The Last to Fall

Rated 4.58/5 based on 19 reviews
In 1926 Joseph Dean was just getting ready to hang himself when the man named Joshua stepped into his cafe and changed his life.
He made Joe an offer - one that would mean travelling through the door to another world to find something that had been lost for nearly two hundred years.

Joe would discover a lot more than that in the years that followed.

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About Glynn James

GLYNN JAMES, born in Wellingborough, England, in 1972, is an author of science fiction, post-apocalyptic, dark fantasy, horror, and dystopian fiction.

His love of science fiction and horror began when he was eight years old after discovering HP Lovecraft and Richard Matheson, and then later on James Herbert, Clive Barker, and Stephen King.

In addition to co-authoring the ARISEN books, he is the author of the DIARY OF THE DISPLACED series.

More info on his writing and projects can be found at

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Review by: Crystal Waldrum on July 04, 2012 :
This was probably one of my favorites of the three I read. I like Joe in the previous tale and was happy to see he survived and he's joined the cause. Just wish it was a little longer and didn't leave off at the peak of the climax!! Makes you want the next book!! The only thing I didn't like was that it was one long monologue to his son and I would have liked a little conversation from the kid so we know who is the next generation.
(reviewed 10 months after purchase)

Review by: Jessica Bronder on July 03, 2012 :
Joseph is down on his luck and running a little dive bar in London. When he feels he can’t go on, he decides to hang himself. As he is making preparations, a guy, Joshua, walks into the bar and asks if he needs some help. From there they start talking and Joshua offers Joseph a job. Realizing there is nothing left for Joseph, he agrees.

Joseph is then taking to another planet and taught about the history and inhabitants of the planet. This is one of the dead planets that Nua’Lath has killed with his horde. There were some survivors that have slowly rebuilt. Joseph is now part of the Resistance, a group of people that are trying to stop Nua’Lath. Joseph is supposed to find the last stand of the former inhabitants and to find out what happened.

Joseph is then left to his task. He starts walking down an abandoned road and finds Bailey. Bailey is a scavenger that recycles everything that is found in the abandoned lands. He then sells that to the few communities. Together they look for the final stand of the people of this planet.

I really liked this story. There was great imagery and imagination. This was a quick read but I couldn’t put it down. I can’t wait for other books in this series. I really want to find out what happens next.

I received this book for free from the Library Thing Early Reviewer program.
(reviewed 9 months after purchase)

Review by: Kathryn Merkel on Dec. 06, 2011 :
Book 3 in the Diary of the Displaced series, The Last To Fall, tells the story of Joseph Dean & his unusual assignment to find out what happened on another world to the last of the humans there. Discovered on the verge of ending his life in the London Café, from book 2, Joe is given a unique opportunity to join the Resistance, who are fighting an otherworldly creature of pure evil. Granted immortality by his recruiter, Joshua, Joe trains rigorously to fulfill his new purpose in life, even though he has no clear idea what that purpose is or how long it will take. Joe, who is now known as Xeno, is telling his son who he is & how he came to this world, so that his son can help him complete his mission. I’m anxiously awaiting the next installment in this series.
(reviewed 62 days after purchase)

Review by: Stewart Souter on Nov. 13, 2011 : (no rating)
Just finished The Last to Fall and wanted to say it's an excellent opening novel for a spin off series. Explains about who the bad guy is and what has happened to the world as well as introducing the various creatures in the canon without it coming across as forced. And then you have the ending which leaves the reader wanting to know what happens next.

I personally don't think you have to read the first two Diary of the Displaced books to appreciate this book but they certainly help.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)

Review by: mirrani on Nov. 12, 2011 :
One book in a series of books that have left me wanting more from the very beginning. The Last to Fall is a short story, told in the perspective of a father talking to his son, only the way this is written the reader is the son. Often times the storyteller interrupts his story to answer a question that might have been on your mind. It is written amazingly well in that regard, though in the fist few pages I kept expecting the son to be asking the questions. I quickly found myself "in character" and reading from page to page as quickly as I could.

As with all of the novels that I have read in this series, once I was finished I was left with the sense that there was a book that I somehow missed, because the location, action and descriptions of events and places made me desperate to find out what comes in the next story. There is so much left untold at the end that I was certain another, longer book would follow. As far as this series encouraging you to find more of it's kind, it scores a ten.

Note: Though this book was a free gift from the author, the content of my review was in no way influenced by the gifting. The book speaks for itself and my review would have been worded just this way even if I'd gone out and bought it. I also give bonus points for Text To Speech enabling on Kindle format.... but that also wasn't a factor in the above review.
(reviewed 35 days after purchase)

Review by: Alex Lux on Nov. 09, 2011 :
This series I'm really getting into. I loved the first two and plan on reading the rest.

The worlds the author creates is interesting by itself, then there is this mystery about all of it that adds so much more.

I really want to know where this is all going and already have a few theories.

Intelligent and engaging read.
(reviewed 34 days after purchase)

Review by: Chandra Gay on Nov. 03, 2011 :
**WARNING: DO NOT DO NOT read this book if you HAVE NOT read the previous 2 books in the series**

Dates read: October 21 to 22, 2011 Kindle format

AUTHOR: Glynn James is a "crescendo" at its best! The man is brilliant. If you read reviews that I have written on "any" books in my Goodreads/LibraryThing catalog, you should know that I do not waste words. The sign of a great writer is a person that writes a series and you want to choke him/her for not continuing. Oh Glynn dearest, GIVE ME MORE OF THIS SERIES or I'LL HANG YA'!

SYNOPSIS – The Maw from book One. Joseph from book Two, owner of the Caff. Hints of Nua'Lath from book One and Two. The Resistance from book Two. This book brings it all together. Joseph joins the Resistance. The Maw are the Resistance's Allies. They both are battling Nua'Lath. Now READ!!!!

(5 out of 5) Stars. Elements of a Science Fiction Book TEST=
Other Worldly......................................YES'
Characters easily identifiable........................YES;
Peril................................................ YES;
Plot easy to comprehend...............................YES.

FAVORITE PART: The locked up warehouse. Awesome concept!

LEAST FAVORITE PART: Who is Joseph talking to in the entire book? Me or does he have a son?

YOU WILL LIKE THIS BOOK IF YOU LIKE: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, Adventure
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)

Review by: Tracey Steele on Nov. 03, 2011 :
I made a mistake and read this short novel out of sequence after Diary of the Displaced, The Journal of James Halldon, but actually I don't think that mattered. A really interesting story with great detail. Once again the editing is poor, but I don't think this detracts from the story. As with the first book it left me wanting to know more.
(reviewed 29 days after purchase)

Review by: Angie Creech on Oct. 31, 2011 :
Joseph Dean takes his son on a journey to explain where he came from and why he was brought to this world. Through this short story, Joseph explains to his son that moments before he was to kill himself, a stranger arrives with an offer of a job. With nothing else but death to consider, Joseph takes the job and begins the decades long job of discovering what happened to Gaia. A very interesting book which makes me curious to see what happens in the next installment.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)

Review by: Lynn on Oct. 25, 2011 :
The Last To Fall by Glynn James is the final installment of this series to my knowledge but the ending leave the impression that there will be more to follow in this dark fantasy series. In this epic fantasy we find Joseph Dean as he is relating to his son just how he got to the place he is and the travels that brought him here. Attempting suicide he is talked out of it by a stranger named Joshua. From that meeting he is taken to a strange world , injected with a serum and now he will live forever and be healed from all incidents. As he shows his son all the places he has been and helps him to also to revive this mission as the same blood flows through his veins as Joe’s. We do come across some references from the characters in the other two books in the series, but this can be read as a standalone.
Reading this book reading me of some scenes from the movie Mad Max which I have seen.. I do have to say that not really a reader of dark fantasy or care much for them it movie wise, I did find that after reading the three books in this series, Glynn James is great at storytelling and creating a creatures that can become vivid in one’s mind. I would like to thank the author for the chance to read this series he wrote.. I received this book from the author through Library Things Give Away program. A positive review was not really required but I feel its only fair to give my opinion of a book that I win and read.
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)

Review by: Doskoi Panda on Oct. 23, 2011 :
Last to Fall: The Travels of Joseph Dean #1

Glynn James' weird, interconnected stories have really only been getting better and better with each new story, and with the third installment, Last to Fall: The Travels of Joseph Dean #1, there is also a sense of the beginning of a resolution.The last strong reference to the Texan Joe Dean in Chasing Spirits is to the noose Reg finds hanging from the ceiling of their old cafe, though Reg is oddly certain that Joe didn't hang himself. Instead, we open on Joe, many years from the discovery of the noose, and on a different world, telling his son about how he came to be in his new home, and what he'd been doing there before he settled. This short story* installment of the Diary of the Displaced series, continues to answer questions (and add a few) while taking a decidedly dark science fiction turn.

Other than a few typos, the need for a bit more character development or interaction scenes (particularly with Bailey), and maybe the need to back a bit off the American country boy patter, I really enjoyed this, and am awaiting the next installment.

Overall rating: 4 stars
* I say short story, but this is more like a section of a larger work/novel.
(reviewed 18 days after purchase)

Review by: Tona Cruz Dominguez on Oct. 19, 2011 :
I hope there is another story coming in the series. I need to read who comes out of the vault. I loved this series. It was completely different from what I usually read.

Joseph has an honest discussion with his son about how he came to be on that planet. He explains to his son how his job is to gather as much information for the resistance. He is also waiting for the door to a vault containing 35 million survivors to open after 235 years.
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)

Review by: roadway2000 on Oct. 17, 2011 :
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but I started to read it and could not put it down or stop reading. It reminded me of an after armageden book only it was really an after the horde book. It was laid out as a story and adventure between a man and his son. I found it to be very unique and extremely enjoyable. Since it is the first in a series, I am looking forward to the rest of the series. It was a very short story, so you can read it in a couple of hours.
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)

Review by: Gavin Lipscombe on Oct. 11, 2011 :
Another winner from Glynn.

Linked to Chasing Spirits and Diary of the Displaced, but you can read any of them as a stand alone book.

A nicely phrased monologue of a man explaining his history to his son. It is so easy to picture yourself sitting and listening to the story. Glynn has the knack of giving enough description for your imagination to fill in the details, without wasting reams of paper (imaginary this is an e-book after all) on boring minutiae.

I love Glynn's writing style, after 3 short books he has become one of my favourite authors.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)

Review by: Charles Benham on Aug. 23, 2011 : (no rating)
I wish Glynn James would write more books, I would have all of them.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)

Review by: C.V. Hunt on Aug. 08, 2011 :
Fascinating and mesmerizing! The story keeps getting better and better.

Joseph Dean comes from our world, but he has chosen a mission in an alternative world when he finds himself with nothing left lose.

The author does another splendid job of storytelling as the narrator tells his son of his adventures across an invisible thresh hold to another world. These books that Glynn James writes know how to captivate my attention and pull me into the story. He does a fantastic job of painting a vivid picture of strange worlds filled with unusual creatures.

I highly recommend.
(reviewed 27 days after purchase)

Review by: Coyote Osborne on Aug. 06, 2011 :
Dark, strange and wonderful. As always, it left me hungry for more.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)

Review by: Vaughnna Wilde on Aug. 02, 2011 :
This book was absolutely wonderful! While it goes side by side with "Diary of the Displaced", it is in total it's own story.

The descriptions are so vivid I could picture myself with the characters, seeing what they see.

I can't wait for the next book!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Skinnytimber Todd on July 19, 2011 :
Glynn James is a true talent able to write a wonderful story in a simplistic manner devoid of contrivance. His words and sentences flow in a completely natural manner - the story he tells is magnificent. Another new fan!
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

Review by: Jerome Dorge on July 19, 2011 :
Awesome book! I cannot wait for the other novels. Glynn is really painting a picture to an awesome universe.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)

Review by: Daniel Hedblom on July 12, 2011 :
The latest book in the world Glynn James has conjured up is another piece in the puzzle. We get to know a member of the Resistance and the path he puts Joseph Dean on. I never let go of the book once until i read it to the finish.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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