"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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An avid sci-fi/fantasy reader for over 30 years.
For such long story I was surprised at the fact that I really found none of the main characters very interesting at all. The title character, Swan, wasn't particularly engaging.
The Stand by Stephen King is another post-apocalyptic story with supernatural elements, but the characters stand out.
That's a difficult to question. I think they are both very strong. Stechschulte did a wonderful job, with a great story.
The obvious comparison is to Steven King's "The Stand." Both books were written in the same era. Both books are very long, and both deal with an apocalypse. I found this book kept me engaged word by word, the stand was a struggle to get through the middle. I haven't read anything close and I found the Swan was fathoms deeper than The Stand.
He was able to capture the characters and change his voice in ways that enriched the story. Some of his voices were so authentic, I thought he might have traded places with an actor.
Moment? More like a series of moments. First the actual discription of the apocalypse was incredible. It's like describing a roller coaster. You just have to ride it to really know what it was like, or in this case, read it. Second, I just felt agony over the disfiguring of the heroes caused by the long term exposure. As their faces became worse and worse, I really felt for them. Heartbreaking and frightening.
This is a phenomenal book and story. It's rather gritty. There is violence of every imaginable form and fashion and plenty of gore and "realistic" situations. They are well told and well managed, but they are not for the faint of heart or faint of stomach.
There is also some racial epitaphs used in the latter part of the book. Again, they are appropriately used and should not be taken as offensive. The character voices and the epitaphs are used by the villains to describe some of the most hopeful and strong characters in the book. Some people have good reason to not react well to such things. Be prepared. The words are just bad words uttered by bad people.
It's a really good experience.
Entertaining story, overall enjoyable. If I had to pick between The Stand and this, I'd pick The Stand, but still worth the money...
This was a pretty standard post apocolyptic story. The characters were good but not extraordinary. The story was not predictable exactly, but not gripping either. Entertaining, but not great.
Thrillers zombies and action make my day! Fast moving stories and characters worth reading. New twists to a great genre will always get me
Grabs your attention at the very beginning. Not what you expect instead it takes a turn for the interesting. Makes you want to keep reading.
Ending was not anticipated. Never would have guessed or come close to the comclusive end. Very refreshing!
Just the right inflection at the right times. Made the characters and story come to life.
Made me think.
An unsocial freak living his life around audiobooks, the next best thing to under water blowdryers.
It takes just the right combination of story and reader to make an audiobook shine. The balance is off by an inch and the book fails. This is a book that will hook you to the end not becuase of the story but becuase of the characters which Tom Stechschulte dresses with his unique voice.
You want a true simulation of life beyond a nuclear holocuast, this is the history book for it. Its a must for those who love Mad max style world with a flair of mistery. I will keep my eyes open for more books read by Tom, his voice is unique in many ways. He can turn a ordinary book into a billion dollar movie and all you need is an imagination.
I loved the premise-post nuclear war devastation, good vs evil. I felt like I knew each of the characters by the end of the novel, I was 100% vested, all in. But I was not too into the God vs. The Devil part of it. It wasn't too much of it but just enough to be annoying. It was kind of like when a Stephen King novel is super good and creepy but then turns silly and goofy. It wasn't horrible, like I said, it was really interesting and there was a lot of good about it but juuusssttt enough magical mystical silliness to make me not like it as much as I could have.
I'd still recommend it, there were a LOT of really good parts but not the 5 star story I thought it would be.
The story was long, dragged on at numerous points, and ended rather suddenly. The narrator was good for male voices, but the female ones sounded the same and were notpleasant to listen to.
No, but I willbe more careful picking them in the future. This book was also very outdated, but the original publish date wasn't listed so I didn't realise that until part way into the book.
The author has created a very depressing post-nuke landscape. It is populated by hideously deformed, people. We meet a former New York bag lady who was actually driven sane during the coast to coast destruction of the United States. Of course, we had a fast on the draw president who gets our bombers and missiles off to hammer the other side. But the author makes it clear that Russia won the conflict.
No American cities are left standing. There are no utilities. Humans can't find food or gas. Crops no longer can survive it the poison atmosphere and contaminated soil.
Only a child named Swan can salvage any hope for the small groups of humans -- and a few animals -- who are left alive. Swan is accompanied by the former bag lady, known as Sister, and a very large former wrestler whose work name was "The Black Frankenstein."
The ruined land is populated by gangs who feel free to steal the gas, fuel and food from the few survivors they encounter. One of them, The Army of Excellence, is lead by a former USAF pilot and POW -- Col Macklin. Macklin is a murderous mad man.
As Swan grows into young womanhood she learns how to bring life back to the soil. Her skills get the crops growing again and place her into the cross hairs of The Army of Excellence.
It's a totally engrossing story and the narration, by Tom Stechschulte is flawless. He has a wonderful voice.
Like many of the memorable books I have experienced through Audible, Swan Song is a brilliantly conceived universe. It is populated by some interesting characters you can learn to like a great deal and a great many incredibly evil individuals who are poised to prevent human survivors from returning to civilized life.
Swan Song was the first Robert McCammon book I have experienced. But I plan to return to his work in the Future.
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I didn't have the patience to finish this when I started it about a decade ago. I've heard it compared to Stephen King's The Stand, and there are a lot of parallels. Where this one falls short is that there aren't many characters with whom I relate. Tom Stechschulte does a very good job narrating, and the ending was satisfying enough. The only reason I'm glad I finished it is because my curiosity is sated.
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