The Last Ship Author:William Brinkley As William Brinkley's extraordinary novel opens, the destroyer "Nathan James" stands at only a third of her original strength, twelve of her nuclear missile cells are empty, and the ship is sailing in the loneliest waters imaginable, seeking refuge from apocalypse. Almost past hope, the surviving crew, including twenty-six women, turn towards a ... more »tiny island of verdant land in the South Pacific.
The captain recounts the ship's own role in the shock of the nuclear holocaust, and her harrowing journey through a world in ruins: a dead city of London on the Thames, Mediterranean encounters with a ravaged population fleeing the land's contamination, the poisonous savagery of nuclear winter attacking the ship and her company in equatorial waters. On the ship itself, the need to retain some semblance of stability and sanity is constantly challenged by uncontrollable events: a baffling radio signal from home that makes the crew yearn, against all reason, to return there; a mutiny led by the ship's missile officer; a confrontation with the Russian submarine "Pushkin," raising the fateful question of whether the American and Russian seamen should join as one community, together to start the world over. As the ship's co9mpany turns to the land, it must face the most crucial consideration of all: the women, greatly outnumbered by the men, and the extremely precarious arrangement that must be made with them, not only for safety's sake - lest the community be torn apart by sexual conflict - but for the sake of human hope.
Throughout this facinating narrative runs the captain's tense struggle, brilliantly protrayed, often with great drama, to command his ship under circumstances never before encountered and pressures that are nearly unbeareable. Above all, it is a story of surpassing valor, of American sailors - men and women - summoning their last remnants of mental and emotional strength in a battle against the forces that threaten to take them under. As the novel builds to an unforeseeable and shattering climax, the reader, made to feel deeply the gallant struggles of heart and mind against despair, will experience "The Last Ship" as an unforgettable, and profoundly human, literary achievement in the grand tradition of seafaring fiction.
Excellent condition for its age. Jacket has a little bit of edgewear.« less