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World Fantasy award-winning, bestselling author Robert McCammon makes a triumphant return to the epic horror and apocalyptic tone of his books Swan Song and Stinger in this gripping new novel, The Border, a saga of an Earth devastated by a war between two marauding alien civilizations.
But it is not just the living ships of the monstrous Gorgons or the motion-blurred shock troops of the armored Cyphers that endanger the holdouts in the human bastion of Panther Ridge. The world itself has turned against the handful of survivors, as one by one they succumb to despair and suicide or, even worse, are transformed by otherworldly pollution into hideous Gray Men, cannibalistic mutants driven by insatiable hunger. Into these desperate circumstances comes an amnesiac teenaged boy who names himself Ethan—a boy who must overcome mistrust and suspicion to master unknowable powers that may prove to be the last hope for humanity's salvation. Those same powers make Ethan a threat to the warring aliens, long used to fearing only each other, and thrust him and his comrades into ever more perilous circumstances.
A major new novel from the unparalleled imagination of Robert McCammon, this dark epic of survival will both thrill readers and make them fall in love with his work all over again.
From Publishers Weekly
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By far the best book, since Swan Song. Truly a great read.
Ok, it's Robert McCammon. He wrote "Swan" which is one of my favorites. I'm going to read some more of his work soon. Just an awesome storyteller.
Complaints? Something's bugging me, can't put my finger on it. I'll have to let it sit and digest. World building is terrific in it's horror and suffering. I bought into it. Characters had plenty of what I like, love, loathe, and despise about human beings. Was the ending too pat, wrapped up and tied with an orderly bow? Maybe. I'm into the totally unrealistic, implausible idea of a profound reset for human beings. Humans growing up, gaining some wisdom and humility. What would that be like? It IS present in the resolution of the story. I just have a tiny sliver of dissatisfaction. Still....a really good story. Worth reading. Well done.