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Nowhere near as good as The Stand by SK....

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Reviewed: 22-08-2017

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes - it is a good listen however the Stand by SK is sooo much better if you're looking for apocalyptic supernatural thrillers. Some of the plot points are not explained at all and you're itching for the author to take it that bit further to conclusion. The supernatural components of the story are not explained or really explored at all - they just occur in the background. The whole book seems to lead up to *spoilers* Sister getting the crown to Swan and then when she has it... she doesn't use it! What is the point! Does the crown have healing powers? How could she use it as a weapon to defend herself? The end seems very much of a fizzle (unlike The Stand which is just epic). Also the cold war plot point is a little dated now in 2017. I love the *idea* of this novel but the execution left me wanting a bit more. Still, a good listen overall.

If you’ve listened to books by Robert McCammon before, how does this one compare?


What does Tom Stechschulte bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He is a very talented reader - you forget one person is doing all of the different voices of the characters!

If this book were a film would you go see it?


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