"We're about to cross the point of no return. God help us; we're flying in the dark, and we don't know where the hell we're going."
Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the president of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival.
Swan Song is Robert McCammon's prescient and shocking vision of a post-apocalyptic nation, a grand epic of terror and, ultimately, renewal.
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. They include 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 alongside Josh to a Missouri town where healing and recovery can begin with Swan's gifts. But the ancient force behind earth's devastation is scouring the walking wounded for recruits for its relentless army, beginning with Swan herself.
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This book has a lot in common with Stephen King's "The Stand," as an apocalyptic event leaves a 1980's-era America in shambles, and a few survivors are left to square off in a good-vs-evil battle.
A few of the plot twists are predictable. As is common in long books, this one has a few slow sections. But overall, the pacing was good. It's a well-told story, with compelling characters, and excellent narration.
Lover of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, mystery, and westerns in all media, including old-time radio dramatizations.
I won't repeat the details of the review by Daniel of Tallahassee, FL. I think he is right on the money, but I'll add a a few additional comments.
I though this was unrealistic in its description of the post-apocalyptic world. All food fuel simply won't be gone from all locations overnight. I felt that the darkness was extreme. Even a post-nuclear war world would have some light moments in places before things start to turn around. I almost got so tired of it that I didn't finish the book. The ending was expected and disappointing. I like to see resolution of the major parts of the storyline. Robert McCammon didn't do that for me on this one.
One a positive note, I though Tom Stechschulte's reading and voicing was excellent.
I was a little put off when I started listening to this book and found it was built on a premise of a war between Russia and the U.S. and written in the 1980's, but once I got past that, I couldn't put it down. I don't know how I never heard of this book being a fan of this genre but it has become one of my favorites of all time. Amazing characters, a great story, incredible reader, and a classic good vs. evil. I didn't want this one to end.
I would definitely recommend this book, I love the whole concept & the way it is written. I "read" this book 2-3 times before the audio version came out. So far I've only listened to it once, but I haven't owned it for that long!
I love audio books. As I spend hours a day driving they keeps me going. Thank you great performers and delightful writers.
It has taken me a bit of time to write a review. There were times I could not stand this book and the next moment I was back to feeling the story. This is a book you feel in your heart. How can these things happen, how do people live, then you think there is not an option.
A heart felt story written in a time were/when it could happen. Making this very scary.
Husband, father of two, IT support for large generic Pharma company, I am a gamer, and a Fantasy, SciFi lover.
I was hooked from the first 10 minutes of this book. What a ride! This is the first book to ever give me nightmares. I do not mean spooky monster nightmares.
plot twists and just a touch of sci fi
I especially liked his protrayal of Josh, one of the primary male characters.
I like the title.
From start to finish, this was a white knuckle drive. I have never written a review before
but felt that I had to with this one. I have listened to thousands of hours of audio books and by far this one was the best.
This is one of the best I've listened to. Not only is the book outstanding, but Tom Stechschulte's narration is riveting.
This post-apocalyptic journey is breathtaking and ranks right up there with The Road. I loved the book when I first read it years ago, and I loved the audiobook even more. The narration is just perfect!
This was my introduction to Tom Stechschulte, but I will be listening to other books simply because he narrates them.
Sister was a fascinating character. Not only do we come to understand how she ended up as the bag lady we meet in the beginning of the book, but we are given the chance to participate in her redemption.
Loved it!!! Would like to see
"The Stand" is one of my all time favorites, and I also enjoyed "Under the Dome," and "One Second After." With these end of society type scenario stories good character development is an important factor for me -- and at least a few sufficiently likeable protagonists. McCammon accomplished this, pening some heroic characters one cannot help rooting for in the way of Swan, Sister and Josh. This rolls out as a pretty straight forward good verses evil end of days story as opposed to the real world of grays one might be more likely to expect in this scenario, but nonetheless it was an enjoyable read and I recommend it to anyone looking for this type of theme. Not as realistic a tale of events as "One Second After," but more comparable in storyline to "The Stand."
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