Better than par for Stephen King. Dead Zone reaches beyond the hokey premises of most King novels (haunted cars, etc) to present the oft-explored sci-fi question: if you could change history, would you? This may be familiar ground to many, but King does this one very well, maybe because he doesn't over-explain or over-explore the supernatural element in this story. A man wakens from a coma with a strange new ability to (sometimes) forsee the future. No violated ancient burial sites, no black magic, no angered ancient gods - just a simple plot device, and a nice story built around it. Incidentally, the movie version of this book is probably the best of all the King movie adaptations- but that's not saying much; most of them are second-rate.