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Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon

Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon - Horror - Apocalypse

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An post-apocalyptic tale about the war between good and evil.

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Swan Song is in my top five favorite books about the post-apocalypse.  It's a simple tale about good versus evil and the struggle to survive in a world after a nuclear holocaust.  The huge tome starts off with the President of the United States making a fatal decision about being the first to push the button.  Aided and abetted by his hawkish generals, he decides to wipe out most of humankind off of the face of the Earth.
From there the story follows several characters, Sister Creep (a bag lady with a history of mental problems), an independent pro wrestler and former footbal player nicknamed The Black Frankenstein, young Swan (a girl with the gift of life), teenage Roland (a kid who loves his role playing game The King's Knight), Col. Macklin (an aged war hero and former POW) and a mysterious man who loves Death and suffering.

I really enjoyed reading this book.  The characters are very fleshed out and are never flat or one note.  Author Robert R. McCammon did a real stellar job in making such a tome an addictive read.  He makes you care for the characters and the action and drama seems to come alive off of the pages.  I know that many people like to compare this to The Stand but I might get flamed for saying this but I like the book a lot more than The Stand.  Until I read this book, The Stand was my favorite post-apocalyptic novel.  Swan Song has more action, better characters, an addictive storyline and not as much religious overtones as The Stand and it doesn't really heavily on older novels (i.e. Earth Abides, The Scarlet Plague).  If you enjoy reading post-apocalyptic fiction or if you like The Stand then I suggest you check this one out.

Highly recommended.
An post-apocalyptic tale about the war between good and evil.

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review by . June 25, 2010
Fans of the Stand will be drawn to Swan Song as well. McCammon conjures a post nuclear war world involving the major super powers and some smaller nations. The US believes that a Soviet "first strike" is imminent and takes steps to back the Soviets off. There has already been some small scale nuclear attacks started by terrorists and leading to some small scale nuclear use by governments. Finally, during the heat of summer the fateful decisions are made with no real leadership on the American …
review by . November 28, 2008
Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon
I am a fan of the post-apocalypse-survival-band type novels, and this is one of the best written ones out there. McCammons characters are fully fleshed out and complete, his vision of the desolated terrain and the behavior patterns of those who survive are terrifyingly realistic. There is Sister Creep, a bag lady with a tragic past who escapes immediate death by sleeping deep under the subway tunnels of NYC. Young Swan Prescott, only nine years old, on the run from another 'uncle' in her mother's …
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An ancient evil roams the desolate landscape of an America ravaged by nuclear war.

He is the Man with the Scarlet Eye, a malevolent force that feeds on the dark desires of the countless followers he has gathered into his service. His only desire is to find a special child named Swan -- and destroy her. But those who would protect the girl are determined to fight for what is left of the world?and their souls.

In a wasteland born of rage, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, the last survivors on earth have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil that will decide the fate of humanity....

About the Author
Robert McCammon is the New York Times bestselling author of thirteen novels, including Swan Song, Stinger, The Wolf's Hour, Gone South, Mystery Walk, Usher's Passing, and Speaks the Nightbird, the two-volume masterwork that marks his triumphant return. There are more than four million copies of his books in print. He lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with his wife and daughter.

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ISBN-10: 0671741039
ISBN-13: 978-0671741037
Author: Robert R. McCammon
Genre: Horror, Apocalypse
Publisher: 978-0671741037
Date Published: (June 1, 1987)
Format: Mass Market Paperback: 960 pages, Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.3 x 1.6 inches
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