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- Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (496 customer reviews)
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The Last Ship: A Novel by Brinkley William (2013-11-27) Paperback Paperback – 1600
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I don't know where this author learned conventions, but the sheer number of commas proved comical enough that it actually brought me to tears. While the plot is interesting, the writing is horrific, and I've seen better character development in Penthouse Forum. I only managed to get through the first two chapters, which is a new low for me.
I can't recommend enough against purchasing this book. Just don't do it, it's not worth it.
An interesting story, nothing to do with the TV show, but literary slog. You should download the Kindle sample before you decide the prose is worth the effort.
As this book was written nearly 20 years ago, lots of reviews have been written, so feel free to look them up. Most make similar points. Then you can decide if you want to invest in reading this book (625 pages and 14 hours, according to Kindle).
The most common point is that there is a good story here, but it can be a labor getting through the author's convoluted prose. His complex inverted sentence structure can induce skimming for actual dialog, for which you might go several pages (see what I mean about inverted?) and he writes as if he held a thesaurus in his lap. I've no way of knowing, as he is now dead. He may have actually had such a working vocabulary. But I doubt it, given he occasionally conflates "further" with "farther" and the like.
I get the impression he is attempting to be "literary", but he comes off as a poor attempt to emulate Arthur Conan Doyle.
Another point is an implicit misogyny. The Navy had then just allowed female midshipmen (itself, a nomenclature irony) and in the imagined (at the time) allowance of presence shipboard. So, in this futuristic setting the interaction of on-board female and male personnel is imagined. For this, he can be forgiven as it is speculative from 1988 to some only imagined future date.
So summary: An interesting story, nothing to do with the TV show, a literary slog. I found it worth the effort for the story, but I am a fast reader, so the slog wasn't to onerous.
The story is basically an 80s update of "On the Beach", the crew is on a nuclear powered US Destroyer and WWIII has come and gone. The crew is looking for an untainted island, someplace to settle down and start growing food, hopefully away from the fallout clouds.
There is some sort of distrustful alliance with a Russian nuclear sub's crew. Also there has been a mutiny and half of the crew is no longer with the ship. The big issue is how they will recreate a society with six or seven men for each woman, the crew has about 26 or so women and the captain has to contend with the issues of making and raising babies to start repopulating the human race.............
Fairly well written but the pace is slow. As i said before the book has very little to do with the TV series.