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The Last Ember, by Daniel Levin

The Last EmberFinished 9-24-09, rating 4.5/5, thriller, pub. 2009

“The Temple Mount was surrounded by fifty thousand Roman soldiers,” he said, turning to the professor, “and the priest escaped through here, along this aqueduct.”

His flashlight revealed a narrow stone aqueduct stretching into the darkness.  It appeared to float across the dark chasm that lay on either side.

“And he took with him the one artifact that brought down a Roman emperor.”

Chapter 7

Jonathan is an archeology scholar and Rome Prize winner turned New York City lawyer.  He is sent to Rome by his firm to help them in a stolen artifacts case and he is almost immediately confronted by his ex-girlfriend and a centuries old mystery involving the world’s  three main religions.  Jonathan past study of the traitor Josephus gives him special insight into the clue this stolen artifact provides, a clue that he thinks could lead him to the Tabernacle menorah that was stolen from Herod’s Temple in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago.  As he travels with his ex Emili to the Colosseum and other hot spots in Rome they follow a series of clues while the police are trying to find them.  Using Emili’s UN credentials the two race back to Jerusalem to stop the Waqf and their destruction of the what is beneath the Temple Mount.

This is a religious thriller that I compare to the da Vinci Code in only the post positive aspects.  The pace, story and setting were top notch and had a hard time putting it down.  Since our vacation to Italy last year I’ve loved reading stories that take place in Italy and this book made me want to go back and take a tour of all places Jonathan visited, but since many of them are under the city that is probably not going to happen.

It was also complicated and loaded with historical and religious facts.  The only thing that slowed down my reading at all was the multitude of knowledge that I tried to take in.  I do not normally read historical fiction, so most of this was new to me as were many of the names.   To make all of this history interesting, the plot is lightning quick and full of fantastic and seemingly far fetched occurences.  And that was okay because I loved it.

I highly recommend this if you love thrillers, historical fiction, The daVinci Code, Italy, Jerusalem, suspense, religious mysteries, or archeology.  That covers a lot of people.  Does it include you?

I attended a book signing with Daniel Levin and he will be featured in one of my 9 in ’09 interview soon.

September 24, 2009 - Posted by | 4 1/2 Star Books | , , , , ,

5 Comments »

  1. It definitely includes me and my dad as well 🙂 My dad loved Da Vinci, so I’ll probably get this for him along with The Last symbol.

    I think it’s a winner!

    Comment by Violet | September 25, 2009 | Reply

  2. Another book worth reading. The plot and the setting truly interests me.

    Comment by gautami tripathy | September 25, 2009 | Reply

  3. I’ll have to recommend this book to a friend who is a Dan Brown and Da Vinci Code fan.

    I think it is The da Vinci Code with more substance.

    Comment by Book Bird Dog | September 25, 2009 | Reply

  4. I like the sound of this one – complicated with plenty of historical and religious facts. It’s new to me so thanks for tipping me off. I look forward to another one of your great 9 in 09s.

    Now the pressure is on. I’m working on the questions right now, so if you’ve got a good one let me know.

    Comment by Margot @ Joyfully Retired | September 25, 2009 | Reply

  5. I think this is one of the books that I got for my husband and he really liked it, too.

    Comment by Thoughts of Joy | October 4, 2009 | Reply


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