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Not the End of the World [Kindle Edition]

Christopher Brookmyre
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The crew of an oceanic research vessel goes missing in the Pacific along with their mini-submarine. An evangelical media star holds a rally next door to a convention in LA devoted to 'nubile' cinematic entertainment. The cops know there's going to be trouble and they are not disappointed. What they didn't foresee was the presence in their state of a Glaswegian photographer with an indecipherable accent and a strong dislike of hypocrisy, or of a terrorist who seems to have access to plutonium as well as Semtex. In his unique style, Christopher Brookmyre throws a harsh light on the selfish preoccupations of 1990s society and at the same time provides uproarious entertainment.

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'Dialogue is a joy throughout.' -- The Times

'Thrillingly unpleasant.' -- Esquire

'Very funny' -- Literary Review

The Times

'Dialogue is a joy throughout.'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1054 KB
  • Print Length: 511 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0316640654
  • Publisher: Abacus; New Ed edition (16 Jun. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0051GY5PY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,025 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Chris Brookmyre was a journalist before becoming a full time novelist with the publication of QUITE UGLY ONE MORNING. Since writing A BIG BOY DID IT AND RAN AWAY he and his family decided to move away from Aberdeen and now live near Glasgow.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
It's very rarely a writer comes along who manages to do what Christopher Brookmyre has done. He's managed to invent a genre all of his own, which can only be called `Tartan Noir', and writes thrillers which are attention grabbing, inventive, funny and, er, thrilling.

There's a nice inventive set-up in this pacey thriller. There's a porn film convention in LA, and a set of archly conservative Christian evangelists holding their own convention across the road. In the middle is Larry Freeman, a police man trying to keep them from each other's throats whilst also trying to solve the mysterious disappearance of four marine scientists. The story also follows photographer Steff Kennedy, on assignment to photograph the film convention, who gets caught up in the religious plot to rid the world of filth. Or is there something more to it?

This is a great read. It has all the hallmarks of a Brookmyre novel, seemingly very disparate plot threads that seem completely unconnected at first, but then weave together in a great way that leaves you thinking `of course!' There are greatly drawn characters, the back story of each is well explained, and you never feel that they are two dimensional or clichés. You really feel an empathy for them. There is a slew of wonderfully inventive and grisly murders, a broad streak of very black humour and the usual stance against religious stupidity. Not for the faint hearted or closed minded!

A great thriller that will keep you gripped and laughing right to the end. A proper page turner, I can't recommend it enough.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the End of the World 9 April 2006
"Not the end of the world" is my second dip into the writings of Christopher Brookmyre and once again I can happily report that I have been both delighted and well entertained by this peach of a book.
Steff Kennedy is the Scottish photographer who finds himself in Los Angeles reporting on the American Feature Film Market, a large exhibition where all the small B-Movie makers gather together to peddle their sometimes questionable wares. Just to complicate matters the evangelical American League of Decency led by the ex-Presidential candidate Luther St John has also decided to set up camp just across from the AFFM festival and stage their own gathering of religious led celebrations.
This headache is the problem of LAPD sergeant Larry Freeman who has the inevitable job of looking after security. When a mysterious ship is found just off the coast with all crew missing things look like they may not be destined to run all that smoothly. When the boat is then subsequently linked to Luther St John things look like they are definitely not going to be running smoothly.
Like the other book of Mr Brookmyre's I have read, "Country of the blind" he likes to take a subject and then take it to task in his own special way. Here the subject that gets the full treatment is religion and especially that of the American TV Evangelists. The caustic and unforgiving way he takes full advantage of the subject makes for a most entertaining and sometimes laugh out loud read.
The characters are also superbly crafted and the reader will soon feel an affiliation with the good guys and a deep dislike of the baddies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the end of Christopher Brookmyre 31 July 2006
'Not the End of the World' is set in 1999 and tackles some weighty issues such as religion, belief, the encroaching millennium and pornography! A militant Christian has taken it upon himself to hold a dubious film festival to random by placing a bomb on a boat. Meanwhile, a Scottish photographer has just fallen in love with an ex-porn star that in turn has just been told that she has to kill herself to save the lives of 88 other people. Can the police stop the madman before it gets too late and what about the three missing nuclear warheads?

Brookmyre has produced a complex and exciting novel that has at least 4 main characters each being involved in the story in a different way. He fleshes out these characters in an outstanding way giving what happens to them more weight than if we did not care about them.

With a central love story that I enjoyed and exciting set pieces, parts of this book are excellent. It is a very moral tale and discusses the fact that some people believe in religion so much that they are willing kill for its cause. The failings are few but a slow first third did not help and also the spectacular set pieces some times got confusing.

However, 'Not the End of the World' is one of Brookmyre's best books I have read and left me thinking.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Brookmyre couldn't put it down situation. 12 Oct. 1999
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Once again Brookmyre had me in knots, his plots are great, and as an ex-patriot Glaswegian, his use of the Glasgow patter must have kept my next door mates on the oil rig awake, and me in tears. Keep it up Chris, I love it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of his best 4 Oct. 2007
I came to Christopher Brookmyre rather late in life (nine of his books already in paperback, and the tenth about to be published), but I have read all eleven in the past twelve months or so, and have found this to be one of his best. I have read his books in chronological order, so this was one of the first, and the first that wasn't about Jack Parlabane. Having recently finished his first two books, I started this with a little trepidation - it seemed odd to start off with that there was no sign of Parlabane (though he does get the briefest of mentions as being a good friend of lead character Steff Kennedy) - but I soon settled into things, and discovered that, actually, things were better without him.

There are times when the plot gets slightly TOO far-fetched (hey, it's a Brookmyre), but it still manages to stay just about this side of plausible, which certainly can not be said of one or two of his later offerings (I'm thinking All Fun & Games as a for instance). I have read comments about "Americans with a British accent" being a problem, but it certainly wasn't for me. Far harder, I think, for American authors to pen British characters.

As time has gone on, presumably Mr Brookmyre has found it harder and harder to come up with plausible plots (the latest Rubber Ducks episode being the lowest point yet), but then, we are talking fiction here, so does it really matter how implausible the plot is?
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Great book, a must read if your a fan of Christopher Brookmyres other stuff. Slow to start but well worth it
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Published 2 months ago by Mr. S. Carter
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written story marred by anti-Christian rants
I enjoyed the story, both the writing and the plot, but I found the vehemently anti-Christian sentiments expressed a bit hard to take. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jenny Galuschka
4.0 out of 5 stars It disappointed me slightly
This is about a B movie convention in Los Angeles, which discovers that a Christian fundamentalist rally is happening just across the street. Read more
Published 5 months ago by ade45
2.0 out of 5 stars full of promise
Maybe his worst book. Unoriginal and forcefully unbiased prose used to tell a stale story. Funny at points but not worth buying.
Published 10 months ago by Mr James Meechan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent as always
Published 11 months ago by M
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read!
The second Brookmyre I've read and now hooked. Virtually unputdownable - very exciting and have ordered the next one. Great.
Published 13 months ago by B. Gooderham
4.0 out of 5 stars Must read
I am a Christopher Brookmyre fan and this book does not fail to meet my expectations ! I enjoyed it!
Published 19 months ago by Mrs. Aileen M. Wallace
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
An oldie but as ever, funny and brutal in the best possible way. Slightly prone to rants but still loved it
Published 22 months ago by Euan McGarvie
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