Swan Song

Swan Song

Mass Market Paperback, 956 pages

Published June 1st 1987 by Pocket Books


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 ......more


Emily (Books with Emily Fox)

This is one of the darkest post-apocalyptic books I've read in a while... totally satisfied that craving.

I may have had a few bad dreams about it!

What I would have liked knowing beforehand:

- Nuclear war with Russia

- There are fantasy elements in here<......more

Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

Once again, thank you to goodreads friends for finding me another book to love!

There are so many people I fell in love with in the book. Also, Mule and Killer! Let's just begin. . .

The book is about us stupid humans trying to bomb each other into extinction, but I digress. ......more

Dan Schwent

What if the apocalypse that befell the poor souls in The Stand was nuclear instead of viral in nature and the whole thing was written in a style more like Richard Matheson's than Stephen King's? Well, you'd probably have Swan Song.

Comparisons with the Stand are inevitable. Both are about......more


My official last book of 2020 – I still had a few pages left in 2021, but most of it was read in 2020. As the main theme of the book is don’t give up hope in a beat-up world, it seems an appropriate way to end 2020 and begin 2021.

5+ Stars

The word “epic” does not even begin to......more

Jeffrey Keeten

It would be pretty, right? All those missiles streaking across the midnight sky. The end of the world wrapped in the gossamer of sparkling, awe inspiring enchantment. Once the guidance system tells these glowing tubes to descend to the earth, they explode into these nearly perfect, cylindrical, fier......more


4.5 to 5.0 stars. I am a big fan of The Stand by Stephen King and I thought it was the "standard" in apocalyptic fiction...UNTIL NOW. Swan Song is THE BEST apocalyptic science fiction book I have ever read. At over 950 pages, this book could have been a chore to get through but that was not the case......more


Taking a quick glance through reviews of this book, they seem to have two things in common. One, they all start with a reference to the book's size. And two, they all remark about the comparisons to The Stand.

And now mine is no different.

Holy SHIT, this was a long ass book.......more


"But this ain't my home. If a person's gotta die, he oughta die tryin' to go home to somebody he loves, don't you think?"

Swan Song is interesting and engaging. I realised that the book was 956 pages after finishing it.

Mike (the Paladin)

Well, I approach this review with some trepidation. A large number of readers here love this book, including a "Goodreads friend" whom I usually agree with (I mean with whom I usually agree)...(sorry Stephen, Stephanie, Rose). But I just didn't care for it. I found it a "poor man's

". Th......more


I read this book back when it was first published in the ‘80’s. I was still in high school, had big frizzy hair, wore too much blue eyeliner and pretty much hated my life. I spent most of my free time haunting the local Osco drug for the newest horror paperbacks to escape it all. When I saw this hug......more

About the author(Robert R. McCammon)

was a full-time horror writer for many years. Among his many popular novels were the classics


. After taking a hiatus for his family, he returned to writing with an interest in historical fiction.

The sixth book in his Matthew Corbett historical fiction series......more

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