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The Five [Mass Market Paperback]

Robert McCammon
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 599 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reissue edition (26 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765370263
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765370266
  • Product Dimensions: 3.1 x 10.5 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 427,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five out of five. 23 Jun 2014
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Robert McCammon back to what he does the best. In the top bracket with King and Straub Excellent characterisation supports a superb storyline.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Energetic and absorbing 30 May 2014
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Having read and enjoyed The Nightbird, I was sufficiently intrigued to discover McCammon had written a contemporary novel about a Heavy Metal rock band to order it immediately.
The mass-market edition was off-putting enough to be a small, initial deterrent, but in the end it was not a problem as I was hooked fourteen pages in.

Had I had any musical knowledge at all I'd've got a lot more out of this, but as it was, the energy of its telling, the strengths of the individual musicians, the thrust of the story were all totally absorbing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Class 2 April 2014
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Never been disappointed with a single book of his and still ain't. Class from cover to cover. Just wish the Corbett books could be read on kindle.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A thrilling curve ball from McCammon 22 Jan 2014
By imafunker2 - Published on
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Make no mistake about it: Either Robert McCammon used to play in a struggling rock band, or he's REALLY done his research for this novel. 'The Five' combines McCammon's typical spooky style with a rock n roll backdrop, creating a truly original work that, "The Five" refers to a modern up and coming rock group, toiling along the club circuit, hoping for that big break. The characters are, for the most part, very well drawn and stand out as living, breathing artists with a heaping of talent and a dollop of self-pretension.
Soon into this creative work, it becomes clear that escaping the drudgery of nonstop touring is suddenly the least of The Five's problems, as a deranged ex-Marine begins stalking them. To explain anymore would merely take away some of the delights nestled in McCammon's winner of a novel. If you enjoy McCammon, or rock n roll, or suspense...then 'The Five' goes platinum, with a bullet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rock and Roll will never die 15 Dec 2013
By James Tepper - Published on
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"The Five", by horror meister Robert McCammon, is the eponymously titled story of a minor league 5 member (plus a road manager) rock and roll band. The Five is one of hundreds or thousands of similar struggling acts, driving from gig to gig in a Ford Econoline van ("the Scumbucket") pulling a U-Haul trailer with their equipment and instruments. No roadies or guitar or amp techs, they do pretty much everything by themselves, in a constant battle against fatigue, lousy venues, tight expenses etc., all for the love of the music. They play, like all musicians, because they have to play. That's what they do.

Shortly after releasing a self-produced video of their new song and embarking on a short tour of a dozen or so mostly Southern cities, both the road manager, George, and the keyboard player, Terry announce their plans to leave the band after the current tour ends. At the same time, a psychotic PTSD vet sees the video and is enraged at the antiwar sentiments and begins stalking the band.

There is very little of the type of horror of "Swan Song" that catapulted McCammon to fame here (little, but not none). Rather, this is a psychological drama and character study of love, death and rock and roll. We get the backstory of every band member, all of whom have very distinct personalities and voices. We get to see how and why they ended up at 20-something playing in The Five (for all of them, the latest and greatest in a series of different bands that they have all been playing in since they were kids).

I quite liked the novel, especially the characters. THere was plenty of tension, and scary bits, despite the paucity of supernatural horror. What little supernatural stuff there was, was done exceedingly well, and at times I was reminded of (sorry folks) the writing and pacing of Stephen King, much as Swan Song echoed a little bit of "The Stand" for me.

The novel is moderately light on the technical aspects of the music, and I'm pretty sure that McCammon is himself a fan but not a musician. In one place he has one of the characters wanting to insert a "B-sharp" in a song. Even casual musicians among you you will recognize that there is no such thing (there is only a half-step between B and C so a B-sharp would be a C). And while there are sound checks for their small gigs there is no description of the band setting up and breaking down for each gig, which is probably the most back-breaking and unpleasant part of being in a minor league band. And no mention of who keeps the guitars intonated and changed the strings, or fixes the amps when they fry. But this lack of verisimilitude will probably not be noticed by non-musicians and did not detract greatly from the excellent writing, characterization and dialogue.

If you are a fan of Robert McCammon, you'll most likely enjoy this. If you ever dreamed (or did) play in a small-time rock and roil band as I did, I think you'll like this too. I know I did.

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 7 July 2014
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Robert has done it again
5.0 out of 5 stars McCammon is back! 28 Jun 2014
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Always enjoyed this authors earlier stuff. Was not disappointed by this read. Nuanced and well developed storyline. Really enjoyed it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book by Robert McCammon 19 Dec 2013
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Excellent book about the in's and outs of "Rock Bands", and the struggles they incurred. Good murder and military interaction.
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