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The Last Hour of Gann

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  4,442 ratings  ·  811 reviews
It was her last chance:

Amber Bierce had nothing left except her sister and two tickets on Earth’s first colony-ship. She entered her Sleeper with a five-year contract and the promise of a better life, but awakened in wreckage on an unknown world. For the survivors, there is no rescue, no way home and no hope until they are found by Meoraq—a holy warrior more deadly than an
Kindle Edition, 1023 pages
Published September 12th 2013 by Red Hot Romance
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Mariana Zapata
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I don't even know where to begin with this. I've written and rewritten this review in my head about a dozen times but the feels--THE FEELS. I don't know what to do with myself, and I wish I could give more of an unemotional review but I can't. So, let me fangirl.

This book is one of the best things I've ever read, flat out. If I could hug it or RLS, I'd do it. Over and over and over again, and I don't care how creepy that sounds.

And it'll sound even creepier when I say that Meoraq has become on
Oct 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Jill by: Searock

4.5 stars

A spiritual, warrior, alien, lizard hero....who knew?


Amber Bierce and her sister are aboard a spaceship heading to an earth-like world to colonise when their ship is hit by an asteroid and crashes on a nearby planet. There are only 48 survivors of the original 50 000.

Meoraq, seeing the fires of the wreckage, believes it to be a sign from his god that he should embark on a pilgrimage to a temple in the east of Gann. When he comes across a group of 'aliens', deciding this also must be go
Jill Myles
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
THIS BOOK. MY GOD. I have so many feels. SO MANY.

First off, it's long. It's probably a trilogy in a single book. Don't let that deter you - it never slumps along the way.

So anyhow, Amber Bierce is our heroine. She's fat, she's bossy, and she's got a pottymouth. Her sister Nicci is a user and her favorite person to use is Amber. All of these things combine into a heroine who makes trouble for herself, knows it, and can't seem to stop. But Amber's an awesome heroine. When shit hits the fan, Amber'
Nov 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: vaginal-sf
UGGGGGGH. I dunno if I can recommend this book. It's really well-written in a lot of ways, and is the only fiction outside of Skyrim where I'd think a lizard guy was hot, but man, there are things that triggered revulsion in me with the abuse of women in the sex scenes. I actually couldn't read whole chapters of this book. The slavery and abuse of women was just something I couldn't stomach. Over and over again through the story (which is VERY LONG, like 800 pages!)

The world-building is masterfu
Sophia Triad
“If you cannot have an easy journey, make an interesting story”

This book is epic. An ODYSSEY that should not be taken lighthearted.

I understand that the book may scare people off because of its length, but I believe it is important to treat it as 8 separate books as opposed to one book. The book has clearly eight distinct parts in which different events take place and you have a different degree of knowledge about the characters and their world. The emotions change. The number of characters and
Pam Godwin
Sep 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a saga, the length of five books in one, and when I turned the last page--kindle location 23044!--I cried tears of wonderment. Never have I read a story this engrossing, this thought-provoking, this emotionally potent.

It conveys a similar theme to Lord of the Flies, with its marooned, violent characters, and its study of the ugly side of human nature versus the omniscient force of goodness. The symbolism is unmissable, but the events that unravel are as real as speculative fiction can ge
Oct 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I need a day or so to digest this before I review. I can say this much: BRILLIANT!


Let me unequivocally state that Meoraq is one of my most favourite male romance heroes EVER!

Okay, I needed much longer than a day or so. I re-read this the past week and am still very much impressed by this book. Truth be told: I'm a bright grinch-green in envy.

Few authors managed to include religion in such an organic manner, few managed to then subvert religion in such a brilliant way, either. This is a t
Mandi Schreiner
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A week or two ago Jane from Dear Author wrote on Facebook how much she enjoyed this book. I’ve been wanting to try this author since I heard about Heat last year. So I wandered over to Goodreads to see what other readers had to say, and I saw this review by Jill Myles so I knew I had to read it.

This is most likely my favorite book of the year, which means I gently place Captive Prince Vol 1 & 2 in second place (and Heart of Obsidian in third place – my top three books make me so freaking hap
Amy Harmon
May 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
First off, let me warn those who read my books and who are my reader friends. This book is graphic, violent, offensive, painful and dark. It is also a thousand pages long - and it absorbed me for days.

Second. I don't think many authors could write this book. I don't think I could. It was deep, thought provoking, involved, and brilliant. And I think it took a lot of courage to write it.

Third. I loved it. I loved that it made make me think. I loved it because I was constantly forced to evaluate my
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Kathleen by: Jill
Content advisory. At nearly 1000 pages, this book is FAR too long, with many similar scenes. It is MUCH too dark for me, with graphic sexual violence, degradation, and grisly death.

The sci-fi / world building is fairly weak, but the history behind the theocratic society is engrossing and credible. The romantic entanglements are interesting, and sexy. If I could rate the book only on the relationship between the H and h, I'd give it 4 stars.

Writing: Smith writes dialogue and descriptions well
Sh3lly (
Apr 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Alien-human romance fans
Recommended to Sh3lly ( by: Samantha and Holly
Edit: November 1, 2015. I still think about this book, so I feel like I should have given this 4 stars instead of three (even though I did have issues with it.) So, I'm now giving this baby 4 stars. I want to read more R. Lee Smith.

Original review: Oh yeah, lizard lovin' time.

Amber Bierce and her sister Nicci live on Earth, sometime in the distant future. Their mother is a prostitute who dies, leaving them with nothing and no options to survive. Jobs are hard to come by in this future version of
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it

4.5* Addictive and Unforgettable

I'd skipped past this book several times since neither the title nor the cover appealed to me at all, I didn't even stop to read the blurb. But then a friend of mine said she'd just read it and loved it and thought I would too so I downloaded the sample (which was longer than some books I've read) and I was hooked.
I didn't read any reviews at all which is unusual for me but by this point I was so engrossed in the book I just couldn't pull myself away.

It's safe to
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
1. Lemme just say that when I created my aliens-i-love-em shelf, this is NOT what I meant. *giggle snorts*

2. Who the hell cares that I have a MULTITUDE of other books I'm supposed to be reading? I'm gonna read the 1000+ page book about ALIEN LOVE, b/c I DO WHAT I WANT.

If I hate it, it will make for an excellent rant.


Jen Davis
Oct 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Epic Science Fiction. It’s not a genre I have heard of before, but it seems to fit here. This book is sweeping. It has depth. Breadth. It’s dark at times, but there is also hope. There is love. And there is, ultimately, an examination of what it means to be human and what truly constitutes a monster. Epic.

The story follows Amber, a woman down on her luck, who in a last ditch effort to make a future for herself and her sister, secures passage for them both on a space expedition to colonize a new
Duchess Nicole
I can't possibly write a review to do this book justice. I put it off too long anyways and my Nook went on the fritz, deleting all of my saved quotes and highlights and notes. Grrr. If you want a thorough, comprehensive review, I'd suggest Jill's review here:

What I CAN say is that this book goes right to my all time favorites shelf and that it is one of the most unique and original books I've ever come across. It's a 1000+ page whopper of a book but worth
2.5 stars

I read this for the Alien square for Halloween Bingo

She should have been prepared to see something like this. An alien, that was. From the moment she'd first seen the scaly deer if not sooner. But there was a big difference between knowing intellectually that there were forms of animal life on this world and seeing a six-foot tall lizardman come at you out of the bushes with a knife in his hand.

This was 1,000 pgs. I'm exhausted because as you can tell by rating, it was only an ok 1,00
Dec 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommended to Kinga by: Jill
I read this because Jill made me. Every now and then we force each other to read books we probably would not have read otherwise. I’m not going to lie - many times during reading this book I was asking myself: what is this? Why am I reading it?

And yet, it’s clear to me there is a five star book hidden in this 1000 page long behemoth of a novel. R Lee Smith is a fantastic storyteller but she could use a good editor to just trim her production. There were so many repetitive scenes, and don’t get m
Jacqueline J
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved. It. I wish I could buy this book in a dead tree copy so I could share it with all my friends. I've read a few comments about this book. I know some people thought it was too long but you could sign me up right now for another 2400 pages. Some people thought it was too violent. I was glad the author had the courage of her convictions. The hero is not going to save the heroine every time before the bad stuff happens. So on to my review.

First, the world building was amazing. The religion bas
Ivie ✩Born to Magic-Forced to Muggle✩
Here's the thing, space-porn is awesome. It's a genre on it's own. A lot of people may laugh, and I imagine do, that so many people are jumping all over books that depict humans humping aliens, but what do you expect me to say? We can be a bit pervy as a species.


One thing I didn't expect – is for this book to be this long. And long it was. Over 1K of pages. Yup.... Think on that a minute. For a space porn – that's impressive.

Tell you what else was impressive, the actual novel itself. It was da
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Mara by: Jane Litte (Dear Author)
4 1\2
This is a book about faith. And maybe hope. It's in no way an easy read, there's plenty of violence going round and not all of it will be palatable for many (most?) readers. You really have to enjoy dark, gritty books to even consider reading The Last Hour of Gann.

It's weird. This is published by and with an erotica label. And yes it has sex in it. But in a book 500+ pages long, the sex is a drop in an ocean. What you'll find is two mind set, two species, a lizard warrior monk and a human
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Oct 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Sci-fi/Fantasy Romance Readers
Recommended to Anna (Bobs Her Hair) by: Searock
4.5 stars ... (Not sure whether to round up or down.)

A heck of a lot less violent than Heat, which had gore and rape from beginning to nearly the end. Loved the world-building at the beginning. It did drag off and on during the middle. The payout for reading this long book was a very rewarding ending. Everything came full circle.

What was good: the world-building, the romance, the characters (even the villains had dimension; except the humans, especially Scott), and the resolution

What Gann neede
Feb 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf

I don't have enough words to explain just how GREAT this book was!!!

I was expecting a usual alien-human love, but here I found so much more!!!

Like an excellent, interesting, intriguing, brutal, violent, religious, sexist world building!
Like a totally alien hero, both in his physical aspect and his reasoning!
Like a post-apocaliptic, empty, dangerous landscape.
Like a totally unconventional heroine!

Wonderful!!! Simply wonderful

It reminded me of Octavia Butler's Xenogenesis books. It has the
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 3-5-stars
This is without a doubt the longest book, I have EVER read. With my specialized kindle font, margins, yada yada I have set... twelve days ago when I opened this book and I tapped the screen - the bottom bar said location 3 of 19907. I am not exaggerating when I say my mouth did that weird fishy-looking, up and down, no sound thing.

I'm not sure I would have ever picked this one to read for myself, other than the fact it was on my TBR pile and at some point, it must have interested me... Let me ba
Solid 4.5 stars

Loved it!

The Last Hour of Gann is LONG!! But I cannot praise the momentum of this book enough; it builds momentum like no prose author I've read in quite some time.
This book does not hold the typical archetypes characters that seem to be the norm of late; some are gritty; few are totally evil or good. R.Lee has created a sprawling world, full of intrigue and potential, and sowed it with characters that can carry out interesting conflicts within it.
There are richly textured ch
Pamela / SpazP
Re-Read: Just as amazing as the first time I read it in 2013. I NEED more books like this in my life.

What do I do with myself after finishing this?? It took me a week to read it (I usually read 2-3 a week), it's that dense, and soooo much happens. WHAT A STORY. Gah!! I was intrigued from the beginning, then found I could not put it down. Every free moment I'd glom this book. The ending left me with one of the most rewarding feelings I've ever had upon completing a book, and now I have a book ha
Michelle [Helen Geek]
Oct 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone, but have patience.
Recommended to Michelle by: Jill's lovely review & Searock
11/02/2013 --

Overall Rating = 5 Stars
Book Cover / Book Blurb / Book Title = 5 / 5 / 5 = 5 Stars
Writer’s Voice = 5 Stars
Character Development = 5 Stars
Story Appreciation = 5 Stars
Worth the Chili = 5 Stars -- [$6.50 on Amazon]

Books like this are invaluable. They engage the reader's mind, their emotions, their sense of adventure. The rating scale we have available do books like this an injustice. They are head and shoulders above others I've rated 5 Stars.

Read this book.

I'm not a huge fan of sci-f

DNF at 70%

I was really intrigued by this book. The story sounded different and interesting and there are some really good positive reviews. I knew it was long and that a lot of parts would drag based on the reviews. A lot of people mentioned that it would pick up after the 20% mark. But for me it actually picked up after the 60 ish% mark. It took me 3 days of forced heavy reading getting to the 50% mark and was mostly bored during the first half. By the time I felt that things were really picki
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ok, I can see why people are either hating or loving this book. But, I'm giving it a solid 4. Why, you ask? Because I was damn entertained. It wasn't a struggle or a goal, I just wanted to keep picking this book up and see what happened next. Yes, it was very long. Yes, there were some aspects that drove me insane. But, I give Smith props for building this world and characters. Down side: No Epilogue! It was much needed!
Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The good thing, ladies and gents, is that this book will blow your mind. The bad thing, - it's not for everyone.

This is a pretty epic sci-fi romance; a hefty tome, at 1000+ pages, with quite a lot of world building and various trials and tribulations for the main group of characters, which at times are very hard to stomach, but the whole experience is absolutely addictive.

In not so distant future, Earth is how we imagine it would be - overpopulated, overpolluted and drowning in its own misery.
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"God gave you to me."
"Did you keep the receipt?"

- Amber and Meoraq”
“Yet for all the aggravation of tending them, it was not so terrible an ordeal. He’d never kept a pet before and keeping close to fifty of them all at once in the wildlands was not how any man ought to begin, but he seemed to be having some success at it and he had to admit, he liked having someone to talk to, even if she couldn’t talk back.” 30 likes
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