- File Size: 1311 KB
- Print Length: 349 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Bitter Ale Press (April 29, 2018)
- Publication Date: April 29, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0792QCFMW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,980 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Last Day Kindle Edition
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Anyway, LAST DAY is way up there on my personal list of Bryan's work. Demented, intense, and unrelenting (all typical Smith traits) while being presented in a "high concept" format. It's the end of the world - what would you do if you knew you only had 18 hours left? Well, if you're in a Bryan Smith book, naturally your moral compass doesn't matter anymore and it's time to let your inner beast loose. And this happens. A lot. It's fairly unrelenting, a compulsive page-turner, and it has that special quality of being disturbing and cynical while at the same time having that tinge of sadness and underlying pain that Bryan does so well ... While there are several fairly hard-to-take sequences, it's the underlying human element that makes Bryan's work rise above a lot of the self-published "gross out horror" stuff out there.
This one is intense. I actually had to buy a different book to read at night because I couldn't calm down and relax while reading LAST DAY ... That is a total compliment coming from me, a guy who has read damn near everything in the genre and beyond. It takes a special style of writing and story to worm its way into my brain so much as to affect my sleeping patterns.
Look, LAST DAY is great. I loved it. Bryan is a national treasure even if most people don't know it yet. Buy it, read it, let it worm its way into your consciousness. You won't regret it ... Well, maybe you will, but you'll never forget it, that's for sure.
Top international reviews
Last Day is chock full of despicable characters with little left to lose. Because of this, the choices they make result in extreme pain and torture for somebody else. Make no mistake, this is a book overflowing with sickness and depravity, the likes of which only a select few can write. Smith holds nothing back with his graphic descriptions of violence and sex and there are scenes within this book that will test your gag-reflex.
The story moves at a good pace, but the lack of anybody to really care about was a bit of a problem for me. Sure, I felt sorry for a couple of people, but in the end, I honestly didn’t care if they made it or not. Whilst the pacing is good and there is little downtime, things do become a little repetitive and once a penis had been chewed off I felt pretty exhausted with it all.
I’m a pretty big fan of Bryan Smith. I love Depraved, The Diabolical Conspiracy, Bloodrush and The Reborn but Last Day felt a little like Smith was going through the motions. If you are a fan of extreme horror and you have never read any of Brian’s work then I think you will enjoy this book, however, if like me you have read his previous books then Last Day might give you a feeling of deja vu.
3/5 gunshots to the face from the Grim Reader.