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The last ship : a novel

by William Brinkley

  eBook : Document : Fiction

Masterpiece   (2017-10-11)


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by PLunde

Many readers have not experienced the nuclear threat terror of the 1950s-60s. It was very scary for me and others. We thought a nuke was coming any day. During that time several dystopian novels, 'On the Beach', 'Alas Babylon', and others, were written that spelled out the world outcome of a nuclear holocaust. 'The Last Ship' falls in that vein, but what makes it very different is the expertise of the writer over his technical material and the high level of writing. It reads like a Russian masterpiece of the 19th century. The description as narrated by the ship's captain is a tome on leadership and responsibility. As this ship searches the globe for a safe haven from radioactive clouds, the focus on the crew, men and women, becomes paramount. How would you handle yourself if the known world had blown itself up? This is a major challenge, and when they find an island in the Pacific, the real danger is not nuclear but human. In this one, remember, women are part of the crew. Think of 'Mutiny on the Bounty' and 'Pitcairn's Island' by Nordoff and Hall and you will understand the model for this book. The language is really beautiful, and the characters completely drawn. Is there any hope for all? Maybe, but you must read this to grasp what possibly lies ahead for the crew that survives. The current cable TV show (quite good) story claims to be based on the book, but the book's story is completely different, although the actor portraying the captain IS the captain in the book. Interesting?

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