- 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)
Swan Song Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jun 1987
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A wild ride into terror....A grand and disturbing adventure.
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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.
"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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
I read this years ago when it was first published. Forgot how GOOD it was.
Give it a try!!!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this remains my No 1 post apocalypse book. The characters, the good/bad (inevitable) battle is so well plotted I can read it over again and still find new things in it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by White Rose
Wasn't a fan of the underlying story but the build up and execution of the post apocalyptic half was great.Published 4 months ago by daniel mcfarlane
First read this as a paperback, many years ago. Delighted to rediscover it on Kindle.
It has lost none of its power: simply excellent!
Thought this might be a bit outdated but actually the opposite is true. America starts a nuclear war, then the main bad guy amasses armies to follow his mad orders like murdering... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Natalie Foster
I haven't actually ever read The Stand - which is terrible really considering I've read most of King's books and I'm a post-apocalyptic fan. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Gemma
At first I was unsure but as the story unfolded. Wow. Such a great book. Stick with it.Published 5 months ago by Mrs rachel j taylor
Started off well, but the further you got into the book, the worse the writing became. By the end, the "cheese" factor was overwhelming. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Tooting54