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Reporter Kate Kilroy accepts an assignment to travel on the Valkyrie, a German ship veiled in secrecy for decades after it was discovered adrift in 1939 with only one passenger aboard, a baby boy named Isaac Feldman.Obsessed with understanding his origins, Feldman has spent a small fortune restoring the Valkyrie to try to solve the mystery. Assembling a team of experts and Reporter Kate Kilroy accepts an assignment to travel on the Valkyrie, a German ship veiled in secrecy for decades after it was discovered adrift in 1939 with only one passenger aboard, a baby boy named Isaac Feldman.Obsessed with understanding his origins, Feldman has spent a small fortune restoring the Valkyrie to try to solve the mystery. Assembling a team of experts and sparing no expense, he aims to precisely recreate the circumstances of the Valkyrie’s doomed final voyage. Little does Feldman or his team know that the ship has an agenda of its own. As the Valkyrie begins to weave its deadly web, Kate realizes that she must not only save herself, but the world as she knows it.


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Reporter Kate Kilroy accepts an assignment to travel on the Valkyrie, a German ship veiled in secrecy for decades after it was discovered adrift in 1939 with only one passenger aboard, a baby boy named Isaac Feldman.Obsessed with understanding his origins, Feldman has spent a small fortune restoring the Valkyrie to try to solve the mystery. Assembling a team of experts and Reporter Kate Kilroy accepts an assignment to travel on the Valkyrie, a German ship veiled in secrecy for decades after it was discovered adrift in 1939 with only one passenger aboard, a baby boy named Isaac Feldman.Obsessed with understanding his origins, Feldman has spent a small fortune restoring the Valkyrie to try to solve the mystery. Assembling a team of experts and sparing no expense, he aims to precisely recreate the circumstances of the Valkyrie’s doomed final voyage. Little does Feldman or his team know that the ship has an agenda of its own. As the Valkyrie begins to weave its deadly web, Kate realizes that she must not only save herself, but the world as she knows it.

30 review for The Last Passenger

  1. 5 out of 5

    Laudys

    Wow. I don't even know where to begin. This book is such a claustrofuck that I have no idea where to start this review. And the worst thing is that I don't even know how it became that way. At first, I was reading this great character-driven story about a depressed reporter who lost her husband and finds new strength by working in the strange story about a cursed/ghost ship he had been working on prior to his untimely death. She follows into his footsteps and things get a turn for the worse when s Wow. I don't even know where to begin. This book is such a claustrofuck that I have no idea where to start this review. And the worst thing is that I don't even know how it became that way. At first, I was reading this great character-driven story about a depressed reporter who lost her husband and finds new strength by working in the strange story about a cursed/ghost ship he had been working on prior to his untimely death. She follows into his footsteps and things get a turn for the worse when she gets tangled into some serious stuff. That was great, we were going somewhere. This Kate (although with a beautiful exotic name like Catalina why would she whitewash it into something as plain as Kate?) is like a hound with a scent. Disclaimer: foul language and spoilers ahead, because that's how rants work. I feel I should add some kind of trigger warning because of violent themes. And then everything goes to hell. Very quite literally, because not only is the ship possessed by a very fucked up thing that is explained at the last minute very conveniently, important plot details are hurriedly explained, nobody has common sense, things happen for the sake of plot and Kate? Kate cries. And falls on the ground. And needs people to do stuff for her because she can't do shit. She's so useless that her DEAD husband needs to come back to life to save her skinny ass. My main problem with this book is not the redundant writing that says the same thing over and over, not the fact that everybody except Kate has a shoddy past, that the one lesbian seems to have "gone lesbian" after getting brutally raped (because of course), the completely out of place ghost sex, the continuous put down of female characters by male characters and how sexualized was the violence, no. My problem was Kate. Almost every single time something happens is because there are other people making it happen. But not Kate, no. Car is coming at you? Convenient cabbie will save you! Need to find Senka? Here's Charles, with all the information you need and the tools to make it happen. Some explosives need wiring after some unnecessary plot device has run its usefulness? Thank your lord that Senka is the one person still lucid in the ship! Can't open a goddamn door? Your dead hubby is there for you! She's so useless that when she finally has the chance to redeem her lack of everything, when everybody else is dead and there's definitely nobody to help her, at all, when it's just her and the goddamn ship, the one thing that ultimately saves her is not herself, no. Not even then. Its the seed of her dead husband . Because, apparently, if you're trapped in a cursed ship run by mind controlled raving lunatics believing they're Nazis from the 1930s, and you think its a great idea to make a pause from the life threatening situation and your inforced incarceration to have sex with your dead husband's ghost, you better wear protection. Wow. Of all the people who should have survived, Kate Kilroy was not one of them.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Michael Hicks

    The Last Passenger was my December selection from the Amazon Kindle First program, and snared me with the hook of time traveling Nazi ghost cruise-ship. Such a terrific premise! And that cover art is beautiful! Unfortunately, this read ultimately fell way short of my lofty expectations, my disappointment further compounded by a too-simplistic PR spin billing Manel Loureiro as "the Spanish Stephen King." The Last Passenger lacks the truly creepy chills and depth of character I expect from King's w The Last Passenger was my December selection from the Amazon Kindle First program, and snared me with the hook of time traveling Nazi ghost cruise-ship. Such a terrific premise! And that cover art is beautiful! Unfortunately, this read ultimately fell way short of my lofty expectations, my disappointment further compounded by a too-simplistic PR spin billing Manel Loureiro as "the Spanish Stephen King." The Last Passenger lacks the truly creepy chills and depth of character I expect from King's work, and even though there's some clear influences owed to The Shining, by book's end I can't help but think that comparing Loureiro to King is just pure laziness. Now, I didn't completely flat-out loathe The Last Passenger (I'd rate it at about 1 and 1/2 stars, rather than zero), but my enjoyment was severely impacted by a number of problems I had with its varying levels of implausibilities and paradoxical resolutions, ranging from [SPOILER ALERT] the sudden appearance of a deceased spouse, which at times felt more like a deus ex machina than a well-constructed plot line, and the last page reveal of a ghostly impregnation, as well as the sudden toss-in of magic as the impetus for the whole travail. All of this made the book wildly uneven for me, and I have a difficult time relating to mystic resolutions or ephemeral "power of love" contrivances potent enough to slay all evil. [END SPOILER] In addition to being uneven, it's also an overly long book. There's a graphic murder, an attempted murder, a dash of conspiracy, and, of course, the haunted cruise ship manned by a team of scientists and a wealthy magnate, who was the sole survivor found aboard the ship when it was first discovered in the late 1930s. Yet, oddly, not a lot actually happened in the course of the book's first half, and it's not really until about two-thirds of way through that things kick into high gear. But even the climax feels bloated and ponderous. I'm also more than a bit curious as to why the ship was staffed with so many scientists. Loureiro devotes little time or attention to that nameless, faceless facet, opting to, instead, largely ignore them. One Russian scientists thunders on, albeit very briefly, about his theory on a Singularity linking hundreds of years of ships with missing crews, but it's a short-lived and unexplored concept. It's a shame that something that interesting, and seemingly vital to the book's proceedings, was given such short shrift before being glossed over entirely in favor of cheap hocus-pocus. As a group, these scientists provide little in the way of explanation, theories, or resources as to make them virtually unnecessary to the proceedings of this story. If I ever find myself trapped in a weirdo time-shifting repeater loop aboard a cruise ship, I hope I can find better reading material because if confronted with The Last Passenger once more, I'm afraid I'd have to pass and totally upset the space-time continuum.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Hmm... Loureiro has been called the "Spanish Stephen King" and 'The Last Passenger' reads like 'The Shining' set on a Nazi cruise ship from 1939 where all the passengers but one disappeared. Go figure. Good stuff. Hmm... Loureiro has been called the "Spanish Stephen King" and 'The Last Passenger' reads like 'The Shining' set on a Nazi cruise ship from 1939 where all the passengers but one disappeared. Go figure. Good stuff.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bufo Calvin

    I don't think I've ever rated a book one star before, and this was a very complicated choice to make. When I started reading the book, I really enjoyed it...it felt like good old-fashioned pulp, with an atmospheric mystery. However, there was a character in it later on that was such a thunderingly negative stereotype that, upon reflection, that affront overwhelmed a lot of good writing. It's hard for me to say that. After all, we read books with characters behaving badly and embrace them. The only I don't think I've ever rated a book one star before, and this was a very complicated choice to make. When I started reading the book, I really enjoyed it...it felt like good old-fashioned pulp, with an atmospheric mystery. However, there was a character in it later on that was such a thunderingly negative stereotype that, upon reflection, that affront overwhelmed a lot of good writing. It's hard for me to say that. After all, we read books with characters behaving badly and embrace them. The only way to discuss this more is to mention a few specifics, so I'll need to post a SPOILER ALERT I'm very careful about spoilers: if you have not yet read this book, and would like the joy of discovery, you may want to wait until after you have (if you ever do). There is a lesbian character who is completely predatory, and, as is sometimes the case in portrayals of LGBTQ characters, virtually only defined by lust (and inappropriate lust at that). It is as though the entire person is subsumed by their "unnatural" desire...that they would have no other types of thoughts but those about sex. In this case, that lust is for someone who is heterosexual, and the "evil lesbian" certainly doesn't care about that. We are told about this character having been gang raped as a child, perhaps intending to suggest to us that that "turned her gay". Later on, even when there is some attempt to apply something positive to the character, she is rescued from a situation by the pursued straight kissing her: we clearly are to believe that love is the solution for the straight person, but sex is fine as a reality anchor for the LGBTQ person. I simply found this so offensive and such a limited view that I can't recommend the book. END SPOILER ALERT The book could have been greatly improved through a strong editor suggesting changes to this character. If that character had been more three-dimensional, the book would have been quite good (even if the ending seemed a bit sloppy). I do want to commend the translator, Andrés Alfaro. Alfaro clearly understands both Loureiro's intent and English idiom. If I did not know it was a translation, I would not have been made aware of that by the writing. It's too much to hope for any major revision of the book, but if a movie was to be made of it (which I think is a possibility), I suspect we would see a lot of changes to that character...they might even make her human, and not a succubus-like mindless monster. This book convinces me that Loureiro can write very well: with the right editor helping shape the choices about what to write, I think we could still see a great book from this author in the future.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Therin Knite

    I give this book four stars for the first half and no stars for the second, hence the two-star final rating. Basically, this book's plot just completely got away from it, and it morphed from an eerie mystery with possible paranormal overtones into a completely ludicrous fantasy story that mashed together so many different ideas in the last 100 pages that I couldn't even keep track of what the heck was happening. The characters were nuts. The "reveals" were nuts. The ending was ridiculous. And fi I give this book four stars for the first half and no stars for the second, hence the two-star final rating. Basically, this book's plot just completely got away from it, and it morphed from an eerie mystery with possible paranormal overtones into a completely ludicrous fantasy story that mashed together so many different ideas in the last 100 pages that I couldn't even keep track of what the heck was happening. The characters were nuts. The "reveals" were nuts. The ending was ridiculous. And finally, the last page made me roll my eyes so hard that I seriously thought they were going to pop right out of my sockets. Anyway, rating: 2/5

  6. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    The female protagonist of The Last Passenger could only have been written by a man. She is a hapless bimbo of the first order, who relies on everything other than her witts or skill to survive the story. The commanding use of her breasts aside, her chiefest asset is literally--yes, literally--the ghost of her husband. Were this farce it would be high art. As is, it's a joke. The female protagonist of The Last Passenger could only have been written by a man. She is a hapless bimbo of the first order, who relies on everything other than her witts or skill to survive the story. The commanding use of her breasts aside, her chiefest asset is literally--yes, literally--the ghost of her husband. Were this farce it would be high art. As is, it's a joke.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Diane Patterson

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I got The Last Passenger from the Kindle First program. And like everyone else I was sucked in "Nazi cruise-ship time travel." Actually, a bigger draw for me was: '"What could possibly inspire a novel like this? “I stumbled by chance onto the real history of the cursed Nazi cruise ships in my research for the third Apocalypse Z book,” Manel told me. “In the thirties, the KDF, the Nazi leisure organization, set up luxury pleasure cruises for workers in the Third Reich. All but one ship—the Valkyr I got The Last Passenger from the Kindle First program. And like everyone else I was sucked in "Nazi cruise-ship time travel." Actually, a bigger draw for me was: '"What could possibly inspire a novel like this? “I stumbled by chance onto the real history of the cursed Nazi cruise ships in my research for the third Apocalypse Z book,” Manel told me. “In the thirties, the KDF, the Nazi leisure organization, set up luxury pleasure cruises for workers in the Third Reich. All but one ship—the Valkyrie—set sail and met with tragic demises. I had to explore that curse.” ' Would that ANY of that had been mentioned in the book. Seriously, that line makes me want to go out and write the book I thought this was going to be. This starts off with a suitably creepy beginning of the ship being found, derelict, in 1939...and then it goes to the present day. With everyone going along with an insane plan. That turns insaner. Add ghosts, possession, time travel, and explicit sex. What it wasn't was much fun, and for me the reason for that two-fold: the characters aren't very well-drawn, so when they're possessed to start reliving a curse over and over, they're just puppets. (I hate stories with predestination or fate in them -- I can't stand "soul mate" stories, for instance.) And the identity of "the last passenger" didn't have much impact on me, because gods am I tired of "woman as holy vessel" too. So...enh.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Colleen

    I received an ARC ebook copy of this book from Amazon Prime. It starts out well enough. Intriguing and fast-paced. But it just goes downhill from there. Manel Loureiro's THE LAST PASSENGER is the story of the Valkyrie, a Nazi luxury liner that was found floating, completely abandoned, in the middle of the Atlantic just days before WWII was declared. Flash forward 70 years, Kate Kilroy is a London reporter, still reeling from the sudden death of her husband, assigned to investigate the Valkyrie an I received an ARC ebook copy of this book from Amazon Prime. It starts out well enough. Intriguing and fast-paced. But it just goes downhill from there. Manel Loureiro's THE LAST PASSENGER is the story of the Valkyrie, a Nazi luxury liner that was found floating, completely abandoned, in the middle of the Atlantic just days before WWII was declared. Flash forward 70 years, Kate Kilroy is a London reporter, still reeling from the sudden death of her husband, assigned to investigate the Valkyrie and its sudden reemergence. The story takes her aboard the ship as the new private owner, Isaac Feldman, reenacts the Valkyrie's maiden voyage. And crazy-supernatural-ghosty drama ensues. Here's my beef with the book: The female characters, of which there are really only two in a cast of about a dozen, are flat, both described by how extremely physically attractive they are, and when it comes down to brass tax, still need men to save them. (view spoiler)[Kate, the MAIN PROTAGONIST, is a woman who must rely of her DEAD husband to save her. (hide spoiler)] REALLY? She can't figure anything out for herself. She takes action only when a man tells her what to do. And Senka, the only other female character, is a lesbian who is DEFINED by her sexuality. Everything that happens to her and directs her choices comes back to the fact that she is a lesbian. While the story itself starts off very well, it goes off the rails a bit. There are big questions that are left completely unanswered. But it is entertaining and moves quickly, thus two stars. The writing itself, however, is annoying in its overuse of simile. There are often three or four similes used in a paragraph to describe something totally tertiary, and more often then not they are labored and make little sense. Seriously, don't waste your time with this one.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline Patricks

    Got for an Amazon Prime Read. Started off creepy, ended shallow and inconsistent. Started off creepy and strong then devolved into a not-so-believable mystery. While it's fast paced, that's not a compliment as it tends to gloss over some details and/or contradict some aspects of the story or character. The pace does makes it easier to get to the more interesting aspects of the Nazi-ship mystery. Still, there's parts of the mystery that are never fully explained and you have to take a lot on faith Got for an Amazon Prime Read. Started off creepy, ended shallow and inconsistent. Started off creepy and strong then devolved into a not-so-believable mystery. While it's fast paced, that's not a compliment as it tends to gloss over some details and/or contradict some aspects of the story or character. The pace does makes it easier to get to the more interesting aspects of the Nazi-ship mystery. Still, there's parts of the mystery that are never fully explained and you have to take a lot on faith rather than any real science or even speculative science. The creepy parts are explained more so then the time travel aspects, but ... meh. By the end I was left with more of a feeling of relief that it's over rather than satisfaction of a story well told. As for Kate and most of the other characters, not very compelling once the story got going. I'm totally cool with steamy sex scenes. Who doesn't love some decent porn once in a while? But I found myself skimming the ones here since they were unexpected and unnecessarily long given the overall story and yawn-worthy characters. Oh, and the writer loves metaphors (which are great, btw, but three sentences in the same paragraph?) and redundancy. If I hadn't loved Nazi mysteries and ghost stories so much, I would've dropped it based on the pulpy writing style.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jodi M Cornelius

    Too awesome for words This book reminded me of the movie Gone With The Wind only because of the "famous" staircase and the movie The Fog" though that's just due to the basis of the storyline, plus a couple of books I have read on The Bermuda Triangle The story starts out with a small boat inside a fog bank that's not a normal fog bank and because of that they almost collide with a Nazi ship called "Valkyrie" in 1939 only to find the crew and passengers are all gone, except for a baby who they take Too awesome for words This book reminded me of the movie Gone With The Wind only because of the "famous" staircase and the movie The Fog" though that's just due to the basis of the storyline, plus a couple of books I have read on The Bermuda Triangle The story starts out with a small boat inside a fog bank that's not a normal fog bank and because of that they almost collide with a Nazi ship called "Valkyrie" in 1939 only to find the crew and passengers are all gone, except for a baby who they take with them. The book is about a Nazi time travel ship with a quick jump from 1939 to the present time. That's all I'm going to say because I don't want to ruin the story by giving too much away. I'll just close with if you like novels about ships gone missing then found later devoid of people, or The Bermuda Triangle, or even towns suddenly devoid of people, I feel you'll like this one. A few surprising twists await you should you decide to read this. It's a keeper, one I'll be reading again sometime in the future. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Reading is my Escape

    August 28, 1939 - Somewhere in the North Atlantic Ocean, the Valkyrie is found, drifting, with a single passenger - a baby wrapped in a blanket and left on the dance floor. Present Day - Kate is a reporter who recently lost her husband (Ralph), and she is looking for a distraction. When the editor offers her the chance to follow up on the final story Ralph worked on, she jumps at the chance. But this is no simple mystery. There is an evil presence on the Valkyrie, and Kate may be the only one w August 28, 1939 - Somewhere in the North Atlantic Ocean, the Valkyrie is found, drifting, with a single passenger - a baby wrapped in a blanket and left on the dance floor. Present Day - Kate is a reporter who recently lost her husband (Ralph), and she is looking for a distraction. When the editor offers her the chance to follow up on the final story Ralph worked on, she jumps at the chance. But this is no simple mystery. There is an evil presence on the Valkyrie, and Kate may be the only one who can end its reign. This story involves not time travel, but an overlapping of times. On the ship, Kate sees the current version of the ship, then blinks and sees the ship as it was in 1939. There is a high creepiness factor and a fair amount of blood and violence. I enjoyed the book and may look into others by this author.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    English version : The Last Passenger Started off great. A national passenger ship reappears just before ww2 after disappearing several days earlier. Setting the stage for a time travel /ghost ship tale on a nazi ship. It had a couple of eye rolling moments early on ; but, at about 50% it turns into Ghost (the Patrick Swayze movie) on a ghost ship. At that point I couldn't wait for it to be over, and after falling asleep with less than 5% remaining I couldn't bring myself to discover if I'd misse English version : The Last Passenger Started off great. A national passenger ship reappears just before ww2 after disappearing several days earlier. Setting the stage for a time travel /ghost ship tale on a nazi ship. It had a couple of eye rolling moments early on ; but, at about 50% it turns into Ghost (the Patrick Swayze movie) on a ghost ship. At that point I couldn't wait for it to be over, and after falling asleep with less than 5% remaining I couldn't bring myself to discover if I'd missed anything.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jenna Grimes

    I was not disappointed in this read. The best Amazon Prime free-read I've gotten. Said to be the "Spanish Stephen King", the book was filled with suspense, paranormal activity, and juicy sex. I will probably look into more of Otero's books. Oh and did I mention Nazis? There were time traveling Nazis. I was not disappointed in this read. The best Amazon Prime free-read I've gotten. Said to be the "Spanish Stephen King", the book was filled with suspense, paranormal activity, and juicy sex. I will probably look into more of Otero's books. Oh and did I mention Nazis? There were time traveling Nazis.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Book started out with a hook I couldn't let go of. Nazi cruise ship. 1939. WWII. Mysterious disappearances. The first 100 pages were good, then it went downhill. I didn't have high expectations for The Last Passenger, but I realize I gave the book too much credit. Disappointing. Weird. Confusing. I was shocked to learn this was written by a best-selling author with a good track record. Book started out with a hook I couldn't let go of. Nazi cruise ship. 1939. WWII. Mysterious disappearances. The first 100 pages were good, then it went downhill. I didn't have high expectations for The Last Passenger, but I realize I gave the book too much credit. Disappointing. Weird. Confusing. I was shocked to learn this was written by a best-selling author with a good track record.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    This is a techno-thriller, time travel, horror story that is not chaste and is loaded with violence and terror. This book is like the Shining https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1... and Ghostboat https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2... were merged with some of the mysticism of Raiders of the Lost Ark or an X-files episode. Ghostboat should not be confused with the 2002 movie Ghost Ship https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0288477/... I do have a unique personal story about the Ghostboat book which I wi This is a techno-thriller, time travel, horror story that is not chaste and is loaded with violence and terror. This book is like the Shining https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1... and Ghostboat https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2... were merged with some of the mysticism of Raiders of the Lost Ark or an X-files episode. Ghostboat should not be confused with the 2002 movie Ghost Ship https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0288477/... I do have a unique personal story about the Ghostboat book which I will relate but hide behind a spoiler (view spoiler)[ One day in the early 90s I was taking a walk with my son and we saw a pile of books that someone had put out for trash. I quickly went through and 'rescued' several including a copy of Ghostboat. When I read it I discovered that the previous owner had painstakingly crossed out every expletive or taking of the Lord's name in vain with a pen. While I enjoyed the book I found this vastly amusing and would tell the story. So imagine my surprise when I told the story to my then to be second husband early in our relationship and he said "Ghostboat, I own a copy of that." and he did which was oddly serendipitous. Time went by, we got married, he passed away. Then a few years later I met a man who would eventually become my 3rd husband and I related that story to which he said "Ghostboat, I own a copy of that." And he did.... Which seems pretty bizarre I mean we aren't talking about a Webster's dictionary or a Shakespeare play or even Lord of the Rings. (hide spoiler)] Our story begins with a derelict cruise ship discovered abandoned like Mary Celeste in the days just before the German invasion of Poland. The ship is salvaged and towed to Liverpool and is forgotten in the chaos of WW2. On board there is one living person a tiny baby who is discovered to be Jewish. This is awkward because the ship is owned by the German Reich. 70+ years later Isaac Feldman is a old man with a fortune and he is determined to solve the mystery of the Valkyrie. Accompanied by a band of paid mercenaries, a flock of over paid scientists and Journalist Kate Kilroy they are going sail Valkyrie back to the spot where she was discovered and solve the mystery of the missing passengers and crew. Almost immediately the ship seems to fight back and some of the things that happen are pretty scary, gory or horrifying. But towards the end things just got really confusing... and really unbelievable even for a horror / time travel / thriller.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really am torn on this one. It had such great potential to be amazing. It started out as a Nazi /slash, Mary Celeste /slash mystery. It then dissolved into...what, exactly,..a science fiction, X-Files, campy horror book? If Blockbuster Video was still around, and this was a movie, I would not know which section I would place this book in. I remembered downloading this as a Kindle First Reads and wanted to get to it, but could not find the time. Coronavirus has given me that time. The first par I really am torn on this one. It had such great potential to be amazing. It started out as a Nazi /slash, Mary Celeste /slash mystery. It then dissolved into...what, exactly,..a science fiction, X-Files, campy horror book? If Blockbuster Video was still around, and this was a movie, I would not know which section I would place this book in. I remembered downloading this as a Kindle First Reads and wanted to get to it, but could not find the time. Coronavirus has given me that time. The first part of the book starts out at a solid 4. It then just loses a star from there. The main character is like a helpless squirrel throughout. Nevermind- dead husband to the rescue! (?) Then there is this weird lesbian sex scene in the middle that just seems exploitative. (All lesbians are predatory Slovakians? What middle school stereotype is that?) Again, does that go in the Blockbuster miscellaneous section? Teen romps? Who knows. I just started to feel dirty. The narrative had touches of a good story here and there. I liked parallel times overlapping. I liked it when the end of the story caught up with the beginning of the book. That stuff is good. Weird ghost sex is always a bad idea. Even in Ghost I still had to get past that part Demi Moore was actually canoodling with Patri,..I mean, Whoopi Goldberg. Eeeewwww. I wish the author had explained the dark force a lot better. Why this particular ship? What is the historical perspective? There could have been much better foundation laid. And the ending? Like, literally, the last page? It is as if the author finished and then returned to the page and said, "Dare me to throw in the most whacked out thing ever? Done." Ghost baby? Massive eye roll.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Adrienne

    What a cluster. I ran across this book in Kindle First as I was heading on a roadtrip, and thought, Hmmm. Mysterious Nazi ghost ship explored by intrepid, go-get-em widow reporter. Possible time travel. Possible murder. Most likely ridiculous. I’m IN! Clearly, I didn’t have high expectations for this book from the start. The concept was just too absurd. So I was pleasantly surprised when the first couple chapters led me to believe the story was going somewhere. It was moving at a good pace, the t What a cluster. I ran across this book in Kindle First as I was heading on a roadtrip, and thought, Hmmm. Mysterious Nazi ghost ship explored by intrepid, go-get-em widow reporter. Possible time travel. Possible murder. Most likely ridiculous. I’m IN! Clearly, I didn’t have high expectations for this book from the start. The concept was just too absurd. So I was pleasantly surprised when the first couple chapters led me to believe the story was going somewhere. It was moving at a good pace, the translation from Spanish was well executed, and Kate seemed like a complicated character going through some pretty hard grieving over the unexpected loss of her superhunk reporter husband. (SPOILER: We know he’s a superhunk because he shows up later to save Kate’s ass, and they take time out for a pretty graphic nooner on a ship overrun with Nazi ghosts from 1939 intermingling with present-day wannabe-Nazi zombies. But. I digress). As soon as they get on the ship, everything goes to hell. Both for Kate and the reader. I laughed out loud when I realized that at least one of the boat’s time travelers were likely trying to go back to 1939 to warn Hitler about The Allies’ strategic plans, thereby helping Germany to win WWII and changing history as we know it. Hilarious. The story also gets sloppy and in places I can’t really follow what is happening exactly. I’m unsure if that's a product of the original writing, the translation, or the fact that I was reading pretty quickly to see what ludicrous thing would next befall our heroine, who is incapable of doing anything helpful for herself besides “praying” to her dead husband or accidentally stumbling across another character who helps her and promptly dies (or turns into a Nazi zombie). This is my main issue with the book: The women characters are annoying stereotypes, and most of the rest are totally undeveloped. Kate is an exasperatingly helpless damsel in distress. Superhunk ghost hubby has to do EVERYTHING for her, including turn a doorknob. Senka is a hypersexualized lesbian, who – it’s inferred – is gay entirely due to the fact that she was horrifically gang raped as a child. (Really not comfortable with that character decision). Moore hates women, but it’s not really clear why. Feldman’s entire family, ostensibly the reason for the whole voyage in the first place, get virtually no stage time besides their murder. As a reader, you learn nothing about them except that they made a bad choice in stowaway ships, and grandpa has some old school Jewish black magic up his sleeve. Before he is murdered, he unleashes some bad shit that possesses the boat until the time-traveling cycle can be … unraveled. It’s like Back to the Future 2, but with Nazi zombies, a Jewish poltergeist, and a really incapable female lead. It’s also maddening that the way that this is all solved is that Kate decides future grown-up Feldman doesn’t need to know he’s Jewish. If there are no clues as to Baby Feldman’s identity, he will never be placed with a Jewish family, and probably never set sail on the Valkyrie as a grown-up. Because it’s totally better for him to believe his family was Nazi royalty taking a little cruise before WWII got really hot. Sigh. I gave it two stars because I did laugh at some of the more preposterous plot points and one star seemed mean. But I would advise you to keep your expectations low and your feminist ideals holstered, or skip this one entirely.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    I love bad, cheesy horror movies (like Ghost Ship), so that's probably why I give this novel 3 stars instead of 2. I won't reiterate what others have said, so I'll mention only a couple of things. I have a severe distaste for written porn (i.e. steamy love scenes), especially when the author unnecessarily goes into detail for who knows what reason. And the fact that Kate bleeps a (view spoiler)[ghost (hide spoiler)] makes it even worse. The whole lesbian thing was also unnecessary. Not that there's I love bad, cheesy horror movies (like Ghost Ship), so that's probably why I give this novel 3 stars instead of 2. I won't reiterate what others have said, so I'll mention only a couple of things. I have a severe distaste for written porn (i.e. steamy love scenes), especially when the author unnecessarily goes into detail for who knows what reason. And the fact that Kate bleeps a (view spoiler)[ghost (hide spoiler)] makes it even worse. The whole lesbian thing was also unnecessary. Not that there's anything wrong with being a lesbian, but please don't make a lame attempt at titillating (ha ha, I wrote "titillating") me when you should be trying to scare me. Unlike some readers, I didn't mind the lack of explanation on parts of the ending, (who really thinks the author could give a better scientific explanation even if he wanted to?), but the reveal of the real "last passenger" is dumb. It would've made more sense if the book were called (view spoiler)[ The Last Conceived Passenger. (hide spoiler)]

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jim Dooley

    I absolutely love ghost stories...and when you put them on an abandoned luxury liner, you have my attention. This book has an incredibly promising opening with an abandoned vessel being discovered with only one survivor, an impenetrable fog, and something nasty on board that terrorizes the rescuers. At that point, I was hooked. Soon afterward, the story changed gears into a gruesome pulp adventure, and then changed gears again to introduce mystical elements and a curse. Now, I wouldn't say that I absolutely love ghost stories...and when you put them on an abandoned luxury liner, you have my attention. This book has an incredibly promising opening with an abandoned vessel being discovered with only one survivor, an impenetrable fog, and something nasty on board that terrorizes the rescuers. At that point, I was hooked. Soon afterward, the story changed gears into a gruesome pulp adventure, and then changed gears again to introduce mystical elements and a curse. Now, I wouldn't say that this spoiled the work, but it did make it less intriguing for me. I wasn't as drawn to find out what was going to happen next, and the tension level dropped considerably. The bottom line is that a very mysterious and exciting opening changed to a pulp story with much more predictability...almost like John Carter on the high seas. It is a fun read to pass the time, but it could have been memorable.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Laurelannb

    Note: Spoiler at bottom. This book started out well, but ... The set-up was interesting; I was as curious as the passengers about "what happened" to the ship. However, I skip-scanned many, many repetitive pages of the SAME scene or sequence, just with different characters, thinking, "Yes, yes. The (_____) is (_____) again. The girl just did this same thing. Who's next?" The only difference is... Spoiler... Spoiler... Spoiler... They all die a little (okay well actually not all that much) differently. Note: Spoiler at bottom. This book started out well, but ... The set-up was interesting; I was as curious as the passengers about "what happened" to the ship. However, I skip-scanned many, many repetitive pages of the SAME scene or sequence, just with different characters, thinking, "Yes, yes. The (_____) is (_____) again. The girl just did this same thing. Who's next?" The only difference is... Spoiler... Spoiler... Spoiler... They all die a little (okay well actually not all that much) differently. Yet each with a degree of squishy detail that I didn't need. Oh, and speaking of squishy detail--some very graphic ghost sex. If, y'know, you're into that kind of thing.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Elana

    I never expected to find a reference to Pulsa de Nura in a book written by a Spanish author. This an esoteric Jewish curse with the roots in the Kabbalah. The book also manages to involve time travel, abandoned ships, the Third Reich, antisemitism and the Balkan wars. Unfortunately all these interesting topics are stitched into an incoherent plot, tenuously held together by a heroine with no character or personality beyond a nice pair of breasts. Still, I have always thought that Pulsa de Nura w I never expected to find a reference to Pulsa de Nura in a book written by a Spanish author. This an esoteric Jewish curse with the roots in the Kabbalah. The book also manages to involve time travel, abandoned ships, the Third Reich, antisemitism and the Balkan wars. Unfortunately all these interesting topics are stitched into an incoherent plot, tenuously held together by a heroine with no character or personality beyond a nice pair of breasts. Still, I have always thought that Pulsa de Nura would make a great premise for a horror novel, and since no Israeli writer, to the best of my knowledge, has made use of it, I'll forgive "The Last Passenger" its incoherence for the sake of invoking it.

  22. 4 out of 5

    John Colangelo

    What started as a five star book ended up a three star. The first half of the book is exceptional. Excellent storyline that really had me hooked and excited to read more. I felt like several of the back stories introduced in the middle of the book were a bit clumsy, almost like they were written by another author. For me, it falls apart in the end when the story relies a bit too much on the anger of a vengeful spirit (whose motivation for being pissed off is never really explained).

  23. 5 out of 5

    Brooke

    Quite disappointing. Agree with most of the negative reviews already written. Started strong, ended weakly. Poorly written overall. I wondered if some of the weak sentences might be attributed to being lost in translation, but it didn't matter when the overall story was so muddled and ineffective. Two stars is generous, mostly because it was a good idea but poorly executed. Quite disappointing. Agree with most of the negative reviews already written. Started strong, ended weakly. Poorly written overall. I wondered if some of the weak sentences might be attributed to being lost in translation, but it didn't matter when the overall story was so muddled and ineffective. Two stars is generous, mostly because it was a good idea but poorly executed.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Namadan

    The 1st part of the book was rather solid, the 2nd part started falling apart rather quickly and the 3rd was just a mess in cramming in everything and trying to tie up all the loose ends. The premise of the book had potential, but it kinda got a little to creative for its own good. Glad all I lost was time reading this as it was a freebie from the Amazon select program.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Shea

    Surprisingly good! Went into this with low expectations and came away pleasantly surprised. Suspenseful and exciting, couldn't put it down. I will check out other books by this author for sure. Surprisingly good! Went into this with low expectations and came away pleasantly surprised. Suspenseful and exciting, couldn't put it down. I will check out other books by this author for sure.

  26. 5 out of 5

    John Hammond

    There were parts that were genuinely scary, other some parts that were otherwise good - I liked how most of the ending wrapped up parts of the beginning (but I felt the actual last paragraph was really lame), but over all I did not enjoy the book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Karen Osley

    strange book The story was so bizarre, I found it hard to read. Wouldn't recommend this book to anyone. I really disliked the story. And contemplated not reading to the end several times. strange book The story was so bizarre, I found it hard to read. Wouldn't recommend this book to anyone. I really disliked the story. And contemplated not reading to the end several times.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Karen Beckmann

    occam's Razor Use simplest solution....author either hit head as an infant, forgot his meds, or was on a bad trip....this book jumps the shark early and then nukes the fridge!! Only recommended reading if you're on an acid trip!! occam's Razor Use simplest solution....author either hit head as an infant, forgot his meds, or was on a bad trip....this book jumps the shark early and then nukes the fridge!! Only recommended reading if you're on an acid trip!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    maria alcala

    it was a goodreading driving you from the past to the preset and the unreal to thr real Like the easy reading The translation was good The end was unespected Me propongo leer mas libros de este autor

  30. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    Erm It was free. And better than anything I've written. And that's all I've got to say about that. The End Erm It was free. And better than anything I've written. And that's all I've got to say about that. The End

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