As I said, I found the book rather depressing for a number of reasons. First, it takes a good while for the book to get to a point where Kennedy's saveable (which made the book a bit overlong, to me at least). Second, the non-Kennedy story was all rather sad with Epping seemingly moving from one tradegy to the next. Finally, the ensuing descriptions of the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex made the residents seem mean spirited, which it something they aren't.
All in all, it's not a bad book, just rather depressing.