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The Last Ship by William Brinkley

The Last Ship (1988)

by William Brinkley

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Although Brinkley's writing style is formal (and positively terrifying in its convolutions and uncommon verbiage), the story is fascinating. Set just after woman were allowed aboard Navy cruisers and an end-of-the-world event, it is an interesting comparison to the television series based on it. In the show, women are so integrated into the crew that gender is rarely an issue, while in the novel, it is a major, major issue. Having a plague to deal with rather than the novel's nuclear fallout changes the dynamics as well. That said, the novel was fun--but warning! It is a long, long read to the last line. ( )
  Prop2gether | Nov 4, 2015 |
recommended by Bob Haase. 616 pages!!! author uses too many adjetives to describe everything! needs an editor. Skipped to the middle of the book and it got exciting. Navy sailors are aboard the last ship because of a nuclear explosion that has leveled the world. They find the ideal island. The few women agree to have a house for each of them, while the men rotate through the woman, to see if the mating will result in children. Another Russian ship is found and they agree to live peacefully together and to share. The Russian ship starts out with those who select this ship and want to see if there is life anywhere. It blows us accidently when it fires off it rockets. Then the last remaining ship sets off. Finds an artic station and lots of food. The girls on the ship after mating with the Russian men who were on a submarine and spared the nuclear radiation effects get pregnant. The ship goes on to find if there is life anywhere. ( )
  Dottiehaase | Jan 1, 2011 |
Excellent story line and well written. In depth look at the thoughts of the main character. Unfortunately, no sequel to this, it would have been good! ( )
  rocking40 | Feb 13, 2009 |
American nuclear destroyer and Soviet nuclear submarine survive On The Beach-style fallout. The ships wander the seas looking for safety and thinking about sexual politics.

For a standard doomsday thriller, the prose is ridiculous. I ended up skimming the thing.

Cast: the Captain, the crew, the Women, the Captains insufferable prose.
Timeframe: pre-catastrophe through immediate survival ( )
  benwbrum | Dec 10, 2008 |
A riveting story of a US Navy warship and her crew who have survived WW-III ( )
  Sturgeon | Apr 29, 2007 |
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"A friend may well be reckoned the Masterpiece of nature" -- Emerson
For Gordon Kingsley
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In bravura beauty, no ship has ever come off a Navy ways to be compared with the destroyer and she was a fine example of a noble breed.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345359828, Paperback)

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 written...A magnificent book."

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:19:34 -0400)

The unimaginable has happened. The world has been plunged into all-out nuclear war. Sailing near the Arctic Circle, the U.S.S. Nathan James is relatively unscathed, but the future is grim and Captain Thomas is facing mutiny from the tattered remnants of his crew. With civilization in ruins, he urges those that remain--one-hundred-and-fifty-two men and twenty-six women--to pull together in search of land. Once they reach safety, however, the men and women on board realize that they are earth's last remaining survivors--and they've all been exposed to radiation. When none of the women seems able to conceive, fear sets in. Will this be the end of humankind?… (more)

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