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Last Resort by Stephen Bartholomew is a gripping and intense thriller that will keep readers on the edge of their seats from beginning to end. The story follows protagonist John Matthews, a former navy seal, who finds himself caught in a web of deceit and danger while vacationing at a remote resort.

Bartholomew's writing style is both fast-paced and engaging, drawing readers into the story with vivid descriptions and well-developed characters. The author's attention to detail is remarkable, as he skillfully weaves together a complex plot that is full of unexpected twists and turns.

One aspect that sets Last Resort apart from other thrillers is the depth of the characters. John Matthews is not your typical action hero; he is flawed, vulnerable, and haunted by memories of his past. This adds a layer of realism to the story, making it easier for readers to connect with the protagonist on a deeper level.

The novel explores various themes, including trust, betrayal, and the human capacity for survival. As John uncovers dark secrets lurking beneath the surface of the seemingly idyllic resort, readers are taken on a thrilling journey that tests the boundaries of their own moral compasses.

Furthermore, Bartholomew's ability to create a sense of atmosphere is truly remarkable. The claustrophobic setting of the resort, with its eerie silence and isolated surroundings, adds another layer of tension to the already suspenseful plot. Each page is filled with a palpable sense of danger and impending doom.

If there is one criticism to be made, it would be that some of the plot twists are a bit predictable. However, this does not detract from the overall enjoyment of the book as the well-written prose and strong character development more than make up for it.

In conclusion, Last Resort is a thrilling and well-crafted novel that will appeal to fans of suspense and action. Stephen Bartholomew's ability to create a compelling story, combined with his skilled writing style, makes this book a must-read for anyone looking for an adrenaline-pumping read.

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This etext was produced from Analog Science Fact & Fiction April 1963. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed.


The phenomenon of "hysterical strength" at the physical level is well known. Wonder what the equivalent phenomenon at the psychological level might do....



I inflated a rubber balloon and set it adrift. The idea was that in free fall the balloon would drift slowly in the direction of the leak. This was the first thing I did after I had discovered the trouble. I mean it was the first action I took. I had been thinking about it for some time. I had been thinking about what a great distance it was from Pacific Grove, California to Mars, and how I would never breathe the odor of eucalyptus again.

I watched the white balloon floating in the middle of the cabin. Light reflected from a spot on its surface, and it made me think of a Moonglobe I used to keep on my desk when I was in college. I had turned off the fan, and tried to hold my breath to keep from disturbing the air... Continue reading book >>

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