The Last Man

Final Bout

Fiction - Action
332 Pages
Reviewed on 01/08/2023
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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite

The Last Man: Final Bout by Sean Williams is a dystopian military novel and the last book of the Last Man trilogy, preceded by book one, The Last Man, and book two, The Last Man: Rise of the Pink Army. The series as a whole revolves around a systemic ideological objective set in motion by a creed of Femtheism; a dogmatic agenda that puts women entirely in charge of every aspect of life globally. The number of men decreases to a minute fractional percentage, and even those who live in this new society do so out of necessity to the women they lawfully serve. War is inevitable, but who leads the charge has been the build-up throughout the first two books as the main protagonist, the hardened Supreme Commander Ian, who has now battled across the globe against the highest order of Femtheists, and forges forward in a final stand for gender survival and unrestricted democracy as the last man.

In a literary world where there are very few fresh takes on ideas, The Last Man series stands out for the ingenuity of the plot by its author Sean Williams and, specifically, in The Last Man: Final Bout. One of the most incredible parts about following a writer from the start of a trilogy to its conclusion is that you really witness the evolution and growth that naturally occurs in their work. I read book one and loved the premise but wasn't entirely sold on the work. I read book two because I really needed to see where it was going, and found the literary aspects elevated immensely. Now in book three, Williams proves that his work is worth believing in as he gives readers a wonderfully immersive world that is almost cinematic in description and dialogue that feels authentic, and breathes life into characters new and old. I enjoyed the first-person point of view and the fact that we are also given a fly-on-the-wall perspective of major Femtheists in the third. Overall, this is a brilliant end to a trilogy that has come a long way and I am so glad I kept reading. Very highly recommended.

Grace Ruhara

The Last Man: Final Bout by Sean Williams is the third installment of the Last Man series. It's about a feminist movement that wants to eliminate men and rule the world as a supreme authority run by women. Ian, the commander of the Pink Army, is not pleased with this and is determined to stop the madness, too. They have had battles before, but this is their final and only chance to succeed. He is guaranteed to win with a great plan, good training, and a supportive team. Surprisingly, after meeting Artemis, his feminist opponent, he discovers he cannot defeat her. With limited time, one winner must go home alive. Who will it be? What challenges will the winner have to overcome?

In The Last Man by Sean Williams, there are essential tips and lessons that I learned and appreciated very much. Ian's leadership skills are to die for. His attention, empathy, and willingness to allow each member to express their ideas and discuss them are commendable. This brought peace and orderliness and ensured the team aimed at the same agendas and goals. With these skills, one can use them anywhere—in the business world and even at home. I also loved the different stories that the characters narrated. The stories helped to cool down the heated atmosphere created by the tense environment brought out by the soldiers dying, the helplessness in the battle, the unexpected attacks, and the fighting scenes. The author complemented his excellent writing skills with vivid descriptions of actions at every stage, enabling a reader to create mental images of events as they unfolded.

Rabia Tanveer

The Last Man: Final Bout is the last novel in the Last Man series by Sean Williams. The battle rages on and Ian and his team continue their fight against the tyranny of Femthesim. Ian, Mandy, Lee, and the Pink Army were ready to do whatever it took to turn the tables once and for all. The utter madness created by the new regime needed to be stopped or else there would be nothing left to fight for. Ian knew they had to get Wilma the Wicked out of the way if they wanted this insanity to end. But before that, Ian had to face his biggest nemesis yet, Artemis. She was Ian’s mortal enemy who wanted to end his life, to squash the Pink Army and their rebellion. But time was not on their side. Ian knew they had to take a chance and fight the battle long and hard. They must do it now or else they might not have anything to save.

Author Sean Williams crafted the perfect action thriller with The Last Man: Final Bout. There was non-stop action, plenty of drama, and an intensity level that blew me away. I read the novel in a single sitting. Ian was strong, smart, and very calculating. He knew the risks that were fruitful and those that were not worth it. He valued Mandy’s council and appreciated Lee. He was the perfect protagonist, but more importantly, he was the perfect hero. He was ready to change, adapt, and let others take the lead when he knew he wasn’t enough. I loved the narrative style and how well-paced it was. The heat was on and it was backed by the consistent action in the battle scenes. There was hardly a moment where I felt the story was slowing down or the characters were being cryptic (out of character). It felt as if each moment of the story was carefully crafted, honed, and perfected to offer a gem that would be loved by many.

Asher Syed

The Last Man: Final Bout by Sean Williams is the closing novel of the speculative fiction trilogy The Last Man. After the events of The Pink Army and the cliffhanger Williams left readers with, Ian is back and has no reservations about what needs to be done and that he is the man who has the best chance of success in getting it done. The radical form of feminism that the Femtheists fight for is the complete destruction of the patriarchy and the reduction of men to life-sustention. Tension within the Femtheists create fissures where distrust and questions about where the mission is going start filling those voids. Meanwhile, Ian is running out of cards to play and even with catastrophic twists in the Femtheism fight, significant losses and an empty barrel mean Ian and co are on their last leg.

Final Bout is all the best things that the end of a trilogy needs to be and Sean Williams has done his storyline right. I'm not just saying that because I love saying 'Ze Pink Army' and that I now know how to say something kind of naughty in German. It would be easy for a less understanding reader to view the entire series as anti-feminist but that is completely the opposite of what Williams has written. If the women in his books were not completely awesome in their strength, leadership, and intelligence, there would be no such thing as The Pink Army, there would never be a Takeover and Ian would be home with his family enjoying the Super Bowl. Artemis is made of 100% red hot inferno, Mandy is a force to be reckoned with (I dare you to try), and Lee, who is also Asian is in the thick of the final battle. Points of view on both sides strengthen the story and because we are there with the Pirates and the Pink Army, the battle scenes are hair-raising. Those last few pages are a doozie with a definitive winner, but not without cost.

Essien Asian

In a dystopian future where men and women are at war, a battle rages between the domineering Femtheists led by the grand Femtheist Wilma who has intentions of controlling the planet and subjugating the male population, and the Pirates, an army of different individuals who prefer the status quo and have banded together to defend their home nations and what is left of the planet. After the disastrous battle that characterized events in London, Ian faces the herculean task of rallying his allies for a daring assault on the American coastline in a battle that will determine the fate of the world. Will he succeed and defeat Wilma and his nemesis Artemis? Or will infighting among his generals lead to their doom? Only time will tell in the final installment of Sean Williams' epic trilogy titled The Last Man.

Once again Sean Williams tests the boundaries of entertaining storytelling with his latest work. The Last Man teases the mind with a storyline that is as intriguing as it is exciting. The concept of a female-dominated planet has been previously explored but Sean Williams' version is probably the most realistic I have come across in a long time. His characters are interesting to follow and their motivations become obvious the moment you can look beyond their outlandish antics. The fight scenes are well detailed as every feint, dodge, and misstep is brought to life courtesy of the use of some very enterprising language. The action is gung-ho from the off and this aids in creating the high-intensity finale that marks the conclusion of the story. Action junkies will easily fall in love with this novel and I dare say the odd romantic as well. The Last Man is a unique novel that I am certain will grow a following of its own in the long run.

Maria Victoria Beltran

The Last Man: Final Bout by Sean Williams is the last chapter of The Last Man trilogy. With the ongoing war, Supreme Commander Ian takes the lead for his people, his family, the Pirate Army, and the new warriors. Together, they must finally defend their freedom against Wilma the Wicked and Artemis the Killer Huntress. With new and old alliances combined, Ian must push himself past his limits to go up against the radical feminist group. He must also do it hand in hand with Lee, Mandy, and the other generals, as the stakes become higher and more dangerous. Ian is also facing internal struggles. There can only be one victor in this war for freedom and survival, and it is up to Ian and his army to create a better future for the sake of mankind. Will the dim light that he has kept help him fulfill his role in this global war or will the darkness of the enemy turn him into the very thing he vowed to destroy and let tyranny win?

The Last Man by Sean Williams continues the story of Ian and the Pirate Army as they face their enemies in a battle for freedom and survival. Williams doesn’t hold back in this third installment as we see our heroes fight hard to redeem themselves and claim their independence. As the war rages on, Williams doesn’t shy away from exploring the internal battles of his main characters, especially Ian. We see them jump from battle to battle, fully immersing us in this chaotic conflict that can end everything for humanity. Williams has built a solid narrative that not only explores the social and political conflicts around his role players but also their demons. Loyalties are tested to the full. A lot of people die. This is where we see how far tyranny will go to destroy any sign of hope that can help Ian and his Pirate Army. Williams elegantly scales up the risks without compromising the story. He is empathetic in his approach and we see it through the characters of Lee, Fiona, Isaiah, A, Ahanalisa, Manday, and Ian. Final Bout brings an end to an epic tale with spectacle and compassion and it's an engaging read.

Pikasho Deka

The Last Man: Final Bout is the third installment of the Last Man trilogy by Sean Williams. The Femtheists have taken over America, while London and its nine million inhabitants are annihilated. As the war rages on, the Pirates led by Commander Ian prepare for an invasion to take back their country and freedom. With Generals Isiah, Lee, Kai, and Mandy, the Pirates and their allies move across the Atlantic and deal a significant blow to the Femtheists by blowing up one of their aircraft carriers. Meanwhile, Ian pushes his powers to their limits to become the Ultimate Warrior and takes his relationship with Mandy to the next level. Suffering brutal losses and encounters with cannibals, Ian and his army move toward Washington, D.C., where they must face the ruthless Femtheist Herself, Wilma, and the ferocious Huntress Artemis.

Packed with thrilling action sequences, romance, and bouts of humor sprinkled throughout the pages, The Last Man: Final Bout is a gripping novel set in a futuristic dystopia where an extremist regime of women has asserted control over the world and made the men subservient. Sean Williams wraps up the Last Man trilogy with a neat bow in this absorbing novel that is bound to entertain military fiction fans. Although the cast is quite large, Williams gives each character enough page time to make a mark on the reader. The plot moves at a blistering pace without a dull moment until the end. Recommended to fans of military and dystopian fiction.

Alma Boucher

The Last Man: Final Bout by Sean Williams is the last book in the Last Man Trilogy. A feminist movement seeks to do away with men and establish a government headed by women only. This infuriates Ian, the commander of the Pirate Army, and he is determined to stop this craziness. The Pirate Army and warriors meet on their way to Washington, D.C., to fight against Artemis the Killer Huntress for freedom. They have fought before, and this is their last opportunity to win. With a solid strategy and preparation, everyone needs to battle harder than ever. They will have to push past the limitations of their bodies to achieve the best possible outcome. Will Ian, Mandy, Lee, and their fellow warriors be able to defend the nation they know and love when the weapons run out and the death toll rises?

The Last Man by Sean Williams is intriguing. It had my attention from the start. It was fast-paced and full of action. The attacks and fighting scenes were vivid and descriptive. It was easy to visualize the events and surroundings. With the twists and turns, I could not predict what would happen next and I could not turn the pages fast enough. My favorite character was Ian. I admired his leadership skills. His focus, empathy, and willingness to let each participant voice their thoughts and engage in discussions were admirable. The story was well-written and made me think about religion and a world without men. The story stayed with me long after I read it.

K.C. Finn

The Last Man: Final Bout penned by author Sean Williams is a work of fiction in the action, adventure, and social issues subgenres. It forms the finale of the Last Man dystopian trilogy. The work is best suited to the general adult reading audience. Returning to the exploits of Supreme Commander Ian and his fight for liberation in a powerful, female-dominated world, we see the final battle for freedom taking shape. As Wilma the Wicked and Artemis the Killer Huntress continue to rule with their radical ideals, Ian bands together with the other leaders for a freedom fight that will test him to his very core.

Author Sean Williams delivers all-out action, suspense, and high tension in this final installment of his exploration of gender-based warfare and dystopian, totalitarian control. Readers who have been following the series so far will see their central heroes really put to the test by this final gauntlet of trials, and it was interesting to see Ian’s psyche really push to its absolute limit after the struggles he’s had so far in the plot. It may be an extreme example, but the binary battle in this novel really highlights how such extremes can get out of control when humanity does nothing but villainize one another for no good reason, and that central message makes the carnage all the more interesting as it plays out. Overall, fans of alternate perspectives and vivid action writing are sure to enjoy The Last Man: Final Bout just as much as the rest of the series.