Robert R. McCammon
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New York Times Bestseller: A young girl’s visions offer the last hope in a postapocalyptic wasteland in this “grand and disturbing adventure” (Dean Koontz).
Swan is a nine-year-old Idaho girl following her struggling mother from one trailer park to the next when she receives visions of doom—something far wider than the narrow scope of her own beleaguered life. In a blinding flash, nuclear bombs annihilate civilization, leaving only a few buried survivors to crawl onto a scorched landscape that was once America.
In Manhattan, a homeless woman stumbles from the sewers, guided by the prophecies of a mysterious amulet, and pursued by something wicked; on Idaho’s Blue Dome Mountain, an orphaned boy falls under the influence of depraved survivalists and discovers the value of a killer instinct; and amid the devastating dust storms on the Great Plains of Nebraska, Swan forms a heart-and-soul bond with an unlikely new companion. Soon they will cross paths. But only Swan knows that they must endure more than just a trek across an irradiated country of mutated animals, starvation, madmen, and wasteland warriors.
Swan’s visions tell of a coming malevolent force. It’s a shape-shifting embodiment of the apocalypse, and of all that is evil and despairing. And it’s hell-bent on destroying the last hope of goodness and purity in the world. Swan is that hope. Now, she must fight not only for her own survival, but for that of all mankind.
A winner of the Bram Stoker Award and a finalist for the World Fantasy Award, Swan Song has become a modern classic, called “a chilling vision that keeps you turning pages to the shocking end” by John Saul and “a long, satisfying look at hell and salvation” by Publishers Weekly.
“A wild ride into terror. A grand and disturbing adventure.” —Dean Koontz “Compelling . . . . A long, satisfying look at hell and salvation.” —Publishers Weekly “A chilling vision that keeps you turning pages to the shocking end.” —John Saul, author of The Blackstone Chronicles One of the founders of the Horror Writers Association, Robert R. McCammon (b. 1952) is one of the country’s most accomplished authors of modern horror and historical fiction. Raised by his grandparents in Birmingham, Alabama, McCammon published his first novel, the Revelations-inspired Baal, when he was only twenty-six. His writings continued in a supernatural vein throughout the 1980s, producing such bestselling titles as Swan Song, The Wolf’s Hour, and Stinger. In 1991 Boy’s Life won the World Fantasy Award for best novel. After his next novel, Gone South, McCammon took a break from writing to spend more time with his family. He did not publish another novel until 2002’s Speaks the Nightbird. Since then he has followed “fixer” Matthew Corbett in two sequels, The Queen of Bedlam and Mister Slaughter. His newest novel is The Five. McCammon and his family continue to live in Birmingham.
I read this book for the first time several years back, sometime before my highschool years, it's hard to say when, as i've read so many books and have found so many amazing ones to lose myself in. I always loved reading. In my library back home in my house , where i spent many a day in the sun surrounded by plants, wooden walls and the scent of well used books on their shelves, I stumbled upon this book, disheveled and dog-eared. The grinning face of an evil man surrounded in flames with a chasm stretching out to the sun way beyon and behind it, and the words, Swan Song, I was intrigued already. I asked my mother about it and she wasn't quite sure I was ready for it, as she was only ready for it as an adult. Despite her doubts I undertook what I thought would be a task, as it was 800 plus pages and i was still young. I was almost instantly sucked deep into the story, the ink of the print swirling around me to create a landscape I will never forget. I read the book in eight hours, which was incredible to say the least, and when i'd finished, i hungrily devoured it again over a longer time in shorter turns. This book will always have a place in my heart, as a great adventure far from the average post apocalyptic text. It is a long and great journey that you will never forget. It gets difficult to read sometimes, but push through, it is worth it. It pulls no punches.
I've read this book several times over the years. Personally I think it's the best book ever written. Robert McCammon is my fav writer, I've enjoyed all of his books. Very happy to add them to my iPad. I highly recommend all of them if you need a good read.
This is, by far, one of the most amazing books I have ever read. I began reading King and Straub several years ago and happened upon this book by Robert McCammon. I thought I'd give it a try thinking it would never compare to King. I was so wrong!!! I have read this book three times over the years and purchased it on my iPad so I can read it once again. To me, it is comparable to The Talisman by King and Straub. Just as well written and it kept me enthralled through out the entire book from start to finish. I would recommend this book to anyone!!! Great writing!