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Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon

Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon - Horror - Apocalypse

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Setting the bar for post apocalyptic tales...

  • Jun 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 side since the president cracks up.

The characters are likable and most are complex people although their are a couple of the generic variety.  The writing is great and very descriptive. McCammon really excels at creating an environment that you can really get in to or envision. The book is rather long, but there is not a lot of filler. There is so much going on, therefore it doesn't feel long.

The novel starts by following several different groups of people whose lives are ultimately connected, eventually leading to the battle of good and evil. There is a supernatural element to the book, but I think it was done well and adds to the story and is actually the theme of the story. There is a lot of action in the book and most of it isn't supernatural at all. Unlikely characters doing some really crazy stuff helps lead to some incredible action and scary situations.

The only thing I did not like about the book is the length of time (years) of the story without any military or government help. After all, at any given time there are 10's of thousands of people out on boats and presumably not every continent of the world was affected. Therefore, you might expect that aid would have arrived from those far away places. But this is not enough to make the book any less enjoyable.

Ultimately this book of good vs evil is an excellent read and I highly recommend it, you won't regret it.

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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 . 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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