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El último pasajero

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  4,403 ratings  ·  469 reviews
Agosto de 1939. Un enorme trasatlántico llamado Valkirie aparece a la deriva en el océano Atlántico. Un viejo buque de transporte lo encuentra por azar y lo remolca a puerto, tras descubrir que en él tan solo hay un bebé de pocos meses… y algo más que nadie es capaz de identificar. Setenta años después, un esquivo hombre de negocios decide reflotarlo y repetir, paso por pa ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published May 2013 by Planeta (first published January 1st 2013)
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Laudys
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Wow.

I don't even know where to begin. This book is such a claustrofuck that I have no idea where to start this review. And the worst thing is that I don't even know how it became that way.

At first, I was reading this great character-driven story about a depressed reporter who lost her husband and finds new strength by working in the strange story about a cursed/ghost ship he had been working on prior to his untimely death. She follows into his footsteps and things get a turn for the worse when s
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Michael Hicks
Dec 07, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The Last Passenger was my December selection from the Amazon Kindle First program, and snared me with the hook of time traveling Nazi ghost cruise-ship. Such a terrific premise! And that cover art is beautiful!

Unfortunately, this read ultimately fell way short of my lofty expectations, my disappointment further compounded by a too-simplistic PR spin billing Manel Loureiro as "the Spanish Stephen King." The Last Passenger lacks the truly creepy chills and depth of character I expect from King's w
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Michael
Dec 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hmm... Loureiro has been called the "Spanish Stephen King" and 'The Last Passenger' reads like 'The Shining' set on a Nazi cruise ship from 1939 where all the passengers but one disappeared. Go figure. Good stuff.
Bufo Calvin
Dec 05, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't think I've ever rated a book one star before, and this was a very complicated choice to make.

When I started reading the book, I really enjoyed it...it felt like good old-fashioned pulp, with an atmospheric mystery.

However, there was a character in it later on that was such a thunderingly negative stereotype that, upon reflection, that affront overwhelmed a lot of good writing.

It's hard for me to say that. After all, we read books with characters behaving badly and embrace them. The only
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Therin Knite
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fantasy
I give this book four stars for the first half and no stars for the second, hence the two-star final rating. Basically, this book's plot just completely got away from it, and it morphed from an eerie mystery with possible paranormal overtones into a completely ludicrous fantasy story that mashed together so many different ideas in the last 100 pages that I couldn't even keep track of what the heck was happening.

The characters were nuts. The "reveals" were nuts. The ending was ridiculous. And fi
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Andrew
Jan 28, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The female protagonist of The Last Passenger could only have been written by a man. She is a hapless bimbo of the first order, who relies on everything other than her witts or skill to survive the story. The commanding use of her breasts aside, her chiefest asset is literally--yes, literally--the ghost of her husband. Were this farce it would be high art. As is, it's a joke.
Diane Patterson
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Colleen
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, thriller
I received an ARC ebook copy of this book from Amazon Prime.

It starts out well enough. Intriguing and fast-paced. But it just goes downhill from there.

Manel Loureiro's THE LAST PASSENGER is the story of the Valkyrie, a Nazi luxury liner that was found floating, completely abandoned, in the middle of the Atlantic just days before WWII was declared. Flash forward 70 years, Kate Kilroy is a London reporter, still reeling from the sudden death of her husband, assigned to investigate the Valkyrie an
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Jacqueline Patricks
Got for an Amazon Prime Read.

Started off creepy, ended shallow and inconsistent.

Started off creepy and strong then devolved into a not-so-believable mystery. While it's fast paced, that's not a compliment as it tends to gloss over some details and/or contradict some aspects of the story or character. The pace does makes it easier to get to the more interesting aspects of the Nazi-ship mystery. Still, there's parts of the mystery that are never fully explained and you have to take a lot on faith
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Jodi M Cornelius
Too awesome for words

This book reminded me of the movie Gone With The Wind only because of the "famous" staircase and the movie The Fog" though that's just due to the basis of the storyline, plus a couple of books I have read on The Bermuda Triangle

The story starts out with a small boat inside a fog bank that's not a normal fog bank and because of that they almost collide with a Nazi ship called "Valkyrie" in 1939 only to find the crew and passengers are all gone, except for a baby who they take
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Julie
Dec 06, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
English version : The Last Passenger
Started off great. A national passenger ship reappears just before ww2 after disappearing several days earlier. Setting the stage for a time travel /ghost ship tale on a nazi ship. It had a couple of eye rolling moments early on ; but, at about 50% it turns into Ghost (the Patrick Swayze movie) on a ghost ship.
At that point I couldn't wait for it to be over, and after falling asleep with less than 5% remaining I couldn't bring myself to discover if I'd misse
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Jenna Grimes
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was not disappointed in this read. The best Amazon Prime free-read I've gotten. Said to be the "Spanish Stephen King", the book was filled with suspense, paranormal activity, and juicy sex. I will probably look into more of Otero's books. Oh and did I mention Nazis? There were time traveling Nazis.
Susan
Jan 11, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Book started out with a hook I couldn't let go of. Nazi cruise ship. 1939. WWII. Mysterious disappearances. The first 100 pages were good, then it went downhill. I didn't have high expectations for The Last Passenger, but I realize I gave the book too much credit. Disappointing. Weird. Confusing. I was shocked to learn this was written by a best-selling author with a good track record.
Leslie
This is a techno-thriller, time travel, horror story that is not chaste and is loaded with violence and terror.

This book is like the Shining https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1... and Ghostboat https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2... were merged with some of the mysticism of Raiders of the Lost Ark or an X-files episode. Ghostboat should not be confused with the 2002 movie Ghost Ship https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0288477/...

I do have a unique personal story about the Ghostboat book which I wi
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Jason
Jul 10, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Adrienne
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What a cluster.

I ran across this book in Kindle First as I was heading on a roadtrip, and thought, Hmmm. Mysterious Nazi ghost ship explored by intrepid, go-get-em widow reporter. Possible time travel. Possible murder. Most likely ridiculous. I’m IN!

Clearly, I didn’t have high expectations for this book from the start. The concept was just too absurd. So I was pleasantly surprised when the first couple chapters led me to believe the story was going somewhere. It was moving at a good pace, the t
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Matt
Dec 28, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love bad, cheesy horror movies (like Ghost Ship), so that's probably why I give this novel 3 stars instead of 2.

I won't reiterate what others have said, so I'll mention only a couple of things.

I have a severe distaste for written porn (i.e. steamy love scenes), especially when the author unnecessarily goes into detail for who knows what reason. And the fact that Kate bleeps a (view spoiler) makes it even worse.

The whole lesbian thing was also unnecessary. Not that there's
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Jim Dooley
I absolutely love ghost stories...and when you put them on an abandoned luxury liner, you have my attention. This book has an incredibly promising opening with an abandoned vessel being discovered with only one survivor, an impenetrable fog, and something nasty on board that terrorizes the rescuers. At that point, I was hooked.

Soon afterward, the story changed gears into a gruesome pulp adventure, and then changed gears again to introduce mystical elements and a curse. Now, I wouldn't say that
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Reading is my Escape
August 28, 1939 - Somewhere in the North Atlantic Ocean, the Valkyrie is found, drifting, with a single passenger - a baby wrapped in a blanket and left on the dance floor.

Present Day - Kate is a reporter who recently lost her husband (Ralph), and she is looking for a distraction. When the editor offers her the chance to follow up on the final story Ralph worked on, she jumps at the chance. But this is no simple mystery. There is an evil presence on the Valkyrie, and Kate may be the only one w
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Laurelannb
Note: Spoiler at bottom.

This book started out well, but ... The set-up was interesting; I was as curious as the passengers about "what happened" to the ship.

However, I skip-scanned many, many repetitive pages of the SAME scene or sequence, just with different characters, thinking, "Yes, yes. The (_____) is (_____) again. The girl just did this same thing. Who's next?"

The only difference is...

Spoiler...

Spoiler...

Spoiler...

They all die a little (okay well actually not all that much) differently.
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Elana
May 01, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I never expected to find a reference to Pulsa de Nura in a book written by a Spanish author. This an esoteric Jewish curse with the roots in the Kabbalah. The book also manages to involve time travel, abandoned ships, the Third Reich, antisemitism and the Balkan wars. Unfortunately all these interesting topics are stitched into an incoherent plot, tenuously held together by a heroine with no character or personality beyond a nice pair of breasts. Still, I have always thought that Pulsa de Nura w ...more
John Colangelo
What started as a five star book ended up a three star. The first half of the book is exceptional. Excellent storyline that really had me hooked and excited to read more. I felt like several of the back stories introduced in the middle of the book were a bit clumsy, almost like they were written by another author. For me, it falls apart in the end when the story relies a bit too much on the anger of a vengeful spirit (whose motivation for being pissed off is never really explained).
Brooke
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Quite disappointing. Agree with most of the negative reviews already written. Started strong, ended weakly. Poorly written overall. I wondered if some of the weak sentences might be attributed to being lost in translation, but it didn't matter when the overall story was so muddled and ineffective. Two stars is generous, mostly because it was a good idea but poorly executed.
Jeff Namadan
The 1st part of the book was rather solid, the 2nd part started falling apart rather quickly and the 3rd was just a mess in cramming in everything and trying to tie up all the loose ends. The premise of the book had potential, but it kinda got a little to creative for its own good.

Glad all I lost was time reading this as it was a freebie from the Amazon select program.
Kelly Shea
Dec 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Surprisingly good!

Went into this with low expectations and came away pleasantly surprised. Suspenseful and exciting, couldn't put it down. I will check out other books by this author for sure.
John Hammond
There were parts that were genuinely scary, other some parts that were otherwise good - I liked how most of the ending wrapped up parts of the beginning (but I felt the actual last paragraph was really lame), but over all I did not enjoy the book.
Karen Osley
strange book

The story was so bizarre, I found it hard to read. Wouldn't recommend this book to anyone. I really disliked the story. And contemplated not reading to the end several times.
Karen Beckmann
Jan 05, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
occam's Razor

Use simplest solution....author either hit head as an infant, forgot his meds, or was on a bad trip....this book jumps the shark early and then nukes the fridge!! Only recommended reading if you're on an acid trip!!
maria alcala
Mar 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it was a goodreading driving you from the past to the preset and the unreal to thr real

Like the easy reading
The translation was good
The end was unespected
Me propongo leer mas libros de este autor
Catherine
Erm

It was free. And better than anything I've written. And that's all I've got to say about that. The End
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International bestselling author Manel Loureiro was born in Pontevedra, Spain and studied law at Universidade de Santiago de Compostela. After graduating, he worked in television, both on-screen (appearing on Televisión de Galicia) and behind the scenes as a writer. His Apocalypse Z trilogy—The Beginning of the End, Dark Days, and The Wrath of the Just—took him from the blogosphere to bestsellerdo

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