Swan Song

Swan Song

eBook - 2011
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McCammon's epic bestselling novel about a girl psychic struggling to survive in the aftermath of a nuclear holocaust Something flashes in nine-year-old Swan's brain, telling her that trouble is coming. Maybe it's her mother, fed up with her current boyfriend and ready to abandon their dismal trailer park and seek a new home. But something far worse is on the horizon. Death falls from the sky—nuclear bombs which annihilate American civilization. Though Swan survives the blast, this young psychic's war is just beginning. As the survivors try to make new lives in the wasteland, an evil army forms, intent on murdering all those tainted with the diseases brought by fallout. When Swan finds a mysterious amulet that could hold the key to humankind's salvation, she draws the attention of a man more dangerous than any nuclear bomb. To rescue mankind, this little girl will have to grow up fast.
Publisher: New York : Open Road Integrated Media, 2011
ISBN: 9781453231524

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MelanieHolthaus
Apr 25, 2019

When I picked up this book after being recommended by a friend, my first thought was no way I'll finish this. It's like 900 pages! And honestly the first few chapters I still thought I wouldn't continue but as I kept reading, I found that I couldn't stop! This was such a great book, so much action and suspense and descriptive narrative about the scenes and the characters, and the story line was truly believable too. The characters really grow on you and as you follow them on their journey you get attached to them. I like how the story focuses on three sets of characters and switches back and forth to give you updates on each group because it keeps the story fresh and interesting and allows you to wonder what happened to the other group, so you want to read ahead more to see what happened to them. I'm really sad that I finished this book but I'm looking forward to the next one by this author.

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lonekid
Jan 25, 2019

A riveting fable of how a nuclear holocaust might play out from beginning to end: how a small group of diverse characters, survived and were chosen for roles in the age-old battle between good and evil. As the main characters travel on their quest, the book is filled with detail about the landscape, cities, animals, people, and armies of the aftermath.

I couldn't put it down. If you like Stephen King's The Stand, Elizabeth Moon's Paksenarrion series,
Frank's Alas Babylon, Walter Jon Meyers The Rift, or Dean Koontz' Odd series, then you will probably like this book.

I come to it late, having seen it on a list, can't remember which list!

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patrick2murphy
Nov 07, 2018

This has got to be one of the best books I have read. Totally enjoyed the entire story. Would like to read another like this.

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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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