“Brilliantly written. An inspired thriller. His finest work.” —The Washington Post “A masterpiece of terror.” —Los Angeles Times“Completely plotted, thickly. Koko. Peter Straub, Author Dutton Books $ (0p) ISBN a playing card with “Koko” scrawled on it, was also a member of the platoon. Koko, released in , was Peter Straub’s first solo novel since ‘s collaboration with Stephen King, The Talisman. Straub had been a.

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KOKO By Peter Straub

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Koko by Peter Straub. 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 nonetheless linked by a shared history and a single shattering secret.

Now, they have been reunited and are about to embark on a quest that will take them from Washington, D. Paperbackpages. Published May 8th by HarperCollins Publishers first published Blue Rose Trilogy 1. World Fantasy Award for Best Novel To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Kokoplease sign up. Lists with This Book. May 18, Maciek rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Those who like long, character driven stories. Koko is a lenghty tome.

My paperback copy spans pages and promises great things – a haunting nightmare of four Vietnam veterans, reunited 15 years after the war, thrust peer 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 their platoon is behind the murders. After Floating Drago Koko is a lenghty tome. He worked four years on Koko, and in many interviews names it as his strongest work.

He fooled those who were expecting a supernatural tale like his two previous novels; there is little if any of supernatural in Kokobut there’s plenty of ghosts. The scariest thing is that they are all alive.

Koko is a long, complex novel atraub the travel is most important, not the resolution; it’s most definitely not an easy thriller or a simple mystery. It’s a tale of a group of men who travelled to hell and returned with their own personal devils.

And when their past calls them back, they decide to take action, and pursue the killer: Peter Straub in one of the interviews said that Koko was his best writing experience, where he entered a flow state in which he was with his characters and discovered that he wrote whole pages without thinking about pteer them.


It shows; Koko presents a world so complex and real that the reader feels like he was living in it.

It does tend to wander from time to time, but doesn’t life? Koko is full of real emotions, poignancy, sadness and ambiguity. Pumo, Spitalny, Beevers, Linklater, Underhill are all real people who will stay with you, and Koko is the ghost that haunts them all.

These are some of the most realistic and memorable character I’ve ever encountered in fiction. The narrative is rich, long, detailed, satysfying and haunting, and will stay with the reader for a long time. It stayed with me. Peter Straub has achieved something extraordinary in Koko ; when he says that this is his strongest work, a favorite, he has his reasons. A long, complex journey to the heart of darkness that is not really about who – it’s about why. A rare gem, worth multiple readings.

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View all 6 comments. 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 how far I had gotten each time, if not by some whiff of remembering; then at least by the markers I had placed where I had stopped each time.

It was the pure principal of the thing that fuelled my surpassing both those afore laid markers, not the prose or the characters or the story. If memory serves me correctly I bought this book based solely on my experience o It has been at least a decade since I last tried to read this book, which I had attempted before on two previous occasions. If memory serves me correctly I bought this book based solely on my experience of reading The Talisman.

Having never read another Straub book I was none the less persuaded to give him, independent of King, a try. It is a hard cover first edition that graces my shelves. And I hate putting down a book before having turned the last page. Having done so twice before did not make it any more palatable I can assure you. The prose felt fractured. I had a difficult time following it and understanding the meaning behind the words. It is not like I need the author to hold my hand or explain every little thing, in fact that usually puts me off.

No this was more like a giant jigsaw puzzle put together wrong, even though the pieces still seemed to fit as though the edges were malleable. I found myself going back and rereading passages and not for pleasure, just trying to find a path. The characters, okay I am just going to say it. They all felt alike to me.


Sure, there were four different Vietnam vets that reunited in Washington but to me they all read like different versions of the same man, each individually cloaked or tricked out in some other fashion, they all seemed like revenants of a common host.

The story held great potential. I thought I could see quite clearly how it might all play out. Who knows maybe I did. Straub is a prolific writer, whom my comfort food King, chose to co-author two books with. This is most likely my failure and not the authors.

View all 16 comments. 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. To me, that was horror. Koko has strwub acts — psychopathic killer, atrocities committed in war. Otherwise, how could he manage to keep us interested and guessing throughout one page book, let alone three? So just let me say that I liked it.

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. A thanks to my EC buddies. Sttaub one took us awhile, but as always the group read experience makes for klko better read. Apr 08, Dirk Grobbelaar rated it really liked it Shelves: Tricksy Review Where to start?

An uneasy read, this. There is real madness to be found here. A brooding, heady insanity. Kokothe 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 method to the petr here. He’s certainly a disturbed man… and it rubs off.

This book is not a quick read, it’s everything but, and when I Tricksy Review Where to start? This book is not a quick read, it’s everything but, and when I finished the last page I felt a bit drained.

Approaching Koko correctly is fundamental in enjoying it, I would think. The book obviously contains some violence, the two main contributing factors being: The story, however, concerns itself with a mystery: There is an underlying, pervading menace in this novel and perhaps that’s why it was so hard to put down.