Swan Song

Swan Song

by Robert McCammon

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Swan Song by Robert McCammon

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.

New York Times bestselling author Robert McCammon’s prescient and “shocking” (John Saul) vision of a post-apocalyptic US comes to life in his classic epic of terror and renewal.

In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, Earth’s last survivors have been drawn into a final battle between good and evil that will decide the fate of humanity. There’s 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 her gifts. But the ancient force behind earth’s devastation is scouring the walking wounded for recruits for its relentless army…beginning with Swan herself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501131424
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: 07/26/2016
Pages: 928
Sales rank: 16,677
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 2.00(d)

About the Author

Robert McCammon is the New York Times bestselling author of Boy's Life and Gone South, among many critically acclaimed works of fiction, with millions of copies of his novels in print. He is a recipient of the Bram Stoker Lifetime Achievement Award, the Grand Master Award from the World Horror Convention, and is a World Fantasy Award winner. He lives in Alabama. Visit the author at RobertMcCammon.com.

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An ancient evil roams the desolate landscape of an America ravaged by nuclear war.

He is the Man with the Scarlet Eye, a malevolent force that feeds on the dark desires of the countless followers he has gathered into his service. His only desire is to find a special child named Swan -- and destroy her. But those who would protect the girl are determined to fight for what is left of the world...and their souls.

In a wasteland born of rage, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, the last survivors on earth have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil that will decide the fate of humanity....

What People are Saying About This

John Saul

A chilling vision that will keep you turning the pages until the shocking end.

Dean R. Koontz

A wild ride into terror....A grand and disturbing adventure.

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Swan Song 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 480 reviews.
KimberlyKay More than 1 year ago
I read this book in the winter of 1988 and still I can remember vividly the characters, thier voices, their trials. I don't often read a book more than once, but I have read this one twice and am considering a third. My daughters and I are always sharing book reccomendations with each other and this is one that I always come back to. I usually don't read this type of book, but there is something about it that kept me up all night flipping the pages unable to sleep until I knew what happemed next. I felt fear, shock, anger, sadness, frustration and finally joy and hope. As far as The stand vs. Swan Song, Swan Song wins hands down. This book is simply superior.
Traci_N More than 1 year ago
I read this book about 18 years ago and still cant get the story and characters out of my head. I absolutely loved this book. At the time I read this book, I was not a very good reader, I had no patience and was easily distracted. Not with Swan Song. I couldn't stop reading it. And the way Mr. McCammon moves from chapter to chapter keeping you up with whats going on with all of the characters story lines keeps you wanting more. I couldn't put the book down because I just had to find out what was going to happen to Josh next. It got to the point that in order for me to go to bed, I would have to force myself not to look at the beginning of the next chapter. This book actually helped me quit smoking back then because I was reading during my breaks at work non stop and we were not allowed to smoke in the lounge. I felt very connected to the characters. I have bought this book at least 6 times to give to family and friends because I will never part with my original copy. This book is an outstanding piece of work to this day and I would highly recommend it to everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read both. Swan Song is superior in every way (far superior). Enough said.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
First published in 1987, Robert McCammon's Swan Song passes the test of time with flying colors. The story starts in a cold-war world of East and West, politicians driven to the brink by misunderstanding and the world falling over the edge of nuclear disaster. But that's just the beginning. Post-holocaust there's a powerfully depicted dystopia, as real and scary as any imagined in more modern tales. The monsters may not be vampires and werewolves but they're every bit as disturbing. Changing scenes and points of view are handled with nice timing, clues reappearing subtly and mysteries drawn lightly towards a satisfying conclusion. Characters live and die as the setting decrees while the plot flows naturally, mystically guided perhaps but very convincingly earth-bound. A young girl holds the key to humanity's future in this bleak world, but she grows convincingly older without knowing or reveling in her powers-no rabbits or miracles pulled out of hats in this tale. Swan's guardians have only half-remembered messages and mystical dreams to guide them, and become more real to the reader because of their lack of confidence. Danger and evil bring surprising strengths to light in wounded protagonists, while others, equally wounded, spiral out of control-man's greatest enemy being his own desires perhaps. The hero's journey is fractured and hard with very real dangers, disasters and dashed hopes, and a goal that remains clouded under poisoned skies. This is a long book-think Stephen King-with natural breaks between sections, making it easy to put down but hard to resist picking straight up again. While we may not be so scared of nuclear war as we once were, that doesn't seem to alter the strength of this tale, and it's interesting, coming fresh to it today, to see how its archetypes have woven their way through more recent novels. I'm really glad I got the chance to read this, and I highly recommend it to any fans of Stephen King, dystopias, or heroic journeys. Disclosure: My son recommended this book to me and loaned me his copy-do I have to give it back?
jaishree1 More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. I wish it were still available in the higher quality paperback, as I have worn out 10 copies. It's an amazing read - I cast the movie for it in my head as I am reading, and then realize again that this book is TOO GOOD to be a movie. The movie would ruin it! As for the comparisons to The Stand by Stephen King....I liked The Stand, but this was better.
Regarme More than 1 year ago
I don't even know what to say about this book other than READ IT! The writing style puts you right in the middle of the action to the point where you feel like a part of the story. There are points in the story that aren't for the faint of heart. If you enjoy post-apocalyptic stories, don't pass this one up.
TwilightFlyer More than 1 year ago
First time I read this book was probably 12 or 13 years ago, on a recommendation from a friend. It is the only book I have ever read cover to cover in one sitting...yes, all 1000+ pages of it. Skipped work that day to do it. Since then, I am now on my 4th reading of it. I absolutely love it. Yes, it's dark, yes it's depressing...any McCammon book is, in order to deliver a stellar ending. Swan Song does it as well as any book I've ever read. McCammon is a great author...a bit raw (Speaks the Nightbird, disturbing, but quite good) at times, but he's an excellent story teller.
CAReaderDO More than 1 year ago
SWAN SONG is one of the best novels I have read in a long time. I saw the book mentioned in another book's reviews and am thankful to that reader for pointing me toward SWAN SONG? It is kinda along the lines of Stephen King's THE STAND in that it keeps your interest throughout all nine hundred plus pages. You come to know and love some of the characters, and despise some others. There are some shocking and gory parts, but they appear in line with the story line. EXCELLENT READ!!
Brian Logan More than 1 year ago
one of the best books i have ever read. wish there were more like it. the characters really come to life on the page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is hands down one of the best books ever written. i couldn't hardly get myself to put it down all three times that i have read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to ask if this book was done 4 years BEFORE the Stand how is it a rip off ?  Logically time wise the Stand would be a rip of Swan Song.I have not even finished reading it. I do find the two books very much alike. SO off I go to finish it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite book. I have it in paperback, and ordered the Nook version so I could read it again. Very well written. I am happy to see new books out by Robert McCammon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this once before in the early 90's. Similar in it's message rgarding the battle between good and evil. I would recommend to anyone who believes The Stand is Steven King's best book. I liked it as well.
Lawrence52 More than 1 year ago
Couldn,t put it down. Please read this book, it,s a book of hope, and dreams. Good over evil. This book will touch you. Miss Swan the "Empress" is of God. Everyone I know that has read this says the same thing. Please read this book!
M_Willis More than 1 year ago
Starts a little slow, but picks up quickly. Very emotional. Best book I've read this year.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read this book 5-6 times now, and it's truly a classic book that rivals anything ever written about the battle between good and evil. The characters are very real, very heart-wrenching, and my only wish is for 2 things.... 1) HOLLYWOOD-Why hasn't this been made into a movie ? 2) Mr. McCammon- PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE bring back Swan and Josh..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I first read this book over 20 years ago. I picked it up to read it again, because my teenage boy wanted to read it and I could not remember if it was age appropriate. It still brought back the same emotions 20 years later that it did the first time I read it. Amazing! This is a great end-of-the world novel that will take you places you dream about -- great dreams and (of course) nightmares of the worst kind! There are ups and downs and a superb ending. Loved it, love McCammon. There are quite a few characters introduced early on, one right after the other. It can get a little confusing, but stick with it, they all come together in the most beautiful way. For those that want to compare this to The Stand and want to spew hatred that this book is similar in some ways to that book, please get a life. I don't know how many story lines I have read throughout the years that are "similar" to one another. Some I like more than others, but I don't hate the story that is similar to another. I think that the writing styles are very different. I love The Stand (I love Stephen King period), but I just prefer Swan Song. The prose in it were more to my style of writing. While I do understand that some people may prefer The Stand, my thought would be that if you liked The Stand, you should probably also like this one. You may like one more than the other, but they are both superb stories with great plot lines. Robert McCammon has a way with words that is amazing. He wrote my absolute all-time favorite book -- Boy's Life. Some find McCammon a little wordy, I find him amazing. Thank you so much for this book Mr. McCammon -- you have a brilliant mind and a gift for storytelling. Please keep them coming. I have read all of your stuff and will keep on reading as long as you are putting them out. Many thanx for my tears and cheers. You know how to bring out all the emotions. Can't wait to read The Border!!! -- SPeeD
gtcircus More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters are not always what you expect but their development is half the fun. It is a great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldnt put it down loved the characters and the story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read it over 10 times! My favorite book of all time
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Weak and slow in places but a good read overall. This is my favorite genre but not executed the way I like my stories. Still, I give it a four.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WARNING-SPOILERS:I picked this book based on the glowing reviews, but it wasn't as good as I had hoped. It isn't a straight PA story; there are strong supernatural elements to it. The plot is good, but the characters are under-developed and the writing tends towards cliche and seems more like a preteen novel. There is a abrupt jump in the timeline(7 years), but the resources available to the characters are as abundant as before the jump. The deux ex machina character at the end was able to survive certain death earlier in order to bring the story to climax. There are small points that took me out of the story; gasoline is still (relatively) plentiful and usable 7 years after the Apocalypse, all vehicles (including bulldozers and tractor-trailers) use gas, revolvers have safety-locks, people can survive 3rd degree burns with no medical treatment, etc. I would recommend The Road or Wastelands before this book.
Mish23 More than 1 year ago
This is a good read, but it is very close to The Stand, however I do prefer this story line better.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Been reading this book sinc e I was a kid and I would recommend that everyone who loves fantasy should read it.