Last Ship

( 21 )

Overview

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 ...
See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (13) from $1.99   
  • Used (13) from $1.99   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 2
Showing 1 – 10 of 13 (2 pages)
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$1.99
Seller since 2009

Feedback rating:

(22909)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

Good
Our feedback rating says it all: Five star service and fast delivery! We have shipped four million items to happy customers, and have one MILLION unique items ready to ship today!

Ships from: Toledo, OH

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$1.99
Seller since 2009

Feedback rating:

(22909)

Condition: Good
Our feedback rating says it all: Five star service and fast delivery! We have shipped four million items to happy customers, and have one MILLION unique items ready to ship today!

Ships from: Toledo, OH

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$2.04
Seller since 2010

Feedback rating:

(3851)

Condition: Good
Book has a small amount of wear visible on the binding, cover, pages. Selection as wide as the Mississippi.

Ships from: St Louis, MO

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$6.93
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(7)

Condition: Very Good
mild cover wear / pages unmarked / binding uncreased

Ships from: williamsport, PA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
$9.90
Seller since 2007

Feedback rating:

(2997)

Condition: Good
1989 Paperback Good

Ships from: San Jose, CA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$12.00
Seller since 2005

Feedback rating:

(18)

Condition: Very Good
New York NY 1989 Soft Cover First Edition Very Good 8vo-over 7?"-9?" tall. 1st Ballantine Books Ed., 1st Printing, Feb. 1989, PB, VG, 616 pp., rubbing on sides of spine and top ... rear edge of book, two creases length of spine, half-dozen indentation scratches on back of book that do not remove color. An extraordinary novel of men at war, a superb portrait of naval command. The unimaginable horror of total nuclear war has been let loose upon the world. Miraculously, a single ship, the guided missile destroyer, has survived the nightmare of destruction. Read more Show Less

Ships from: Stonington, IL

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$15.00
Seller since 2005

Feedback rating:

(122)

Condition: Very Good
1988 Trade paperback 1 st Paperback Very good. No dust jacket as issued. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 624 p. Audience: General/trade. Book Condition: Very good. Clean ... interior pages and tight binding. Read more Show Less

Ships from: Coopersburg, PA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$16.00
Seller since 2005

Feedback rating:

(11)

Condition: Good
Westminster, Maryland, U.S.A. 1989 Trade Paperback First Edition/First Printing Good. No Jacket Book. 8vo-over 7?"-9?" tall. First edition/printing book is tight with no ... markings, some tanning and soiling to page edges, a few dogeared pages, wraps have some rubbing, creasing and curling, Read more Show Less

Ships from: Winchester, NH

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$16.08
Seller since 2009

Feedback rating:

(580)

Condition: Very Good
0345359828 Very Nice Copy--SPEEDY SHIPPING/100% Money BACK Guarantee!

Ships from: Clermont, FL

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
$18.39
Seller since 2006

Feedback rating:

(1184)

Condition: Very Good
1989-02-13 Paperback Very Good We ship everyday and offer PRIORITY SHIPPING.

Ships from: malone, NY

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 2
Showing 1 – 10 of 13 (2 pages)
Close
Sort by
The Last Ship: A Novel

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$9.99
BN.com price
This digital version does not exactly match the physical book displayed here.

Overview

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."
CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER

This brilliant, sprawling novel is a story of men and women trying to survive the unimaginable aboard an American nuclear destroyer. Washington Post bestseller and Chicago Tribune bestseller in hardcover.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Perhaps the most surprising thing about this apocalyptic novel of the sea is that Brinkley has been able to spin so slender a plot to so great lengthmore than 500 pages. Global nuclear disaster has struck, and the guided-missile destroyer Nathan James, short on food and fuel, its crew of men and women seriously depleted by desertions, sails the seas in search of an uncontaminated landfall. The Nathan James is apparently the only ship afloatuntil it meets a Russian sub and a little belated glasnost is arranged. The destroyer's captain, a man given to Conradesque reflections more often ponderous than illuminating, describes how he struggles to assert his authority and maintain crew morale, how he establishes a settlement on an unpolluted Pacific island, assigning to his female crew the task of ensuring the continuation of the human race (he has a steamy affair with one of them himself) and how he handles, among other problems, a case of multiple murder. Brinkley (Don't Go Near the Water, Quicksand) clearly knows the U.S. Navy, and his narrative has its moments. However, his style here is turgid and the story as a whole, unlike the sleek and deadly Nathan James, sits pretty heavily in the water. (March)
Library Journal
The author of Don't Go Near the Water superbly depicts life on a U.S. Navy destroyer after a heavy nuclear exchange. That women are now integrated into the navy adds to the interest. The survivors hunt a safe haven where life and perhaps the human race can continue, away from radiation. A Russian submarine, apparently friendly, appears and then is gone, while a group of mutineers irrationally try to return ``home.'' The captain's narration is thoughtful and sensitive. Inexperienced with women, he must oversee the desperate assembly-line attempts to conceive children that he himself does not join. More than a military adventure, this is a first-rate study of beauty amid ghastliness, engrossing to the end.William A. Donovan, Chicago P.L.
Vermont Royster
Nevil Shute wrote a moving book, On the Beach, about the aftermath of a nuclear war….Now William Brinkley has used the same premise to tell an even more fascinating tale.
The Wall Street Journal
Anthony Hyde
An extraordinary novel of men at war, a superb portrait of navel command, The Last Ship is a powerful and exciting novel you will not want to miss.
The Washington Post
John R. Alden
Beautifully written…as if the narrator has set himself the task of preserving the language, of writing it down lest it be lost forever…Brinkley's plot contains a series of unexpected reversals and the tale's conclusion is unforgettably intense…The Last Ship is a magnificent book.
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345359827
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/28/1989
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Pages: 624
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.56 (d)

Meet the Author

William Brinkley graduated from the University of Oklahoma and went on to become a commissioned officer in the US Navy during WWII. He was a reporter for The Washington Post and wrote for Life magazine. He is the author of the best-selling novel Don’t Go Near the Water, which was adapted to film. Brinkley died in 1993.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3
( 21 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(6)

4 Star

(4)

3 Star

(1)

2 Star

(8)

1 Star

(2)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 21 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2002

    You either love it or hate it.....I loved it.....

    I only have a few books that I return to again and again...To Kill a Mockingbird, Watership Down, Dune....and this, The Last Ship. Detractors will call it too 'wordy' or verbose, will cite what they view as technical improbabilities/inaccuracies, and some may dislike the representation of male/female relationships within the story. I found this to be an admittedly challenging but ultimately rewarding book. Very thoughfully written, suspenseful, shocking and heartbreaking. Every time I reread it, I find something new. I have heard that Steven Soderburgh wishes to make a movie of this....and am hoping against hope for a sequel. The ending is a shocker. If you are looking for a jingoistic, blood-and-guts story, this is not for you. But if you want an engrossing, alternately heartbreaking-and-hopeful book...and are prepared to give it the time and attention it both requires and deserves...I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2013

    Excellent novel...

    DO NOT judge this novel by the new TNT TV series coming in 2014, the only thing they have in common is their name and a destroyer.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2014

    Remove the TNT movie designation

    If you read this, be prepared with a thesaurus at hand. This book is readable...kind of. The plot is good but you wish the author would cut the verbose crap and tell the darn story. If you like your action with 400 metric tons of drivel, this is your novel. This beats ambien for a sleep aid as I found out several times. MAY CAUSE DROWSINESS: DO NOT READ BEFORE DRIVING OR OPERATING HEAVY MACHINERY.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted January 14, 2014

    Slower than molasses in January

    I thought "The Last Ship" would be something along the lines of "On the beach" - a book that under even the best of lights can't be called fast-paced.

    It's worst. No, actually, like 20x worse.

    Some other reviewers had said that already - I (foolishly!) ignored those reviews, thinking "everyone's a backseat driver!". They were right.

    Avoid. Avoid. AVOID AVOID AVOID.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2005

    Great concept, bad read

    This book has one of the best plots,I have ever read.The details the author includes in the book are great.Everyone should read this just to give an idea of how 'survivable' a nuclear war is.Unfortunately the author loves to babble on and on about how wonderful sailors are.I found myself skipping many pages full of uninteresting rambling.Its a slow read but if you can manage it one still worth it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2003

    A Book you will not soon forget!

    I read this book when it was first published, and found it once again recently. This is one of those books that will haunt you and fill your mind with images that will linger with you long after you have finished reading it. The story reminds us that life can change in a heartbeat, and take us down roads to face obstacles we may never have before imagined. I think that this book should be a required read for college students, as it really makes you think.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2002

    Best book I have ever read

    I read this book many years ago. I have been an avid reader all of my life. No book has ever touched me in such a way that I still remember it so vividly years later. This book will make you really think about what we are doing to the earth and what mankind is capable of. Whenever I am asked about the best book I have ever read, I immediately reply 'The Last Ship'. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2014

    What A Disapointment

    I really regret purchasing this book. There is no discernible plot and the narrator (the ship's captain) is so loquacious that I can understand why his crew mutinied. The author does not tell his story (what there is of it) in any clear fashion but rather, for the first 1/4 of the book, you have to guess what happened -- if you can stay awake long enough to read that far. I normally do not write reviews but if this review can save one person from wasting his/her money on The Last Ship: A Novel, I will have done some good for the world.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2003

    Needed a good editor, badly...

    The bulk of this book is an introspective and contemplative narrative by the ship's captain, post-nuclear apocolypse. Those musings make for slow reading, but may appeal to anyone interested in the experience of being at sea, if not the technical details. The author several times repeats information unnecessarily, giving readers too little credit or, perhaps, acknowledging his own verbosity. A late-story graphic sex sequence is startlingly out of place, and the resolution of the story is confused and confusing. I would not recommend this book to anyone, and intend to discard my copy.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2000

    Has some weak spots, but a very engaging story

    I found myself knowing the characters. The human side was terrific. It has some weakness with the technical aspect. Too many times an interesting and exciting twist ending abruptly. Some narration too lengthy and overdrawn. A little bit of a balance problem. The ending was too rushed as if about 400 pages had to be cut out. A shame. I would have eagerly kept up with the journey. A hint as to a follow on book but I dont think it ever came to be. All in all a very good story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2014

    An engrossing 350 page book told in 704 pages. Please burn this

    An engrossing 350 page book told in 704 pages. Please burn this man's thesaurus. It is NOT the same story as the TV show.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted August 19, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    Most Excellent

    Most excellent. Enjoyed it immensely, although it was brutal reading until I stopped looking up meanings of descriptive adjectives.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted July 31, 2014

    This book was tortuous to read. If there is such a thing as a v

    This book was tortuous to read. If there is such a thing as a verbal narcissist this would be it. It's like the author just finished the Verbal Advantage course and wanted to use every new word learned. If this was a movie it would be a 8 hour move that could comfortably be told in 1 1/2 hours. My God, a character may ask a simple question then a page and a half later, after the author climbs in to every cobweb of the other character's mind an answer finally comes out. I ended up skipping over all the unnecessary verbiage and just went to where I saw " " and I don't think I missed a thing. I love reading books and almost never find a book I hate. Well this is an exception and a total waste of time and money. The only good thing is it can put you to sleep in a hurry. If this book was a lawn, it would be totally covered with weeds (i.e. all the unnecessary "High Falutin words") that need to be treated with weed killer RIGHT NOW! While the title is the Last Ship it's more like the Last Book I'll every consider reading from William Brinkley.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2014

    The story is a good idea, but the narrative is tough to read. I

    The story is a good idea, but the narrative is tough to read. I am a voracious reader and consider myself fairly literate. That said I found myself having to read passages over again to comprehend what the author was saying. Mr Brinkley added about 200 more pages than was needed due to his rambling narrative. It was a good story, but a tough read. 

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2014

    Watch the show

    Dont read the book

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2014

    Far too slow

    Very little action and far too much description of a Naval life. I had to put it down for later reading perhaps? The TNT series is far different. Check it out!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted May 2, 2014

    Good Tale

    Overall, a very good read. Starts off very slowly, but begins to hit it's stride about halfway through.

    I hope the TNT Mini-series is as good, but I doubt it.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2014

    Stunning read!

    I couldn't put it down.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2014

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 21 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)