Stinger Hardcover – Apr 1994
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The "stinger" is an alien bounty hunter that remains ominously hidden for most of the book, but appears to be an enormous wicked mixture of centipede and scorpion. The bounty it's after is the "good guy" of the tale--a waif-like being who invades the mind of a small girl to make its presence known. They both arrive in a hot, desolate West Texas town surrounded by the alkali dust and sagebrush of a flatland between mountains. And the battle begins. An unpretentious horror novel with memorable imagery, Stinger is this reviewer's favorite of Robert McCammon's. It has appealing characters. It has feuding motorcycle gangs. It even has a bit of a West Side Story romance between Anglo guy and Hispanic girl. Sure, it's a B-movie romp, but McCammon is earnest--he doesn't play it for laughs. The action is scary and horrifying, making for a long, satisfying read. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The first actual chapter is beautiful, describing the wonders and dangers of the dusty Texas landscape, from the point of view of Cody Lockett, one of the main characters. Inferno is a small Texan burg that's population is dwindling. Add to that two rival gangs, the Renegades, led by Cody, and the Rattlesnakes, led by his nemesis, Rick Jurado, a corrupted town sheriff, and a miniscule police force, and you there you have it.
The events of the book only span a little under 24 hours but that time is enough for horror master Robert McCammon to take the reader on a wild ride through the cosmos of terror. What astounded me most perhaps, was the author's ability to combine horror with science fiction. The scene where Daufin explained to Jessie and Tom Hammond about the hostile takeover of her planet was mind-blowing. That chapter left an indelible mark of alien imagery in my mind.
The actual story is very well paced and never seems long or drawn out, which helps because this tale of an alien bounty hunter come to exact revenge on another civilian alien who escaped the prison world and crashed on Earth is over 500 pages.
I don't think I've ever read about any villian(s) as evil and cunning as STINGER!
Read this story if you like science fiction; read this story if you like nail-biting horror and suspense; read this book if you like reading at all.
It is very important to me as a writer to add something new to an old topic otherwise it is not worth doing and it is apparent that Robert feels the same way.
I also recommend Swan's Song and They Thirst.
"Stinger" is just such a novel. It is the story of a little Texas town named Inferno. Inferno is dying, slowly and painfully. Since the mine closed down, there is little work and a lot of rusting dreams. The people that are left behind to witness Inferno's gasping death are a hardy lot. They need to be tough, because something terrible is about to happen that will change the people of Inferno forever. Early one morning, a spacecraft of unknown origin crashes outside town, quickly followed by another spaceship that lands outside Bordertown, where Inferno's Mexican citizens live. What follows is a roller coaster ride of sheer terror, as the occupants of the two spaceships aren't exactly friendly with one another. By the end of the book, dozens of people have died in extremely unpleasant ways.
At the center of the story is Daufin, a friendly alien running from an intergalactic bounty hunter called Stinger.Read more ›
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This book is referred to by some people as an 80's b-movie like it's a bad thing. This book was awesome!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I loved the book! Just couldn't complain about the extra cost of shipping. LolPublished 6 months ago by Vanity Smurf
STINGER is just a flat out fun book to read. To sum up the plot by calling it a good alien vs bad alien story doesn't begin to cover it. Read morePublished on Nov. 5 2002 by T. King
As usual McCammon manages to give warm characters, that are easily liked, and still managed to create a fast paced action sci/fi book that entertains and never bores the reader. Read morePublished on July 10 2002 by Marjorie
I won't go into the story line I think there are enough reviews for that.
This is the first book by R.R.M that I've read, and it will not be my last. Read more
What a fun story, it has just the right amount of humor to break the rollercoaster tension. A completely original idea and villain. Read morePublished on April 8 2002 by P. Craig