“…you will spend the rest of the day thinking about it once you close the back cover!” — Book Worm Brandy
“…brought me to tears and I would wager the author is writing from personal experience.” — online review
“Often high in tension, sometimes sad in events but always ripping with suspense.” — online review
The Last Sunset : a novel of rebellion by Bob Atkinson.
The time is tomorrow, and the world ends under burning skies.
Nuclear Armageddon blasts through time itself, sucking in people as it goes, dumping them at a turning point in history.
The place… Fort William in the Scottish Highlands.
The year… 1746.
The Highlanders are in revolt, and the redcoats are coming…
Can history be changed? Or is the future doomed to witness… The Last Sunset?
Bob says of his novel:
The Last Sunset was conceived amongst the empty glens and ruined townships of Lochaber. The events of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries still scar this land, and indeed continue to scar the psyche of many of the older inhabitants.
There are glens within ten miles of Fort William where you can walk all day without seeing another living soul. Once heavily populated, these places have long been left to the wind and heather.
The past hangs heavy here, and occasionally – just occasionally – you can sense moments from those days. A brief scent of peat smoke in a ruined settlement. The tang of manure amidst the green swathes of a shieling that haven’t seen cattle in two hundred years.
Indeed, Sam’s tale from Gettysburg is closely based on the story told to me by a rational, well-educated woman who watched the spectres of two ragged clansmen materialise around her campfire by the shores of a remote loch some years ago.
The world is dotted with places around which the wheel of history briefly turned: Stalingrad. Waterloo. Gettysburg. The skies above England in 1940. Likewise for a few months in 1745/46, the Highlands occupied one of those crossroads of history.
Who knows what kind of world we would inhabit had events transpired differently here?
And on some other shore perhaps lies Tir Nan Og
The land of the Gael.
Where Highland hills no longer mourn their brood
Of empty ruined glens.
Where bleating sheep no longer rule where Highland hearts
Have tried and failed.
And where at last Culloden’s graves
Are empty of their Highland dead.
— Bob Atkinson, Fort William, May 2012
A selection of reviews
|5* review of The Last Sunset ‘If you like action it’s there in bucketloads… a soft spot for romance, its there too’ http://amzn.to/Q2cKyS|
|5* review of The Last Sunset “…my copy will be well thumbed throughout the years!” http://amzn.to/RRuYsz #Scotland|
|5* review of The Last Sunset: ‘I live near Glen Laragain and love the way the author has written about the area.’ http://amzn.to/RRvjeT|
|5* review of The Last Sunset “beautiful poetic prose, matching the haunting beauty of the Highland setting” http://amzn.to/Q2cKyS #Scotland|
|The Last Sunset: “If amazon had a ten star rating it would be deserved… one of my favourite reads of the year” http://amzn.to/RRw7Ao|
|…brought me to tears and I would wager the author is writing from personal experience 5* review of The Last Sunset http://amzn.to/RRwBXl|
|Often high in tension, sometimes sad in events but always ripping with suspense. 5* review of The Last Sunset http://amzn.to/RRx6Ax|
|Drawn in from page one, each event builds so that you cannot stop reading. Review of The Last Sunset (5*) http://amzn.to/Q9GXzl|
|I could not believe this was a debut book… this novel has all this marks of a well-seasoned writer The Last Sunset http://amzn.to/RRxHCm|
|I laughed and cried in equal measure. 5* review of The Last Sunsethttp://bit.ly/RRybZ7 #Scotland #timetravel #Highlands|
28 Nov 12: Bob writes guest post: Culloden
28 Nov 12: Bob writes post: A Tale of Two Rebellions
27 Nov 12: Bob interviewed at Oh, Chrys
26 Nov: The Last Sunset reviewed at Book Worm Brandy: “unique and powerful”
23 Nov 12: Bob interviewed at Mommy Adventures with Ravina
25 Oct 12: The Last Sunset now available for Barnes & Noble Nook
17 Oct 12: Reviewed at Keeper of the Sword
6 Sept 2012 Publication date set for tomorrow: paperback in Scotland, EU, USA, and rest of UK. Kindle edition worldwide. Other eBook formats coming over the next few weeks.
25 Aug 2012: The Last Sunset featured in an article from BBC Scotland