Forum Navigation: Forum Index » Books and Reading » Reviews and Discussions about Specific Books and Series » Crime, Thrillers, Mystery and Horror Books

Want FREE books and FREE Amazon gift cards?

Each day we announce via email a book that is either FREE or on a temporary sale at a great discount price. These are not your average free books. These are incredible insider deals on well-rated books. OnlineBookClub.org is where tomorrow's bestsellers are born. We also give away over $1,000 per month of free Amazon gift cards in free daily giveaways, exclusively to those signed up to these announcements! Hurry, sign up free now:

Sorry, this proves you are human.

Official Review: The Last Train by Michael Pronko

Please use this sub-forum to discuss any crime, thriller, mystery or horror books or series.

Official Review: The Last Train by Michael Pronko

Post Number:#1 by katiesquilts
» 16 May 2017, 05:56

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Last Train" by Michael Pronko.]

Book Cover
4 out of 4 stars
Review by katiesquilts
Share This Review

In Tokyo, the main form of transportation used by millions of commuters each day can easily become a deadly force. Trains – subways, commuter lines, express and bullet trains – run like clockwork with barely a minute’s delay. If you were planning to kill yourself in Tokyo, your first and most likely option would be to jump onto the tracks -- an option that, unfortunately, many people choose every day. What if you wanted to kill someone else?

Detective Hiroshi Shimizu mostly works with money laundering, tracking illegal funds, the sort of thing that he can do alone on his computer. However, when he receives a visit from his friend Takamatsu in homicide, he’s pulled into Tokyo’s dark underside. He runs all over Tokyo, from hostess clubs in Roppongi to Narita airport, trying to track down who may have killed a foreign businessman working in Japan. Marking the death as a suicide would be the easiest route, but the foreigner was seen with a beautiful woman right before his death. Unlike with his money laundering work, this time Hiroshi’s not sitting on the other side of a screen from the bad guys. He’s working on a time limit as well, hoping that he can find the mystery woman – before she finds him first.

The Last Train is Michael Pronko’s first full-blown novel. Pronko is known as an expert on Japan, and has written a variety of articles and essays about Japanese culture. In The Last Train, he puts all of his knowledge to use to create a vibrant and true-to-form Tokyo. As a reader living in Tokyo, I experienced déjà vu reading about the exact train I was riding on. If I didn’t know better, I would have thought The Last Train was an English translation of a Japanese crime novel.

Besides the larger-than-life descriptions, I enjoyed the characters and the way they interacted with each other. There were many characters in the novel, as Hiroshi followed leads and hunted down his suspect. Each character, even the seemingly minor characters, left lasting impressions. I was actually disappointed when the end of the novel came around, wanting to learn more about the characters and what they would do next.

Honestly, I couldn’t find one mistake or quirk in the entire novel. I would definitely recommend it to crime and murder mystery fans, especially those with an interest in Japanese culture. There’s nothing too graphic despite the mention of multiple murders. However, it’s a bit slowed-pace and true to real investigations, so it may not suit those looking for a lot of action in their novels. Overall, I give The Last Train 4 out of 4 stars and am looking forward to reading Pronko’s other novels, also featuring Detective Hiroshi.

******
The Last Train
View: on Bookshelves

Like katiesquilts's review? Post a comment saying so!
katiesquilts's Latest Review: "The Last Days of Magic" by Mark Tompkins
User avatar
katiesquilts
 
Posts: 447
Joined: 20 Aug 2015, 20:10
Currently Reading: A Game of Thrones
Bookshelf Size: 573 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 25 Books
Goal Completion: 60%

Did you know?
 
Once you join the forums and log in you will get to enjoy a very ad-reduced experience. It's easy and completely free!

Re: Official Review: The Last Train by Michael Pronko

Post Number:#2 by kandscreeley
» 17 May 2017, 12:06

Wow! Now this sounds like a novel idea (pardon the pun). I didn't know there were that many people that committed suicide by train. I don't think it's a way I would want to go. However, it seems like murder would be awfully hard to prove, so it would make a great crime novel! Thanks for the review.
“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”
― Ernest Hemingway
kandscreeley's Latest Review: "Culture Man" by Guy Cook
User avatar
kandscreeley
Special Discussion Leader
 
Posts: 2586
Joined: 31 Dec 2016, 20:31
Currently Reading: Strong Heart
Bookshelf Size: 98 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 100 Books
Goal Completion: 80%

Re: Official Review: The Last Train by Michael Pronko

Post Number:#3 by MarisaRose
» 17 May 2017, 15:15

I can honestly say I've never read a book with such a unique premise! I'm glad you found the setting so authentic. I'm very interested in this one!
"No two persons ever read the same book." -Edmund Wilson
User avatar
MarisaRose
 
Posts: 851
Joined: 03 Sep 2016, 15:34
Favorite Book: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 166 books

View Reviewer Page
Reading Device: Kindle Paperwhite
2017 Reading Goal: 25 Books
Goal Completion: 312%

Re: Official Review: The Last Train by Michael Pronko

Post Number:#4 by godreaujea
» 17 May 2017, 21:06

I love that you were able to connect with this book the way you did! It must have made the read that much better! Thanks for the awesome review :)
godreaujea's Latest Review: "The Angel Strikes" by Oliver Fairfax
User avatar
godreaujea
 
Posts: 283
Joined: 20 Oct 2016, 13:37
Currently Reading: Station Eleven
Bookshelf Size: 340 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 50 Books
Goal Completion: 62%

Re: Official Review: The Last Train by Michael Pronko

Post Number:#5 by Radhika_17
» 17 May 2017, 23:52

I'm an ardent fan of Micheal's writing, and with this review, I can't wait to read this book myself! Thank you, I'm sure I'm going to enjoy it!

-- 18 May 2017, 00:52 --

I'm an ardent fan of Micheal's writing, and with this review, I can't wait to read this book myself! Thank you, I'm sure I'm going to enjoy it!
User avatar
Radhika_17
 
Posts: 101
Joined: 30 Apr 2014, 12:18
Location: Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
Favorite Author: Paulo Coelho
Favorite Book: The Alchemist
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 26 books

View Reviewer Page
Reading Device: Kindle Paperwhite
2017 Reading Goal: 0 Books
Goal Completion: 0%

Re: Official Review: The Last Train by Michael Pronko

Post Number:#6 by bica
» 18 May 2017, 07:38

:techie-studyingbrown: Hi. This is the first review I have read here. I think it is really a very good one, because it makes read the book, though I have not heard about this author before. Congrats!
User avatar
bica
 
Posts: 13
Joined: 18 May 2017, 05:55
Location: Toledo, Spain
Favorite Book: Out Loud
Currently Reading: My Trip to Adele
Bookshelf Size: 19 books
2017 Reading Goal: 10 Books
Goal Completion: 30%

Re: Official Review: The Last Train by Michael Pronko

Post Number:#7 by Zero
» 18 May 2017, 08:41

I like the idea and the plot of the novel. The subways and trains make the perfect setting for a crime novel, as it is very difficult to find if it was a suicide or a homicide. Thanks to your review that I got the idea of the novel.
User avatar
Zero
 
Posts: 88
Joined: 12 May 2017, 11:17
Currently Reading: An Unsuitable Boy
Bookshelf Size: 24 books
2017 Reading Goal: 0 Books
Goal Completion: 0%

Re: Official Review: The Last Train by Michael Pronko

Post Number:#8 by ZenaLei7
» 18 May 2017, 09:11

This seems like an interesting read; however, I usually like to read books that are fast paced. I also like a lot of action in the books I read so I think I'll pass on this book. Great job on the review!
“The only important thing in a book is the meaning that it has for you.” - W. Somerset Maugham
User avatar
ZenaLei7
 
Posts: 404
Joined: 07 Jan 2017, 14:25
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 54 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 100 Books
Goal Completion: 48%

Re: Official Review: The Last Train by Michael Pronko

Post Number:#9 by Miriam Molina
» 20 May 2017, 12:03

I was recently in Japan and have a brother who lives there. According to him, many people do commit suicide by jumping onto train tracks. (Guns are banned in Japan so that's not an available route to ending one's misery.)

The good rating makes me want to try this book.
User avatar
Miriam Molina
 
Posts: 1081
Joined: 02 May 2017, 20:17
Currently Reading: A Stained White Radiance
Bookshelf Size: 439 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 36 Books
Goal Completion: 105%

Re: Official Review: The Last Train by Michael Pronko

Post Number:#10 by Amagine
» 21 May 2017, 11:41

This sounds like a great detective novel with an interesting mystery! I would love to visit Tokyo someday so I'm also interested in reading the book because I would love to read the author's description of the different scenery or settings.

Great Review! 📓
"That's the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet." -Jhumpa Lahiri

"Once you learn to read, you will be forever free." -Frederick Douglass
Amagine's Latest Review: "The Tattered Box" by Paul Schumacher
User avatar
Amagine
 
Posts: 4626
Joined: 04 Mar 2017, 19:27
Location: Lost in My Imagination
Favorite Author: James Patterson
Favorite Book: Writing for Children and Teens
Currently Reading: The Little Witch
Bookshelf Size: 692 books

View Reviewer Page
Reading Device: Fire HD 7 Tablet
2017 Reading Goal: 400 Books
Goal Completion: 42%

Re: Official Review: The Last Train by Michael Pronko

Post Number:#11 by ReadtoLive
» 21 May 2017, 16:38

This sounds really interesting. I've never read a mystery set in Japan, so that would be fun. I've heard about the speed of Japanese bullet trains, though I've never been there or been on one. Anyway, thanks for the really good review!
User avatar
ReadtoLive
 
Posts: 58
Joined: 18 Apr 2017, 14:18
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 529 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 10 Books
Goal Completion: 350%

Re: Official Review: The Last Train by Michael Pronko

Post Number:#12 by fanni bwoy
» 14 Jun 2017, 08:55

This is one good homicide novel of all times....I never knew there was too much train murders/suicide. ..I cnt wait to get the novel congrats on this 1
User avatar
fanni bwoy
 
Posts: 4
Joined: 30 May 2017, 04:16
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 2 books
2017 Reading Goal: 0 Books
Goal Completion: 0%

Re: Official Review: The Last Train by Michael Pronko

Post Number:#13 by katiesquilts
» 17 Jun 2017, 05:57

Amagine wrote:This sounds like a great detective novel with an interesting mystery! I would love to visit Tokyo someday so I'm also interested in reading the book because I would love to read the author's description of the different scenery or settings.

Great Review! 📓


Thank you! Please come to Tokyo; it's such an amazing place! However, if you come after reading the novel, you may be a bit scared to ride on the trains... :wink2:

-- 17 Jun 2017, 05:59 --

ReadtoLive wrote:This sounds really interesting. I've never read a mystery set in Japan, so that would be fun. I've heard about the speed of Japanese bullet trains, though I've never been there or been on one. Anyway, thanks for the really good review!


This novel would definitely be a good introduction into the world of Japanese crime novels!
I can't even imagine getting hit by a commuter train, much less a bullet train... :(
katiesquilts's Latest Review: "The Last Days of Magic" by Mark Tompkins
User avatar
katiesquilts
 
Posts: 447
Joined: 20 Aug 2015, 20:10
Currently Reading: A Game of Thrones
Bookshelf Size: 573 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 25 Books
Goal Completion: 60%

Re: Official Review: The Last Train by Michael Pronko

Post Number:#14 by Rosemary Okoko
» 20 Jun 2017, 04:26

Reading about a train you were riding on. I wonder how that felt. The book sounds like a nice read. Thank you for the review.
Rosemary Okoko's Latest Review: "The Monkey Idol" by K.D. McNiven
User avatar
Rosemary Okoko
 
Posts: 421
Joined: 31 May 2017, 05:12
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 46 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 6 Books
Goal Completion: 150%

Re: Official Review: The Last Train by Michael Pronko

Post Number:#15 by katiesquilts
» 20 Jun 2017, 04:40

Rosemary Okoko wrote:Reading about a train you were riding on. I wonder how that felt. The book sounds like a nice read. Thank you for the review.


Definitely disconcerting, to say the least! :lol: Thankfully reading about bad things does not make them happen in real life...
katiesquilts's Latest Review: "The Last Days of Magic" by Mark Tompkins
User avatar
katiesquilts
 
Posts: 447
Joined: 20 Aug 2015, 20:10
Currently Reading: A Game of Thrones
Bookshelf Size: 573 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 25 Books
Goal Completion: 60%

Next

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Shaaa123 and 7 guests

Navigation

Return Home » Books and Reading » Reviews and Discussions about Specific Books and Series » Crime, Thrillers, Mystery and Horror Books