Long, so so long! I liked the story, when I finally got to it. I grew up on Stephen King (a *lot* of Stephen King), and Cronin is very similar. Unfortunately one of those similarities is his tendency to drone on, filling in a lot of backstory instead of getting on with the story I wanted to read about! When King keeps the plot tight, like 'Salem's Lot or the first book of the Dark Tower, he's not to be beat. Maybe at some point, Cronin will tighten it up, too, because I think there's probably a good storyteller in there somewhere.