El último pasajero
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The characters were nuts. The "reveals" were nuts. The ending was ridiculous. And fi ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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)[ghost (hide spoiler)] makes it even worse.
The whole lesbian thing was also unnecessary. Not that there's ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...
They all die a little (okay well actually not all that much) differently. ...more
Glad all I lost was time reading this as it was a freebie from the Amazon select program.
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!!
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...more