The Last Saturday Of October, Douglas Gilbert

Action & Adventure, Historical Fiction, History, Military & War History, Military Fiction

The new breed of submarine thriller – based on a true story. A reenactment of the most pivotal moment in human history about a hero’s sacrifice, courage, and actions during the Cold War. Russia, 1962. Vasili Arkhipov is assigned to a Soviet diesel submarine above the Arctic Circle. From childhood, he’s dreamed of escaping his bleak peasant farm life to become someone important. With the Americans threatening to invade Cuba, he is called on to sail on an attack submarine carrying a nuclear torpedo and special forces on a Top-Secret mission to an unknown location during the most dangerous days of human history. Night sweats from PTSD and the seaborne suffering of the arduous submarine voyage cannot dissuade him from standing up to his captain in the crisis.

After living under Stalin’s brutal social experiment of farm collectivization and surviving the Soviet navy’s nuclear disaster known as “Chernobyl at sea,” Vasili Arkhipov is assigned to the 69th Torpedo Submarine Brigade. Americans discover Soviet nuclear missile sites in Cuba and deploy the largest antisubmarine fleet in history to block their passage. Depth charge attacks leave the Russians with unbreathable air and little water in extreme heat to decide—surrender or counterattack with nuclear weaponry.

The Last Saturday of October: The Declassified Secrets of Black Saturday is a book that captivate and thrilled me from start to finish and a book I would happily recommend to readers. I would recommend the book to even those that do not particularly enjoy military history because the story that is written and told by author Douglas Gilbert, is honest, entertaining and incredibly poignant and is a book that everybody should have the pleasure of reading. The Last Saturday of October is an in-depth military history/historical fiction book that will give readers a rare insight into the what it was like inside the B-59 submarine during the Cuban Missile Crisis and will introduce the reader to Vasili Arkhipov, a man who history has mostly forgotten but a critical figure in history who is known as the ‘man who stopped WW3’.

The Last Saturday of October is a rare book because never before have I discovered such a book that explores the topics like the ones featured in The Last Saturday of October. Most books about the Cuban Missile Crisis discuss the politics between nations but there has been virtually no books about the real hero of the story; the man who prevented a Soviet nuclear strike. The Last Saturday of October is that book and will inform the readers about the man who did stop the strike and the author recounts every step at this moment in history and the result is a comprehensive, intelligent and eye-opening read. The author Douglas Gilbert perfectly guides the reader back to the 1960’s and takes readers on a journey through the Cuban Missile Crisis by giving the reader access to the B-59 submarine which was a submarine carrying a nuclear torpedo which could have spelled disaster for not only America but eventually the world.

The Last Saturday of October may be a history book but it is also a historical fiction novel because some of what happens is fictional and I love the blend of the two genres because it makes the book incredibly entertaining and readers will feel a sense of pure enjoyment while reading Gilbert’s flawless and easy to read literature. If you are a reader who is interested in learning more about a pivotal moment in history, then The Last Saturday of October is for you and should not be missed but if you need more convincing then continue to read to learn more about this phenomenal book.

The Last Saturday of October is a shocking but true story laced with fiction that will take the reader back in time to the 1960’s and will introduce you to Vasili Arkhipov, a Soviet naval officer who stopped the nuclear strike on America during the Cuban Missile Crisis. The reader will be taken underwater to the B-59 Submarine and will be granted exclusive access into what it was like down there during this terrifying and tense moment in history and will guide the reader on a tour of what really happened down there. However, at this point I should say that the author has also laced some of his own experiences at sea so that the book feels authentic and it really does make the book feel this way. The story is a phenomenal but shocking one that will open your eyes and shed light on a moment in history and a man who is not widely known but should be known. Douglas Gilbert does incredible justice to Vasili’s story, and the results are breath-taking as well as memorable and incredibly informative. As well as Gilbert lacing a lot of real history in his book he has also included some of his own dialogue between Vasili and the rest of the characters but because Gilbert has learned so much about him, the conversations feel accurate and feel as if you really are in the submarine listening in on their conversations.

The story of The Last Saturday of October is a magnificent one that at times is heart-wrenching to read because of the effects the crisis had on those that served, including Vasili who during this time suffered from PTSD. However, the book is not all doom and gloom because it not only takes the reader on an emotive journey but also an inspiring one that sees a man do his part to stop a terrible event in history and that is really special to read about and one that everybody should read.

Douglas Gilbert is a newly discovered author of mine; however, I wish I had found his work sooner because his writing is compelling as well as informative at the same time. Never before have I been so engrossed in a history book, I adore reading about history as I believe it is incredibly vital and essential to honor the memory of those who have served, but sadly some history books can be challenging to read. They can be difficult because some are full with too much detail which is not written in an entertaining or easy to understand way but The Last Saturday of October, on the other hand, is! Gilbert has struck the perfect balance with his book because he has managed to write his book in an entertaining and insightful, informative way. In other words, the text is full of great detail, but it is written in an easy to read style which is accessible to readers which is always an excellent quality with a history book as they are aimed at informing readers with varying levels of knowledge on such subjects!

Overall The Last Saturday of October is an excellent, informative and compelling book that will entertain as well as inform readers on the events of Cuban Missile Crisis so I, of course, have to award the book five stars! Douglas Gilbert indeed is a gifted author and this is thanks to his extensive knowledge and passion for the subject and telling readers about the actual events which happened. Never before have I read a history book that is full of so much passion and enthusiasm from the author so I genuinely hope that you lovely readers take my advice when I write that you should read this phenomenal book. Be sure to have a read of the preview below book lovers, you will not regret it!

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Douglas Gilbert

Hello Readers, Everyone loves a hero’s story, and many readers are fascinated by the apocalypse. Did you ever wonder how a nuclear Armageddon could happen? How it felt? How one man could prevent it? If you were born before October 1962, Vasili Arkhipov, a Russian submariner, almost certainly saved your life, and if you were born after October 1962, he almost certainly made your life possible. The Last Saturday of October is the fact based story of the most important, unsung superhero and savior of humanity. I’ll be happy to answer your questions about this truth-is stranger-than-fiction saga. Enjoy, Doug… Read more »

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Reply to  Aimee Ann

Thanks Aimee Ann for your insightful review.

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