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A relentless alien bounty hunter encloses a Texas town under a dome to isolate, hunt, and kill its prey in "the ultimate horror novel" (The Philadelphia Inquirer).

Ever since the copper mine closed, the West Texas desert hellholes of Inferno and Bordertown have been slowly dying. Snake River isn't the only thing that divides them. Racism, gang wars, and anti-Mexican sentiment have turned the sun-scorched flatlands into a powder keg. If anything can unite them for now, at least in awe and wonder, it's the UFO that comes soaring out of the clouds like a flaming locomotive.

In the wake of the crash, a young alien named Daufin has arrived, too. A fugitive who has taken the form of a human, she knows the terror that awaits the inhabitants of this planet - because it is looking for her.

When Stinger, the monstrous alien bounty hunter, arrives, it's with a destructive fury and a devious plan to find Daufin - by entombing the residents in an impenetrable and inescapable dome. A relentless killing machine, Stinger has an infinite capacity for death and destruction. And over the next twenty-four hours, this town is going to bleed and burn. Now, the few remaining survivors must come together to protect Daufin, themselves, and the world beyond from total annihilation.

From the New York Times best-selling and Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Swan Song, Stingerwas called "one of the best suspense novels of recent years" by the Science Fiction Chronicle.

©1988 The McCammon Corporation (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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  • Char's Horror Corner
  • 16-03-18

Alien Invasion F-U-N!

STINGER by Robert Mccammon is simply 80's horror F-U-N! With the entire book taking place over the course of one night, it's a great example of the horror being written during that time.

This is the story of a duel alien invasion-one alien crashed on earth due to a ship malfunction, (Daufin) and the other a bounty-hunter come to track the first one down, (Stinger). All of this takes place in the town of Inferno, in west Texas.

With a variety of small town characters putting aside their differences to unite against Stinger, the universal theme of good vs. evil comes into play. The shape-shifting abilities, (for lack of a better word), of Stinger allow it to take over host bodies and bend them to its will, making this a more interesting tale than it otherwise would have been. I think it also must have been quite challenging for the narrator of this audiobook.

The narration here took me a while to get used to, most especially during scenes where there was a lot of action. At first, I wasn't sure if I would make it through the entire way, (Stinger is 500+ pages long), but I did become accustomed to it and began to enjoy it thoroughly.

This is my third time reading STINGER and I think it's possible I might read it again in the future. Sure it's infused with a lot of 80's pop culture and lingo, (all the good looking girls are smash-foxes), but that was a special time for me, and for the horror genre, so I have no problem with that.
Also, I think it's possible that STINGER has influenced a lot of authors, (it's difficult not to see a connection to King's UNDER THE DOME), whether they were conscious of it or not.

STINGER was a lot of fun to listen to and Nick Sullivan did a fairly good job of bringing it all home in a fun way. If you're looking for many hours of listening enjoyment and alien invasion action, STINGER is the book for you!

*Thank you to the narrator for the free Audible edition in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.*

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  • Todd (Toad) Vogel
  • 12-03-18

Awesome Sci-fi!

Robert McCammon is one of my favorite authors, so I was very happy to see this one up on Audible! Inferno and Bordertown get two extraterrestrial visitors in the same day! Daufin is a fugitive who has taken on a human form to hide from her captors until she can find a way to escape. Stinger is an alien bounty hunter in search of the fugitive and will stop at nothing to find her. Stinger encloses the two neighboring towns in a forcefield bubble to prevent Daufin from escaping. Stinger then takes humans and kills them to make his own version of them. They are a deadly extension of Stinger. The two rival gangs of Inferno and Bordertown, as well as the townspeople, try to protect Daufin from Stinger to no avail.

This story is very fast paced! It can be a little gory at times, but not bad. It literally made me laugh out loud! Daufin trying to figure out our language was quite entertaining! The word she used to describe Stingers ship was hilarious! The narrator makes it even better with the way he pronounces the words like a child, or an alien, speaking them for the first time! Nick Sullivan did a great job with bringing this story to life!

Overall, I give the story and the narration 5 stars! I'd highly recommend this book to any McCammon fan, alien lovers, and lovers of great sci-fi!

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  • Lilyn G.
  • 20-03-18

Awesome aliens but too slow starting.

Swan Song was an amazing book, and I enjoyed every bit of the tale that Robert McCammon had to tell in it. So, when I was offered the chance to review another one of his books in audio format by the narrator, I eagerly said yes. And about 1 hour into listening to Stinger, I was wishing I hadn’t. Luckily that changed up a bit by the end of the book.

I don’t think that Stinger sucks. At its base, it’s an interesting story. But it did feel like everything was against me liking this book. The one potentially bad thing about listening to an audio book is that you have to ‘read’ slowly. In my case, it slows my reading speed down to less than half of what I normally read at, even when I push the speed of the playback up to 1.5x. So, if there’s any element of the narration or story that doesn’t work for me, it’s going to make it very difficult for me to stay engaged.

Nick Sullivan is, objectively, a good narrator. He differentiates the voices, speaks with passion when need be, but doesn’t over-dramatize things, and gives the story the attention it deserves. Unfortunately, the southern accents required due to the story setting set my teeth on edge. That, combined with the sometimes unpleasant voices (perfectly fitting the story just not my ears), and the obsession with the ‘gang war’ in the beginning of the book meant that Stinger was not an audio book I was eager to keep listening to. Also, although I’m sure I’m not wording this exactly right, I don’t feel as though his voice was necessarily the right one for the book.

There were elements of the book that I did like, though. Robert McCammon has created a great bad guy in Stinger. Every time he (it?) appears in a scene, it’s this weird mix of fascinating and disgusting. I never liked him, but his scenes were some of the most captivating in the book. Dolphin was neat as well. I liked watching ‘her’ understanding of humans evolve rapidly over the short period of time the book takes place in. Every time action was happening, I was interested in what was going on. Once the gangs thing in the beginning was dealt with, and the action I had been waiting for finally got going, I was able to enjoy the novel a little bit. The last fourth of the book, I actually really liked.

However, the characters were cardboard, the clichés were many, and the glacial pace at which things got moving meant that this 24-hour time period felt more like a six month siege to me. I think Stinger would have been a much more enjoyable read/listen if it was about 150 to 200 pages shorter.

One thing I did think repeatedly while listening to Stinger was that I was positive I would love it if it was adapted for film. McCammon has a way of painting visuals that you just know would translate into outright horrific images on screen.

I really went back and forth on what to rate this. It wasn’t a truly enjoyable experience for me, but a lot of the issues that I had weren’t necessarily things that I could ‘dock’ for. A lot of it felt like it was more my issues than anything wrong with the book. (Something I’m especially inclined to believe since I’m in the midst of Boy’s Life now and loving it.) I recommend McCammon on the whole, I just didn't care much for Stinger.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this audio book from the narrator for review consideration.

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  • Barbara Anne DeVoe
  • 11-03-18

A wake up call.<br />

loved it, listened almost nonstop. Stories in stories of lessons, learned and that need relearning. Mcammon is a great story teller. I don't like blood and gore but there is a place for it here. This story teller has a way with words that lets your imagination run movies through your mind as you listen.

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  • tony
  • 06-03-18

A modern Classic

While listening to this book, I remembered why Robert R. McCammon is one of my all time favorite authors. "Stinger" was the first novel I ever read. That was back in the mid-eighties. I have been waiting for it to show up on audible for a few years. It is a great alien/monster invasion tale set in a depressed desert town. Good characters that you'll wish McCammon had wrote more about. The narrator does a good job bringing this tale to life.

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  • david
  • 23-02-18

alien meets west side story

was a little sophmoric compared to his more recent work but overall held my attention. I wonder if s. king borrowed the "dome" concept?


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  • L.M.
  • 04-05-18

Fantastically fun-scary,gory, beautifully narrated

I rarely write reviews, but this one has me chomping at the bit. I cannot believe I did not know about this book. It is such incredible fun for sci fi and horror fans. Small town Texas gets invaded by aliens. Need you know more? Well, if you do it should simply be this: McCammon is a gifted writer, able to convey a vast array of characters each with their own complexities. The book is quite long, but there is not a single moment that drags. From page one, I was hooked, and even though I had hours and hours to go, I was already anxious about the book ending.

Much of this has to do with the narrator--holy smokes. There are dozens of characters--children, men and women, latina and latino, old and young, human and alien. Sullivan can do it all, and in a way that gets across McCammon's wit and playfulness.

Outstanding in every way. I will be immediately checking out all of the other work by the author and narrator. Bravo.

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  • Douglas
  • 24-04-18

Perfectly Satisfying, Classic McCammon!

I remember reading this great Invasion book years ago and the Audiobook didn’t disappoint! I remember as I re-read each McCammon book why he is one of my favorite Authors along with Stephen King and Pat Conroy.

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  • Peter
  • 13-04-18

good story great narration

Glad I got this. you had time to get to know the characters before the sh😎t hit the fan.
the narrator did a great job.

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  • Mark
  • 29-03-18

Awful narrator

The book was interesting but the narrator constantly sounded like a suspenseful Hollywood movie trailer voice over. I could only listen for 30mins before giving up & returning the book.