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The Last Sanctuary

3.04  ·  Rating Details ·  82 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
At once a heart-pounding , chillingly realistic thriller and a dark plunge into the human psyche, The Last Sanctuary is the tale of an innocent man accused of murder.

When a killing is falsely blamed on Joe Curtis, a Gulf War veteran living on the edge of society, he hides in a dark underworld of armed militias and terrorist cults, running from the cops, federal agents, a
Paperback, 432 pages
Published December 29th 1998 by Delta (first published February 1st 1996)
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Aug 24, 2007 Michael rated it it was ok
It's like a B movie transcribed to text. Easy to read but it's pretty much just rubbish. The main carachter is a desert storm vet who takes off to bring his crack head brother back home from Cali. Along the way he meets up with a wacked out couple who trick him into pulling a robbery with them for the cash he needs to get to Cali. Ends up they wack an arms dealer in the process which gets some native american ATF agent's panties in a twist. Oh yeah there is also this old wronkled gun running pot ...more
Randy Schultz
Having read an awful lot of 'noir' and B authors chug their way through novels that begin like this one did, it is with some dismay that I have to inform you that this novel is an attempt by a B author to break free from that mold. To write something bigger and better, more meaningful and larger in scope.

Sigh. In a better authors hands, this story may have held together but as it stands, Holden isn't able to either seal together the disparate components of his story nor make them work together.
Nov 18, 2013 Kathi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were so many negative reviews of this book, but I don't understand why. It kept me coming back, wanting to know what was going to happen next. I didn't really get into any of the character's heads except for Joe, but that was okay. The fact that two average guys (Joe and Cal) were able to accomplish what they did was a little unbelievable, and maybe that's the reason for the low ratings?
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Mar 20, 2012 Cynthia Conley rated it liked it
I had to give this book 3 stars because of the writing. The story was great and I would have given it 5 starts if it weren't for the poor writing. It plucks my nerves when a novel has sentences with only 3 or 4 words in it and constantly reading, "said Joe", etc. I almost stop reading it shortly after I started but the story had me intrigued.
Jan 05, 2010 Brent rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Wasn't a bad read. There are many story lines to keep track of while experiencing the tale and that became a bit burdensome before they all started to come together. This may be one of those books where the idea behind it was a bit better than how the book actually turned out.
Dec 14, 2009 Lee rated it liked it
With a frame job - good sense of place of the pacific northwest and some desolate wilderness area's of Alaska - this was a pretty good, suspenseful thriller.
Dec 25, 2008 Arch marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
According to this book description, it's an interracial book.
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Craig Holden is the author of the novels The River Sorrow, The Last Sanctuary, Four Corners of Night, The Jazz Bird, The Narcissist's Daughter, and the forthcoming Matala. He is a recipient of the Great Lakes Book Award in Fiction, and was a featured guest at the Festival International du Roman Noir in Frontignan, France. His books have been translated into a dozen languages. He has taught at the ...more
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