 5mo
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Sara_Planz
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About 1/3 of the way through and if this book continues to be this strong I can honestly say it will become my favorite King, moving The Long Walk to second and Eye of the Dragon to third. How is it possible that at almost 50 years of publishing books, Stephen King continues to create great books. The nuance and character development is absolutely flawless and I‘m completely engrossed by the character of Billy Summers.

TrishB The characters are mega strong in this one agreed! 6mo
AmyG No one writes characters like King. I am saving mine for a trip in September and get more excited with each review I read on here. 6mo
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BookishRedhead
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I wasn't sure in the beginning but glad I kept going.
Slowish build-up to the action with flawed but interesting characters

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Sara_Planz
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Miss Harvey is an ideal reading and snuggle buddy.

wanderinglynn What a cutie! ❤️🐱 6mo
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TrishB
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I did finish on the train today- just been too busy doing other stuff to post!
I loved it, lots of flawed people and it‘s the characters that are, as always, the key and the most interesting part.

Leftcoastzen Great bookmark! I think my copy is arriving today. 6mo
Cathythoughts Great 👍🏻 Was that bookmark quote in a book some of us read 🤔 or maybe I‘m imagining it .. was it in 6mo
TrishB @Leftcoastzen hope you enjoy it 😁 6mo
TrishB @Cathythoughts it is a King quote but I think the essence of it is quoted quite regularly. 6mo
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keithlafo
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Two Stephen King books in one year? It feels like Christmas morning. #stephenking #thriller

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amywithbooks
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Finally sitting down and starting this tonight!

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BookBelle84
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#bookhaul Stephen King kinda stands out in this group. Lol

BrittanyReads I'm so excited for Six Crimson Cranes 6mo
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TrishB
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squirrelbrain At least you managed to save some of it for the train! 6mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain about half way through so just at good point for train! 6mo
rockpools Hooray! Have a good journey. 6mo
TrishB @rockpools stayed in a friends last night. 2nd half of journey today 😁 6mo
rockpools @TrishB Nice! 6mo
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jackilynn
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The face I made when I learned someone decided to jump me in the hold line for the new Stephen King (even though I should've had it 1st). I purposely kept putting off starting a new book because I knew this should've been coming. My goal was to have it read before I head back to work next week, guess that isn't happening now 😠😭😫

Alfoster Well that was rude! So sorry!😳😢 6mo
jackilynn @Alfoster I think the worst part is now I have to find something else to read. I was so excited to get my hands on Billy Summers but since that didn't happen now I am kind of in a funk. Nothing on my TBR shelf is jumping out at me. 6mo
Alfoster I hate when that happens! You just kind of force yourself into a new book and “hope” you love it!😝 Good luck!🤞 6mo
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vivastory
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New in 🎉👏There are certain writers that when they publish a new book, it always feels like a holiday & King is one of them!

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DavidDiamond
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I was unable to purchase this book yesterday by this up and coming new author…so thank you to Village Well Books & Coffee for putting it on hold for me!
#stephenking #billysummers #newreleasebooks

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deeannloso
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Look what showed up at my door today! “Billy Summers”. #stephenking #hitman #crimenovel #IraqWarVet

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GinaKButler
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First in line for our library‘s audio of the newest Stephen King! Woo-hoo! 🎧🎉

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BooksCoffeeNurse
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I was going to go to B&N or BAM tomorrow and buy this book. However, my plan was foiled because, apparently, I already preordered Billy Summers back in March. 😩 I still can‘t wait to read it. ❤️

Lindsays_books I pre-ordered, too! Can‘t wait to read this! 6mo
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DavidDiamond
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Billy Summers coming this summer!
See what I did there?
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