The Last Friend Reviews
Enjoyed this book from start to finish. The range of characters from "salt of the earth" types to "no-good", greedy, all- for -self scoundrels made the story even more intriguing. The smart, strong women characters completed the cast of characters. The plot embodies the saying, "Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive". If you want to read a book, just for its good story telling, you'll enjoy this one! -Reviewed by Emily Cooper via Amazon
Just as a heads-up, I worked with this author on his manuscript BEFORE it was published. As an editor, I was impressed with this debut author's ability to capture his readers' attention. This plot was fast-paced and intelligent. And unlike many political thrillers, the plot was logical, believable, and captivating. It's a great read, and I'm happy to see that a publisher took a chance on this gem. – Reviewed by Kimberly Coghlan via Amazon
Amazing book! Great characters and a plot that will keep you turning the pages long after your bedtime. Can't wait for the next book. - Reviewed by Tammy K. via Amazon
A great book. In depth characters that you'll miss when the book ends. Interesting plot and story line that will keep the pages turning!! – Reviewed by Kathy Ingram via Amazon
Enjoyed this book so much. Good, good story and characters very interesting and well developed. From beginning my attention was captured by plight of how we leave this life. The farmer was not focused on himself but concerned for his wife who would still have to carry on. And friendships of a lifetime become as family. – Reviewed by Nadyne McGehee via Amazon
This isn't normally the type of book I'd read, but the cover and blurb just caught my interest. When I began reading, I couldn't put the book down. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will definitely recommend it. – Reviewed by Anon192281 via Amazon
Was a great read start to finish with a perfect delivery!!!! – Reviewed by Robby Williams via Amazon
It was a great read. I couldn't put it down. I'm proud to know Darral. - Reviewed by Tommy Wootan via Amazon
Mr. Williams introduced me to his book when he was a guest on our radio show, WALT ..Mornings In Meridian (MS). I was captivated during his interview by the premise of the book. Mixing politics with murder supported by the deep and abiding friendships of the characters was odd to me but whetted my appetite toward “giving it a try” ....and am I glad I did! Quickly, he pulled me into the lives of his characters as he developed a very real and believable scenario given today’s political landscape. I couldn’t put the book down. I hope we’ll see more from this author! Well done, Mr. Williams! – Reviewed by Sydney S. Covington via Amazon
Good Book, the mix of characters and the Scenario captured my interest early in the book and kept me involved through the epilogue. Darral waiting for number 2. – Reviewed by Calvin via Amazon
A well written, can't-put-it-down book. Enough details to be able to visualize what's happening; but not so many details as to get bogged down in them. The characters seem more real than so many of the fictional books currently on the market. Their values reflect the salt-of-the-earth values of mainstream America. Thank you, Darral! I look forward to more of your writing. - Reviewed by Kathy Gill via Amazon
I love the basis of this book!! I picked it up and had a hard time putting it down! Great job Darral! I look forward to more of your books!! – Reviewed by Kathy Mitrano via Amazon
Fast paced. Couldn't put it down. – Reviewed by Wade McDaniel via Amazon
Couldn't put it down! A definite page turner! Would love to see this made into a movie. – Reviewed by Liz via Amazon
Hey guys, I'm back with another book review and this time I bring you a glimpse into the world of American politics, the bond between soldiers, and the danger of greed. The Last Friend is a complex book that begins with one lone man, Joe Carter, coming to the realization that he is dying, and worse, that his wife will lose their home after he is gone. His last act on earth is going to be preventing this, and he calls on an old friend from the military to try and help him achieve this. Such a simple thing in a part of the country that should be removed from the machinations of politics, but sure enough this one little thread starts a dangerous plot unraveling, one that could swallow the cast of characters whole. – Reviewed by Marc Townsend via Goodreads
I chose 5 stars for The Last Friend because there was nothing I disliked. The writing style is beautiful, the story great and the characters spot on. The setting was perfect. Darral Williams did such a great job placing me there, right into the story with all the drama, conniving and action. This is a 5-star read and am excited to see what Darral comes up with next. – Reviewed by Alice VL via Goodreads
Friends stand behind friends even when it gets tough. Joe Carter was about to lose his farm and his life. Cancer ate away at his body and slimy Clyde Bayles, holder of Joe's mortgage, ate away at his farm, one piece at a time. In desperation, Joe called on his best friend, David Squire, for help, what are friends for.
Filled with loyalty, intrigue, and deception this page-turner will keep you occupied from beginning to end. Caliber unmatched. The first book by Darral Williams, there are sure to be many more as he climbs to the bestseller list. – Reviewed by Janet
Who is your friend and who is not? Who can you trust? From a dusty farm in Arkansas to the halls of the Senate in Washington D.C., the question remains the same, who do you trust?
Trust is built up over time and Joe doesn't have time. Trusting his best friend David to find out the truth is what this book is all about. Ins and outs, trust, and betrayal are just one part of this exciting read. More than you suspect and guaranteed to keep you guessing till the end. Enjoy this new writer's first novel. – Reviewed by Paula
To start off with, have you ever had a ride or die friendship? If you don't believe they exist, this story about David and his childhood friend Joe will make a believer out of you. You'll find deception, and corruption and all it takes to get from one to the other is a very greedy small-town businessman messing with the wrong old couple especially when one is dying. The fireworks begin when a bug is put in David's ear and opens a can of worms no one saw coming that has nothing to do with fishing.
With money, murder, and power in the mix can David get to the bottom of things on the hill? How did a small town in Arkansas get caught up in a Washington D.C. scandal? Will the tables get turned and David take the fall? – Reviewed by Carol
When David Squire set out to help his old friend Joe and Millie Carter reclaim their land from being foreclosed on by Clyde Bayless he had no clue that his investigation would lead where it did. The Last Friend is a novel about friendships, corruption, deceit, and murder. Darrel Williams has done an excellent job in bringing it all to this page-turning experience. – Reviewed by Michelle
When Joe ran out of options and was running out of time, he decides to finally contact David. Just how far will Joe's friend go to make sure Millie will be okay when Joe's cancer claims him. A lil sawed-off archnemesis of Joe and David’s was always worried about money more than friends. Clyde has no problem leaving Joe and Millie with nothing. Thank God Joe and Millie had friends that refused to let that happen. I believe David would have done anything for some of Millie's cooking.
Dirty politics uncovered, private investigators good and bad, police payoffs, and wiretaps. Numerous unexpected scandals being uncovered lead to dangers that even David might not be able to get away from safely. Suspenseful and dramatic, I didn't want to put the book down to even sleep. Great book! – Reviewed by Amanda
Definitely a five-star book. Very well written. Great story of true friendship from childhood and throughout life's experiences. Very engaging kept me glued to the pages till the end. Want to read again. Keep writing your stories Darral. I will be looking for the next one. Great job. -Reviewed by Ann