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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing; Reprint edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752893270
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752893273
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 1.3 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #527,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Scarrow keeps his foot on the accelerator in this apocalyptic thriller, which is reminiscent of Frederick Forsyth and John Wyndham."  —Birmingham Post

"Scarrow has a real talent for pacing, and he keeps the tension escalating."  —Publishers Weekly on A Thousand Suns

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Alex Scarrow is the author of A Thousand Suns. He is the brother of historical novelist Simon Scarrow.

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This is a very well written thriller.
After all, without oil, it's gonna be like.....well, I'll let the book tell you. :)
Have been reading a number of EOTWAWKI fiction recently.
Joseph Kohout Jr.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Swystun on January 25, 2010
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This is actually three books in one. One aspect is the conspiracy surrounding the theory of Peak Oil, the second is the breakdown of society, and the third is the three individual journeys of family members as they attempt to re-unite in global mayhem. It was highly entertaining and a relatively fast read. I especially enjoyed the odyssey of Andy Sutherland from Iraq through Turkey back to London.

Sure, much of the action stretches credibility but the sequence of events that shutdowns global oil supplies is scary to consider. I was intrigued by how important communication is in any catastrophe given that Scarrow has the British Prime Minister multiply the panic by delivering a horrible press conference. Like many apocalyptic books, one must wonder how people would behave. Would we see people band together or, as most of this fiction suggests, would we quickly revert to savagery and 'everyone for themselves'?

I read this book for an escape and it delivered on that expectation. The ending was abrupt and slightly disjointed so as a result the book lost a star. Quite frankly, what happens next would make for an even more interesting book.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Helen Simpson on November 13, 2007
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A gripping thriller which works so well because we know that some of the scenarios are all too true.

It doesn't matter which political party you support, we all know politicians can be economic with the truth or if they feel themselves or their job to be in jeopardy...lie through their teeth!
We (as a country) never seem to be prepared for anything, whether it's floods or snow in the winter or drought in the summer...for some reason it always seems to surprise the 'powers that be'.

As a nation we worry about crime...gang warfare, violence and lack of respect. we don't feel there is enough of a deterrent...how would we cope when there is no deterrent at all?!

Add to that our dependence on other countries for some of our most basic needs and our lack of survival skills and you begin to be glad this is just fiction!

It IS fiction and yes there are some stereotypes in the story but then stereotypes are that for a reason...there are always exceptions...and hopefully as people get to know other people those stereotypes are proved wrong - as in this case.
I liked how the characters developed enough to make me care about what happened to them yet didn't take over the story.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Chippindale on October 30, 2007
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Alex Scarrow lives a nomadic existence with his wife Frances and his son Jacob, their current home being Norwich (you can`t get much more nomadic than that). When he left college he led an interesting life chasing record deals and the next 12 years in the computer games industry, which I suppose is the same kind of thing, chasing dreams and fantasy.

The author has spent a number of years researching an issue that affects us all. He has written a spine-chilling thriller that leaves the reader in no doubt, how fragile the human society has become and is now. It is only a nanosecond away from oblivion.

What leaves society teetering on the brink. The world's oil supplies. The book shows what could happen to society if these supplies were ever cut. It is of course a fictional novel but the story shows what could happen if somebody sabotaged the world's oil supplies. Oil a natural product that society has come to lean on so heavily. This is a terrific read and a really convincing story. Maybe, just maybe it could happen . . .
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By darklordzden on February 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
'Last Light' had the potential to be one of the scariest books that you'll ever read, but, unfortunately, due to Alex Scarrow's shortcomings as a writer, it never really fulfils its promise. It may be a hit with lovers of badly written disposable airport potboilers such as 'The Da Vinci Code', but I think even they will wince at the standard of some of the writing; some of the sentence construction and plot structuring is so laughably bad that, whilst reading it, I found myself wondering whether an editor or proof reader had actually cast an eye over the manuscript before it went to the presses. This is not to say that it isn't compulsive reading. It is. But connoisseurs of anything more literary than 'Heat' magazine will probably find themselves sucking their teeth and girding their loins on virtually every other page. Ostensibly, the plot concocts a scenario in which a devastating series of terrorist attacks on the world's major oil "chokepoints" cuts off global supply and effectively plunges humanity into a new dark age. In the midst of this, a civilian petrochemical engineer based in Iraq attempts to make his way home through the chaos in order to reunite with his disparate family in the UK. If the concept sounds like it has promise, let me assure you that its squandered. What could have been a plausibly chilling geosociological analysis of an oil addicted world "powering down" is sidelined in favour of laughable dialogue, paper-thin characters (including, implausibly, a cameo by 'The Apprentice UK's' Ruth Badger) and the non-revelation that everything which is occurring is actually part of a *YAWN* co-ordinated conspiracy perpetrated by the now ubiquitous group of *SNORE* Bilderberg avatars. In terms of action, there is very little.Read more ›
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