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Last Ember Audiobook

Last Ember

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Publisher's Summary

A search for a priceless artifact stolen from the Second Temple in Jerusalem becomes a race against time, terrorism, politics, and the past.

Jonathan Marcus is a promising young archeologist studying at the American Academy in Rome when a terrible accident results in a fellow student's death and Jonathan's expulsion. He abandons archeology for the law, becoming a skillful advocate for unscrupulous antiquities dealers.

When Jonathan's firm sends him to Rome to discredit the testimony of a prominent U.N. antiquities official, a chance reunion leads to a hunt for the legendary Tabernacle Menorah: solid gold, eight feet high, stolen 2,000 years ago and never recovered. As Jonathan and his friend scour Rome's ancient sites for hints to its whereabouts, they quickly realize they are not alone and the precious menorah is a key to controlling history itself.

©2009 Daniel Levin; (P)2009 Highbridge

What the Critics Say

"The Last Ember, written with pathos and conviction, represents a much needed literary protest against modern and ancient historical revisionism." (Elie Wiesel)
"Levin's religious and archaeological thriller has all the elements needed to appeal to Da Vinci Code fans: long-buried secrets, hidden puzzles based on ancient religious texts, and a race around the Mediterranean." (Booklist)

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    Lori West Olive, MI, USA 11-08-09
    Lori West Olive, MI, USA 11-08-09
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    "Much better than the recent Dan Brown novel"

    I'm not one to usually write a review, but this book blew me away. If you, like me, were disappointed in the recent Dan Brown novel, here is your redemption. Full of rich history woven into an intricate story, this book will hold you from beginning to end. A great listen.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Randy Dearborn Heights, MI, United States 01-04-11
    Randy Dearborn Heights, MI, United States 01-04-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Outstanding first book by Levin"

    One of the best books that I have read or have listened to. Fast paced, unpredictable, entertaining, and educational. I love novels with a history background, and this subject matter is outstanding. While reading/listening to this book, I googled many of the historical references, and found the story background to be true, and very fascinating. Levin has written a novel with the same quality as Steve Berry, James Rollins, and Clive Cussler. One thing I would like to see Levin do in future books is to have a chapter at the end of the book to explain what is true, and what is factious, like Brown, Berry and Rollins. It kind of puts a finishing touch to their novels. All in all, a great book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charlette Gaithersburg, MD, USA 08-17-09
    Charlette Gaithersburg, MD, USA 08-17-09
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    "Great first book...."

    Love the book.....Fast paced and couldn't stop listening....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mr Andrew Shaw 09-21-17
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    "Favourite"

    This is my favourite novel in this genre. The tour through modern day and Ancient Rome is a thrill!

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    Bill 03-25-12
    Bill 03-25-12 Member Since 2017
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    Where does Last Ember rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Like the historical mix and the story line. I like religious historical novels. Levin does a great job. Waiting for his next novel.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan 06-06-11
    Susan 06-06-11
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    "A little too much history"

    I found the underlying historical mystery in this book interesting, and thought the writing and characters were competent though not outstanding in any way. But apparently you need to earn a masters degree in roman and early christian history to thoroughly understand what's going on, based on how often the plot dragged while characters discussed some minute historical detail. Still, I would give this author another try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Auburn, ME, United States 08-14-10
    Carolyn Auburn, ME, United States 08-14-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Good history, bad character development"

    This book was good in terms of getting information about Jeruselem and historical artifacts. The characters were unfortuntately very flat and the story was more a vehicle to tell about the history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Evergreen Park, IL, United States 08-04-10
    Stephen Evergreen Park, IL, United States 08-04-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Just Okay"

    As far as crime / investigation stories go, this is just okay. Fairly predictable and a little too much of a scavenger hunt. The characters were well developed; overall boring.
    The narrator was good, but the mixing was a little amateurish (back ground noise & tonal fluctuations).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    aaron 07-15-10
    aaron 07-15-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Cliche upon cliche"

    I had a real hard time with this book. I liked the plot line and premise, but the execution of the characters was such a hack-fest that I was constantly fighting with myself not to turn it off. The author feels the need to add corny and unfunny asides to every new development. "...gives a whole new meaning to 'Tough as Nails'." And that the lead character has to put up a struggle to move foreword at ever juncture is just completely played our and pedestrian. He vacillates from being the pre-eminate mind on roman and hebrew developments, to not knowing huge swath of the bible. And the character comes off as a whiny brat. It doesn't help that the writer has to play these asides for laughs every time. So to recap - cool premise, interesting plot, lame characters, sophomoric writing style. The author is a hack who happened to have a good idea for a book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John 05-31-10
    John 05-31-10
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    "Rich in action and historical detail"

    At first I thought this was a sure 5 star book. The action is good and the narration was great through the entire book. By the middle of the book, though, you start to want more depth in the plot. At the end of the book I started to get disappointed in the one dimensional plot. Almost gave it 3 stars, but being the first book (and the narration was great), I think 4 stars is a better rating with a hope that the next book is somewhat more complex in plot. If the next book is another ancient roman historical intrigue, I would probably pass.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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