Swan Song

Swan Song

[a Novel]

Book - 2009
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In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity: Sister, who discovers a strange and transformative glass artifact in the destroyed Manhattan streets ... Joshua Hutchins, the pro wrestler who takes refuge from the nuclear fallout at a Nebraska gas station ... and Swan, a young girl possessing special powers, who travels along Josh to a Missouri town where healing and recovery can begin with Swan's gift. But the ancient force behind earth's devastation is scouring the walking wounded for recruits for its relentless army, beginning with Swan herself--Publisher's description.
Publisher: New York : Pocket Books, 2009.
ISBN: 9781439156735
Characteristics: 856 p. ;,21 cm.


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Jan 25, 2021

I have to be the only person who thinks this is awful, unrealistic and down right childish. Millions of books, gazillions of readers. Fast return, marked completed so my opinion is posted.

Jun 12, 2020

One hell of a post-apocalyptic nightmare; Robert mccammon is one of those literary beasts who is in dire need of recognition from hollywood

Mar 29, 2020

FYI: The Stand was 1st printed about 3 years after Swan Song.

Apr 25, 2019

When I picked up this book after being recommended by a friend, my first thought was no way I'll finish this. It's like 900 pages! And honestly the first few chapters I still thought I wouldn't continue but as I kept reading, I found that I couldn't stop! This was such a great book, so much action and suspense and descriptive narrative about the scenes and the characters, and the story line was truly believable too. The characters really grow on you and as you follow them on their journey you get attached to them. I like how the story focuses on three sets of characters and switches back and forth to give you updates on each group because it keeps the story fresh and interesting and allows you to wonder what happened to the other group, so you want to read ahead more to see what happened to them. I'm really sad that I finished this book but I'm looking forward to the next one by this author.

Jan 25, 2019

A riveting fable of how a nuclear holocaust might play out from beginning to end: how a small group of diverse characters, survived and were chosen for roles in the age-old battle between good and evil. As the main characters travel on their quest, the book is filled with detail about the landscape, cities, animals, people, and armies of the aftermath.

I couldn't put it down. If you like Stephen King's The Stand, Elizabeth Moon's Paksenarrion series,
Frank's Alas Babylon, Walter Jon Meyers The Rift, or Dean Koontz' Odd series, then you will probably like this book.

I come to it late, having seen it on a list, can't remember which list!

Nov 07, 2018

This has got to be one of the best books I have read. Totally enjoyed the entire story. Would like to read another like this.

Jul 28, 2017

As per most of the comments here, very similar setting to "The Stand". Facing a post-apocalyptic wasteland, all the travelers (surviving ones, that is) meet up with their own motives. Basically a nuclear warfare answer to Stephen King's biological one (Captain Tripps). I much prefer Randall Flagg to "Friend" as the main villain in the respective books, as there was quite a bit more development behind the former. The rest of the characters,however, are pretty much on par.

Sep 03, 2016

Definitely similar to "The Stand". But very well written. I really enjoyed this book. And it got me to read more McCammon.

Jun 15, 2016

I love this book it is one of my absolute favorites. Alot of people compare it to The Stand but I find it's more descriptive and captivating.

Oct 21, 2015

If you liked "The Stand" by Stephen King, you more than likely will enjoy this book.

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