The Last Ship [NOOK Book]

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“An extraordinary novel of men at war” (The Washington Post) and the bestselling book that inspired the TNT mini-series



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 ...
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Overview

“An extraordinary novel of men at war” (The Washington Post) and the bestselling book that inspired the TNT mini-series



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?



For readers of Going Home by A. American, Lights Out by David Crawford, The End and The Long Road by G. Michael Hopf, and One Second After by William Forstchen.

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.

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698156678
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 11/27/2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 5,641
  • File size: 2 MB

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.
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Customer Reviews

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  • 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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • 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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • 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.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • 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.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • 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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2014

    Watch the show

    Dont read the book

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  • 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!

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  • 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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2014

    Stunning read!

    I couldn't put it down.

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  • 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.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted July 11, 2014

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