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The Last Sunset

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Description: The year… 1746.

Around Fort William, the Scottish Highlanders are in revolt and the Redcoats are coming…

Suddenly… time shifts… people from different eras are dumped at this one turning point in history.

In the future, Nuclear Armageddon has caused this powerful blast through time, but why?

Can history be changed?

Or is the future doomed to witness…

The Last Sunset?
Paperback, 262 pages
Published September 6th 2012 by Greyhart Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Thomas Rydder
First of all, let me declare that I received a free copy of "The Last Sunset" in return for a fair, honest review.

That being said, I found this book to be unique. It involves time travel, which is a very difficult issue to work out properly in a story - and Mr. Atkinson does so in ingenious fashion. Add in the fact that it's time travel put upon folks from several different time periods, and thrown into a war zone from mid-18th century Scotland, and you have yourself a read.

What I found most com...more
John Rice
In his novel, "The Last Sunset," Bob Atkinson takes threads from the past, present and future, weaves them into a tapestry, into patterns as bright and intricate as the tartan of a highlander's kilt. He draws you into his spider web with bold tight prose, until the rain, the mud, the stench of death, the horror of trench warfare becomes real, and then he transports you to the Scottish Highlands of seventeen-forty-six, where enemies become comrades in arms, and join a rag tag little band facing t...more
John Garner
Wow! Bob Atkinson not only writes a good action story, but he provokes a reader to ponder the possibility of different realities, or even alternate universes. The Last Sunset is reminiscent of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series, insomuch that time travel and the fateful battle at Culloden play a major role in the theme. But that is as far as it goes.

In The Last Sunset, the heroine of the story, Shawnee, an American lass with Highlander roots, is much less concerned about the history changing resu...more
Brandy Corona
This book was a page turner from the beginning. Bob Atkinson paints a beautiful picture of a country we don't often think about that much in an era that seems so forgotten.

This is a fast paced, very action packed novel and it will keep you in suspense the whole time you read it. I did get a little confused during some parts but then again, I've never claimed to be a history buff! Just pay close attention to details that way you won't end up re-reading pages.

And best yet, Bob throws in a little r...more
Karen Prince
Set in a milieu where a nuclear event has caused the past and the future to collide, this intriguing time travel story is about romantic adventure and bravery. Two brothers from the First World War era, a group of soldiers on a training exercise from the 1970's and an American couple from the future who are on a visit to the land of her ancestors, are thrown together in 1746's Glen Laragain just prior to King George’s infamous massacre.

Armed with their superior 1970’s weapons and a history book...more
Jim Wright
I've just come from Scotland, Glen Laragain to be exact, and I'm cold, tired and battle-scarred.
No, I didn't actually leave Jordan, I read Bob Atkinson's book, The Last Sunset. A pair of brothers, Colin and Alistair, circa 1916 were looking for a lost ewe. A band of soldiers, circa 1976, were training for duty in Northern Ireland. An American couple, Sam and Shawnee, circa 2026, were visiting the ancient home of Shawnee's father. They all witnessed what could only have been the mushroom cloud of...more
Roderick Low
Review for “The Last Sunset” by Bob Atkinson.

This fascinating novel is centred on a lonely Highland glen in Scotland at four different and significant moments in its history; 1746, just before the fateful battle of Culloden, 1916, when a Highland soldier revisits his home whilst on leave from the war in Northern France, 1976 when British soldiers use the glen for military exercises and 2026 when…. Well, you’ll have to read this excellent and original book to find out what happened in 2026.

All th...more
Barth Siemens
The Last Sunset offers a unique twist to the common time travel plot. Imagine accidental travelers, from three separate time periods, arriving during a historical massacre of Scottish rebels during the 18th century. Written with an easy style, Bob Atkinson explores the complexities of family, courage, camaraderie, attraction, and courting from four cultural perspectives. The difference in language and dialect adds to the overall story. (In contrast to other books that hide the lack of a storylin...more
Diane Major
Great Read!!
A Scottish Highland setting, this story spans centuries and is full of action, adventure, determination with romance and snippets that made me smile. Based in Glen Laragain with a strange red sky which is seen by the main characters, the story engages the reader in the mysteries that unfold. The book contains well developed characters that include Colin and Alistair through to Shawnee and Sam. Can history be changed? The book is well and cleverly written. This is a great read for bot...more
Future meets the past in the Scottish Highlands. Romance and War are brought together in a wonderfully well written story. It took a little while to develop the characters and the story but after the first few chapters I could not put this book down. While advertised with a sci-fi plot of nuclear Armageddon, it is more so a historical period drama that captures the old Scottish Highlands with an interesting twist. I could not believe that this was a debut book for the author as this novel has al...more
Roy  Higgins
I enjoyed The Last Sunset. I'm not a fan of science fiction but I do like historical novels and this is both. Once I accepted the rift in time created by a nuclear explosion, I found it a page turner. I would have liked another chapter or two to tie up some loose ends. Did they change history and consequently the future? Was the earth still destroyed, did they stay in the past, and how did the relationships formed with occupants of the past turn out? Definitely worth a read and perhaps Bob Atkin...more
I enjoyed this book very much. I love a good time-travel novel and this one rates highly! It was an interesting twist to involve people from four different time periods coming together in the Scottish Highlands of the 1740's who didn't care if their actions would eventually impact on the future. My only bug-bear was that I found the ending a little unsatisfying - I would have loved to have found out what happened to the main characters! Maybe a sequel is in the offing???
Jennifer Cain
This title was a Goodreads - Firstreads win.

Although the first few chapters were a little slow, I had to know what happened next. The story is a time travel-appocoptic-war-love-family connections-story with several twists and turns. There is something for every reader within the pages. The characters are interesting. Not to spoil the ending - but it was an excellent way to tie the loose story ends together,
A fabulous story, well written and thought out, I really have to say this is my favourite book of the year so far!
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received as part of the Librarything Early Reviewer's August 2012 batch, and sent me as an ebook by the publisher Grayhartpress

It is one of the stronger ER books that I've read recently. 4 groups of people, from 4 different time lines are brought together through some extreme event (a nuclear detonation above Scotland in 2026). They come together during one of the more devastating points in the highlands and Bonny Prince Charlie.

There is a culture shock between all the different groups - e.g. th...more
Dan McNeil
Fantastic read!

What a ride! “The Last Sunset” is a truly fascinating page turner set in Glen Laragain in the Scottish Highlands at one of the most significant points in Scottish history. A pair of soldiers on leave in 1916, a group of British soldiers from 1976 and an American couple from 2026 are swept away thanks to an apocalyptic occurrence and find themselves in the middle of a Scottish massacre in 1746. It’s an extraordinary moment in time –can this disparate group affect the past?

I'm a big...more
Sasha Summers
4.5 Stars ~ I'd like to give this amazing book 4.5 stars. I had the pleasure or reading an ARC copy for an unbiased review and was completely blown away. I am an admitted fan of novels that twist history and elements of the paranormal together. And The Last Sunset does it seamlessly - oftentimes quite eerily. Drawn in from page one, each event builds so that you cannot stop reading. That's why I enjoyed the book so - all of my senses (emotions)were completely immersed.
I would have given it 5 stars, but I wasn't fully satisfied with the ending. (view spoiler) With that said, I thought the writing style and world building was excellent! I would recommend this book to anyone that likes a good time travel story or dystopia.

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Jim Ballou
Nov 16, 2012 Jim Ballou rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Hollywood film makers
Recommended to Jim by: Another writer
This is one excellent novel by every standard I can imagine. Well structured, unique story line, scenarios that grab the readers' attention, characters who spring to life out of the pages, and overall a book that seduces the reader into believing unbelievable realities. This author is a master of his game - story telling that grips his audience. I am simply glued to every page, and now I can hardly wait until the movie comes out!
Thoroughly enjoyed this book I laughed and cried in equal measure. I found many of the sub plots of the book to be very thought provoking and even suggest a possible answer to many of the mysteries today paranormal activity etc.
The Last Sunset is Scottish author Bob Atkinson's alt-history romance in which the invites us to imagine what might happen if several heroic but ordinary people fall "out of time" and arrive at a historic nexus point with a chance to rewrite the future.

How to dress for this book: I suggest throwing on the Feileadh-mhor (pronounced like "Feel-a-more" aka "the belted plaid") which plays a prominent role in The Last Sunset, although the author spells it alternately as "phillamore". And maybe add so...more
(This review may contain spoilers).

I like time travel stories. I'm not sure why, but I like them a lot more than... well, vampires (which isn't very difficult, admittedly).

I thought the device used to get the characters back in time was fairly unique. A nuclear holocaust, with enough strength to resonate in one particular spot. There were quite a lot of characters in the book - and I was more than a little confused at times - but I quickly found all of the characters likable and interesting. I c...more
Charles Stubbs
What do you think might happen if a soldier and his younger brother in a Scottish glen in 1916 were transported back in time to the same place 170 years earlier? How would they be treated by the highlanders living in the glen in 1746? What would those hardy, cautious but welcoming people think of the brothers’ early twentieth century hunting rifles? Now add four soldiers from 1976 into this mix. While on a training exercise in the glen, these four soldiers, with their modern weaponry, are also w...more
Yelle Hughes
Feb 05, 2013 Yelle Hughes rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Starting 1916 Scotland, Bob begins the story with a bang! A man minding his own business, searching for his ewe, vanishes by supernatural forces.

First, before I get into more of the story, I love the Scottish lilt of Bob’s voice in this book. As I read, I could hear the dialog being spoken with that beautiful accent. This vanishing continues for decades on the anniversary of a Scottish massacre that happened long ago. No one seems to believe this Urban Legend, they just stay away from Glen Lara...more
Stuart Laing
This is such an enjoyable mixture of genre's. From the science fiction of time travel to the romance of the Scottish Highlands Bob Atkinson expertly blends together the lives of disparate individuals into a wonderful whole. From two brothers in 1916, four squaddies in 1976 and a young American couple in 2026. What they have in common is to be in Glen Laragain when the sky is filled with an apocalyptic fire.
Somehow they are all thrown together to witness the heartless massacre of defenceless wome...more
Alexander Rigby
I have been a fan of stories about time travel for as long as I can remember, so from the moment I started ‘The Last Sunset’ until I finished it, I was completely immersed within the story that Bob Atkinson so thoughtfully created. I enjoyed the way different time periods and people from different places merged together to create a suspenseful and action filled story.

Atkinson stays true to his characters by giving each of them a believable and authentic voice. Whereas sometimes dialogue written...more
Teresa Garcia
I was very happy to come across this book when hearing of another author. My usual reading fare is either university textbooks or sci-fi/fantasy books. This had a nuclear apocalypse, and time travel as a result, so that was a instant hook. I love reading the many ways that time travel is used in stories.

Having both Scots and Irish bloodlines in my family tree, the setting was another thing that drew me in. Having read this book, it was a balm to that part of me that is always trying to reclaim a...more
Colin Macaulay
This is a wonderful read. Due to some flaw in the natural order, a group of people from various periods of the 20th and 21st centuries find themselves transported back to 1746, and to a highland glen which is due to become the scene of a notorious massacre. The plot develops as these unintended visitors debate their choices; should they intervene in an attempt to prevent the 'pogrom' of a highland clan? What might be the consequences? Is it within their power to rewrite history? Might they not o...more
Rosary McQuestion
A Real Page Turner!
I am a fan of paranormal novels, and Bob Atkinson’s The Last Sunset delivers full thrills. The novel focuses on Glen Laragain in the Highlands of Scotland, a place where the past hangs heavy over the barren lands. I was intrigued with the fascinating storyline, the span of generations and Scottish history and legends. There is a wonderful, robust voice to the book, and the dialect was such that I could hear the true Scotsman’s voice in each of the characters. If you like acti...more
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Bob Atkinson was born and raised in the district of Lochaber, in the Western Highlands of Scotland. At the age of seventeen the age-old curse of the Highlands — lack of work and opportunity — forced him to take the same military path taken by many of his forebears. While serving with the army in Northern Ireland he met his future wife, inspiration for at least one of the female characters in The L...more
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