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The Last Rail-Rider [Kindle Edition]

Jason Gurley
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"Jason Gurley will be a household name one day." – Hugh Howey

(The Last Rail-Rider is a short story.)

He doesn't remember the days before the sickness.

He only knows the world since it went bad. The empty towns. The rusted-out cars. The corpses, everywhere.

He doesn't know why he rides the rails. He just does. The trains never take him away from the ruin. The trains never take him anywhere.

Until one day they carry him to a little town called Black Hole, Kentucky, and he meets a strange woman who knows him.

Who knows everything.


Jason Gurley is the author of the Kindle Worlds bestseller Greatfall, and the novels The Settlers, The Colonists and The Man Who Ended the World.

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About the Author

Jason Gurley is the author of Greatfall, The Man Who Ended the World, The Settlers, The Colonists and Eleanor. Born in the squelchy bogs of Texas, then raised in the icy caves of Alaska, he relied on his imagination to keep him warm and dry. As a result, he firmly believes that Superman isn't Superman if he's not wearing red undies, and that Darryl Strawberry had the sweetest swing of all time. He may be the only man alive who believes both, and that's okay. Jason lives in Oregon with his family, and is a creative director in Portland. He can be found online at, and, and probably a few dozen other places, if you look hard enough.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4087 KB
  • Print Length: 38 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #499,593 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm 4 April 2014
By Mat
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Not too sure if I liked it or not, still slightly confused about what the idea is but a nice lol story all the same!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great 25 Feb. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is my first time reading Jason Gurley, a short story which leaves a impression, the reason for four stars? I wanted the story to be longer!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A short story that stays with you. 17 Jan. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a very tightly written short story.
I have not read Jason Gurley before, but I will be seeking out other books. Like The Man Who Ended the World

This is an inspirational short read for a journey, that will leave you thinking after the last page is turned.

I read it yesterday evening, and it really got into my subconscious (if the dreams I had are anything to go by)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Serenity 16 Jan. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Although the story details the boys train travels, wonderfully, this is really a beautiful story of simplicity and aloneness in the face of what should be hell. This focus has stayed with me for days. Being a fan of serenity and being alone helps. I am jealous of his trains. But the juxtaposition of the boy's serenity and what must be a harsh reality is - beautiful. The ending does leave questions, but in much the same way a painting doesn't need to explain itself, neither does this story. It's how it makes you feel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking, surprising and sensitive 14 Jan. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I picked this up this morning, read it on two train journeys over the course of the day and finished it with a glass of wine tonight. That's the beauty of stories like this - they are self-contained nuggets which can be wrapped up in a single day but resonate for a while afterwards. The narrator is a boy living on Earth after some indeterminate global apocalyptic event. The way Gurley unfurls this world through the boy's eyes is beautifully done. It feels genuine, compassionate and intriguing. The sense of freedom the boy describes as he travels the trains reminds me of my own love of travelling. As the tale moves along, slowly but enjoyably, the pace suddenly picks up in the last third and the twist simply sparkles with life. It's almost breathtaking. Some questions left unanswered but maybe that's part of the allure. Really enjoyed this - well worth a couple of hours.
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