Let’s get one thing straight, right off the bat.
This is not simply a book. It’s a journey, and a terrifying one at that.
When the credits had finished, and the story had truly ended, i drove in silence for 25 minutes contemplating the experience Adrian J. Walker has created.
I really needed to understand.
The Last Dog On Earth, a tale told by Reginald Hardy (Human), and Lineker (Dog) may seem like an odd concept, but it works. It works so absolutely beautifully.
It is magnificent tapestry, woven with humour, grief, and terror
Reg, the straight laced, agoraphobic, wannabe writer, hiding in his London flat, as the country collapses, is accompanied by his loyal, cockney, foul mouthed canine companion, Lineker.
Circumstances which Reg is desperate to avoid take him on a unavoidable, perilous, and hellish journey.
His transition through the book is heartbreaking, yet heroic.
The story would be classed as a dystopian nightmare, with the country controlled by an ultra right wing party, bent on eliminating undesirables.
The hint of Nazi Germany felt strong, but i saw subtle references to the potential of modern instances of culture hate.
The horrifying acts, simple people will carry out in the name of a ideal, is so frightening.
Some of the scenes made me feel very uncomfortable, and terrified at the thought that this is a scenario that has occurred before, and could again.
I’m not talking about graphic violence in the slightest, because Adrian J. Walker is far too clever to need to resort to extreme descriptions.
Immense and epic doesn’t even come close.
Adrian J. Walker is a literary genius.
The characters are mind blowing, in there complexity, and depth.
The dialogue is incredible, and Lineker’s bad language is about as colourful as a million rainbows.
But this is an author who has respect for his readers, and every fuck, and every cunt is perfected justified. Without these, the story would end up among the utter shite that those good ole Christian folk from the US, insist on shitting out.
Much credit also needs to be shown to the narrators Jonathan Aris & David John.
What a wonderful collaboration this whole project is.