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The Five Hardcover – 30 May 2011


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  • Hardcover: 518 pages
  • Publisher: Subterranean Press (30 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596063416
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596063419
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 16.2 x 4.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 703,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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HardCover Pub Date: 2011 Pages: 520 Publisher: Subterranean A Struggling rock band on the verge of eaking up is touring in the American Southwest when they are noticed by a Damaged Iraq War Veteran This crossing of paths changes all their lives .

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Snikt5 on 20 Jun. 2011
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Robert is easily one of my favourite authors, probably my favourite. His versatility and ability to produce great stories is unsurpassed. The Five came with strong praise especially from Stephen King - another favourite of mine. However, I have to admit the premise of the Five did not grab me at all. I mean a book about a band touring how interesting can that be? It turns out very.

I loved the book. It made me want to visit local pubs and soak in the vibe from small acts trying to break into the big time. The characters of the band members stayed with me - I found myself routing for Nomad, Ariel and the like as they struggled to deal with the tragic events that befall them. Despite never having heard the song, I defy anyone not to be humming "Bad cop" by the end of the book.
If I have one criticism, it's that there were some sub plots or side stories that hinted at events which were so cool, I wished they were explored further. Nevertheless, they would make fantastic books in themselves if Robert ever wished to tackle them.

The five has been hailed as McCammon's best book yet. Although it does not quite reach the heights of Swan Song or Boy's Life it is still a very good read and better than 95% of other books out there.

I'd give it 4.5 stars if I could.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By StephRocke30 on 19 Feb. 2012
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I've read both 'Swan Song' and 'Boys Life'. I read 'Swan Song' recently and 'Boys Life' some time ago. 'Swan Song' was Epic. That is the only word to describe it, Epic. I was absolutely engrossed in that book from Chapter 1 and the end was a huge pay off. 'Boys Life' as well took over me for a while and it was definitely a great, nostalgic read. I cared about all of the characters in both and was emotionally invested.

With 'The Five' I had very high expectations and it just did not deliver. The main characters were very stereotypical of the people you find in the music industry and they way they're music was described (as well as the lyrics) just sounded amateur and cheesy. I really did not care at all about any of them and had no interest in what they thought or what they had to say. The plot was severely lacking. It was all over the place and didn't reach much of a climax. The writing just felt very lazy and none of the actually interesting sub plots were fleshed out enough to mean anything in the overall story.

A big disappointment for me and one of the most boring books I've read in quite some time. I really don't understand how anyone can say this was McCammon's best; for me it's his worst. Maybe it's just not my type of novel but definitely won't be recommending it to anyone!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lou pendergrast on 26 Feb. 2012
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The song track `Highway to Hell' by AC/DC comes to mind and as I am singing this chorus I think of the band featured in this novel The Five and their very rocky journey in a kind of hellish circumstances. This is an excellent rock and roller story that is fully of high quality storytelling that should be absorbed in small doses. Within you will find characters that have some good old rock and roll demeanour with some darkness. Writing with a quality of excellence that really makes you forget time and feel that you want the story to be even more longer.
The five are about to be catapulted to stardom due to unconventional occurrences, that they could never fathom to occur. They find that hits of their YouTube views and other media outlets rise due to a death toll rise.
This story does cover a lot to do with rock and roll and all that comes with it and also you will find the story covers a journey of resolution and discovery. The author Robert hits the cords right and strings out a melody that touchs the heart with themes of pain, loss and survival.
He really is an masterful writer and communicates here about the horrors of war, the delight of human struggle and the love of music.
This novel would definitely appeal even more to fans of music bands, artists and also veterans of war.
Without giving too much away there is an element to this story, that Robert is known for, involving that which the human eye cannot see.
The length of the novel and a band being the main feature of the story at first seemed daunting and I was wondering how he was going to make it an interesting read. Once I started and embarked upon this journey of The Five I was really in praise of awesomeness!
Definitely one to remember, that lurks behind in the mind for a time.
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An unsigned rock band - The Five - just about keep body and soul together as they tour the clubs and bars of the American south-west. Things begin to unravel when first the manager (the unofficial sixth member of the band) and then the keyboard player announce their planned departure at the end of the current tour.

A mentally scarred US marines sniper veteran decides he does not like the anti-war tone of the band's latest video when he sees it on TV and decides to take out the members of the band one by one.

This is partly a road trip diary, partly a story about post-traumatic stress, partly about friendship, and a lot about the meaning of life and our place in the grand scheme of things.

McCammon started off writing clones of Stephen King books in the 1980s - a vampire one, a werewolf one, a zombie one, a post-apocalypse one. Then he veered off into more mainstream fiction, and then he got dropped by his publisher. After a lengthy hiatus - ?battle with depression - he's been publishing books fairly regularly for the last few years.

The Five is not perfect but it is very good. Some of the characters were slightly clichéd but he managed to balance the various story aspects very well.

Musicians and music fans will find much to appreciate. McCammon's love of music shines through, for sure.

There's nothing really supernatural going on - perhaps a little magical realism in places, but nothing more than that.

I thought it was a lovely story, well-written, and, despite the (at times) grisly events that take place, a touching and rather heart-warming book.

8/10
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