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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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thrilling and gripping Tale

talk about an exciting story! Starts off with a holy crusade to save relics from the church and ends with this conclusion that blows you away.! I completely recommend this book if you want any thrilling and enthralling and gripping tale of Adventure discovery and peril.!

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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.