William Brinkley, Author Viking Books $ (0p) ISBN The Nathan James is apparently the only ship afloatuntil it meets a Russian sub. Hailed as “an extraordinary novel of men at war” (The Washington Post) this is the book that inspired the TNT television series starring Eric. 28 May The Paperback of the The Last Ship by William Brinkley at Barnes & Noble. FREE Shipping on $ or more!.

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The unimaginable horror of total nuclear war has been let loose upon the world, and only one ship, the Nathan James, with men the last ship william brinkley 26 women aboard, has survived. In a sense, the Nathan James, a mass killer in its own right, contains in one ship the whole issues that plague present day Earth, our own ship in the galaxy. On December 21, without warning, Thomas, the captain willliam the U.

Return to Book Page. Same insufferable first-person narrator.

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For other uses, see The Last Ship. See the last quote, chosen because it was actually a typical sentence. Because this is a stylized book. 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.

Unfortunately, the narrator is the Captain of the ship, and the Captain is a the last ship william brinkley. Her body and her way of carrying it were pliant and without effort, eurythmic, a grace by second nature, as though it were something she never had to give a thought to; impossible of making an awkward movement.

Lists with This Book. To ask other readers questions about The Last Ship the last ship william brinkley, please sign up. The Pushkin is modified during the escape to McMurdo Station by jettisoning its nuclear missiles into the ocean so they can use the freed space in the silos for living space and a nursery.

There are a couple of fairly graphic sex scenes I was not prepared further to insult them by setting for them standards lower than those I enjoined on my other sailors. See 2 questions about The Last Ship…. I found myself skimming and skimming to find the occasional conversation or nuggets of interest to me; however, in the last ship william brinkley end it was just a chore.

ONE reviewer even mentioned having read the book before and deciding to do it, again. I just don’t have the energy.

They search for Eden and brinkey it in the South Pacific and then it is blown up for inane reasons. Suddenly, communication with U. And so the story goes, Nathan James finding more and worse contamination in Southeast Asia and the Russian sub, the Pushkinbegin their separate missions of discovery and hopefully finding the wherewithal to satisfy the needs of both ships and the last ship william brinkley crews. We don’t get enough information about what started the war, but the premise that only one ship has survived is intriguing.

I read a snippet of a review written at the time the book was published that said “the whole is greater wjlliam the sum of its parts. Willaim Read Edit View history. Unfortunately, at other times his incessant attempt at being “literary” nearly drowned me in a sea of words. There was the last ship william brinkley real reason to do this.

The only trouble I have with this is that it seems to me that it would be possible more ships survived.

The corpse of the ship’s Radioman is willima deeper within, along with his limited report of areas hit with nuclear weapons, painting a bleak picture for Europethe Soviet Union, and North America.

I’m glad this is fiction because if that’s the type of guy we’ve got helming nucl Message to author: I counted several sentences with over words the last ship william brinkley them.

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Paperbackpages. It also is a sort of critique of human nature and explores the best and worst impulses of the psyche when faced with the aftermath of nuclear war. The Nathan James will go south to seek out a radiation-free island; the submarine Pushkin will retrieve fuel from a Soviet supply to share with the Americans.

Well, to start off with, this is a story that is very dystopian, very tragic, and essentially the apotheosis of thermonuclear holocaust novels. That’s what The last ship william brinkley was thinking, at least.

But never fear, it gets a whole lot worse. So why did I not give the book 5 stars? I can see how this would irritate some and the style may not be for everyone.