The Last Ship

The unimaginable horror of total nuclear war has been let loose upon the world, and only one ship, the Nathan James, with 152 men and 26 women aboard, has survived Her captain narrates the electryfing story of this crew s voyage through the hell of nuclear winter, their search for survivial, and the fate of mankind when they find an uncontaminated paradise Beautifully wThe unimaginable horror of total nuclear war has been let loose upon the world, and only one ship, the Nathan James, with 152 men and 26 women aboard, has survived Her captain narrates the electryfing story of this crew s voyage through the hell of nuclear winter, their search for survivial, and the fate of mankind when they find an uncontaminated paradise Beautifully writtenA magnificent book CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER
The Last Ship The unimaginable horror of total nuclear war has been let loose upon the world and only one ship the Nathan James with men and women aboard has survived Her captain narrates the electryfing

  • Title: The Last Ship
  • Author: William Brinkley
  • ISBN: 9780345359827
  • Page: 491
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Last Ship”

    1. I have read many reviews by other readers of The Last Ship over the years and each of them stated the same thing I loved the plot and persevered to the end in spite of the authors writing style. And just like so many before me, once I finished this book I too threw it against the wall and shouted, HA! This book did not beat me! This is a doomsday story about the last American war ship desperately searching for safe harbor in an irradiated and burned world. It's also a morality tale about how to [...]

    2. The journalist Ron Rosenbaum coined the term “nuke porn” (or so he claims) in a 1970 article for Harper’s called The Subterranean World of the Bomb. It’s a phrase he uses in his writings to describe just about every artistic rendering of nuclear warfare, from Dr. Strangelove on down. Now, Rosenbaum knows a lot about the atomic bomb, about the strategies and consequences of nuclear war. That is undeniable. I’m not quite sure, however, that his not-all-that-clever phrasemaking is accurat [...]

    3. Oh my Lord, is the author long-winded. There are very few books that I need to stop reading. This is one of them. The author takes 2 pages to cover what should be covered in 1/2 page. Yes, it is that long winded. Overall, a good premise and a good story for the first 1/4 of the book (before I just lost patience and threw it down). The author seemed to have a dictionary at his desk to determine alternative words, just so his diatribe did't have to use similar utterance. His discourse meandered th [...]

    4. The Last Ship by William Brinkley is a post-nuclear-apocalyptic novel which focuses on the survival of the crew of the destroyer Nathan James. Although, surprisingly, the actual actions of the crew are secondary to the incessant, introspective, ponderous narrative by the ship's captain. Many of the captain's reflections concern how much more wonderful sailors are, in every respect, when compared to other people. I guess it's good sailors are, perhaps, the only known survivors, huh? Someone did n [...]

    5. I am bemused by this book. I want to like it. It has a really interesting premise--the crew of a US warship carrying nuclear missiles survives a nuclear cataclysm and finds an island to survive on. One hundred plus men and some twenty plus women. You can see the interesting scenarios developing. BUT, and this really is a big butwhat the heck is this author trying to achieve with his weird impersonation of Herman Melville? If I wanted to read an eighteenth century rip-roaring salty tale of the se [...]

    6. I really, really wanted to like this book.Post-apocalyptic survival story aboard a U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer, right up my alley; however, I just couldn't get into the writing style.Pros:The author knows his stuff when it comes to the U.S. Navy and personnel. Great insight into the mind of a ship captain under extraordinary circumstances. A warship navigating a post-nuclear war: encountering remote islands, scavenging wasteland coasts, survivalist, modern warships, etc.Cons:Writing style [...]

    7. This ranks as the most entertaining book I believe I have ever read. Brinkley gets the narrator Captain's thought processes perfect. How to resolve the nightmarish position in which this ship has now found itself, maintaining discipline and turning to the job most obviously at hand, how to preserve mankind, and civilization in a post apocalyptic world, all with the presence of a Russian submarine in apparent pursuit, is done with imagination and a thoroughly fast paced page turner. In its own wa [...]

    8. It took me a while to become invested in this book because much of the first third of the story contains information dumps on naval procedures and protocol that didn't interest me. The rest of the book makes up for the slow beginning, however. By the end of the book, I was fully engrossed in what was happening and wanted the story to continue.On a side note: Brinkley has an odd author quirk of using the word 'brutal' to describe everything. Thoughts, words, actions, ideas, etc. are all variously [...]

    9. Lots of things happen in this book. The problem is that they occur with no build up, are related in as mind numbingly tedious a parade of pretentious twaddle as I've ever read, and then are over before they have a chance to start. Then, it's on to the next event, which will be equally devoid of any excitement, wit, charm or relatable characters. Repeat until the author just gets bored and decides to stop (there is no real conclusion).One of, if not *the* worst book I've ever read. Avoid.

    10. (Original review date: 3 October 2013)Soooooo, this book is a piece of shit! And not your garden-variety piece of shit, either, but a vomitous clusterfuck of truly offensive, misogynistic garbage.I stuck it out for a hundred pages, and here's what I can tell you about the plot:The narrator is the captain of a US Navy Destroyer. There has been a nuclear war; they are, as far as they know, the Last Ship. Like, in the world. The crew numbers 250 men and 32 women. And you may be thinking - wow, if t [...]

    11. I have to admit that William Brinkley's 'The Last Ship' is hard to rate. I I were to have discretion, I would rate this hovering between three and four stars, but to be liberal, I'll give it a four. There is something ambitious as lirerature in this work of apocalypse. The story of the un-named commander of the destroyer, the Nathan James, has been discibed as a type od 'Heart of Darkness' of Joseph Conrad fame. The Nathan James, the seemingly only ship besides a Russian submarine, the Pushkin, [...]

    12. During the Spring and Summer of 2014 I watched a cable TV series entitled THE LAST SHIP (ISBN 978-0142181836, trade paperback, $17.00). I thought the title was familiar and looked in my bookcase. There was the book by WILLIAM BRINKLEY. I realized I had bought the book about 25 years ago but had not gotten around to reading it. I am almost sorry that I did.The story primarily follows the crew of a U.S. Navy nuclear powered, missile carrying, destroyer during and following a nuclear holocaust circ [...]

    13. I guess like many i picked this up because i was aware of the recent TV series but also because I’m a fan of Post-Apocalyptic novels anyway. I've also really enjoyed The Destroyermen series by Taylor Anderson and was looking forward to another book about this seemingly singular breed.Having scanned the reviews already posted i've found that many have had the same experience i had. The book is quite clearly divided into 3 sections. The 2nd section is a recounting of the events from the brief nu [...]

    14. I've decided to give this book two stars rather than one, because there were a few small positives. The premise was very interesting, being the reason I picked up the book in the first place. I also quite enjoyed the plot, from a high level. If someone were to summarize the novel to me I would probably be very exited to read it.Unfortunately, everything else about it was a disaster. The biggest problem was the first person narration. A tricky thing to pull off in most cases, this problem was com [...]

    15. Message to author: I don't think nuclear fallout works the way you think it works.Good concept - nuclear war erupts on Earth, a US Navy Destroyer spends time searching the aftermath for a place they can survive.Unfortunately, the narrator is the Captain of the ship, and the Captain is a dink. I'm sure he's supposed to come off as thoughtful, noble, a great leader. Instead he's shortsighted, long-winded, and a dink. I'm glad this is fiction because if that's the type of guy we've got helming nucl [...]

    16. This book lingered in my mind for weeks after I read it. I sometimes still flash on it. It is the story of the men on a warship after global thermonuclear war. They travel around the oceans and every time you think something is going to go right for them, something worse happens. Gives you a lot to think about. Well worth the read if you like lots of characters and huge books and post apocalytic fiction.

    17. I cant believe I didn't catch this post apocalyptic book in the early 90's. It was great. The only part I didn't like was the detailing of the relationship between the captain and a woman. It was a little too graphic for my taste so I skipped paragraphs as needed. A mention was made at the end of the book about a tale for another book. I'll have to see if Brinkley wrote one. I didn't care for Don't Go Near the Water by Brinkley but this was so different and just the genre I like.

    18. This is a compelling post-apocalyptic novel on par with Nevil Shute's classic On The Beach.How does a warship whose male crew outnumber the female survive after the world ends?Although Brinkley's story is interesting, it is not flawless. The narrator, Capt. Tom Chandler, talks like he swallowed a thesaurus. The reader should be spared the litany of $9 words.And for those expecting the high-octane action of Michael Bay's TV adaptation, they will be disappointed.

    19. Just persevere. Not an easy book to read, but the story is worth it. I cannot believe I only discovered this book this year.

    20. Wowwhat a long slog THAT was! On my ereader, it was almost 1,800 pages. And that was not all that big print, either.Anyway undertaking this, I read many of the reviews. They are all pretty accurate and I cannot add a lot to what has been said. This was a very strange book. It had the feel of an "epic" about it. The Iliad or Odyssey come to mind. The author used so many $64k words that if I had looked them all up, I never would have finished reading. Some of that was necessary and some of it migh [...]

    21. The short version first . . . There are many settings for dystopian literature. Some focus on a specific location, Area X in Jeff VandeMeer’sArea X (The Southern Reach Triology Vol. 1-3) for example. Some focus on events of man’s attempts to fix something that go horribly wrong, out of control to such a degree that the attempted fix causes a major disruption in life as we know it. A prime example is Kevin J. Anderson’s Ill Wind where an bacterial fix to a huge oil spill causes a cascading [...]

    22. Gripping story of an American nuclear destroyer that luckily, miraculously, survived nuclear fallout and searches for uncontaminated land to live on while also stretching fuel and food reserves enough to tie them over until they can find more or produce more. The crew experiences a number of unforeseen challenges, and since the book is narrated by the ship’s captain in past tense we get a very nice top-down perspective on the strategies, pitfalls, and generally widespread effects of the events [...]

    23. Not my typical read. I took a chance on this one after getting stuck in a reading funk. Nothing sounded good and I kept wanting to DNF my favorite authors, so I decided to read form a genre that's not typically my go-to. This was a really long audiobook, but I really liked it. I'd previously watched the TV series based on this book, so I decided to give it a shot. The plot was good and it makes the book worth reading, but I was really dragging my feet over the writing. Brinkley has a very unique [...]

    24. This is an eloquent book. Brinkley's writing reminds me of Melville. By it's nature the reading is slow. But oozing with eloquence, thick descriptions, and a style that thoroughly takes advantage of its first-person perspective. This style led me to trust the narrator, the captain of the destroyer, because he left nothing out.So when he describes the terrifying spectacle of those who survived a nuclear holocaust and the nuclear winter that ensued it's thorough and horrifying. It is well worth th [...]

    25. Read Alas Babylon instead. Poorly and densely written, replete with anachronistic depictions of male-female relations, and some joltingly unexpected graphic sex. Very difficult to get through.

    26. This is an odd book, hard to rate. I would give the concept 4 or 5 stars, but the execution 2. So I give it a 2.5. I read a snippet of a review written at the time the book was published that said "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts." I agree wholeheartedly with that assessment. Mild spoilers throughout. And my review criticizes the author more than I normally would, but he's been dead for years, so I can't hurt his feelings!The idea of there being one ship of people left after an al [...]

    27. I liked this book. I have read many post-apocalyptic books, and it is not often that an author can be as engrossing as Brinkley. Before I commence with the review of this book, I Have to evince some confusion about negative reviews I have read. This was a book about World War III, written in the late eighties before glasnost really took off, from the perspective of a naval commander trying to keep his crew alive after this unthinkable event. Reviewers I have read seem to think that this book sho [...]

    28. I read this book shortly after it was first published (1989) and really liked it. And I liked it just as much on this second reading. I have read some of the reviews of this book and many people complain about the writer's style and how long the sentences are. I can see how this would irritate some and the style may not be for everyone. However, it worked for me. The story is told in the first person from the perspective of the captain of the Nathan James, an American Navy guided missile destroy [...]

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