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- Listening Length: 34 hours and 22 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.com Release Date: November 15, 2011
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0067VJ2DM
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"Swan Song" starts out on a bleak note, and quickly goes down hill from there. The world is in turmoil as terrorists use nuclear bombs with impunity, the U.S. and the USSR constantly engage in skirmishes around the world, and the economy does a nosedive straight into the ground. Inevitably, the bombs are launched and the world erupts in a thousand mushroom clouds. This is all within the first hundred pages or so. What follows is the real story, and McCammon pulls out all the stops introducing us to the characters that drive the story.
Just like McCammon's novel "Stinger," there are many major characters in "Swan Song." McCammon introduces us to Sister Creep, a New York bag lady fostering a horrific personal tragedy; Josh, a 7' black wrestler (known as Black Frankenstein) with a heart of gold; Colonel "Jimbo" Macklin, a former war hero with an ominous shadow dogging his every move; and Roland Croninger, a wise beyond his years child who grows into Macklin's sadistic acolyte.
This is post-apocalypse, so there is the unavoidable good vs. evil theme running through the book. The good is Swan, a young girl who has the power to renew earth's ecosystem.Read more ›
For a book of over 900 pages, it is a surprisingly fast read, and there are no lulls. McCammon is a superb storyteller who has created memorable characters and a detailed setting. Swan Song is a great book that I think ranks along side The Stand, which for years has stood as my favorite horror novel.
So given I am writing this review for me - I will take some licence. Firstly I have read loads of PA ficton ( favorite so far is The Old Man and the Wasteland), but I hesitated with my purchase of Swan Song. I kept coming across references and praise of Swan Song. At $10 is was a lot more than many Kindle reads I buy. Then I thought, the last few books I read were only a couple of bucks - but they were c#%^ and pretty short too. So I thought, Swan Song is over 800 pages - so even if it is just okay it is still better value. So I bought it and have not experienced buyers remorse.
Swan Song draws you in. It is a different type of PA novel as it as a mystical undertone. Not in the kind of 'roll your eyes, give me a break' way - but a spiritual side to the story that adds to its depth and humanity. There are several concurrent plots which weave together as the story unfolds. Each sub plot is interesting. What surprised me was that I became so engrossed with one story line, I literally forgot about some other characters and was surprised when they reappeared. It was ' oh of course, I had completly forgotten about you guys'. That is a really good thing showing just how easy it is to become lost in the story.
If I was being ultra critical I would say that there was a certain 'convenience' of events towards the end. Also - and yes this is just a personal bugbear, the author has obviously had limited exposure to horses. Horses do not lap water like a dog - they suck it. They also really don't behave in the way Mule did.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Honestly, I didn't think I'd like this book to start. It's detailed understanding of the end of the world is frighteningly authentic. Read morePublished 12 hours ago by Kindle Customer
This is my favorite book of all time. A deep, complex, post-apocalyptic saga that will draw you in and hold tight until the very end!Published 2 days ago by EtHocGenusOmne
I usually love his work but I found this way too gruesome and gory for me.Published 3 days ago by M. Walker
Book was amazing .... ... the 1st 150 pages are a little tough, almost put it down but so glad I didn't! !!!!Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
Very well written. Well developed characters. Just enough twists in the story line to be suspenseful. I plan to read more books by this author.Published 5 days ago by Deborah Devore
very good. I have read most of mccammon's books and I think this one is his best.Published 7 days ago by carol gonsky
Many have compared this book to King's "The Stand" and with good reason the similarities are too blatant to miss, I thought perhaps King had rewritten The Stand using bombs in... Read morePublished 8 days ago by linda heller
I rate this book 2nd only to 'Gone South' by the same author, both books are truly amazing reads. Swan Song is a long book, you will be reading it for a while which is a GOOD... Read morePublished 9 days ago by William Smith