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End of Days

2.54  ·  Rating details ·  171 ratings  ·  62 reviews

Lydia Lozen Magruder—the great-granddaughter of a female Apache war-shaman—has seen visions of the End since childhood. She has constructed a massive ranch-fortress in the American Southwest, stocked with everything necessary to rebuild civilization.

Now her visions are coming true. John Stone, once a baseball star and now a famous gonzo journalist, stumbled across a pla

Hardcover, 490 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Forge Books
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Aug 19, 2011 rated it did not like it
This is absolutely one of the worst books I've ever read. I'm not sure an editor ever touched it and can't figure out how this writer got a book deal out of this crap. The book is plagued by insignificant rambling that, if cut, would probably reduce the book by half. Did I mention that there are talking rats and missiles? Seriously. There are rats that talk and missiles that crack jokes just before they detonate in cities around the world. If you were expecting Tom Clancy here, you'll be disappo ...more
Aug 16, 2011 rated it it was ok
2.0 out of 5 stars Finally done! I could barely make it to THE END of this book.

I'm a person who always feels compelled to see a book through to the end, regardless of how I'm feeling once I hit page 50; by that benchmark I usually know if I'm going to like it -- or not. I laboriously read my way to that page and knew I was doomed. I forced myself to finish this wordy tome, and words fail me as I try to convey my message to unsuspecting readers who might be tempted to snap this up because of a c
May 24, 2011 rated it did not like it
I received this book threough the Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

I truly did not know what to expect when I started End of Days two months ago. It had all of the praising statements from famous people that come with a good publisher's advertising dollars. What I did not know was that Tor/Forge was indulging one of their loyal employees by publishing his book.

The book starts off in a chaotic jumble of short scene after short scene. These short scenes served to introduce, then expand on, the stor
Mar 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What will the future bring? Well, if it brings anything like this, watch out! For me, End of Days was one of those books that sweeps me up and doesn't let me go. The best kind of read, as far as I'm concerned. A complex, richly satisfying plot and the kind of drive that makes a great thriller great. ...more
Read 50 pages, gave up. Booklist was on crack with their glowing review.
Shaun Thomas
Sep 19, 2011 rated it liked it
As far as post-apocalyptic dystopian novels are concerned, Robert Gleason's End of Days is unique mostly because it's mid-apocalyptic. Some of the blurbs on the jacket proclaim Gleason as the "Dante of our age," so it must have been worth reading. I'm not sure what kind of hyperbole inspired a comment like that, but I really hope it's sarcasm.

That isn't to say End of Days is bad! Far from it. Overall, I found the narrative engaging, the loose plot unique, and the sub-threads interesting. Gleason
Feb 06, 2012 rated it did not like it
I read about 300 books a year, and of those 300, usually it is only one or two each year that are so bad that I can't bring myself to finish them. This was one of those books for me this year. I tried to finish it, made it halfway through and the book so lost touch with reality and my waning interest that I just couldn't handle it anymore.

I mean, I knew that after the first 100 pages I was in trouble that in the eclectic cast of characters, the only one I could find myself even mildly curious a
Birch Johnson
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
By Robert Gleason

There I was, merrily breezing through Robert Gleason’s magnificent end of the world opus, when I flipped a page and encountered—a talking rat?? It threw me for a loop at first, as did the sentient nuclear weapons that were keenly aware of their own history and future. As well as the special significance to humankind of every place they were about to destroy. But gradually, I began to understand what I was actually reading. End of Days is a tragic epic poem, with the w
Oct 01, 2012 rated it did not like it
END OF DAYS Is Little More than Gibberish On An Apocalyptic Scale

I pride myself on my ability to finish a book. When that doesn’t happen – when, for whatever reason, I give up on a read, deciding my time is too precious to continue it – I struggle with the idea of penning a review. Is it fair, after all, to the work as a whole to cast some assessment on what I’ve read? While others have told me it isn’t, I tend to believe otherwise, and here’s my reason: if I didn’t find a tome relevant or inter
Rob Ballister
Jan 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Thank God it 19s fiction 26for now.

Robert Gleason's END OF DAYS is a chilling (and thankfully fictitious account) of the cataclysmic end of the world, and the resulting struggle for mankind's survival. It is interesting, shocking, violent, scary and entertaining all at the same time. It does however need more polish before I would categorize it as "good."

The old Soviet Union's nuclear weapons are available for the taking, either on the black market or just by stealing them from the hundreds of u
Apr 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: from-publisher
This book is not an easy read. There are a lot of things that will make you want to quit. I was about a third of the way though and I was thinking, "What the heck is going on? Am I going to keep reading or should I just give up now?" Why did I feel this way? Let me tell you.

This is a thick, large size paperback, with small type. I needed real good light to be able to read it easily. The kindle version with adjustable font size would be a great option.

The action takes place all over the globe, an
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May 06, 2014 rated it did not like it
I don't even know where to begin with this one. I picked it up, thinking "oh, I'll read a little standard end of the world story--you know, cheery stuff". It started sort of promising, but oh the time I gave up around p. 250 I was ready to drop a nuke on it myself. Yes, we understand there's a pile of weapons and stuff to make weapons out there on the black market, that's what I thought I was in for, but when I hit the first chapter about the rats that were "aware" in some sort of freaky ...more
Jul 29, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
I knew the book was going to be bad just from the first couple of chapters. It opens with the protagonist, a female reporter coming out of her tent during azaan in Mecca (non Muslims are not allowed in Mecca, especially unaccompanied females). She was there to cover a story of a former soviet diplomat's conversion to Islam (wow! The author created 2 evil doers in one communist Muslim terrorist - the only thing missing is a zombie). After a few chapters I had to stop reading. Judging from the oth ...more
Dec 28, 2011 rated it did not like it
Interesting premise--but I'm not going to tell you.

Waaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyy too many words. I finally started to speed read through the boring parts....not just one nuclear missile with thoughts but 75 missiles each with their own thoughts as they speed to their targets. Also some rather graphic torture scenes for me.
Aug 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Had a chance to read an advance reading copy of Gleason's soon-to-be released novel. Very detailed, throughly researched. Also has some unexpected personifications of some of the end of days players. Really enjoyed, couldn't put it down. ...more
Nov 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: have-read
Mar 19, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: donated
What a ridiculous, over-the-top piece of garbage.
Otis Doss III
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: post-apocalyptic
First half was slow but good. Middle a little repetitive. Ending not bad. Overall a decent read.
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mostly good

Wasn't a fan of the singing or verses but skipped over those. Some parts you go along with and are glad you did. Ie Sailor. Story was good sad and hopeful
Apr 23, 2012 rated it did not like it
I tried, I really did try. But at a third of the way through the book when there isn't a single character I care about, or can even understand enough to fathom why they're doing what they're doing, when I'm rooting for someone to blow up a bomb just to make something happen, or just to get rid of some of the dreadful characters, it's just not a book I'm going to finish.

It seems like a promising premise, especially for those of us who like apocalyptic fiction. Someone's gotten a hold of some fiss
Nov 01, 2012 rated it did not like it
This mishmosh of a novel takes too long to get started, meanders around for way too long, and never goes any place. New age claptrap, a little rip off of Stephen King, a demented nun with a Ming the Unmerciful complex, a heroine whose hairbreadth escapes make the cheesiest episode of The Perils of Pauline seem plausible, and a cast of the silliest, most annoying and utterly dispensible characters I've ever encountered outside of a family reunion make this the bottom of the apocalyptic barrel. Th ...more
Nov 30, 2015 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Absolutely noone
Recommended to John by: Goodwill
Literally the worst book I've ever read. I'm a huge fan of dystopian/post-apocalyptic/nuclear fiction, so from the description on the back cover this sounded like it would be just up my alley. Boy was I wrong. It started out okay until about chapter 3, then is was downhill faster than a roller coaster. I'm not one to easily give up on a book, but I put this one down for a month or more before forcing myself to finish it.

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Jan 30, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read 150 pages, page-by-page, until I gave up on it and skimmed thru the the last of the 600+ pages -- something I have never before done with a book ... and even then I felt that I had wasted all my time. This is truly the worst book I've ever "read." The storyline and the characters were as credible and sympathetic as a reality show. I bought it because of some reviewers' positive comparison to THE STAND -- they lied. Giving this book a one-star rating was too generous. I could say more, but ...more
May 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating description of the terrifying possibility of the destruction of mankind in a nuclear war originating from the Middle East where people anticipate it will start. Just as remarkable was the journey of Sailor, the big auburn rat. The near death experiences of the Kilo-Class sub crew were realistic and frightening to imagine. In a novel about the end of the world as we know it, the depiction of the characters and their heroic acts will always seem greater than like itself, just as they w ...more
May 23, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: firstreads
I really wanted to like this book, which I received as a First Reads giveaway. I especially hoped that I'd like it because it was so thick! Sadly, it ended up being disjointed and nonsensical at many points.

Frankly, even for a book about a nuclear apocalypse, it was quite unbelievable. It was going along just fine until I reached the first section told from the point of view of Sailor, a rat. I was able to accept this, but once I reached the middle of the book, the author suddenly presented whol
Sep 06, 2014 rated it did not like it
Ack! Between the talking rats, thinking nuclear devices, and the lack of any redeeming qualities in nearly all of the main characters, this book was a major drag. In addition, the pervasive foul language, stereotypical depiction of republicans, and the constant crazy drivel from Sister Cassandra (she's supposed to be religious?) made this book way too tedious for a good read.

If this is the next best apocalyptic book to "The Stand," the chasm between no. 1 and this garbage makes the Grand Canyon
Jan 03, 2012 rated it did not like it
I try to finish every book I read to give it a shot at redemption but I am afraid I couldn't make it to the end with this one.

Mostly caricatures and stereotypes, e.g. the fabulously successful woman who at eighty something is still riding her horse and running an empire. Obviously, she is part native american because they are so interesting. The only fun part was the fact that the anthropomorphic nukes had performance anxiety because they had been sitting on the shelf for so long.

Do yourself a f
Sep 03, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: bleh, did-not-finish
Just awful on so many levels. No grace or clarity -- Utter Garbagy blah. I Should have read the reviews before wasting my money. Didn't like a single character in this labored story except maybe the rat and there wasnt enough of him to convince me to stay with the story past page 160. Im going back to Crichton;at least he keeps things rolling. Abandoned this book mid-sidewalk, I was so irked with it...leaving it perched on a building ledge, feeling literary guilt (it's a book!) and community gui ...more
Sep 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: zombie-horr-susp
Don't know what I think yet...finding it hard to get through the first few chapters...but I will hang in there and let you know....

Ok peeps....dont's waste your time. this book was weird...with the talking bombs, rats and planes. I only finished this book because I needed something to read while answering the phones at work. the writing was not bad but it was not a good post-apocolyptic read. The only good chapters were the last 2 or 3. I know they compaired this to "The Stand" but it's not even
Gevera Bert
Dec 25, 2011 rated it liked it
This is a fun romp through the end of time (although not a funny book--read Good Omens for that). I really enjoyed the character of Sailor the rat and also the personifications of the various nuclear weapons--the book would have been boring without them. The human characters are mostly flat stereotypes or caricatures in contrast to the rat and the weapons. If the subject of world-wide nuclear war interests you, you'll like this book. ...more
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Robert Gleason was born in Michigan City, Indiana. He has an AB in English literature from Indiana University, a master’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin and he attended the Sorbonne, all of which were financed by seven hellish years in the Gary steel mills. He has worked in New York book publishing as an acquisitions editor pretty much forever. When he began, he says, he and hi ...more

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