Book Review – The Last Sunset

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The Last Sunset

Robert Atkinson

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?

Redcoats-ClansmenAnd 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   (From the Greyhart Press website)

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The Last Sunset’ Review

In 1916, two brothers mourn the sudden loss of their father – in Glen Laragain.

In 1976, four English soldiers assist in the training of young recruits – in Glen Laragain.

In 2026, a young couple from Los Angles search for the woman’s heritage – in Glen Laragain.

Do they have anything in common?

It seems unlikely. But these diverse groups find themselves pulled back through time to the Highlands of April 1746. There, they find each other, and are thrust into the lives of the people of Glen Laragain. What they discover is a world afraid – lives are in danger.

The threat is imminent, and the stakes are high. The English want to obliterate resistance in the Highlands, no matter what it takes. Having come to terms with their fate, the time travelers step up, and help fend off the English attacks, saving not only themselves, but the Glen Laragain people, including new friends … and loves.

However, the presence in the past of the time travelers, with their knowledge, actions, and modern weaponry, causes timeline changes that will echo far into the future, like ripples from a pebble dropped in time.

Mr. Atkinson is a master storyteller – I was hooked immediately. The descriptions of the Scots Highlands, and its people, the well-developed characters, the dialogue including the various linguistic styles, the sometimes frenetic action, the amazing emotion, all captured my imagination and kept me on the edge of my seat. Mr. Atkinson’s unusual use of multiple time travel events fascinated me.

Mr. Atkinson and The Last Sunset receive a well-deserved 5-Star rating.

Dayna Leigh Cheser Author, The TIME Series

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Bob Atkinson, review pageBob Atkinson 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 him to take the same military path taken by many of his forebears. While serving with the army in Northern Ireland he met his future wife, inspiration for at least one of the female characters in The Last Sunset. Bob now lives in Fort William.

(From the Greyhart Press website.)

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Book Review – The Last Sunset — 2 Comments

  1. Great review, Dayna. This is definitely my kind of read and I’ve added it to my wishlist on Amazon.

    I’ve been to Fort William and taken the Jacobite Steam train to Mallaig and rarely saw cars or people (other than our fellow passengers) throughout the journey. Beautiful countryside.

    • Hi Melanie,
      Thanks for stopping by, and for your comment.
      You won’t be sorry, I promise – and the sequel is due out later this year!
      Have a good day,

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