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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  6,216 ratings  ·  161 reviews
Adrift in the 1980s and slowly losing her mind, a heavily armed former '60s radical kidnaps a baby with the hope, deluded as it may be, of returning her life to simpler times. The child's mother, though, isn't about to take it lying down and, along with a tracker, begins a cross-country chase to get her child back.
Hardcover, 442 pages
Published April 1st 1990 by Pocket Books (first published 1990)
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P.Q. Glisson
Jun 05, 2010 P.Q. Glisson rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
I read this book years ago and it enters my thoughts, unbidden, to this day. McCammon takes you into the mind of a psychopath unlike any you have ever encountered. You will be glued to the pages until the very end. It's just another masterpiece by a wonderful but underrated author. Anything by this man is amazing!
Flash forward from the 1960’s to the 1980’s. Gone are the days of hoping to change the world with love-ins and by wearing flowers in your hair. Head shops, roach clips, bongs, lava lamps, black light posters, Woodstock - all more or less fallen by the wayside. For Mary Terror, former member of a radical student group, moving on is a little more difficult. She is marking time until she can be reunited with her love and present him with ‘their’ baby. Mary is crazy, there is no baby - until she sna ...more
Jun 29, 2007 Loosechanj rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: 2007
Holky fuck, that was a ride. I just finished the last 200+ pages in one marathon 3 hour sitting.

One night after we'd got done doing the floors of the grocery store, and hanging out in the parking lot getting smashed, one of the managers was telling us about this book his brother had given to him. He told us about a book, Stephen King-ish that he really didn't think he'd like, this story about a woman waking up to a baby's crying, how she tried to comfort it and such, and finally losing her cool
Titas (Emperor)
Don't tempt a mother!
Mine is a story of two mothers, Laura and Mary. Laura is a successful journalist whose last hope of happiness is her new born son David and Mary is a survivor of the radical 1960s who still haven't let go of the hallucinatory world of memories, guns, and above all, murderous rage. But when Mary steals David from Laura, with almost no help by her side Laura sets out on a cross-country trip to reclaim her son. To win her son back, Laura might even have to become the monster th
This is a horrifying book. First, imagine your child stolen from a hospital. Then imagine your child stolen by a homicidal madman. This is the situation that "Laura", the mother of "David" finds herself in. The book starts off with a bang. Enough so that I was unsure if I was going to be able to continue reading it. Violence against children upsets me so the first time I saw Mary with her "baby" my stomach knotted.

The action was fast and relentless leading to me reading late into the night. The
Wow! McCammon’s first foray into non-supernatural thrillers is certainly a successful one! Despite approaching five hundred pages, the pacing never once lets up and the pages literally fly by! The sheer suspense never lets up! Mary Terrell, or Mary Terror, makes for a truly frightening villain, but one who feels chillingly possible in her psychotic state of mind. McCammon really does a wonderful job of capturing this imbalanced woman as we follow along Mary’s cross-country rampage with plenty of ...more
What do you call a psychopathic still living the dream of her radical days of the '60's? An amazon of a woman named Mary Terror. McCammon has created one of the most believable human monsters, who really believes after kidnapping a newborn, that is is her baby. Then add Laura, the new mother, who finds out what a mother will do to protect their child, in this case, trying to get him back, from Mary before she totally snaps. This is a non-stop roller coaster of action and suspense, in this well w ...more
4.5 another good read by this author, can't wait to read some more!
Wow, I don't even know where to begin with this book. I thought it was amazing. I have never had to put a book down in the first five pages because I was disturbed by the content of the book. I did just that with this one and contemplated whether or not to continue reading it. After thirty minutes of thought I picked it back up and couldn't put it down.

I got so involved with this book, I had to remind myself to breathe and tell myself it's only a book. My heart was beating out of my chest and I
Mine, by Robert McCammon, is one of the top three most frightening books I have read in my entire life. And that's counting the fifty-odd Stephen King, ten-odd Dan Simmons, and twenty-odd Dean Koontz novels I've also completed. From the very beginning, Mine moves at breakneck speed, showering the reader with visceral details that made even me, a die-hard horror fan, shiver in his chair. Never before have I hated a character as much as I hated Mary Terror; she is a drug-addicted, delusional, sadi ...more
Randolph Carter
First off: this is a TERROR novel not a HORROR novel. In my book horror has to include something supernatural or at least the intimation of something supernatural even if it doesn't turn out to be supernatural. The supposed apparitions of Morrison and Jack don't count because Mary is a psycho crazed burned-out acid-fueled hippie and McCammon never implies they are supernatural. Plus at the time she starts hallucinating she is a severely injured sleep deprived jacked up schizo. As good as this no ...more
Dierdra Byrd
This book overall is about what Laura does to save her newborn David from a woman who stole him from the hospital. Very creepy in parts and overall a good on the edge of your seat story. I enjoyed the story line and unlike some people I really didn't have a problem connecting with the characters. The problems I had were that some parts were just to unbelievable for me. One instance is all the things that David a newborn goes through but gets hurt a tiny bit once!? Ok this newborn, a few days old ...more
Mine is one of the most intense reads you are likely to come across. There are points in the novel where the story works up to a pace so frantic that your palms will sweat. At its core, the book is about a mother’s love for her child and the lengths parents will go for the ones they love. This is the center of all the tension throughout the book. The reader will cringe as Mary Terror attempts to care for poor baby David in her own unique way and they will certainly be on the edge of their seat a ...more
Camilo Guerra
Te sales Robert, te sales...

No había leído un libro de drama/acción/terror en que los personajes principales fueran mujeres...y que mujeres, desde Laura, que pasa de ser la esposa bobita a una fuerza de la naturaleza, Bedelia, como una ex terrorista de armas tomar y Mary...oh Mary, que gran personaje, un villano de temer, un villano que haria pasar pesadillas al Joker.

Pd: Un par de las mejores persecuciones automovilisticas desde CHRISTINE.
Read this one twice so far. It's one of my favorite MCammon books.
Could not put this book down! Loved it!
I'm pushing myself to read a lot more this year. I was shocked to see the low number of books that I finished in 2013. I'm also trying to clear a pile of books that had been sitting around for a while. Mine by Robert R McCammon was one of those. I had begun to read it last year but had put it down after one and a half chapters not really getting into it. However, I picked it up again and...

... having got past the first couple of chapters, I was hooked. I will not use the cliché that I couldn't p
My first McCammon book in years, this novel has me re-thinking my opinion of the author. For the better. Mine is a rough ride through the edge of madness, full of intensity, mayhem, and betrayal. It is a race between two feverishly determined women who cross the country trailing a wake of blood and bodies. My favorite character is the antagonist, "Mary Terror," who belonged to a radical and violent anti-government faction in the 1960s known as the Storm Front. She was young, idealistic, in love ...more
Jeff Miller
What a heart-pumping thriller. I had had a fitbit or other exercise detecting device it would credit me with a good run.

After the initial story setup this book really took off. McCammon plays it straight in this novel with no supernatural aspects, but Mary Terrell is one scary character. Her kidnapping of a baby and the relentless mother chasing after her had me going the whole way. Another great McCammon read.
I'm going to be a bit peevish with this review - the book itself was a really good read for me. I identified with the protagonist and the antagonist was decently written. One thing I wasn't thrilled with? The switching around of the points of view in the chapters - one moment you're reading about the antagonist's thought process, the next you're in the mind of the protagonist. At times this made me stop and re-read what I just read. Overall, it was great, but the switching view points suddenly i ...more
‘Mine’ is about a psychopath named Mary who kidnaps Laura’s newborn baby, David due to her delusions regarding her chaotic past. She aims to bring a baby boy to her beloved Jack, leader of the radical group she was part of. Laura refuses to give up, hence a chase ensues.

The book started off interesting and immediately captured my interest. It was fast-paced and intense. The story is told from alternating perspectives, going from Laura to Mary and vice versa. This was executed well enough as you
Jordan Anderson
5 stars says pretty much all there is to say about Mine.

I'll keep my review short and to the point and say that basically, this book was fantastic. I guess that shouldn't be too surprising, since McCammon already proved to me in Swan Song and Gone South that he's capable of writing truly good plots and characters, mixed in with some crazy action and violence. Mine was no different in that respect, although I would wager that this one was probably the most tense, and nail bitting of the 3 I've so
Intense read right from the first chapter all the way to the end. It will be awhile before I forget about Big Mary....
Fast-paced, breakneck thriller. A psychotic, hallucinating ex-60s radical kidnaps a newborn baby thinking it will restore her glory days. The mother recruits an ex-radical to help her get her baby back. A harrowing and horrifying chase ensues. This is one intense book.
Jaime Contreras
I am a huge McCammon fan but finished reading this book with a sense of 'it could have been more . . ." This is a very good psychological terror ride but the author held back a bit. I always had a feeling that a door was closed on me.
This is relentless.

Completely insane, 'Mary Terror', a member of a 60s murdering anti government cult now hiding in plain sight, steals a newborn baby from a hospital.

Then the wild ride begins, as Laura, the baby's mother, pursues her child across the country. Things get pretty crazy, there are a couple of excellently written supporting characters who help create an understanding of why anyone would become enmeshed in such a cult without being insane themselves, and as the pace of the book devel
D.C. Menard
This was my first horror novel ever. I found it...creepy. You can ask anyone who was around me while I was reading it. I looked up every few chapters and said 'creepy!' or 'That lady is freaking crazy!'

The fact that it made me talk about it is, of course, a good sign. I liked the book. I wouldn't even mind reading more of his books. That being said, I have my pet peeves. The author chose to write omnisciently. Which is all fine and well, but I often found myself confused because I hadn't quite f
I really/Really/REALLY didn't want to like this novel!!! This author is NOT for the faint of heart, nor for the squeamish. It started out disturbing, and just got more bleak and twisted as it went along. I really didn't want to walk down this long, dark, nightmarish road - but the storytelling was SO compelling! Although the writing mechanics may not be perfect - they're pretty good. And, in this particular novel - the storyline having it's roots in the 60's/70's - it was particularly interestin ...more
La Stamberga dei Lettori
Mary Terror è uno degli incubi a stelle e strisce più spaventosi fatto persona: la contestazione del sistema che approfitta delle libertà che questo garantisce ritorcendole contro il sistema stesso.
Proveniente da una ricca famiglia della East coast, bella, intelligente e desiderata decide di consacrare la sua vita alla distruzione dello 'Stato stupratore di coscienze', senza che nulla possa fermare o intralciare la sua folle corsa verso la morte e il martirio.
L'esatta antitesi di Laura Clayborne
Tanya Mobley
Although Mary was one mean monster it didn't make up for the seemingly negligent use of violence in the book. Whilst I have no problem with all the gore that a book can hold, I have a major issue with it being a substitute for a corrupted story line.
I think I might be a painting a 'one hit wonder' color on a great writer here and it's not fair. Allow me to explain... The first RM novel that I read was "Swan Song" since I was hot on the "Post Apocalyptic Dystopia" trail, looking for all of the 'e
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Robert Rick 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.

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

The fifth book in the Matthew Corbett historical fiction series is The River of Souls. It was published by Subterranean Press in trade, limited, and
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“Rain fell on the roofs of the just and the unjust, the saints and the sinners, those who knew peace and those in torment, and tomorrow began at a dark hour.” 6 likes
“Sergeant Pepper was dead. G.I. Joe lived on. George Bush was president, movies stars were dying from AIDS, kids were smoking crack in the ghettos and the suburbs, Muslims were blowing airliners from the skies, rap music ruled, and nobody cared much about the Movement anymore. It was a dry and dusty thing, like the air in the graves of Hendrix, Joplin, and God. She was letting her thoughts take her into treacherous territory, and the thoughts threatened her smiley face. She stopped thinking about the dead heroes, the burning breed who made the bombs full of roofing nails and planted them in corporate boardrooms and National Guard Armories. She stopped thinking before the awful sadness crushed her.

The sixties were dead. The survivors limped on, growing suits and neckties and potbellies, going bald and telling their children not to listen to that satanic heavy metal. The clock of the Age of Aquarius had turned, hippies and yippies had become preppies and yuppies. The Chicago Seven were old men. The Black Panthers had turned gray. The Grateful Dead were on MTV, and the Airplane had become a Top-40 Starship.

Mary Terror closed her eyes, and thought she heard the noise of wind whistling through the ruins.”
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