After waiting 25 years to pick this series back up, I wasn't disappointed. Although I did not go back and re-read the first two books I did re-read this one in order to continue. Although I had forgotten most of all three, King alluded to events in the first two books enough to jog my memory. I Stumbled across it by accident, again and I am glad I did. I had become bored with his Poe like reuse of phrases but had loved all of his 20 or so books I had read. The Stand is still one of my favorite epics and I believe that this series may run close to being as good.