The Last Day: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: James Landis

Narrated By: Bruce Turk

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: September 2009

Duration: 11 hours 0 minutes


I meet Jesus on the day I get home from the war. I’m on the beach, but I don’t know how I got here. My mind is as dark as the night. . . . I spend the whole night on the beach. But when the sun’s faint light begins to bend around the Earth, I see him. . . . There, coming toward me, out of the light, is a man. . . . Behind the man a faint curtain of light rises to the sky out of the ocean. He wears the light like a robe, though I see he’s dressed like me. Jeans and a T-shirt, no shoes. And that he’s older than I am, a lot older, maybe mid-thirties. He walks right toward me. He walks right into my eyes.

So begins the spellbinding story of Warren Harlan Pease, a young U.S. Army sniper freshly returned from the Iraq War to his native New Hampshire. What follows is a page-turning adventure that is also a powerful meditation on religion and war, love and loss.

The Last Day answers questions and asks many more. Armed with a sniper’s rifle and his deeply held faith, Specialist Pease travels across ideological borders and earns an appreciation for his enemy’s culture and for what connects us all as human beings. “War doesn’t test your faith in Jesus,” Warren comes to realize. “It tests your faith in yourself.” Upon returning home, he spends an entire day with Jesus visiting and contemplating his own life with fresh eyes, and a willing heart. He examines his relationship to those he loves, and grapples with the pain he has been carrying inside since the death of his mother when he was just a boy.

This extraordinary work of compassion and healing grace combines the themes of religion, war and poetry in a way that is wholly original, and unforgettable. It will resonate with skeptics and believers, be shared and discussed between friends and among families.


  • ronald l

    This is the story of SPC Warren Pease. He's from Greenland, New Hampshire. He fought in and around the Baghdad area of Iraq as a Sniper. The story is told through his perspective, intertwined with a visit from, you decide. As I was born in New Hampshire, and served in the same areas, at the same times, as SPC Pease, did I mention being born on Pease AirForce base there in New Hampshire? Anyway, serving as a Scout, and for absolutely all other reasons I was drawn to this story. Now that I've finished, all I can say to review this Amazing story is a revelation, and a heartfelt "Thank You" to Mr. Landis. ????

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