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Last Light [Paperback]

Alex Scarrow
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15 May 2008

It seems to be a very normal Monday morning. But in the space of only a few days, the world's oil supplies have been severed and at a horrifying pace things begin to unravel everywhere. And this is no natural disaster: someone is behind this.

Jenny is stuck in Manchester, fighting desperately against the rising chaos to get back to London, where her children are marooned as events begin to spiral out of control: riots, raging fires, looting, rape and murder. In the space of a week, London is transformed into a lawless and anarchic vision of hell.

Jenny's estranged husband, oil engineer Andy Sutherland, is stranded in Iraq with a company of British soldiers, desperate to find a way home to his family, trapped as transport links and the very infrastructure of daily life begin to collapse around him.

And against all this, a mysterious man is tracking Andy's family. He'll silence anyone who might be able to reveal the identities of those behind this global disaster. It seems that the same people who now have a stranglehold on the future of civilisation have flexed their muscles before, at other significant tipping points in history, and they are prepared to do anything to keep their secret - and their power - safe.

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; Reprint edition (15 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752893270
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752893273
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 3.3 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alex Scarrow spent the first ten years out of college in various rock bands trying to get a record deal. Then, failing miserably at that he went into the computer games business as a digital artist.

After a decade in the games business, he ended up as a senior designer working on high-concept projects for next generation consoles.

Finally he got bored of all of that and turned his hand to writing. His first manuscript, A THOUSAND SUNS was published in the UK by Orion in 2005. He now has a number of thrillers out and written the nine-book teen series TIMERIDERS which has won a number of awards, been nominated by Puffin as BEST ADVENTURE FANTASY in their recent BEST SEVENTY CHILDRENS BOOKS OF ALL TIME press release.

And coming soon, released exclusively on Amazon Kindle, is the ELLIE QUIN SERIES, which Alex describes as a chase story across a future universe that looks a bit like 'BladeRunner meets Douglas Adam's Hitch-Hikers Guide'. He has also described it as 'Bridget Jones in Space'.

Which is intriguing.

Alex Scarrow is fast building a reputation as one of the UK's most original writers.

"Alex is plugged into the zeitgeist - his themes of religious chaos, environmental catastrophe and the dangers of unchecked power are perfectly in tune with the times." - Orion Books.

Alex is represented by Veronique Baxter at David Higham Associates

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Alex Scarrow is a crime writer of real distinction (GOOD BOOK GUIDE)

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A terrifying apocalyptic thriller from the one of the brightest stars of the genre...

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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How much tinned food do you have? 13 Aug 2007
I love Alex Scarrow's brother's (Simon) Roman novels and I discovered Alex via Simons website while seeing if there was another Macro & Cato coming soo. What I found- a thousand suns- was a pretty good pageturner set in WW2 & the present day. Not a book that made me think by any means but well worth reading.

'Last Light' is different, not least because its set in the present. In a nutshell all the worlds oil supplies are shut down by the simple act of setting off a big car bomb outside the main Sunni shrines in Saudi Arabia. Iraq shows us what happens next.... all out inter-muslim civil war which engulfs the oil producing regions. Add in a bomb or two in Russias oil fields and low and behold Britain has a weeks worth of food, clean water and oil.

The book itself jumps between an oil engineer stranded in Iraq with a depleted platoon of british troops, his daughter stranded in an apocalyptic London ruled by gangs of looters and his estranged wife desperately trying to get from Manchester home to London to reunite the family. This works well and keeps the story flowing fast without interupting any of the characters sub-plots.

The recent floods in England show just how easy it is for essential supplies to be interupted and any idea that we have a 'Blitz Spirit' is nonsense... we panic buy at the drop of a hat. The whole book was far too realistic for comfort and made me realise just how little food and water I have in my house. Its also made me (a self confessed global warming sceptic) realise that we are far too dependent on oil, not because of it enviromental impact but because our very lives are dependent on a few thin pipes running from very unstable countries.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
By LukeW
Alex Scarrow has written a frightening story that may seem to have an obvious premise (in a nutshell, we're far too reliant on oil); however it's all the more frightening for how little serious consideration we give this issue.
Various events - it'll spoil the story to go into too much detail - result in the world's oil supply being more or less destroyed. Throughout the world and especially the UK, chaos and panic begin. Those with supplies of food and water are relatively prepared. Unfortunately, they're also targets for those without and any ideas of decency and civilisation go out the window in the struggle for survival. There is no 'Spirit of the Blitz' mentality; it's everyone for himself.
In the middle of this, Andy Sutherland attempts to get back to England from Iraq while his estranged wife works her way from Manchester to London in order to get to their two children. The problem is, someone else is after one of their children for reasons connected to the cause of the disaster. At the same time, the country is tearing itself apart.

Read the first couple of pages and get ready for a ride.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely superb - could not put this down 2 Dec 2007
By A. J. Sudworth VINE VOICE
There was a James Burke series 20 years ago that pointed out how interconnected the world really is and how just one circuit breaker plunged the North American eastern seaboard into darkness.

This books premise is that
a) we are absolutely dependent on oil
b) we have no idea how to survive if this oil is stoppped
c) someone thinks they should plan ahead for the time oil is no longer available

I read this book in a day because I could not put it down - the way society is said to break down so quickly when certain very basic tihings like food and water are gone - I can't remember who said we are just three meals away from revolution - this book brings that whole thing to life and potentially shows that civilisation is a pretty thin coat on some very basic needs

One of the best reads of 2007 for me
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling to the Very End 30 Oct 2007
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
Alex Scarrow lives a nomadic existence with his wife Frances and his son Jacob, their current home being Norwich (you can`t get much more nomadic than that). When he left college he led an interesting life chasing record deals and the next 12 years in the computer games industry, which I suppose is the same kind of thing, chasing dreams and fantasy.

The author has spent a number of years researching an issue that affects us all. He has written a spine-chilling thriller that leaves the reader in no doubt, how fragile the human society has become and is now. It is only a nanosecond away from oblivion.

What leaves society teetering on the brink. The world's oil supplies. The book shows what could happen to society if these supplies were ever cut. It is of course a fictional novel but the story shows what could happen if somebody sabotaged the world's oil supplies. Oil a natural product that society has come to lean on so heavily. This is a terrific read and a really convincing story. Maybe, just maybe it could happen . .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Action packed Scarrow 30 Oct 2007
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
For his second instalment into the world of writing, Alex tackles something that has fascinated him for a few years since originally reading about it and boy does it show. The passion behind the writing of a possible uncomfortable world only a short time away, takes the reader upon a rollercoaster where they're never sure exactly where they're going to end up.

Add to that believable characters with personal issues and a realistic possibility of the events of tomorrow and this book is just something that will keep you glued to the last page, especially in light of recent worldwide events. Wonderfully creative, well written with a touch of the apocalypse thrown in and you have a tale to close for comfort that will keep you up at night wondering how far away this world really is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Scary vision of the future and a great read.
Published 1 month ago by C.s Pinkett
1.0 out of 5 stars Sib-sixth-form drivel
Horrific, stilted prose that smacks of a teenager's poor attempt at being `edgy'. Do not buy this book.
Published 1 month ago by Solo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good book
Published 2 months ago by k joinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Really engaging book, occasionally implausible in some respects but overall, scary food for thought!
Published 2 months ago by Mr. S. Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent read
Published 3 months ago by Rod Boyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant thought provoking thriller.
Edge of your seat thriller. Really gets you thinking about the future fate of mankind. Another great book by Alex Scarrow.
Published 5 months ago by David Shepherd
5.0 out of 5 stars Frightenly realistic
Characters very believable - there was no one super hero but the heroism of conviction and feeling for fellow humans was very moving. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinarily realistic!
Our current & previous generation has known peace & privilege for so long on our fair island, that the sense of entitlement is completely out of control. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Hans Heller
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Thoroughly enjoyed the whole book, Author keeps momentum going right to the end. certainly makes you think about our dependancy on Oil, plus our greed for more.
Published 8 months ago by PAUL EVERETT
5.0 out of 5 stars It could be the precursor to something real
This story is so plausible you can quite possibly believe it could happen in the not too distant future. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mr. L. Barrett
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