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The Final Winter Paperback – May 24, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
This keeps you guessing and the end is surprisingly fantastic! Like a good mystery with a why that makes you think and an ending so Wow! Read this in one sitting and think!
What could have been an interesting and taught build disintegrates into a violent, unpleasant mess lacking any semblance of subtlety. Conversation and situation do not hold up and are inconsistent. There are several themes and the one of good and evil being not so black and white cried for deeper treatment.
I would have preferred less religious overtones and more human behaviour (so deeper characters). Still it could pass the time on a winter ski vacation if the snow conditions are poor.
I would have enjoyed the book much more with only the human and climate disaster elements present, omitting the supernatural/Biblical elements.
There are a few places throughout the book where the wrong characters names are used leaving the reader confused and wondering if the book had an editor.
Also, I felt like some things in the plot were too juvenile to swallow. For example - according to the book, if you tape a page from a dirty magazine to a broom handle, it can be used to ward off angels. Also, angels can't enter a pub because they're EEEEEVIL. (WHAT!?? LOL) If it weren't for excessive foul language, the sheer number of gross over-simplifications about "good" vs "evil" would make me think the book was trying to convert 13 year olds into Christianity.
It felt like a huge let down for something that had a lot of potential.
Within the pub, readers learn more about the characters; all appearing to hide or disguise something - leaving readers to second guess and choose sides - good vs. evil. However, without electricity and gas, the sole fireplace isn't providing enough warmth to keep everyone from freezing. The fire is dying, supplies are running out, and the creatures outside are noisy and taunting those within the pub, who continue to huddle around the fireplace and wonder if they will survive the night. What is so special about the pub that keeps these vile creatures from attacking those inside? They have entered other buildings freely, massacring those hiding within.
The only problem I had in reading the story is to decipher some of the British terms and slang used by the author throughout the story. It made me hesitate, thinking for a moment about what the author meant with these comments. The last couple of chapters are surreal and helps us to understand what is actually taking place. There is one person, however, who stands up to this threat, intent on saving everyone. Does he succeed? Is he a hero? Read the book to find out!
John Podlaski, author
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