Swan Song Paperback – 1 Jan 2010
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"A wild ride into terror....A grand and disturbing adventure."--Dean Koontz
"A chilling vision that keeps you turning pages to the shocking end."--John Saul --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.
About the Author
Robert McCammon is the New York Times bestselling author of fifteen novels, including the award-winning Boy's Life. There are more than four million copies of his books in print. Visit his website: www.robertmccammon.com
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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 ›
All in all I am very happy that I found this book, if you fancy reading it dont let it large size put you off....it is an easy good read and very well worth the effort.
On the strength of Swan Song I have bought a couple more of Roberts books....I will reveiw at a later time :)
I have to say that it works better as fantasy than an actual description of what would happen after a widespread nuclear holocaust- I doubt that anyone or anything would survive 7 year of nuclear winter - but setting that aside it is probably the best post apocalyptic novel I've ever read - the closest contender being Simon Clarke's 'King Blood'. It reminds me of how good horror novels were in the 80s, where you were gripped the whole way through instead of giving up in boredom after a few pages. I'm going to read/re-read all his past works now, only wish I could get them all for £1.24!
The reason this book affected me so was because it is so real, especially in today's volitile world, where the threat of nuclear war is more prominent. Maybe we should get the world leaders to read this book?
To conclude, a rich tapestry of real life, real people, fantasy and science fiction. A garuenteed good read from a fabulous author.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A riveting and epic story and with all McCammon's books you get strong, rich and compelling characters. Superb! Read morePublished 21 days ago by Mr Macabre
Like a lot of people, I read Stephen King's "The Stand" and really wanted to find a book that had a similar feel to it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mr. Sullivan
Very detailed and excellent mix of real world and fantasy! Brilliant character development! The road crossed with Lord of the rings.Published 2 months ago by kate
Post apocalyptic horror to really work has to be in safe pair of hands; a lesser writer can ruin a book that asks us to believe the unbelievable. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lola
This my favourite book of all time. A horrific story of nuclear armageddon and the survival of the good , the bad , the mad and the utterly demonic. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mr A Wetherall