Oh boy, this is a long read, also a masterpiece. I’ve read the 1990 uncut edition, which is 1153 pages in print.
The first part, where a flu virus wipes out all but a few thousand’s worth of Earth’s population is mind-blowingly good. I will forever remember the appendicitis scene.
After that it’s a long and unusual battle of good and evil, with a bit too much religion, supernatural and spiritualisam for my taste (hence the 4 stars).
This might have been my first Stephen King novel.