The Last Ship

The Last Ship

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Penguin Putnam
?An extraordinary novel of men at war” (The Washington Post) and the book that inspired the TNT TV mini-series, starring Eric Dane, Rhona Mitra, Adam Baldwin and Michael Bay as Executive Producer

The unimaginable has happened. The world has been plunged into all-out nuclear war. Sailing near the Arctic Circle, the U.S.S. Nathan James is relatively unscathed, but the future is grim and Captain Thomas is facing mutiny from the tattered remnants of his crew. With civilization in ruins, he urges those that remain?one-hundred-and-fifty-two men and twenty-six women?to pull together in search of land. Once they reach safety, however, the men and women on board realize that they are earth’s last remaining survivors?and they’ve all been exposed to radiation. When none of the women seems able to conceive, fear sets in. Will this be the end of humankind?

For readers of Going Home by A. American, Lights Out by David Crawford, The End and The Long Road by G. Michael Hopf, and One Second After by William Forstchen.

Baker & Taylor
In the aftermath of nuclear war, the Navy destroyer "Nathan James" and its crew--including twenty-six women--searches the seas for a place where survival would be possible.

Publisher: New York, NY : Viking, 1988.
ISBN: 9780670809813
Call Number: FIC BRI
Characteristics: 616 pages


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Aug 27, 2018

I also thought this was an exhausting read; taking me weeks longer than expected. I did think the basis was good. Had it been condensed down and streamlined, I believe it would have been an excellent read. As it was, it was lacking focus for most modern readers. The main character (captain) is marginally likeable, and the side characters are something out of another era, which is not bad, but I could not wade through all of the trivial, unnecessary filler. There is a reason the cover says novel: It is code for superiority complex, please bring your thesaurus so you can properly understand.

Sep 08, 2015

William Brinkley makes Shakespeare seem like light reading. This is NOT even close to the TNT show, the book only being a loose basis for said show. There are no similarities other than the name of the ship. This book will exhaust you as there are whole chapters between any sort of event. Everything is from the captain's viewpoint and he spends page after page waxing philosophical between sentences, I kid you not. Mysteries are offered but never or poorly answered and the writer wanders through his story seemingly at random. Spoiler alert! The ending is infuriating. Keep a dictionary handy and Google open to understand this writer unless you got straight A's and a Masters in English Lit! :) Having said all that, the idea behind the book is intriguing and this book would have been fantastic with quality editing! A sequel would also be interesting, but only with quality editing.


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