Tuesday, 19 March 2013

25 Years on and still a great read

Swang Song by Robert McCammon

This book can still hold its head high after 25 years. The story is frightening and as fresh as the day the author put pen to paper. This book is an epic read weighing in at 956 pages but the story flies along and takes you on one hell of a roller-coaster ride.

The story is set in a world devastated by a nuclear war were the survivors struggle in this new environment. A cast of characters slowly gravitate towards each other for the explosive conclusion. This book mixes the post-apocalyptic theme with a supernatural battle between good and evil, where the true soul of people come to the surface. Great character development draws you into this tale and keeps you there unto the last sentence. A magic ring of melted glass and metal and a man who can change his appearance at will are the link to them all. I can see why this book tops so many reading lists.

4 Stars

About the Author

Robert R. McCammon was a full-time horror writer for many years. After taking a hiatus for his family, he returned to writing with an interest in historical fiction.

He has over four million copies of his books in print and has often featured on the New York Times bestseller list.

A new contemporary novel, The Five, was published in May 2011 by Subterranean Press.

The Hunter from the Woods, a collection of novellas and stories featuring Michael Gallatin, the main character from The Wolf's Hour, was published as a limited edition in December 2011 by Subterranean Press. A trade hardcover edition was published in November 2012.


  1. This is my favorite book, have read multiple times. Have hard copy and now have it on my Kindle. For that matter I have most of his works.

  2. One of my favorite books ever! I searched long and hard for a good apocalyptic novel. I believe this is where I should stop searching. I think it's time to read it again.

  3. Robert McCammon is a genius at his work. Swan Song is the greatest

  4. I was lucky enough to get ahold of a signed special edition of this book...it ranks right below To Kill A Mockingbird...which should tell you how much I respect the writing in this book.

    1. You lucked out with a signed special edition copy. It is a great book and read. I have it in several formats too.

  5. Deborah Ohm Brown19 March 2013 at 14:58

    This is the book that started my love affair with Robert's writings. Koontz/Brooks/McCammon-'nough said.

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