Swan Song

Swan Song

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Baker & Taylor
In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity: 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 along Josh to a Missouri town where healing and recovery can begin with Swan's gift. But the ancient force behind earth's devastation is scouring the walking wounded for recruits for its relentless army, beginning with Swan herself--Publisher's description.

Simon and Schuster
“We’re about to cross the point of no return. God help us; we’re flying in the dark and we don’t know where the hell we’re going.”

Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen—from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City—will fight for survival.

Swan Song is Robert McCammon’s prescient and “shocking” (John Saul) vision of a post- Apocalyptic nation, a grand epic of terror and, ultimately, renewal.

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

Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Pocket Books, 2009, c1987
Edition: Pocket Books trade pbk. ed. --
ISBN: 9781439156735
1439156735
Characteristics: 856 p

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KyHen
Jul 28, 2017

As per most of the comments here, very similar setting to "The Stand". Facing a post-apocalyptic wasteland, all the travelers (surviving ones, that is) meet up with their own motives. Basically a nuclear warfare answer to Stephen King's biological one (Captain Tripps). I much prefer Randall Flagg to "Friend" as the main villain in the respective books, as there was quite a bit more development behind the former. The rest of the characters,however, are pretty much on par.

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anderjam76
Sep 03, 2016

Definitely similar to "The Stand". But very well written. I really enjoyed this book. And it got me to read more McCammon.

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abarg
Jun 15, 2016

I love this book it is one of my absolute favorites. Alot of people compare it to The Stand but I find it's more descriptive and captivating.

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MintyFreeze
Oct 21, 2015

If you liked "The Stand" by Stephen King, you more than likely will enjoy this book.

keven345 Jan 25, 2012

Think Stephen King's The Stand with more violence.

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