Viking, 2003, 40.00, 668 pp.
Blaine the killing machine drives the train at speeds that ultimately means death to the passengers unless Roland and his companions, (Jake, Eddie, Susannah, and Oy) can find a way to defeat the seemingly invincible computer that thrives on riddles and battles of wits. Roland and cohorts appear to have done the impossible in a verbal gunfight with Blaine.
Following that High Noon debate, Roland explains to his quartet of followers how he once loved Susan Delgado. When they reach ravaged 1986 Topeka, (yes we're in Kansas this time), the city and much of the country lies in ruin from a disease that left few standing. As Roland continues his story with that of his teacher Cort, they wonder if the nearby lighthouse in King's Castle Rock film logo is the Beam to and from the Dark Tower.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner