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The Final Winter

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  1,271 Ratings  ·  178 Reviews
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Critically acclaimed début novel of bestselling author, Iain Rob Wright. #1 Bestseller in Horror Fiction and Apocalyptic Fiction.
Stay out of the snow...
What would you do if it started snowing in every country in the world? Would you panic? For a ragtag group of strangers gathered at a dilapida
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 344 pages
Published May 23rd 2011 by Silk Raven Associates (first published 2011)
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Jan 27, 2015 Scot rated it it was amazing
Great read!! Our setting for this tale is a warm, inviting English pub on a cold, dark, snowy winter evening. The snow came out of nowhere, baffling weatherman the world over. This storm encompasses the world and it doesn't seem there is an end in sight.
It isn't often that a book makes me feel like I am watching a horror movie. Final Winter has just that effect, the horror seeps off of the page. Well done, Iain Rob Wright!!
I don't want to give anything away so I will stop here but if you are loo
Jul 19, 2011 TC rated it really liked it
After an exceptionally hard winter in the UK, and my husband's oft stated desire to be snowed in in a pub, this book sounded like a good read for me. Something very strange is going on. News channels are reporting that it is snowing in every country of the world. That night in old English pub The Trumpet a small group of locals gather, debating the cause of this odd occurrence. But as the night goes on things get stranger and the group grows as other take refuge from both the snow storm and ...more
Adam Light
Jun 29, 2015 Adam Light rated it really liked it
This book was a nearly perfect apocalyptic tale where the end comes in the form of a worldwide snowstorm.
If the fact that it is snowing on every country in the world isn't freaky enough for you, wait until you catch a glimpse of what else the storm has conjured.
I really liked this book. Once Wright introduced all of the players, I didn't want to stop reading until I knew all of their fates. So, I read it in two sittings.
Definitely going to check out some more of the author's work.
Sep 06, 2011 Dreadlocksmile rated it really liked it
First published in May of 2011, British author Iain Rob Wright’s debut novel ‘The Final Winter’ found itself falling snugly into the recently popularised post-apocalyptic revival that had seen a sudden resurgence of similarly ‘end of the world’ themed tales.

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Ever since Harry Jobson’s wife and son had died at the wheels of a convicted drink driver, Harry’s life had been a constant and purposeful descent into misery and drunken despair. Night after night the unemployed thirty-one year
Jul 27, 2012 Denna rated it it was ok
Shelves: barely-finished
Had great potential at the start, but couldn’t deliver.

This started out great and I'd settled myself down for a fast, all-in-one-sitting, read. Sufficient gore and tense situations that kept me second guessing who the real good guys/bad guys were. Reminded me a lot of Stephen King’s The Mist to be honest. But then we hit about the three-quarters mark and I literally went WTH happened? The story slipped into silly mode and I found myself totally turned off. I don’t know, maybe I expected too much
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Review of The Final Winter by Iain Rob Wright
5 stars

This has to be one of the scariest apocalyptic novels I have ever encountered—one of the most terrifying of any genre. Reading this on New Year’s Eve may not have been my smartest move; granted, I am not surrounded by incessant snowfall—but the sheer implacability of the terrors in this novel!!

I cannot get this story out of my mind: it’s not just “apocalyptic horror.” “The Final Winter” is a medieval Morality play
This is my second book by Iain Rob Wright and I loved it!! The first one was a fun Zombie book but this one was darker and creepier.

The plot was quite scary without the added supernatural element. Snow has been falling all over the world and nobody knows why. Not many places are open in the freezing English countryside, apart from the local pub where some of the normal patrons gather. As the snow gets worse, they start to realise that all isn't as it seems. With strange things happening, they h
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If you liked Stephen King's "The Mist", then you will enjoy The Final Winter. I liked that the story took place in the UK and I loved all the winter descriptions. I must admit that I didn't see the cause of the eternal winter coming. I thought the ending stories were a fun addition to the book to give some of the characters in the book their own personal versions of what was going on around them. My absolute favorite was of course the last one in the book where "the peeling" was described. How ...more
Martin Belcher
Apr 14, 2012 Martin Belcher rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
I really enjoyed The Final Winter, it took a few unexpected turns and ended in a way I could not have conceived.
The Trumpet is a sorry looking pub in the middle of a run down council estate in the English Midlands, surrounded by a few empty shops, a supermarket and a video store. One fateful day it starts snowing heavily not just in England but all over the world and people begin to fear the worst as electricity supplies stop and all TV and radio transmissions fade. Stranded in the pub along wi
Jul 13, 2011 Joecon rated it it was amazing
What a great book! It held my attention & I finished the book in 2 sittings. I can't remember whether I paid .99 cents or if it was free, either way I got way more than I bargained for! I also think that this would make a great movie. The writer did a great job of exploring the characters of the story. Give it a try--I think that you'll like it!
Sep 14, 2011 Felts rated it it was ok
If you can get past the extremely awful dialogue and the ever increasing amount of cheesiness, then you might enjoy this read. With some major editing I think it could be much better.
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Stan James
Jun 06, 2014 Stan James rated it it was ok
I bought this on amazon for three reasons:

1. It was short and I wasn't in the mood for a 1,000 page epic.
2. It was cheap. Cheap is always a good price.
3. I'm a sucker for apocalypse stories, especially ones that aren't the start of a 20 volume series.
3a. I like to give a few untried authors a shot every year.

The Final Winter or as I like to call it, The Final Winter Where Every Character Shares Every Thought They Have with the Reader starts out with some measure of promise. A small assortment of
Jun 29, 2014 Pamellia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Just about anyone
Recommended to Pamellia by: Friends. Free or reduced price
Shelves: 2014
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WOW!! An excellent study of the power of the milk of human kindness and a few other things. The story is a well written creative tale with believable characters you will love, hate and and in some cases learn to love again. (If by chance you are a Biblical scholar, you will find a few liberties taken.) I did find a few words missing here and there, perhaps even the wrong name used on occasion. But the overall act
Anne Hawn Smith
This could have been a good book and with a good editor, it still might be, but there are too many mistakes and characters who are not fully developed. At first, I couldn't put it down. There were some interesting individuals in the pub and other stores and intriguing story lines, but the promise of those characters kind of fizzled near the end.

The ending was also problematic. I think the trouble is that there are some archetypes in human consciousness and if a person is going to act outside th
Jul 24, 2016 Bandit rated it liked it
Apocalypse (S)Now. Cinematically if Supernatural tv show and Legion had a baby or a baby book. Though my main motivation for this selection was to somehow psychologically counteract the heatwave, from time to time it's fun to check out a new horror author, especially when it turns out to actually be worth the time. This was. Wright can write, pun and all, and the book was entertaining, well paced, with likeable characters, a few surprises and even a moral. Boy, was there a moral, incongruously ...more
Jun 10, 2015 Natasa rated it it was amazing
Loved it just like every book by this awesome writer.
As well, every book has bonus short stories which are great as well and I'm loving the extra stuff.
Feb 28, 2015 WendyB rated it really liked it
A bit different than I expected but it was a quick read and a somewhat charming story of redemption.
John Podlaski
Feb 03, 2013 John Podlaski rated it really liked it
Now that it is time for a review, I find it difficult to write without adding to the book description or giving away some of the story. Kind of reminds me of the movie, "The Fog", except that it's snowing with white out conditions that make it impossible to see mere inches in front of your face. Workers from the small town video store and food market brave the deepening snow - attempting to join others at the local pub to wait out the storm. They soon discover that vile creatures are roaming ...more
Feb 08, 2013 Daniel rated it it was amazing
A mysterious snow storm ravages nations around the world. Inside an english pub, a group of ordinary people take refuge from the cold and hope to ride out the storm. Soon they realize that the storm is hiding malevolent forces and that surviving might not be easy as the thought.

"The Final Winter" is my first title from author Iain Rob Wright and one gripping apocalyptic tale. The characters were well developed, especially Harry; a depressed man who has lost everything close to him, drowning his
Mar 22, 2015 Kristal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The news reports are all telling the same tale: it is snowing on every nation in the world. Such an event has never been recorded in human history and the ragtag group that has gathered tonight at the local pub all have their own theory as to what is causing the event, except for Harry, who has ceased caring about anything since the tragic loss of his family a few years before. Harry comes to the pub to ease the pain that is eating away at him and because no one at the pub knows that real Harry, ...more
Feb 14, 2016 Kathy rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle
It's snowing in England...and in all countries all over the world. Snowing, and snowing and snowing. Everyone knows it must be the end of the world. Electricity is off, and it is very, very cold. Plus, it is snowing and snowing and snowing. This story is basically about a group of people who are stranded in a bar. Another group is from the grocery store across the street. In trying to get together, people discover that there are monsters out in the snow that want to kill them. I don't want to ...more
Aug 06, 2012 Kelly rated it really liked it
Fans of Stephen King will enjoy Wright's The Final Winter. The cast of characters is fairly well-developed and their dialogue is very genuine. They initially deliver a rather blase reaction to such an epic storm, making it somewhat lighthearted to start. I enjoyed their backstories and that they all had their issues. I did recognize the character of Mr. Fergus at his first appearance. I kept getting the feeling I was reading a screenplay and The ending seemed a bit too tidy, but I won't spoil it ...more
Nov 19, 2013 Patti rated it really liked it
I went into this one expecting a post apocalyptic tale, where the world is destroyed and humanity has to pull its collective asses out of the fire and rebuild.

I got something quite different, but damn good.

I never expected that classic good vs. evil battle, with quite an interesting twist.

Wright does a great job of teasing out the characters, giving you just little bits and pieces until the whole picture is clear and you scratch your head, wondering how you ever thought THAT about that character
Mar 10, 2016 Megan rated it it was amazing
Finally! Read "The Final Winter"

A well written, divinely disturbing, finely crafted novel. Fear on every page is no joke! Every character is crafted with depth and interest... even if you'd like to skin a few of them and throw them to the hounds. Lovely twist for an ending, I felt very satisfied at the last paragraph. Yet, much to my delight, there were bonus shorts set at the same time or related to the characters back stories. Iain Rob Wright had become one of my favorite horror writers, next
Sheridan Lee
Sep 15, 2016 Sheridan Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top-10
truly unique story idea with an amazing cast of characters! Lucas, Harry and Damon are top shelf. Iain does an amazing job creating characters you can easily relate to. The situation they're in is absolutely insane, but the characters reactions make it more believable. Some of these characters can be found in his other works, and it's so much fun finding the less subtle hints of them in others. The connections always excite the nerd in me, thank you Stephen King.

It isn't just about a snow storm.
Oct 29, 2012 Soo rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book, read_2012
This was another random choice from my TBR list and a very good one. Expecting another climate change end-of-the-world scenario I found myself reading a distinctly British horror story with a really quirky feel.

I finished this in one sitting; it was very easy to identify with the characters and on several occasions it made me laugh out loud. I'll definitely be adding some more of this author's work to my TBR list.
Ming Siu
May 04, 2013 Ming Siu rated it did not like it
For a short novel, it's taking me extraordinarily long to read this. The main reason is that the writing is extremely clunky, with overly-described thought processes, and phrases that are either cliched or don't make any sense. Lots of typos too. I am about halfway through and not much has happened in terms of plot. I don't know if I'll ever finish it.

Update: I finished it. It was painful. All that excruciatingly slow buildup... to a big, fat nothing.
Jun 13, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it
This book definitely kept my interest although some parts were horrifically graphic with the thoughts of a rapist. The end felt a bit forced, or I would have rated it higher. The second story in the book was called "The Peeling" and it was very gross. Vivid descriptions. Not for the faint of heart.
Amos Cassidy
Jun 29, 2012 Amos Cassidy rated it liked it
An enjoyable read. I liked the narrative style and the author managed to keep me interested throughout. I did guess the ending but it was still satisfying. I did think there was potential to do more with the story and was a little disappointed that I didn't get any goosebumps, but aside from that it was a good read.
Aug 18, 2013 Kyle rated it did not like it
Eh. Started out with some promise, but that quickly diminished. I was willing to overlook the not great writing and character development because I was curious on how it was going to end up. I had to push my way through the end and was quite disappointed with the outcome.
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Iain Rob Wright is one of the UK's most successful horror and suspense writers, with novels including the critically acclaimed, THE FINAL WINTER; the disturbing bestseller, ASBO; and the wicked screamfest, THE HOUSEMATES.

His work is currently being adapted for graphic novels, audio books, and foreign audiences. He is an active member of the Horror Writer Association and a massive animal lover.

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