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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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  • Mel
  • Raleigh, NC, United States
  • 02-07-15

Something Different for PT

A stand alone story by one of my favorites - PT Deutermann. The other reviews not so glowing almost scared me away from this one. Glad it didn't.

Loved all the Jewish history re: Massada. The ultimate prize is a bit Indiana Jones / Dirk Pitt in its historical immenseness.

My only "not so good" is the narrator's voice for the heroine. Difficult at times to know its "her" speaking.

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  • Stevon
  • Tempe, AZ, United States
  • 12-21-13

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!

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Disappointed

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

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  • MC
  • 05-02-13

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.

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A good listen.

Requires some suspension of disbelief. But otherwise a great tale. Having recently visited Masada it followed much of what I had seen. Very good performance.

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Unique look at Masada

A thoroughly enjoyable read! I also enjoyed the historical aspect of the book. Masada is an enigma to most.

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  • Cynthia
  • COCOA BEACH, FL, United States
  • 07-11-12

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

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Mazada - an alternate story

The Last Man provides an alternate hypothesis to the accepted view of the final hours of Mazada's defense. From missed archeological finds to modern day zealots willing to deal with Israel's enemies, it is an enjoyable read.

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One of my favorites

I found this exciting and was hoping for more in a series- Yes, I like other narrators also, but I thought this was an excellent performance that I could easily understand while riding (I burn to disk).
Thoroughly enjoyed.

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  • Jesse
  • Creston, NC USA
  • 07-01-18

Slow build up

Another Dan Brown missing Christian artifact style story. Don’t know if this one was written before or after Brown’s Davinci Code.

The story takes place in Israel mostly at Masada, the site of the first century mass suicide of the Jewish Zealots as the Roman 10th legion closed in after a 3 year siege. There’s an undiscovered cistern, 2nd Temple artifacts, heavy water and modern day zealots. And a curious American egged on by his ex Israeli girlfriends fascination with Masada.

The story builds slowly and you really get the sense that David Hall is going to try something supremely stupid, dangerous and possibly impossible to pull off - all over a very nebulous theory. The tension builds as the story approaches the climax. A decent enough story with a somewhat unsatisfying ending as do most stories (novels) purporting to prove the divinity of Christ. And that’s all I’ll say.

Christopher Lane is superb in the narration with an excellent handle on Hebrew accents and pronunciation . He seems to have a real talent for accents in the stories he narrates. I’ll be looking for more of his work.

All in all a decent story. Worth a credit. P. T. Deutermann is a prolific writer and has written some excellent fictional WW2 stories based on real events. (I highly recommend Pacific Glory and The Commodore) Since he was a real destroyer Captain he brings a sense of realism to those stories. I’m becoming a fan.