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The Border

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  2,084 ratings  ·  319 reviews
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-bl
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Hardcover, 441 pages
Published May 2015 by Subterranean Press
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Hunter That is for the illustrated, slipcased, limited edition. The Border will also be available in trade hardcover, ebook (in the U.S.), and audiobook…moreThat is for the illustrated, slipcased, limited edition. The Border will also be available in trade hardcover, ebook (in the U.S.), and audiobook formats.

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Char
As a HUGE Robert McCammon fan, I was beyond excited when I read that he was writing an epic science-fiction/horror book. (I will probably faint when I finally get the signed copy I ordered from Cemetery Dance.) Overall, The Border did live up to my expectations.

The characters here were all well drawn except, oddly,for the main protagonist, Ethan. I felt that we never got to know him in-depth. (view spoiler)
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Jason
Jun 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015, e-books
5 Stars

The Border by Robert McCammon is a return for him to the science fiction and horror genre. This book is a cross between his Swan Song, a bit of Stephen Kings The Stand, and War of the Worlds or Tuesday TV's Falling Skies. McCammon wastes no time with a build up of events, rather he drops you right into the already decimated world and provides the why's through stories and conversations as the book progresses.

The Border works because it is done by a master story teller who knows how to wr
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Richard
*2.5 Stars*
With The Border, Robert McCammon goes back to his roots! His new novel harkens back to his 80's sci-fi/horror classics like Swan Song and Stinger, and mixes in some War of the Worlds with a story about our Earth becoming a battleground between two hostile alien civilizations and humanity trying to survive in the wake. Although it was enjoyable to an extent, I was disappointed with discovering that I wasn't as into it as I would've expected, given that McCammon is one of my favorite au
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Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Oct 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016

The boy who was running ran into the rain.
He came suddenly into its stinging shower. Within seconds it became a small storm of torment, like the fierce prick of a hundred hot needles. He looked back as he ran and saw through the moving haze the tops of mountains explode in the distance. He saw chunks of rock as big as buildings fly into the diseased air, crash back upon the earth and crack into tumbling fragments. Above the mountains flickered the electric blue lightning that put terror into t
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Reeda Booke

Right away the story drops you right in the middle of an ongoing war that has two alien races warring over earth that has left our planet destroyed and pockets of survivors barely hanging on their will to survive. The aliens are brutal and the pollution their war is causing is also transforming some humans into the hideous Gray Men. It is up to the main character, Ethan, a young boy who doesn't remember anything about himself prior to finding himself just running for his life, and a ragtag group
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Bill
Mar 23, 2015 added it
Well shit. I didn't make it very far with this one. There are aliens and spaceships. Fuck. I hate aliens and spaceships. I tried to stick it out, because....well, because it's McCammon man, but I hate aliens and spaceships almost as much as I hate wizards and dragons. Bummer man. Major bummer. Maybe I will give it another go at another time. Probably not. Bummer. (Did I already say that?)
David
Mar 05, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Gorgons, Cyphers, Grey Men, Chosen Ones, Bill Pullman
I mean no great disrespect when I say Robert McCammon is kind of a schlocky author. Okay, I guess that's not terribly respectful either, but I've read several of his big potboilers now (Swan Song, Sings the Nightbird, and The Border) and I can see that he tends to use the same tropes to mix and match an epic adventure of good vs. evil in a grimy world, over and over. Swan Song was post-apocalyptic and almost a by-the-numbers rewrite of Stephen King's The Stand, while Sings the Nightbird was a hi ...more
Paul E. Morph
Aug 07, 2015 rated it liked it
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Tobin Elliott
Well. That wasn't very good, was it?

Look, let's just get this out of the way. If you want to read better versions of this novel, read Swan Song for the apocalytic elements, then Stinger for the really bad SF/alien elements.

McCammon is not a SF author. That's pretty damn obvious. He can be an excellent author when he wants to be. Boy's Life proves it. Unfortunately, lazy, unfocused efforts like this one, or The Five shows how off he can actually be when he's off.

Seriously, there isn't a single c
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Chris
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ravaged by a brutal war between two alien invaders, the Gorgans and Cyphers, bent on owning the area of space that Earth occupies, pockets of survivors barely hang on. Mutated humans, dubbed Gray Men, hunt what's left hungering for flesh and blood. But one boy, who was injured during a conflict between the aliens and suffering from amnesia, might know more than even he realizes. Because he's been found by survivors holed up in an apartment complex in Colorado, and as he soon discovers, he might ...more
Randolph
Jun 15, 2015 rated it liked it
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11811 (Eleven)
Jul 06, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Audible will indeed give you a full refund if you listen to 80% of a book and hate it.

Sorry, Charlene.
Mika Lietzén
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror
The Border is Robert McCammon's long-anticipated return to the balls-to-the-wall horror of such classics as Swan Song (1987). Unfortunately, the balls are missing, the wall is crumbling and the result is a poor copy of that earlier (far superior) novel.

There's not a whole lot of originality in The Border. The plotline is pretty much lifted wholesale from Swan Song, with a supernaturally gifted youngster leading a ragtag pack of survivors to a US president hiding in a mountain base. But instead o
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Megan Baxter
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
This was...not a good book. In a whole lot of ways. It wasn't so bad as to be unreadable, and thankfully fell into the realm of "so bad it's at least entertaining." That's a very narrow window, and McCammon just about nails it.

Note: The rest of this review has been withheld due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.

In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook
Justine
I did enjoy this, but it was a little far fetched and a little too philosophical for my taste. Just ok.
Kevin
May 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
The Border – Robert McCammon

The Border is a dystopian tale littered with Sci-Fi elements. I know some have pointed to the fact that this novel is a sci-fi book, but in the long run we deal with the end of earth as we know it and how we, as humans struggle to survive. The aliens are merely the means by which the earth is in chaos, much like an infectious disease. The humans have no knowledge of the capabilities of the two attacking races of aliens, they simply know they are there to destroy them,
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Nnedi
Mar 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly...meh. Couldn't connected with any of the characters except maybe Ethan and...well, no spoilers. Plus it dwelled a little too much in that "Oh, Jesus, the end is nigh, oh Jesus, it's so bad, bad, bad, what are we going to do? This is bad. Look how bad it is. Death, blood, murderous freakish aliens, no hope! This is the end, beautiful friends, blah blah." I listened to this as an audiobook and the reader's dark tone throughout the whooooole novel enhanced this effect.
Swan Song still rem
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Karl
May 27, 2015 marked it as to-read
This copy is signed by Robert McCammon.
Pamellia
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All
Recommended to Pamellia by: Noone
Shelves: 2016
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Hunter
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Robert McCammon's return to SF/horror. I think fans of Swan Song and Stinger will especially dig it.
Banner
May 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Robert McCammon is a "go to" author on my list. I can always go to him knowing I will enjoy the read. This latest book continues to prove that faith justified.

This book is solid in the science fiction genre. We have aliens that are very scary and far greater technologically advanced. Actually the aliens are not all that interested in earth. We just happen to be the latest border of a very long turf war between two waring species. The story begins at a very hopeless stage for humans. We pretty m
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Jason
Feb 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of science fiction, post-apocalypse, Mad Max, horror, and possibly Lovecraft lovers.
I took my family to the library a while back and looked around, not expecting to find anything, but hungry for something new and different. I saw “The Border” in the science fiction section (that is shared with horror, I think). The dust jacket provided me the barest of explanations- two alien civilizations fighting over Earth, and the people who are trying to survive in the crossfire. It was enough to pique my interest so I took it home.


SUMMARY
Sometime soon, two alien species (possibly trans-re
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Lisa
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robert McCammon is one of those authors whose books I either hate with a passion or love to death. I loved his one. The ending was less than stellar, but that was only because I was curious about what became of the guardian. The Gorgons, and Cyphers were a scary bunch, and their sophisticated technology made us humans almost literally the equivalent of ants. Everything has been destroyed, humans are close to extinction, and when we aren't casualties of aliens, then comes nighttime and the raveno ...more
Robjr73
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: robert-mccammon
McCammon and King have always been my go to all time favorite authors. I pretty much have been of the opinion that neither one of them are capable of writing anything that's actually bad. Sure I've read some mediocre Stephen King and some just okay McCammon but never thought I'd see myself give anything less than 3 stars to either of them. Well I was wrong.

The Border excited me initially. Cool cover, cool idea. Sounded like perhaps a mix between two of my other favorite McCammon books Swan Song
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Janice
Two alien armies fighting over the border (earth) threaten the existence of humankind. I surprised myself and really enjoyed this space opera.
Cody | codysbookshelf
Aug 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: robert-mccammon
I got into Robert McCammon's works really late in the game. I read my first novel of his, Mystery Walk, at the beginning of 2015 and have since read six of his books, including The Border. So I'm still a relatively new fan, but this book made me want to continue the journey into his other works I haven't read yet.

The Border -- out now from Subterranean Press! -- is a 441-page epic about two alien species, the Gorgons and Cyphers, fighting for territory with Earth on the border. The story begins
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Victoria
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have read many of McCammon’s novels over the years and always keep an eye out for his name in new publication lists - though in recent years his books have mainly been in the Matthew Corbett series, a historical fiction mystery series that I have really been enjoying. This latest release, however, harkens back to his earlier standalone novels and is an exciting blend of dystopian fiction, fantasy, thriller and science fiction. Earth has become the battleground for two warring alien races - dub ...more
M Navalinski
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ah hell, I gotta give this 5 stars, really a 4.5, for sentimental reasons as well as payoff for waiting almost 20 years for this writer's next classic to drop.It's here!!!!!
I've been reading McCammon since the 80s when he was cranking out horror novel after horror novel better than the average bear, Then came Boy's Life, a nostalgic look at childhood, its innocence and its trappings handled eloquently. It appeared he was done writing horror after a nasty editing scrap with his publishers in whi
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Jay Babcock
Jun 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Great concept, well paced, lots of action. Fans of the post-apocalyptic thriller genre will find it just the right mix of familiar and innovative. Even though the story is one great big giant deus ex machina, McCammon maintains a palpable, constant level of threat to the characters. Some of it is (despite the genre) head-scratchingly preposterous -- e.g. the energy weapon that turns vehicles into living monsters! -- but the author persuades the reader that, even though our characters should be t ...more
Robert Mingee
Jul 03, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Like everything Robert McCammon writes, this is very well-written. There is a LOT of action, and the characters are well-developed and 3-dimensional. But for whatever reason, it just never "grabbed" me. I will admit that the subject matter is not my favorite. Much sci-fi holds little interest for me, and unfortunately it seems that was the case with this work. The fact that I finished it and never really considered abandoning it says a lot about how well-written it is, it just wasn't my cup of t ...more
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Robert Rick McCammon was a full-time horror writer for many years. Among his many popular novels were the classics Boy's Life and Swan Song. 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, Freedom of the Mask, was published in May 2016.

His next novel, a standalone book called The Li
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