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The Last Sunset [Kindle Edition]

Bob Atkinson
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Book Description

#1 bestseller Time Travel Romance & Alternate History

Andy Macmillan is a soldier, not a hero. I mean, look at him, leading a detachment to fire a heavy machinegun over the heads of recruits scrambling through the muddy training ground in the Scottish Highlands. Join the army to see the world and meet pretty lasses? Hardly!

Then a blinding red light fills the eastern sky and a mist engulfs them, filled by shadowy figures from a bygone age. The mist rolls back to reveal a simpler landscape, where the air is filled with the taint of burning peat, and the sound of Gaelic voices. When Andy’s squad encounters the local Lochaber villagers, only the headman — Achnacon — can speak English, the detested tongue of King George. Language is no barrier to love, however, and Achnacon’s daughter, Ishbel, has no need of English when she meets Andy, her brave soldier from the future.

An adhar dearg — the red light in the sky — has reached through time and brought Andy back for a reason. Glen Laragain in 1746 is not a time for lovers to fool around in the heather. The Highlanders have had their fill of King George in distant London and have risen in rebellion in support of Bonnie Prince Charlie.

In this age, Fort William is not just the name of a town, a tourist stop for coach trips to the Scottish Highlands. The fortified military base at Fort William exists for a single purpose: for the redcoats to control this region of Scotland.

Now the Highlanders’ siege of Fort William has been broken, and the garrison is thirsting for revenge. The history books tell of the resulting massacres.

The redcoats are coming!

More than a just a time travel romance, The Last Sunset is a tale of rebellion, of sacrifice and choice, of one man’s struggle to prove himself and the woman he needs to do so.

Andy McMillan is a soldier.

But will he also prove to be a hero?

“…you will spend the rest of the day thinking about it once you close the back cover!” — Book Worm Brandy
“…conjures up the atmosphere of the Scottish Highlands beautifully.” — review
“…it has the strength to be a comedy and also a love story which at times cuts really close to the bone.” — review

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About the Author

I was born and raised in the district of Lochaber, in the Western Highlands of Scotland. At the age of seventeen the age old curse of the Highlands, lack of work and opportunity, forced me to take the same military path taken by many of my forebears. While serving with the army in Northern Ireland I met my future wife; the lovely and diminutive Ruby, inspiration for at least one of the female characters in The Last Sunset. After leaving the army I moved to Belfast where together Ruby and I lived through many of the worst years of the Troubles. Eventually, very much the worse for wear, we brought our young family of three home to the Highlands. Here I worked for many years in the civil service, retaining some sanity by fleeing into the wilderness as often as possible. Eventually I was rescued by early retirement. The lochs, hills and glens of Lochaber are like balm to the soul, and have inspired storytellers for as long as people have lived in these glens. The Last Sunset is simply the latest in a long line of tales inspired by this ancient land.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 535 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1478162155
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Greyhart Press (5 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0096TP038
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #307,608 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written and thought provoking! 12 Sept. 2012
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This novel is written with beautiful poetic prose, matching the haunting beauty of the Highland setting. Being an avid fan of all things science fiction, especially those with an apocalyptic backdrop, I was immediately drawn into this novel. The story throws seemingly ordinary folk from different era's in time to a turning point in Scottish history, 1746. You can't help but put yourself in their place and wonder what you would do, would you step up and fight or run and hide. I was thrilled to find that the author has taken physically diminutive female characters and armed them with a feistiness that would make any Redcoat think twice! Overall, I would highly recommend this novel for all ages and both sexes, if you like action its there in bucketloads, if you have a soft spot for romance, its there too. But, most importantly, its a cleverly written, thought provoking, brutally honest take on a piece of Scottish history that is too often forgotten (at best) or misrepresented (at worst).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!! 25 Sept. 2012
By Diane
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Great Read!!
A Scottish Highland setting, this story spans centuries and is full of action, adventure, determination with romance and snippets that made me smile. Based in Glen Laragain with a strange red sky which is seen by the main characters, the story engages the reader in the mysteries that unfold. The book contains well developed characters that include Colin and Alistair through to Shawnee and Sam. Can history be changed? The book is well and cleverly written. This is a great read for both teenagers and adults alike. Comes very highly recommended, a book that is hard to put down, one of my favourites!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deserves to sell more copies than the bible 18 Sept. 2012
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Bought this book last week and I am gob smacked - I highly recommend to all. I found it moving, thought provoking and in parts very funny. As someone who has lost faith in the power of original thought and ideas this was a revelation, I dont want to ruin the plot in any way but this will really make you think! What if the Jacobites won at Culloden? what would the impact have been on the British Empire? what then would have been the knock on impact to the European powers? could the 2 World Wars have been averted?. This book attempts to answer these geopolitical questions and so much more it has the strength to be a comedy and also a love story which at times cuts really close to the bone, it brought me to tears and I would wager the author is writing from personal experience. Heed my words and buy this book you will definately not be disapoointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Genre For Me And A Superb Storyteller 6 Nov. 2012
A friend suggested I read The Last Sunset because of the masterful descriptive phrases and interplay of time and characters. I stand in awe at the author's ability to weave a riveting story of different time frames, languages and characters. A brilliant éclat! I was drawn into the story and kept turning the pages because I had to know how he was going to end it. The "what if" factor is compelling. A simple change in history here and there and the world becomes a different place.

Not only was it a really, really good read, but I think even more importantly, the book stayed with me and I found myself wondering about several other pivotal moments in history, what if?

I have seen cairns in travels, but never knew their history and I loved finding out that before a battle, each soldier would put a stone on the growing pile and after the battle, each soldier would remove one. However many that were left reflected the losses in the battle. Lots of information fitting for the time and place. Kudos!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Sunset 23 Oct. 2012
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In his novel, "The Last Sunset," Bob Atkinson takes threads from the past, present and future, weaves them into a tapestry, into patterns as bright and intricate as the tartan of a highlander's kilt. He draws you into his spider web with bold tight prose, until the rain, the mud, the stench of death, the horror of trench warfare becomes real, and then he transports you to the Scottish Highlands of seventeen-forty-six, where enemies become comrades in arms, and join a rag tag little band facing the might of King George's army.

While reading, "The Last Sunset," I smelled the heather, knew fear as I hid from redcoats on the rampage, and felt sadness as characters I came to know died beneath a hail of bullets.

I loved the premise of the book and found the characters to take on a life of their own.
The last Sunset is must read, not only for history buffs, or science fiction aficionados but for anyone who enjoys getting lost inside a well written, well plotted yarn.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read! 13 Sept. 2012
The Last Sunset is a mesmerising tale through Scottish History and 'what could have been.' A must-read for anyone that wants to become immersed in a book that they can't put down. As a trainee teacher I would also love to use this book in a classroom context to get my students thinking about what the world we live in would be like if events in history were changed. I cannot reccommend this book highly enough and know my copy will be well thumbed throughout the years!
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4.0 out of 5 stars History meets the future 8 Nov. 2012
I enjoy time-related stories and picked this volume out of a group of Greyhart Press books at FantasyCon because I was intrigued by the premise of a future nuclear blast disrupting the time of three sets of people and throwing them back to 1746 in the Western Highlands of Scotland just at a time of political and military upheaval.
Atkinson's writing style is an accessible read even with Scottish dialects mixed with Americans from 2026 and C18th Gaelic. There are times when the point of view slips resulting in literary head-hopping but nothing serious, and the plot becomes a little repetitive slowing the pace even near the end. I admit to being disappointed in not reading the how with the nuclear rip in time, and for me the ending could have been more dramatic and worthy of the adventurous tone of the rest of the book. In spite of those misgivings I loved the characters, their actions and the way Atkinson has used research to marry time-separated soldiering techniques. Also this could have been a dystopia of unremitting gloom but there is humour to make the reader smile. For example the 1976 soldiers in terrible Scottish weather ask to join the Foreign Legion `for the sunshine'. Also I enjoyed the way Atkinson interprets how the 1746 villagers react to these future people suddenly in their midst. For example the girl who discovers a new toy in a zip fastener!
I learnt things from this book besides history - even accepting that Glen Laragain is a fictionalised place but based on real events and feelings. I didn't know that cows swished their tails when contented (p54) or that streams re-oxygenate themselves every 20 yards.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Sunset, a good read.
Bob Atkinson's sense of place and history in this book is excellent and the story moves forward at an exciting pace. The reason for the shift into the past is intriguing. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rodney Howard Horton
5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous Time Travel
The Last Sunset by Bob Atkinson is an incredible rush of Highland adventure, apocalyptic prophecy, time travel and romance all rolled into one helluva awesome novel. Read more
Published 7 months ago by tassy
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting!
This is an amazing book.
I had not read the blurb before reading this and it took me through believing it was a ghost story, then an apocalyptic tale to a historical novel. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Sophia Gampton
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read
I loved this book. It held me spellbound from the first page to the last. Would love to see it made into a film.
Published 15 months ago by Umtree
5.0 out of 5 stars A time-travelling tale with a difference
What do you think might happen if a soldier and his younger brother in a Scottish glen in 1916 were transported back in time to the same place 170 years earlier? Read more
Published 16 months ago by Charles R. Stubbs
5.0 out of 5 stars A deeply touching story
I thoroughly enjoyed this fresh take on the Jacobite rebellion of 1745/46. Due to a mysterious flaw in the natural order a mixed group of people of various periods in the twentieth... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Colin Macaulay
5.0 out of 5 stars I was there!
It is an almost believable read, and set in the highlands just adds to the tension all the way through the book.
Published 20 months ago by Kenneth Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read!
I really liked this story and honestly I couldn't put the book down until the last page. Waiting impatiently for the sequel :)
Published 20 months ago by Anna
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
I don't think I can recommend this book highly enough. The characters are excellent, each with their own strengths and weaknesses making them perfectly believable. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Sleepy Jean
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Sunset - Fantastic Read!
What a ride! "The Last Sunset" is a truly fascinating page turner set in Glen Laragain in the Scottish Highlands at one of the most significant points in Scottish history. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Dan McNeil
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