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Swan Song Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jun 1987

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 295 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reissue edition (1 Jun. 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671741039
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671741037
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 4.3 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 263,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Publishers Weekly" Compelling....Long, Satisfying Look At Hell And Salvation.

Dean R. Koontz

A wild ride into terror....A grand and disturbing adventure.



"Publishers Weekly"

Compelling....Long, Satisfying Look At Hell And Salvation.



Dean R. KoontzA wild ride into terror....A grand and disturbing adventure.

"Publishers Weekly"Compelling....Long, Satisfying Look At Hell And Salvation.

Dean R. Koontz A wild ride into terror....A grand and disturbing adventure.

"A wild ride into terror....A grand and disturbing adventure."--Dean R. Koontz

"A chilling vision that keeps you turning pages to the shocking end."--John Saul

About the Author

One of the founders of the Horror Writers Association, Robert R. McCammon (b. 1952) is one of the country s most accomplished authors of modern horror and historical fiction. Raised by his grandparents in Birmingham, Alabama, McCammon published his first novel, the Revelations-inspired "Baal", when he was only twenty-six. His writings continued in a supernatural vein throughout the 1980s, producing such bestselling titles as "Swan Song", "The Wolf s Hour", and "Stinger".

In 1991 "Boy s Life" won the World Fantasy Award for best novel. After his next novel, "Gone South", McCammon took a break from writing to spend more time with his family. He did not publish another novel until 2002 s "Speaks the Nightbird". Since then he has followed fixer Matthew Corbett in two sequels, "The Queen of Bedlam" and "Mister Slaughter". His newest novel is "The Five". McCammon and his family continue to live in Birmingham.

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Swan song is one of those rare reads that leave you with a sense of closure at the end. This might sound strange but so often I've read amazing books with an ending that made me go either "oh? is that it?" or just didn't leave me with that sense of satisfaction. Luckily, Swan song isn't one of those books.
The book follows three different bands of survivors and how they deal with the fallout after a nuclear explosion devastates America. The lead up to this is cleverly done, drawing us into each different character before the devastation happens - this really shines on what people's personalities are really like once disaster strikes.
McCammon does well to really bring out each character's personalities in the 800 odd pages in this colossal read and makes each chapter a joy to read.
I must mention a nice touch to this novel is that each chapter is broken up into segment - or mini chapters if you will - which follow each different group. This is a nice touch and one I haven't seen before.
Swan Song is one of those rare reads that once I finished I almost felt compelled to start again and read it again which I NEVER do, not even with some of the best books I've read.
You might be unsure on the £6 cost for getting this on kindle but let me assure you it's worth every penny. This is by far the best book I've ever read and the climactic ending is very well written and shockingly suspenseful.
There are religious references throughout this book but it isn't overwhelming and doesn't bog the book down. I found the interesting contrasts between the "good" and "evil" groups was a clever juxtaposition - especially when the bad guys start reflecting on what they have become.
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Thank you to Susan Kennedy, the ex-student who recommended this: it's not normally the sort of book I'd pick off the Amazon shelves, perhaps because I've taught "Lord of the Flies" for so many years and few post-apocalyptic dramas have that book's depth. This one has a touch of "Lord of the Flies" about it, with characters like Simon who embody a mystical sort of goodness, possibly Christian, possibly pantheist or Gaia-ist, if there is such a word, and characters who represent evil like the beast and the paratrooper on Golding's island. But while the symbolism adds a richness and means that the book can be read over again as new threads can be found, the story and the characters are strong enough to propel the reader onwards anyway. The ending has been criticised in other reviews, but I was thankful that characters I'd begun to care for found some peace, and given the turmoil of nuclear war, isn't a calmer hint of a new dawn an appropriate open ended 'conclusion'? I'll have a go at another by the author soon. Susan, recommendation please?
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My favourite book of all time. Was having problems locating it so glad I found it on here
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I found the start very slow and nearly just gave up on it, but I'm so glad I didn't. I haven't read a book this addictive and thrilling for around 10 years! A truly fantastic book.
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Great read!

I read this years ago when it was first published. Forgot how GOOD it was.

Give it a try!!!
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Best copy I've found
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one of the best books i have read
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This is the first book I have ready by Robert McCammon and I look forward to reading more.
In common with some other commentators here, I was drawn into this book thoroughly. It is a long book at 850 odd pages, but being one of those rare books which are hard to put down, the pages zip by: especially once the story gets going.
The story mixes the realities of a post-nuclear war that has experienced MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) between Russia and the USA with the fantasies of the powers of good and evil, where evil is having a party. The story is set in the US and moves from the immediate pre-war situation into the plight of three key groups of survivors whose lives are scattered between New York - near Wichita, Kansas - and a mountain refuge in Idaho. McCammon initially focuses upon the usual post-nuclear exchange devastation; the skeletons of buildings, grey clouded skies, incessant storms and plunging temperatures that mark the nuclear winter. So far one can anticipate the usual stories of survival in this harsh landscape with people forced to choose between trying to maintain some of the codes of their civilisation, whilst others turn to their darker side. This is the substance of Cormac McCarthy's novel, The Road (2006).
However, pretty soon after the initial nuclear exchange, one realises that there are other forces at work in the story. This is where the adventures really start to take-off; powers of good and evil slowly begin to emerge and one realises that another dimension has been opened for the reader.
Gradually, the survivors are to be drawn towards one another, but along the way one is never sure who is going to survive the next ordeal; and who if any, will make it to the end.
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