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Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon

Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon - Horror - Apocalypse

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Spectacular post nuclear apocalypse novel

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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 life, who has an uncanny knack for growing plants. She survives the initial blasts in a dirt cellar out back of a run down country store called Paw Paws.

Roland Croninger survives because he and his parents are vacationing in the one and only survivalist vacation facility called Earth House, which turns out to be not all it was cracked up to be. Colonel James (Jimbo) Macklin, in charge of Earth House, a man with a demon in his head called The Shadow Soldier who he listens to more than his conscience.

Josh Hutchins, a giant of a man on his way to a wrestling match in Garden City when he meets Swan in Paw Paws cellar. And The Man Who Liked Movies, who has many other names.

Others join them as they search for a place where they can build a life, some beautifully good and others diabolically evil. Strange things happen along the way as they encounter other bands of survivors and ultimately fight the evil that wants to take over and kill Swan. There is a glass crown filled with jewels which gives off a shining light when held in the right hands, there is a mysterious growth that covers the faces of some but not of others, and always there is the menace of The Man Who Liked Movies. The action is non-stop, and when the good collides with the bad they all find themselves in a horrifying deja-vu situation.

One of McCammons strongest points as one of my favorite writers is his characterizations. He has the ability to bring the people fully to life and stir your emotions to either love or hate them. I believe that Swan Song is his crowning achievement, a definite must for those who enjoy the End Of The World stories. This one is worth full price; pick it up and ENJOY!

Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon

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August 13, 2010
I really enjoyed this book. It's one of the best post-apocalyptic books I have ever read. Great review.
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review by . August 16, 2010
An post-apocalyptic tale about the war between good and evil.
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, …
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 …
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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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