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Last Days

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Publisher's Summary

Still reeling from a brutal dismemberment, detective Kline is forcibly recruited to solve a murder inside a religious cult that takes literally the New Testament idea that you should cut off your hand if it offends you. Armed only with his gun, his wits, and a gift for self-preservation, Kline must navigate a gauntlet of lies, threats, and misinformation. All too soon he discovers that the stakes are higher than he thought and that his survival depends on an act of sheer will.

Brian Evenson is the author of eight books of fiction, most recently The Open Curtain, which was a finalist for the Edgar Award and the International Horror Guild Award. He is the recipient of both an O. Henry Award and an NEA award. Evenson’s writing has been described as dark, violent, philosophical, critical, and lyrical.

©2010 Brian Evenson (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“A writer of disconcerting power.” (The London Times)

“Evenson’s new masterpiece . . . [an] astonishing work.” (Paul Di Filippo)

“Wickedly brilliant. A superb thriller that’s a darker shade of noir. Brian’s writing is scalpel sharp.” (Simon Clark)

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    Amazon Customer KANSAS CITY, MO, United States 03-24-16
    Amazon Customer KANSAS CITY, MO, United States 03-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "An interesting premise poorly executed"

    A fascinating set-up: An ex-police detective, who had his hand by a crazed killer, become the target of obsession of a cult that glorifies self-amputation. After repeated attempts to recruit him are rebuffed, the members essentially kidnap him and keep him hostage a this large estate, under the pretext of solving a murder of a religious leader. Cool idea, huh?

    Well . . . we learn little of the protagonist other than he LOVEs to whine. He only makes the feeblest attempt to escape from a bunch of wackos, most of whom can't chase him or shoot him, because they've cut off his appendages. The leader who recruited him constantly lies or refuses to give him information, but threatens him when he can't solve the crime. Sigh. This might work in the hands of a more competent writer. Think Gregory MacDonald and Fletch for a mystery with duplicitous motives. What to add mystery and claustrophobia, read Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose or John W. Campbell's short story, Who Goes There.

    The passivity of the woe is me protagonist is frustrating enough, but the reader does the materials no favors. The soporific voicing of the protagonists makes Ben Carson look like Pee Wee Herman on an espresso bender.

    Which is all too bad, since the setup and the deranged cult could have made for a real nail biter, well . . . if you weren't missing those fingers.

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    Renee Bochman 07-08-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting ride"

    Very unique story laden with violence and unclear how to feel about the main character of the story. The writer leaves out a lot of details that you can't decide if are important. Overall kept my interest with interesting writing and storyline

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    Corey Brookyln, NY, United States 04-02-15
    Corey Brookyln, NY, United States 04-02-15 Member Since 2009

    Hi, I'm an alumi of NYU and I'm also huge into MMA. I love books I read a lot and review the stand outs. I'll give you guys the goods.

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    "It was merely ok"

    I thought this novel could have been so much more but it really wasn't. The plot was interesting enough however there are more than a few points where it drags and the reader is going to be bored. Overall I would say that there are much better reads out there.

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    HaloLove 03-15-15
    HaloLove 03-15-15

    🌺 Lover of Amazing Stories 🌺

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    "WTF did I just listen to!"
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    This is the strangest, most entertaining gore of a story I've come across in a while. I mean, seriously, amputees as the good guys and bad guys. Are we sure this isn't really Stephen King under a pin name? lol.

    Ok, so I purchased this audio because Chris Patton is one of my favorite audio performers. I'm just lucky the story...plot, was just as good as the performance. Now, I have a new fav author in this Brian Evenson.

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    Kyle Marysville, KS, United States 08-14-13
    Kyle Marysville, KS, United States 08-14-13

    I am a 25 year old male from a small town in Kansas, who is audible obessed!

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    "It just keeps getting weirder all the way through!"
    What did you love best about Last Days?

    The creativness of the next twist in the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The creativness


    Have you listened to any of Chris Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not


    Who was the most memorable character of Last Days and why?

    Mr. Kline!


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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