"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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Less Profanity. It seems like every other word was an expletive. If I were reading print I could skip over it, but listening to it was nasty.
More up to date terminology. For a 2011 copyright, the terminology describing the US Arch enemy was confusing. If the US is contemplating a war with Russia -, Russia and Russians, would be OK, but to have these terms all mixed up with Soviets, Soviet Union, and Ivan was confusing.
Plot development just didn't hold me through the first 4 chapters.
I put it down unable to listen to it any more.
Unsure - I would look for additional reviews in the print media, listen completely to the sample audio.
NO - It wasn't interesting enough to finish.
It wasn't worth my time to listen to it. I regret purchasing it.
What a shame! Clearly this was a contrived and revisionist rip of "The Stand". Ok, both dwell in the post apocalyptic world. "In The Stand" the end of the world was caused by disease, in "Swan Song" nuclear war. In both the main characters where from all around the states. The characters were developed and then they migrate by "divine will" to meet up and join together. The antagonist in both books is "a man with no face". He had morphing features, magical powers and pseudo religious origins. The chief mystic protagonists in both books were women. The main theme of both books revolved around a "Manachean" battle between "light and dark", "good and evil" the main theme of both books. Of course in both the good and light win in the end.
As "The Stand" was written much earlier than "Swan Song" it is clear the McCammon must have read the King novel or perhaps saw the movie. I do not know if he knew what he was doing when he penned "Swan Song" but the similarities were to pervasive not to notice.
One thing I also don't understand is the need for either writer to engage in the supernatural. Isn't the end of the world as we know it enough grist for the mill?
Powerful, moving, awesome
Sister is a woman of imense strength and love.
He did a great job differentiating the characters and adding a realistic mood.
This is an epic book and is a must listen for anyone who loves post apocolyptic fiction. It is very real and brings in just the right amount of the supernatural. It's suspenseful and heartwarming.
I was surprised at how good this book is. I listened to it a month or so back and have been thinking about it off and on. The characters are nicely developed and the story sticks with you. This is a very good book and the narration was well done.
Interesting, Enthralling and Apocalyptic!
I loved the in depth characters.
I really liked how he did all the characters in their own voice, you always know what character was talking, just by the voice he gave them. Lots of characters and none of them sounded alike.
I don't want to give anything away.
I read this book in paperback a long time ago and loved it then. I loved it even more when someone else was doing the reading for me. It was hard for me to put down then, now, at least I could take it with me and multitask if I needed to. I would highly recommend this book, well worth the credit!
Swan Song is a great listen. The story will pull you in and the great characters will engage your imagination. In a post apocalyptic landscape, people who still hope for a return to a better life battle for their freedom with the dark survivors whose only concern is themselves . The two head of these warring factions are a slender girl called Swan and her companion Josh and the dark boy Roland and the Colonel. There are many other characters that polarize to both sides and are drawn on journeys across the wasteland of America. It is well written and well read.
Take a listen and enjoy!
Not necessarily but they both have their good points.
Sister Creep or later just Sister, Her characters evolution through the book was far and away the most extensive and impressive change. Her character for the most part was able to recognize another's character and intentions in an instant. To survive and even thrive on tough streets of New York as a homeless women, she had to have a hard shell, but mostly a second sense, a unique power to judge gained through Sisters life experiences. She was also gifted with a deep down kindly understanding and a most tender heart that emerged as the story develops which is unexpected, given her rocky and difficult lot in life.
No, this was the first. I thought I wouldn't like him much, but after the tough military chapter, he seemed softer and I found myself enjoying the read.
Post Apocalyptic, Day One
The book is told through Author's eyes, however he gives us a 340% or a 95% view of a complex scenario of extraordinary events dealt with by typical people, then allowing our imagination to fill in. We're left realizing there is no one conclusion of anything. He exacts pain for losses while still leaving us with a wonderful feeling of hope for our planet and the humans that reside therein, More though is the knowledge that no matter how bad things seem, there is still an extreme and absolute GOODNESS that resides in the hearts of man which will not be squelched by the most powerful and devious EVILDOERS..
Everything I liked from Stephen King's The Stand...but not a knock off.
The humanity of the characters...in particular the character Swan and her wrestler caretaker.
This is not my usual type of book, but I bought it when it was on sale and it sounded mildly interesting. I was also looking for something longer that had good reviews. This story fit the bill perfectly.
I was hooked from the first. Each character was very well-developed and the narrator gave each of them a distinct personality that was recognizable throughout the story.
I loved that it wove so many characters into the single story line that wound itself together in a way that continually surprised the listener. The story never became unbelievable and the descriptions of both people and places were incredibly detailed without being overdone.
I would most definitely recommend this book if you are looking for a more intense, in-depth story that you can really immerse yourself in. It is, by no means, a light read, but it is not heavy and depressing. You won't be sorry for spending your credit on this one!
This disturbing dystopian story focuses on many characters that often get overlooked in post-apocolyptic tales and McCammon crafts them each perfectly. As much as I loved the lovable characters and wanted to know what was happening, I couldn’t read fast enough to get back to the ones I hated. As is true with mankind in general, when thrown into hot water, you find out what they’re really made of (literally, for Sister Creep). Several sub-plots with their own story lines moving inextricably towards the overall story keep you guessing and promising yourself “just one more chapter” and then…
There’s Sister Creep, the old homeless woman who goes under a street/sewer grill to escape the nuclear blast and ends up getting almost boiled alive. She starts out as a contemptible character and ends up shining and really coming to life. There are several sub-plots that are happening and pulling them all inexticably together. Then Roland, the poor adolescent boy who’s parents are into extravagant underground shelters. They happen to be an underground “Nuclear Blast Boot Camp Prep” with their fully paid membership when the whole thing crumples like a pop can under a waffle stomper. His little ugly grows real big real fast when he proves to be a world class freak and you end up hating but can’t wait to get back to what the hell weirdness he’ll do next. The gentle giant, Josh who’s been exploited by the wrestling industry crosses paths by fate with a little girl named Sue Wanda. Of all the possible twists of fate, this was perfect. Whoo hoo!! Wait till you get to the part where the insane asylum residents with their various deformities and unmedicated issues take over an abandoned K-Mart and play “shopping games” with anyone unfortunate enough to totter towards that “blue-light special”.
There’s some young boys who do what they need to do to stay alive and a few of them develop some true integrity that may not have flourished outside of this disaster that pulls the best from the worst and vice versa. There’s more! The president, a prostitute, some evil thing pulling himself around in a child’s wagon…you just gotta read it.
It’s like Stephen King multiplied by Justin Cronan. Loved this book!! I’ve read it 3 times over the last 25 years or so. I thought it was one of McCammon’s best!! Good thing it's e-audio because I would probably wear out an old school cassette! Will listen again!!
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