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The Final Winter

(Damienverse #3)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  2,638 ratings  ·  316 reviews
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 dilapidated English pub, the best solution is a pint of beer with a hearty shot of den
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 344 pages
Published May 23rd 2011 by Silk Raven Associates (first published 2011)
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Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a 4.5 star read.

😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 GR wiped my stunning original review so this will have to do ......

Do yourself a favour and read this book!!

- It's epic
- It's f*%#ing scary
- The author is awesome 💗
- Lots of secrets, twists, turns and freaky stuff
- Characters to loathe and love and Gasp! 😱 over
- It's EPIC! (I've said that twice but it's epic²)

(Apologies to the author)
Tom Lewis
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
This one was frustrating. It was a really cool premise – a group of people taking shelter in a British pub from a blizzard that was sweeping the world. And something ominous lurked outside in the snow. Then 2/3’s of the way in the “reveal” came, and for me it just fell off a cliff. The mystery of what was outside was a lot more intriguing than the reveal itself.
Jan 16, 2015 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 lo
Jul 27, 2012 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
Jul 18, 2011 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 sini ...more
Adam Light
Nov 20, 2012 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 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.

DLS Synopsis:
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
Stan James
Jun 05, 2014 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
Jen from Quebec :0)
I LOVE this author!! So glad I have discovered him and I have been devouring all his books. In this one Harry has committed the final sin which God has been judging/keeping a tally of -- well keeping a tally of ALL humanity's sins and Harry's is the one that tips the scale. God brings a snowstorm that will be the end of the world. Harry and local townspeople gather in a pub to wait out the apocalypse (Shaun of the Dead anyone?? :0) ) In the snow are 'angels' that kill people and the humans in th ...more
Cats of Ulthar March of Shoggoths
First posted review of 2013!:)

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
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 u ...more
Monica Mac
Mar 28, 2018 rated it liked it
I am in two minds about this book. I absolutely loved the first half of it, it had a lot of promise and I was getting right into it. I mean, it is snowing heavily all around the world, the pub where some locals take refuge is completely isolated, their mobiles don't work etc. I was looking forward to what was going to happen next.

I enjoyed the characterisations and there were plenty of shocks and surprises to keep me entertained without any issues. But then I kind of went "what the???" at a cer
Martin Belcher
Jan 12, 2012 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
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 13, 2011 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 09, 2011 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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Nov 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

I liked this book very much, and I'm surprised because the author practically gives his ebooks away, sometimes for free.

If the author thinks 19 inches of snow is the apocalypse he should spend a Winter in my town! lol
Sep 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Non male come storia, molto simile a "The Mist", il finale è anche piu logico del primo e mi ha piacevolmente soddisfatta....perché solo 3 stelle? perché la narrazione è stra piena di descrizioni,frasi,sottofrasi,penzoli e balle varie che fanno venire l'ortocaria anche ai muri...
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
In my determination to read all of author J.A. Konrath's books, I stumbled upon another writer who collaborated with him on one of his novels, Holes in the Ground, the sequel to Konrath's Origin. For that novel, author Iain Rob Wright integrated a couple of his characters from his book The Final Winter, which is about a group of people trapped in a pub during an epic snow storm. Like in Stephen King's Storm of the Century, the snow storm proves to be deadlier than first believed, and the only wa ...more
Jun 29, 2014 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
The Final Winter
Friends/reduced price or free
Began June 26, Completed June 28, 2014

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
Jul 24, 2016 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 w ...more
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Oct 24, 2014 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 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
A bit different than I expected but it was a quick read and a somewhat charming story of redemption.
Oct 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Really good book, liked the way the story takes you on unexpected trails, twists and turns.

Worth reading. I could not put it down.
Bryan Nowak
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
What do you do when the end of the world is upon you? Grab a beer of course. The Final Winter centers around a bar of people stranded during what appears to be the apocalypse. Ian Rob Wright masterfully portrays this group of characters making you, at times, love and detest each of them.

The Final Winter is very character driven and not a ton of time wasted on world building. He is so good at ensuring the dialogue moves the story line along, there is little world building necessary. Most of the
Oct 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Supernatural horror isn't generally my thing, but this was well reviewed and the e-book was free.

The story took a little while to get started, but once it got going the pace didn't let up. There's none of your Stephen King flowery prose and detailed description here; the tale is told in a concise yet still adequately gripping way. If you're the sort of person who wants trigger warnings then stay away, but I'm guessing you already guessed that because it's apocalyptic supernatural horror. Chapter
Bill Jr.
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it

The Final Winter is chilling in more ways than one.

The novel's characters are complex, often passionate, and sometimes mysterious. A fun, and scary, read.
David Veith
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.0 Overall well written, fun to read books written with dialog from Europe. The slang is different and fun! Fun idea for a book, basically God said, enough chances, time to clear everyone off the face of the planet. Enjoyable characters, and fun story line. Also nice thought in the end when the Devil is talking, saying how he has changed. Makes you think, in the course of history, to the winner goes the spoils, which includes writing the history of the events. In the end a enjoyable read, some ...more
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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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Damienverse (7 books)
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