The Border by Robert McCammon
The Border: World Fantasy award-winning, bestselling author Robert McCammon makes a triumphant return to the epic horror and apocalyptic tone reminiscent of his books ”Swan Song” and ”Stinger” in this gripping new novel, ”The Border”, a saga of an Earth devastated by a war between two marauding alien civilizations.
But it is not just the living ships of the monstrous Gorgons or the motion-blurred shock troops of the armored Cyphers that endanger the holdouts in the human bastion of Panther Ridge. The world itself has turned against the handful of survivors, as one by one they succumb to despair and suicide or, even worse, are transformed by otherworldly pollution into hideous Gray Men, cannibalistic mutants driven by insatiable hunger. Into these desperate circumstances comes an amnesiac teenaged boy who names himself Ethan–a boy who must overcome mistrust and suspicion to master unknowable powers that may prove to be the last hope for humanity’s salvation. Those same powers make Ethan a threat to the warring aliens, long used to fearing only each other, and thrust him and his comrades into ever more perilous circumstances.
A major new novel from the unparalleled imagination of Robert McCammon, this dark epic of survival will both thrill readers and make them fall in love with his work all over again.
Robert McCammon is the New York Times bestselling author of fifteen novels, including the award-winning and critically acclaimed Boy s Life. There are more than four million copies of his books in print.
Fred Berman is a five-time winner of the “AudioFile” Earphone Award for Audiobook Narration and the recipient of the 2013 Audie Award for narration in “Spy the Lie”. He has read a number of audiobooks for young listeners, including Judy Blume s “Soupy Saturdays with The Pain & The Great One” and Andrew Clements s “The Last Holiday Concert”. He has also narrated the audiobooks for Robert Kirkman s popular series, “The Walking Dead.”
Berman is an accomplished actor of both the stage and screen as well, performing on Broadway as Timon in “The Lion King” and off-Broadway in “Hamlet”, “Twelfth Night”, and “King Lear”. On television, Berman has had roles on NBC s hit series “Smash” as well as “All My Children “and “Law and Order”. He lives in New York City. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Review by By Cheryl Stout TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE
I have enjoyed Robert McCammon’s books for years, from creepy, perfect BOY’S LIFE to the non-horror character-driven Matthew Corbett series to the surprising THE FIVE, showing the author’s love of rock and roll AND terror.
The Border started out on a strong horror vibe and didn’t let up. This is a tale of two separate and deadly alien forces invading Earth. They are fighting each other to the death and mankind’s just collateral damage.
The characters – both human and alien – are described well by the author and it didn’t take long for me to be thoroughly engrossed by this story. There’s a lot of blood and guts, especially alien guts, in this story so be forewarned.
But there’s a definite feel-good aspect to the tale as mankind tries to save themselves.
This was a winner on the McCammon hit parade, in my opinion. Probably not as good as BOY’S LIFE but a strong contender in the post-apocalyptic genre.
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