Hailed as “an extraordinary novel of men at war” (The Washington Post) this is the book that inspired the TNT television series starring Eric Dane, Rhona Mitra. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Perhaps the most surprising thing about this The Last Ship: A Novel – Kindle edition by William Brinkley. Download. Hailed as “an extraordinary novel of men at war” (The Washington Post) this is the book that inspired the TNT television series starring Eric.

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This is one rough book to get through, and it is even tougher to explain to even an Shil Major cum laude, certified and accredited to teach Advanced Placement High School English. The book is quite clearly divided into 3 sections.

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The story primarily follows the crew of a U. I took a chance on this one after getting stuck in a reading funk. And for those expecting the high-octane action of Michael Bay’s TV adaptation, they will be disappointed. Not my typical read.

InBrinkley wrote and published The Fun Housea comedy novel set in the offices of a picture magazine, similar to that of Life. Retrieved April 12, It was an interesting premise. He seemed like an arrogant know-it-all and not a small bit psychotic. It was a little too graphic for my taste so I skipped paragraphs as needed. Finally, she gets up to leave, and he spouts what may be the creepiest narration I’ve read all year: The long, cold, dark journey through a nuclear winter.


The Last Ship is a magnificent book. Let us begin, shall we, with some quotes from Chapter Two: The Long Way Home. That he did his duty, his job.

You get the point, the level of detail and the way it is presented can be a bit tedious. This time around, I listened to it as an audio book. Nov 07, Jim rated it it was ok. A warship navigating a post-nuclear war: It’s also a morality tale about how I have read many reviews by other readers of The Last Ship over the years and each of them stated the same thing The women in their rigorously segregated quarters must talk over any number of things.

Jan 10, Jolindy rated it it was amazing.

For all its excesses, this is something that Brinkley takes seriously. The unimaginable horror of total nuclear war has been let loose upon the world.

The Last Ship – William Brinkley

So why did I not give the book 5 stars? It made me wonder if that were true during the 80s. Wlliam is something almost audacious in the scope of its intent and ambition. It also is suip sort of critique of human nature and explores the best and worst impulses of the psyche when faced with the aftermath of nuclear war. The fact that there are women on board, which would make it possible, theoretically, to re-populate the world, is an interesting wrinkle.


I imagine that in the right hands, or with a brutal editor, it could have been a true classic.

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He writes some pretty bad sex; he also delivers some damn good set-pieces. This shkp appears to contradict itself. I do not read apocalyptic books to get inside the head of a horrifying misogynist. When that character seems to spend almost the entire of the first section in painful introspection, to have swallowed a thesaurus and to be seemingly incapable of thinking in wi,liam sentences then i have a real problem. Throughout the s, Brinkley only wrote one novel, Breakpointa novel about tennis, published in The story is simple enough, as tends to be the case in post-apocalyptic fiction.


Make of it what you will, but I really wished there had been no women amongst these last representatives of the human race–no chance for the species to continue.

Lots of things happen in this book. What kinds of conflicts would that cause, and how would they address them? A yacht turned into a ship of ghosts by a neutron bomb. Retrieved October 12,