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Last Light Mass Market Paperback – May 15, 2005
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About the Author
Alex Scarrow lives a nomadic existence with his wife Frances and his son Jacob, their current home being Norwich. He spent the first ten years out of college in the music business chasing record deals and the next twelve years in the computer games industry. LAST LIGHT is his second novel.
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There was also another drop in the storyline of Malcolm, the British Prime Minister's right hand man. He is part of the 160 but then at one point he is balking about the continuance of the disaster and then that part of the storyline is dropped. Not another word on the matter.
I thought for sure that all would be revealed but obviously I was wrong and I would still like to know the purpose of the 160 and 12 and their identities.
Three stars made the book an "okay" read for me but I would have liked to have learned more about the group behind the disaster. As I stated above, the book is really good until you realize that a lot of subplots to the book were dropped.
Oh, and the sequel to this book "Afterlight" is also good - 4 1/2 stars IMO.
American Second Amendment rights (to bear arms) aren't available to the English peasants. It was frustrating to read about self defense using clubs, sticks, and rocks. Of course the bad guys did have guns, and even when the protagonists obtained them, they eschewed using them effectively. That scenario is pathetic for a society.
In the genre, I have read:
1.) "How To" books posing as fiction and written by survivalists
2.) Books that offered up "Pollyanna" views on right versus wrong
3.) Books that through veiled fiction, cast aspersions on all religions other than that of the Author's own belief
4.) Stories so incredulous that I couldn't get through the first 50-pages
5.) Prose that was so disjointed it literally made me wince
It is of a breath of fresh air to read a novel in the genre that is actually written by an Author!
First and foremost, this is a story about a "shadowy group" that wants to cull the population of the world as an end result of disrupting the flow of oil.
The story revolves around a family that is split up in 3 directions (two centered in the UK and 1 in the Middle East trying to get home to the UK), the aforementioned "shadowy group" and a "Hit Man" employed by the "shadowy group".
The effect of the disruption in the flow of oil is almost immediately felt in the UK (who during the best of times only has a short term supply of distilled oil on hand).
It is important to note that there are very few "how to" elements contained within. Other than the father calling home and telling his daughter to stock up on canned goods. Also, there are not all that many places to run to in the UK.
Not that the story is perfect. The characterization of the "Hit Man" is a bit over the top.
There is a sequel, which while I have not read yet, is in my understanding, more of a survivalist type of novel.
Well written story and a good read.