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The Final Winter

(Damienverse #3)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  3,509 ratings  ·  417 reviews
Critically acclaimed début novel of bestselling author, Iain Rob Wright.

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 denial. The truth is too strange to admit; but, one by one, they will be forced to acc
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 227 pages
Published by Silk Raven Associates (first published 2011)
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Tom Lewis
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.
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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)
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I loved this book! It was a very creepy and an enticing horror story for me. I highly recommend if a reader enjoys a different and dark supernatural story that takes place in the midst of a freezing blizzard!!
Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good book by Mr. Wright. He got me on this one, as I didn't expect the apocalypse to come from the direction it did. I enjoyed getting to know these characters and was glad to see how it ended. Yep, I'd recommend this book and author. ...more
Adam Light
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.
Jul 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Stan James
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
Sep 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The beginning was entertaining, but then the story begins to drag, the reveal is totally unexpected, and not in a good way. The anti-christian attitude is overpowering. It begins as a horror story and suddenly turns into a comedy. I actually thought of giving up. The ending is abrupt, everything wraps up too quickly and is cheesier than Gouda. Skip this, read his "A-Z of Horror" instead, it's great! ...more
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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
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
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
Lora Milton
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
This one starts as you would expect. An unseasonal snowstorm causing white out conditions, reports of snowstorms in places where they shouldn't be, old codgers in the pub saying everything will be back to normal in a couple days and all the talk about global warming is over reaction, then the power goes out.

So far very similar to most stories about unusual snowstorms. The story takes a while to get to the Horror bits, but spends that time on character development which is interesting in itself.
Monica Mac
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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! ...more
Sep 09, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit different than I expected but it was a quick read and a somewhat charming story of redemption.
May 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
It was written well. It wasn't filled with grammatical errors which annoys the hell out of me. It was ok but just didn't work for me. Lucas was the only character I really enjoyed and that wasn't enough for me to recommend the book. ...more
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 20, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
For a short novel, it's taking me extraordinarily long to read this. The main reason is that the writing is extremely clunky, with overly-described thought processes, and phrases that are either cliched or don't make any sense. Lots of typos too. I am about halfway through and not much has happened in terms of plot. I don't know if I'll ever finish it.

Update: I finished it. It was painful. All that excruciatingly slow buildup... to a big, fat nothing.
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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The book started out quite thrilling and horrific, but then took a very unexpected turn. I was not prepared to be met with a divine apocalypse and battling angels, otherwise I might not have picked up the book at all. While, obviously, some ethical questions were addressed, the author added a good portion of humour in the shape of Lucas/Lucifer as a counterpart.
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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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