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On the night where it begins snowing in every country of the world, a group of ordinary people gather at an old English pub. At first they assume the weather is just a random occurrence, but as the night goes on, and weird things happen, they start to realise something far more sinister is occurring. And that someone amongst them may be the cause of it all.By the end of thOn the night where it begins snowing in every country of the world, a group of ordinary people gather at an old English pub. At first they assume the weather is just a random occurrence, but as the night goes on, and weird things happen, they start to realise something far more sinister is occurring. And that someone amongst them may be the cause of it all.By the end of the night, not everyone will make it, and those that do may wish they hadn’t.BONUS: Also includes the disgusting short story: The Peeling of Samuel Lloyd Collins...

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ISBN : 2940011410031
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Number of Pages : 193 Pages
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The Final Winter Reviews

  • Scot
    2019-05-11 12:57

    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 looking for a great, atmospheric read, you have come to the right place.   You can't go wrong with a book by Iain Rob Wright.  A genuine 5 star read!! 

  • TC
    2019-05-08 18:50

    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 sinister characters outside. As events unfold it appears someone in their group may be the cause of it all. The book is described as an apocalyptic horror, and while it starts in a way that provokes thoughts about climate change and doesn't appear to be setting up a horror story, as the evening goes on members of the group witness terrible things. Although some of the action takes place outside and in shops nearby most of the evening is covered from within the pub, in close quarters which feels quite claustrophobic and adds to the atmosphere. The tone starts as quite conversational and there are moments of humour which lightened the book and made it less dark than I was expecting while still containing some terrible moments. Will the group freeze to death, kill each other or have some other fate befall them? What on earth is behind the freak weather and are the newest members of the group exaggerating about what they have seen outside? Written in the third person from a range of viewpoints we are able to find out about the secrets some of the refugees from the weather have. Harry is one of the main characters, a regular since tragedy hit his life. The others see him a bit of a drunken joke, not knowing about what has happened in his past. Local thug Damien lacks respect for the other regulars and has a hard man reputation but isn't all he seems. Nigel the trucker is an unknown quantity for the others, a man who keeps himself to himself, but probably for good reason. Some of the characters like duo Ben and Jerry start out light-hearted and confident but reveal their softer more thoughtful sides as the night goes on. Possibly the most interesting character to me was the Irish charmer who has made his first appearance in the pub on this of all nights and seems to have uncanny insight. I thought the development of the characters and their interwoven relationships was great, and a real strength. The different types of people and their contradictory views were pretty representative of the sort of people you can find on any given evening in locals across the land. I definitely found myself identifying with and rooting for some of the characters while being disgusted by others. It's proved quite difficult to review this book without giving any spoilers, so suffice it to say that towards the end all is explained and I really liked the what and why. I also liked the very last chapter which acted as an epilogue, but again would hate to say more for fear of ruining it for anyone else.I thought this was a very good book, only let down a little by a few typos and misplaced apostrophes, with both a clever plot and a number of engaging characters. Oh and as an added bonus there is a revolting short story at the end! I'd definitely look up Iain Rob Wright's other works.

  • Adam Light
    2019-04-28 16:33

    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.

  • Denna
    2019-05-13 12:35

    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 from an apocalyptic horror story, but I felt this could have been so much more than what it turned out to be. Comedy is not what I search for when choosing a “horror” story, but comedy is what it morphed into. It’s like the author did this bang-up job of setting up this dark tale and then totally dropped the ball. I might try a second novel by Iain Rob Wright just because I liked the set up of the first half in The Final Winter, but right now it’s a mighty big IF. The talent is there to produce a good horror. He certainly caught my attention at the start. But I think this one got pushed through while still in need of a lot more work in the developmental, editing, part of the writing process. Had potential, but didn’t deliver. I should probably have given it one star, but decided to go with two only because of the good beginning. For the author, because I feel you have a lot of talent as a writer-- I’d pull this one and rework it before anymore damage is done. For potential readers—-probably not going to be the story you hoped for when glancing through the blurb and those beginning pages.

  • Dreadlocksmile
    2019-04-25 14:34

    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 old spends his life drowning his sorrows in alcohol at his local – The Trumpet. And tonight was no exception. The usual faces were in the pub with him, each drinking alone, passing the hours with just their pints for company. The only thing that was different from every other night was the weather. The snow was falling heavier than anyone could ever remember it having done. And not just where they were…but across the entire world.When the power cuts out, the pub and the rest of the snow-covered street is left in complete darkness. The pub’s longstanding barmaid Steph is the first to jump into action – gathering together candles for some form of light. The sudden arrival of Lucas – a charismatic Irishman that strangely none of the locals had ever laid eyes on before, quickly brings the group together. Those taking shelter from the unrelenting blizzard outside are far from a solid knit of personalities. Old Graham – the local old drinker, Nigel the long-distance lorry driver and Damien the young drug dealing thug, together with Harry, Lucas and Steph make up the entirety of the group.With the snow falling heavily and the temperature steadily dropping, drastic measures are certainly needed. And Lucas seems to be the man to bring them all together in this desperate time of need. But the snow and the dropping temperature suddenly becomes just one in a long line of life-threatening problems that face the group. Everything suddenly becomes a hell of a lot worse when the mutilated body of the Polish supermarket employee – Peter, comes crashing through the pub window. And carved into the flesh of his chest is the message “Send out the sinner”.Suddenly this is hell on earth. Outside beastly hounds from hell are roaming the surreal white landscape, where visibility is near impossible. Others from nearby shops are seeking rescue, when the first of the savage attacks occur. There’s a hell of a lot more out there than just snow…DLS Review:Wright starts off the tale setting down a nicely localised post-apocalyptic scenario that encapsulates a very British setting, with a handful of well-developed characters bringing together a very character driven storyline. The tale itself stands firmly with its very British roots throughout, playing with the clashing personalities of the realistically portrayed characters from within this very small locale.The novel unashamedly homes in on just this very small location within a much more expansive and grander apocalyptic premise. Drawing together a religiously themed premise from the likes of Stuart Vowell’s ‘Lucifer Wars’ (2005) or indeed John Prescott’s ‘Pray’ (2010), Wright zeros in on how one small group of individuals battle against all odds in order to hopefully survive the long perilous night. Very much in the similar vein as one of Ian Woodhead’s apocalyptic scenarios, such as with his tale ‘Shades Of Green’ (2010), the reader finds themselves watching a very close-knit reaction to these monumentally devastating events, somewhat diminishing the otherwise epic scale of the scenario.Just when the reader begins to think that they have an understanding of where the tale is going, Wright throws in a whole new twist to the tale’s direction, nicely throwing the reader off-guard once again. As piece by piece the novel gradually (and I really mean gradually) begins to take form, Wright pumps up the pace with sporadic splatters of action, bringing the novel to a dramatic and compelling finale. This final showdown (nope – I won’t give away with whom) is slightly clumsy with its actual execution, but remains satisfying with its broad wrapping up of the tale. The handful of additional subplots that constantly run alongside the main thrust of the tale, are what really make the novel what it is. Ok, so the ‘religious-apocalypse’ backdrop is by far and away the main thrust for the tale, but the Richard Laymon-esque gritty substories breathe a much needed energy into the otherwise struggling plot.The novel reads very much like a debut, with the author’s writing style not really found. At times the pace does begin to show signs of sagging, with a touch too much empathise on the interaction between the characters rather than slinging down another impactful scene of action and horror. However, Wright has still achieved a hell of a lot with the novel, pulling together an enjoyable and quite light-hearted apocalyptic romp.The publication also includes the following bonus short story:The Peeling of Samuel Lloyd Collins – 9 PagesAlready 90% of Europe has been affected by the disease popularly dubbed ‘The Peeling’. Like its named suggests, the symptoms that ultimately result in the infected person’s death, are a slow disintegration of the body. Flesh falls off piece by piece. Toe nails slip off, hands rot away and pus filled sores drop from all across the body. And one man sits there recording his and the entire world’s downfall. One man who wants just one answer. Who’s responsible?Gloriously gory from the outset, this miniature end of the world scenario wallows in the splatterpunk sickness of the short tale, feasting on the first-person-perspective of the human deterioration offered by the writings from our narrator’s diary. Very much in the same grotesque vein as Phil Smith’s ‘The Incredible Melting Man’ (1978), Guy N Smith’s ‘The Festering’ (1989) or indeed David Cronenberg’s film ‘The Fly’ (1986), the short delights in the repulsive elements of the narrator’s collapsing body, until a final, almost by this time irrelevant, twist ending concludes the twisted little tale.The book as a whole runs for a total of 262 pages.

  • Stan James
    2019-05-06 18:42

    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 people are effectively trapped in an English pub as an apocalyptic snowstorm rages not only outside but all across the world. Shortly into the story all phone service goes down and the power flicks off, leaving the group of people completely isolated.A few others from a nearby supermarket and video store make their way over and the rest of the short novel chronicles the group trying to survive the storm and each other because most of them are miserable wretches.The ending is right up there with "it was all a dream" or "and it turns out they were Adam and Eve". It's hokey as all get-out.Overall, this is a mediocre effort, hampered by a few things that feel very "new writer" to me:1. Each scene is told from a particular character's point of view. This is fine. However, the author doesn't merely jump into each character's head, he snuggles comfortably in. Every thought and emotion is relayed in explicit (and often redundant) detail. There is no mystery at all behind anyone's motivations at any point. Everything is quite literally spelled out for the reader. This gives the story a strange flatness, leeching out nearly all of the inter-character drama.2. The plot drives the characters. The author seems to have hatched the plot for the novel and then contorts the situations and characters to ensure that everything moves from Point A to Point B to Point C. There are absurd coincidences, characters behaving stupidly (often wondering to themselves why they are acting so stupidly but carrying on nonetheless), all in service to keep the plot moving forward. The characters feel less like people and more like chess pieces being moved about to get to checkmate. That's what the bad guy should have shouted at the end, really. "Checkmate!"3. Without getting too much into spoilers, the depiction of good and evil flips between cartoonish and grimdark, but the tone shifts are awkward, as if the author couldn't make up his mind whether to play things straight or for laughs.The opening where the characters are first introduced and the mystery of the storm is not yet revealed works reasonably well and I was interested in seeing what would happen. By the end I was rolling my eyes regularly and happier about the book being short and cheap.A disappointment overall and one I can't recommend. If you're looking for an apocalyptic tale I'd suggest the nearly 40 year old Lucifer's Hammer before this.

  • March Shoggoth Madness The Haunted Reading Room
    2019-05-22 11:47

    First posted review of 2013!:)Review of The Final Winter by Iain Rob Wright5 starsThis 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 come to life: such depths and convolutions that I could never have imagined any of its content. It begins with heavy snowfall—literally, everywhere—so of course I thought, “global warming, climate change.” But that was so not the answer. Then comes the terror—and more terror—and then the truth begins to expose itself. THEN, the climax after the denouement! Incredible! I’ve so enjoyed several of the horror stories of author Iain Rob Wright, but now this one—this is in a category all its own.

  • BookLoversLife
    2019-05-21 12:46

    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 have to try and survive the end of the world. That's just a basic summary of the plot because I don't want to spoil things but it goes much deeper than just that. There is a lot happening in the pub and the twists towards the end were amazing. It's a fast paced and intense plot but one you will not want to end. It captivated me from the start and I devoured the book.The characters were amazingly written. There are quite a few but we get a great sense of who they are. Each one has a story to tell and you can't help but root for them. Harry is one of the MCs, he has been drowning his sorrows in The Trumpet since a drunk driver took his wife and son from him. He doesn't know what to make of the snow but knows something is wrong. He was one of my favourite characters because he was real. He isn't a likely hero, he is flawed but he does what needs to be done, no matter the cost. Another character I liked was the mysterious Irish man that came into the pub. He was like the cam in the storm, though you just know that he knows more then he is letting on. While I'm talking about this character, I have to say that Chris Barnes nailed the Irish accent. Being Irish, I'm particular when it comes to people trying to do a decent Irish accent, often times they fail miserably, but not so here! Chris Barnes did it perfectly and clearly.Anyway, this was such a great read. It's labeled as a post apocalyptic horror, but it's not gory. It's definitely creepy and quite scary but fit for anyone who doesn't like too much gore. I loved everything about this and highly recommend!! Once again, Chris Barnes gave an amazing performance. The amount of accents he can do never fails to impress me, but with this book, he took it to a new level. So many different characters, yet he managed to give each their own voice. I never had a problem following who was talking, and as I said, his Irish accent was amazing too. He breathed life into this book and I think that's why I enjoyed it so much. He is one narrator I can recommend. *I received a copy of this for review. This in no way affects my thoughts.*

  •  PuMbA's MoMmy*•.♥.•*
    2019-04-27 13:52

    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 utterly creepy!! Oh How I loved the gore in it though!

  • Jennifer Lynn Harrison
    2019-05-04 17:38

    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 the pub are not much better! I cannot say what Harry does at the end for it will ruin the book but we do get interventions from both God AND the Devil before all is said and done. Reading this it sounds like an utterly surreal book but it feels very much grounded in reality and is quite good and full of tension and murders and the supernatural. Also, for those who, like me have read Wright's other book HOUSEMATES, all I can say is that this book features THAT Harry and THAT Damien!! Ultra cool- love when authors combine/intertwine their works! --Jen from Quebec :0)

  • Martin Belcher
    2019-04-24 13:32

    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 with the bar lady, Steph are Harry a drunk with a tragic story to tell, Old Graham a veteran of the Falklands war who lives upstairs, Damien the estates resident drug dealer and general thug, Nigel a long distance lorry driver and Lucas. Across the road in the Supermarket, manger Kath is stranded with two of her staff, Jess and "Polish" Peter. Finnally in his Dad's video store are Jerry and his mate Ben. As the snow continues to fall and the temperature drops like a stone, a menacing hooded giant appears in the snow accompanied by huge hounds....what follows is a living nightmare for the rag tag cast of characters and the end of the world as we know it..... A very good read, a very different concept from a lot of Apocalyptic books out there.

  • Anne Hawn Smith
    2019-05-13 16:29

    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 those parameters, there needs to be a very skillful character development. I am thinking of Mephistopheles, Screwtape, Old Scratch and those created by Dante, Milton, and Goethe. I am probably putting it awkwardly, but it is hard to make this point without spoiling the book.I would like to see other work by the author, because I see a very creative mind. I also have to note that dropping the foul language and sexual innuendo would help the book a great deal. Many of the situations call for specific adjectives which would help the reader experience the character's thoughts better than the trite expletives which are repetitive and non specific.

  • Joecon
    2019-04-26 16:35

    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!

  • Felts
    2019-05-17 16:37

    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. Freebie via Smashwords. The Final Winter via Smashwords

  • John
    2019-04-28 17:58

    4.5 StarsI 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

  • Ines
    2019-05-04 14:58

    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...

  • Tiffany
    2019-05-12 17:49

    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 way out is for the survivors to give up the person inside the pub who's the cause of it all.I thought that the plot was very well done, and the characters were very well-developed. Wright did a remarkable job slowly rolling out the characters' backstory to keep readers guessing who was the person responsible for causing the apocalyptic storm. However, because of the novel's similarities to the Stephen King novel, I pretty much figured out any twists and turns Wright tried to offer up. Despite this, Wright's writing and humor made the story fun to read, and hard to put down. Aside from books from older writers, I don't think I've read too many contemporary mystery/horror novels set in Britain, so this was a nice departure for me. I think I learned more about pubs from this novel than any before, and it's always nice to have the information for future reference. :)I enjoyed Wright's novel so much, that I'm considering checking out his other work. He writes in the popular multi-POV format, and uses this to his advantage when ratcheting up the tension in his story. The pace stayed steady throughout, and I never got bored, even when reading a POV of an unlikable character. If you like mystery/suspense with a little horror thrown in, You might want to check out Iain Rob Wright. He provides just enough horror to keep you on the edge of your seat, but won't gross you out.This review was originally posted on I Was Angelized_1st

  • Pamellia
    2019-05-17 16:55

    The Final Winter Friends/reduced price or freeBegan June 26, Completed June 28, 2014WOW!! 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 action, character development, story and creativity is what makes this book one that was difficult for me to set aside and do my every day duties. One interesting effect this book had on me. It is obviously about a cold, snowy, windy and deadly winter. I read the book during a bit of a heat wave...90 degree temps, 70 degree dew point, thunder storms throughout the day...get the idea? It's been HOT here. Yet while reading this book, I kept feeling cold and thinking it was snowing outside. Weird, eh? That's what good writing does.For all these reasons I give this book a solid 5 stars.Recommended

  • Bandit
    2019-05-08 12:59

    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 with the rest of the story really, like all of a sudden there is a Christmas special sort of ending. The book might have needed an editor, some typos, grammar and logistics, nothing major enough to distract from the plot. Not literature, doesn't try to be, but perfectly good for what it was, a fun apocalyptic tale set in a snowed in bar appropriately named The Trumpet. The edition also includes a bunch of fun short stories tangentially connected to the main one. Fun reading. Great introduction to a new author. Recommended for genre fans.

  • Patti
    2019-04-23 14:59

    I went into this one expecting a post apocalyptic tale, where the world is destroyed and humanity has to pull its collective asses out of the fire and rebuild.I got something quite different, but damn good.I never expected that classic good vs. evil battle, with quite an interesting twist.Wright does a great job of teasing out the characters, giving you just little bits and pieces until the whole picture is clear and you scratch your head, wondering how you ever thought THAT about that character.Only one real head scratcher for me: How did Harry know to handle Damien as he did in the end? I don't remember any new knowledge that Harry had, just what was shared when Harry wasn't in the room.Still, great book!ETA: After some thought, I know why Harry did what he did. Just had to read between the lines a bit. :)

  • Natasa
    2019-05-02 12:34

    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.

  • WendyB
    2019-04-23 15:59

    A bit different than I expected but it was a quick read and a somewhat charming story of redemption.

  • Eiain
    2019-04-30 17:57

    Really good book, liked the way the story takes you on unexpected trails, twists and turns.Worth reading. I could not put it down.

  • Kim
    2019-05-16 15:48

    I must have picked this book up 4-5 times since I downloaded it based on the number of bookmarks I put in. I finished the book. It was annoying and I had trouble getting past reading about characters who kept going to the bathroom in a pub that was so cold that the beer froze! The pipes would be frozen, right? Nobody said a thing about it.There was a Supernatural Easter egg near the end, so that was fun. The ending was all fallen angel blahblah.

  • Bill Jr.
    2019-04-27 16:29

    FrighteningThe 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
    2019-05-02 16:49

    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 fun short stories at the end as well.

  • Jeff Swystun
    2019-05-01 16:57

    Strangers thrown together. Isolated and alone. Threatened both from a malevolent force and each other. Sound familiar? Sure it's been done...what hasn't? Author Wright throws together an interesting mix of folks a la Agatha Christie. Most, if not all, have something to hide. Then the lights go out and their haven grows cold.What could have been an interesting and taught build disintegrates into a violent, unpleasant mess lacking any semblance of subtlety. Conversation and situation do not hold up and are inconsistent. There are several themes and the one of good and evil being not so black and white cried for deeper treatment. I would have preferred less religious overtones and more human behaviour (so deeper characters). Still it could pass the time on a winter ski vacation if the snow conditions are poor.

  • John Podlaski
    2019-05-22 15:41

    Now that it is time for a review, I find it difficult to write without adding to the book description or giving away some of the story. Kind of reminds me of the movie, "The Fog", except that it's snowing with white out conditions that make it impossible to see mere inches in front of your face. Workers from the small town video store and food market brave the deepening snow - attempting to join others at the local pub to wait out the storm. They soon discover that vile creatures are roaming through the area. Hidden by the blizzard-like conditions, they crawl through the snow and attack the two different groups halfway to their destination - not everyone makes it to safety. A lone stranger later enters the pub to everyone's amazement. How was he able to avoid the beasts? He is somewhat different, but nobody can quite put a finger on it.Within the pub, readers learn more about the characters; all appearing to hide or disguise something - leaving readers to second guess and choose sides - good vs. evil. However, without electricity and gas, the sole fireplace isn't providing enough warmth to keep everyone from freezing. The fire is dying, supplies are running out, and the creatures outside are noisy and taunting those within the pub, who continue to huddle around the fireplace and wonder if they will survive the night. What is so special about the pub that keeps these vile creatures from attacking those inside? They have entered other buildings freely, massacring those hiding within.The only problem I had in reading the story is to decipher some of the British terms and slang used by the author throughout the story. It made me hesitate, thinking for a moment about what the author meant with these comments. The last couple of chapters are surreal and helps us to understand what is actually taking place. There is one person, however, who stands up to this threat, intent on saving everyone. Does he succeed? Is he a hero? Read the book to find out!John Podlaski, authorCherries - A Vietnam War Novel

  • Daniel
    2019-05-15 16:41

    A mysterious snow storm ravages nations around the world. Inside an english pub, a group of ordinary people take refuge from the cold and hope to ride out the storm. Soon they realize that the storm is hiding malevolent forces and that surviving might not be easy as the thought."The Final Winter" is my first title from author Iain Rob Wright and one gripping apocalyptic tale. The characters were well developed, especially Harry; a depressed man who has lost everything close to him, drowning his sorrows and mistakes in ale.Mr. Wright use of humor throughout lightens the tone of the story a bit but when it's present ti fits with the characters or circumstance.I've seen other reviews that claim the author cheated the readers with the ending. Usually I would agree, but in the case of "The Final Winter" the ending fits with the overall tone of the story; so in this case it works and I'll give the author a pass. The ending works and is enjoyable to me.Mr. Wright has also included several short stories featuring different viewpoints from within "The Final Winter" story. These are a quick read and give a little more insight into the main story. Also included is "The Peeling of Samuel Lloyd Collins" and a preview of "Animal Kingdom"With "The Final Winter" under my belt, I look forward to reading more of the author's works.

  • Kristal
    2019-05-15 14:30

    The news reports are all telling the same tale: it is snowing on every nation in the world. Such an event has never been recorded in human history and the ragtag group that has gathered tonight at the local pub all have their own theory as to what is causing the event, except for Harry, who has ceased caring about anything since the tragic loss of his family a few years before. Harry comes to the pub to ease the pain that is eating away at him and because no one at the pub knows that real Harry, the Harry that holds a deep, dark secret. As the night progresses, other people enter the pub, trying to find warmth and protection from the cold since the power has shut off throughout the whole town. But some of these people arrive with terrifying tales of things lurking in the endless snow outside, things that seem to be from another world. When it finally becomes clear that a group of people will have to venture outside the pub in an effort to find more supplies, Harry volunteers thinking he could finally be of some use. He is unprepared for the creatures that lurk outside, the things that want to make sure Harry doesn't survive his final winter.