The Last Ship

The Last Ship

A Novel

Book - 1989 | 1st Ballantine Books ed
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The survival of the human race depends on the desperate courage of the men and women on an American ship. As uncontrollable events occur, an extremely precarious arrangement is made with the women on board for the sake of safety and of human hope.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 1989, ©1988
Edition: 1st Ballantine Books ed
ISBN: 9780142181836
Call Number: FICTION BRINKLEY 1988
Characteristics: vii, 616 pages ; 24 cm


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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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