by Robert McCammon

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Baal by Robert McCammon

Baal was Robert McCammon's first novel, a debut that would lead to some of the finest popular fiction of our time. Written at the age of 25 and published as a paperback original in 1978, it has been out of print for years. This deluxe new edition from Subterranean Press will give McCammon's many readers -- both newcomers and longtime fans -- the opportunity to trace the development of an extraordinarily talented man.

The story begins with a horrific rape on the streets of New York City. Nine months after that violation, a most unusual child is born. His name is Jeffrey Harper Raines, but he quickly assumes his true name -- and true purpose -- as Baal, a new incarnation of the ancient prince of demons. The narrative recounts his lethal progress through the 20th century, which begins with the destruction of his earthly "family." From there, Jeffrey/Baal moves to a doomed Catholic orphanage, where he unleashes carnage on an unprecedented scale, then out into the wider world, where he embraces his destiny as the Prophet of the Damned, generating a legacy of chaos, violence, and despair.

Baal is very much a young man's book, raw and brimming with emotion. Listen closely and you'll hear the voice of a gifted storyteller struggling to be born. In 1980, the career that would encompass Swan Song, Boy's Life, and The Five still lay waiting several years down the road. This is where it began.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013847224
Publisher: Subterranean Press
Publication date: 12/15/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 332,987
File size: 2 MB

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Baal 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Robert McCammon books with the exception of Baal, until now. I love How energetic the characters are and How full of hope the way only a young 25 year old author could portray. I am happy to have finally read what has undoubtedly launched an an amazing career that has spanned 5 decades.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Robert McCammon has been one of my favorites for many years. His writing always pulls you in and does not disappoint!
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Pretty boring rehash of a theme that was already cliche when it was written. You'll feel like you're reading 'The Omen' again.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
l loved swan song l have reed it over and over among other Mc Cammon books l am sorry to say l just could not get into Baal could not hold my intrest very unlike Mc Cammon