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The Last Man | [P. T. Deutermann]

The Last Man

David Hall, an American nuclear engineer, arrives in Israel on a mission of truth. Believing that the defenders of Masada killed themselves to protect a great secret, Hall plans to explore the heavily guarded site and discover the real reasons behind the dramatic end of the Roman siege. Hall is shadowed by an Israeli archaeologist, Judith Ressner, a reserved professor with an agenda of her own. There is more than history hidden within the mountain, and Hall soon finds himself the target of ferocious Israeli security forces.
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Publisher's Summary

In a desert wasteland, framed by the shimmering fastness of the Judean Hills, lie the ruins of the fortress called Masada. Overlooking the Dead Sea and the salt mines that were once Sodom and Gomorrah, the stone palaces of Herod brood a thousand feet above the desolate countryside, where the Jewish revolt against Rome of AD 70 ended in the self-immolation of 960 people. According to legend, the defenders of Masada, rather than be taken prisoner by the Roman Tenth Legion, killed themselves, their wives, and their children the night before the Romans took the fortress.

David Hall, an American nuclear engineer, arrives in Israel on a mission of truth. Believing that the defenders killed themselves to protect a great secret, Hall plans to explore the heavily guarded site and, he hopes, discover the real reasons behind the dramatic end of the Roman siege. Hall is shadowed by an Israeli archaeologist, Judith Ressner, an attractive but reserved professor with an agenda of her own. There is more than history hidden within the mountain, and Hall soon finds himself the target of ferocious Israeli security forces bent on defeating his quest, who will stop at nothing to protect Masada from intruders.

Combining dynamic history with a highly charged contemporary story of adventure and espionage, The Last Man is a thought-provoking thriller of the Middle East, past and present.

©2012 P. T. Deutermann (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 12-21-13
    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 12-21-13 Member Since 2005

    I love books!

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    "a good one!"

    This is my second book by this author, PT Deutermann, and it's a really good one. He does a great job of intertwining ancient Jewish history with current events in Israel. I typically research the bios of the authors I listen to and this author graduated from the Naval Academy and captained several ships during his career. He writes about nuclear weapons and scuba diving in some detail and he likely got his knowledge through first hand experience. I got engrossed in this book and plowed right through it. I highly recommend this book. I've already got my next Deutermann in the listening queue!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    M. R. Peterson 10-08-13
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    I'm a fan of P.T. Deutermann, but this book was a disappointment. I couldn't tell if he was trying to write a modern "Taming of the Shrew" or write a adventure novel -- neither worked. The narrator did OK on some voices but he made the Israeli "Shrew" sound like an Indian male. I found it very distracting and irritating.

    I'd pass on this book

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia COCOA BEACH, FL, United States 07-11-12
    Cynthia COCOA BEACH, FL, United States 07-11-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Where is Dick Hill???!!"
    If you could sum up The Last Man in three words, what would they be?

    Unbelievable, Action, Riveting


    What aspect of Christopher Lane’s performance would you have changed?

    I am sure Christopher is a nice man but he isn't Dick Hill. I should have paid more attention to the narrator's name before I purchased the book. Dick Hill's reading makes the book for me.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mary 05-02-13
    Mary 05-02-13 Member Since 2010
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    "1st time Deutermann has disappointed."

    I have enjoyed everyone of P. T. Deutermann's books available on audio and have really enjoyed every one. I was so excited to see he had a new book out, but he phoned this one in. No, that's unfair. You will love this book if you're an archeologist. I, however, am a fan of good, fast paced mystery/thriller/espionage. And, in my opinion, this isn't it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie Cape Coral, FL, United States 08-26-13
    Bonnie Cape Coral, FL, United States 08-26-13 Member Since 2009
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    "so drawn out, half done and no action"
    What disappointed you about The Last Man?

    Listened to almost 6 hours and nothing has happened. Just lots of character information and of course the Judeo/Roman history (which is why I continued to listen) There is no way this can be called a thriller/suspense. Reading my Bible is much more suspenseful than this book.


    What was most disappointing about P. T. Deutermann’s story?

    It just doesn't deliver a good story. I don't think I can finish this, regardless of how much I find the historical information interesting.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Christopher Lane?

    Yes-hope he is good in another book I have in my library if the story actual has some suspense/action to it, instead of drawn out character study.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    complete disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    want my credit back

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy Dunn 07-11-12
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    "Where is Dick Hill???!!"
    If you could sum up The Last Man in three words, what would they be?

    Unbelievable, Action, Riveting


    What aspect of Christopher Lane???s performance would you have changed?

    I am sure Christopher is a nice man but he isn't Dick Hill. I should have paid more attention to the narrator's name before I purchased the book. Dick Hill's reading makes the book for me.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Regina Seattle, WA, United States 98109 06-24-12
    Regina Seattle, WA, United States 98109 06-24-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Completely unbelievable"

    If you can believe that Israel is home to an ancient cultural site of enormous importance that its own experts have not found into the 21st century, but an American amateur using info from an American expert finds with little effort, this book is for you. Many critical things can be said about Israel, but a nation of fools? No.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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