The Last Ember

The Last Ember

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by Daniel Levin
     
 

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Jonathan Marcus, a young American lawyer and former doctoral student in classics, is summoned to Rome for a case and stumbles across a message hidden inside an ancient stone fragment. The discovery propels him and UN preservationist Dr. Emili Travia into a coldblooded modern plot to erase every remnant of Jewish and Christian presence from Jerusalem's Temple Mount,

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Jonathan Marcus, a young American lawyer and former doctoral student in classics, is summoned to Rome for a case and stumbles across a message hidden inside an ancient stone fragment. The discovery propels him and UN preservationist Dr. Emili Travia into a coldblooded modern plot to erase every remnant of Jewish and Christian presence from Jerusalem's Temple Mount, in the process redefining history itself.

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Publishers Weekly

Da Vinci Code addicts will enjoy Levin's debut, a dense, complicated novel of religious suspense. Jonathan Marcus, classics scholar-turned-lawyer, is sucked back into his former life in archeology after becoming involved in an antiquities theft case his law firm is handling. A few minutes in the presence of a chunk of the ancient Roman Forum and a reunion with an old girlfriend from his student days, Dr. Emili Travia, and Jonathan is ready to cast off his three-piece suit and return to unearthing ancient subterranean mysteries. The prize this time is the 2,000-year-old Tabernacle menorah, eight feet of solid gold stolen from Herod's Temple in Jerusalem and hidden somewhere in Rome. The forces of evil are represented by Sheik Salah ad-Din, who seeks to find and destroy the menorah. The fevered pace slows only to deliver a multitude, perhaps too much of a multitude, of interesting historical factoids. (Aug.)

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From the Publisher
"The Last Ember, written with pathos and conviction, represents a much needed literary protest against modern and ancient historical revisionism."
-Elie Wiesel, bestselling author of Night

"A smart, sophisticated thirller that entertains as it educates, The Last Ember is engrossing. Levin knows his stuff and it shows— to the reader's great pleasure. Fans of The Da Vinci Code will devour it happily!"
-Christopher Reich, bestselling author of Numbered Account

"In his fast-paced, erudite, and original debut, Daniel Levin reveals a vivid world where archaeological, legal, and religious secrets swirl together into a thrilling nexus. Its rich texture and global cast of characters ignite genuine suspense and intrigue. Readers will savor this novel and await more blockbuster Daniel Levin adventures."
-Matthew Pearl, author of The Dante Club

"What a glorious journey from the tumultuous world of today's Middle East to the imperial world of Roman antiquity and then back. With a flair for detail, drama and elegant prose, Daniel Levin keeps us transfixed by his page-turning tale of deception, politics, history and life."
-Alan Dershowitx, Harvard Law School

"A banquet of everything I crave: history, conspiracy, secrets, action, adventure. Strap yourself in and hold on for some heart-throbbing, throat-grabbing, pedal-to-the-medal pacing. Levin captivates the reader with both plausibility and imagination. The Last Ember is a prize to be savored. A superb debut from a talent that bears watching."
-Steve Berry, author of The Charlemagne Pursuit and The Amber Room

"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

"Da Vinci Code addicts will enjoy Levin's debut, a dense, complicated novel of religious suspense."
-Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594488726
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
08/06/2009
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

What People are saying about this

What a glorious journey from the tumultuous world of today’s Middle East to the imperial world of Roman antiquity and then back. With a flair for detail, drama and elegant prose, Daniel Levin keeps us transfixed by his page-turning tale of deception, politics, history and life. --Alan Dershowitz, Harvard Law School

In his fast-paced, erudite and original debut, Daniel Levin reveals a vivid world where archaeological, legal and religious secrets swirl together into a thrilling nexus. Its rich texture and global cast of characters ignite genuine suspense and intrigue. --Matthew Pearl, author of The Dante Club
From the Publisher
"The Last Ember, written with pathos and conviction, represents a much needed literary protest against modern and ancient historical revisionism."
-Elie Wiesel, bestselling author of Night

"A smart, sophisticated thirller that entertains as it educates, The Last Ember is engrossing. Levin knows his stuff and it shows— to the reader's great pleasure. Fans of The Da Vinci Code will devour it happily!"
-Christopher Reich, bestselling author of Numbered Account

"In his fast-paced, erudite, and original debut, Daniel Levin reveals a vivid world where archaeological, legal, and religious secrets swirl together into a thrilling nexus. Its rich texture and global cast of characters ignite genuine suspense and intrigue. Readers will savor this novel and await more blockbuster Daniel Levin adventures."
-Matthew Pearl, author of The Dante Club

"What a glorious journey from the tumultuous world of today's Middle East to the imperial world of Roman antiquity and then back. With a flair for detail, drama and elegant prose, Daniel Levin keeps us transfixed by his page-turning tale of deception, politics, history and life."
-Alan Dershowitx, Harvard Law School

"A banquet of everything I crave: history, conspiracy, secrets, action, adventure. Strap yourself in and hold on for some heart-throbbing, throat-grabbing, pedal-to-the-medal pacing. Levin captivates the reader with both plausibility and imagination. The Last Ember is a prize to be savored. A superb debut from a talent that bears watching."
-Steve Berry, author of The Charlemagne Pursuit and The Amber Room

"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

"Da Vinci Code addicts will enjoy Levin's debut, a dense, complicated novel of religious suspense."
-Publishers Weekly

Meet the Author

Daniel Levin earned his bachelor’s degree in Roman and Greek civilizations from the University of Michigan and is a graduate of Harvard Law School. He was a visiting scholar at the American Academy in Rome and has practiced international law in New York.  He lives in New York City.

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The Last Ember 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Until the accident that killed his best friend and kicked him out of Rome's American Academy, Jonathan Marcus wanted to become a field archeologist. Filled with guilt and remorse, he studied law and became an attorney with a suit representing some of the most scurrilous rogues in the fine arts. He is sent to Rome to destroy the reputation of a U.N. antiquities expert. There he meets his girlfriend from the Academy Dr. Emili Travia, whom he never forgot. She is searching for the legendary two millennia old Tabernacle Menorah stolen from King Herod's great Jerusalem Temple and brought to but lost in Rome. The sacred Menorah is allegedly to be eight feet of pure gold. Muslim Sheik Salah ad-Din searches for the precious menorah too, but if he obtains it, he will melt it down for the gold and even more so for religious reasons. This is a terrific Brownian like religious thriller that never slows down once defrocked archeologist Jonathan returns to Rome and never looks back until the thrilling finish. The cast is solid and believable while the action is unabated but interweaved with historical information. Daniel Levin provides an exciting tale that will have readers breathless throughout. Harriet Klausner
BestSellersOnly More than 1 year ago
This is a fast-paced thriller that kept me up all night. I read at least a book every other week and love thrillers that teach you in addition to being a page turner. The characters are well developed and there are lots of exciting twists throughout the story. I recommend this book to anyone that likes Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code or similar bestselling thrillers.
lishamarie More than 1 year ago
I'm going to stray a bit from the normal book review form and ad lib this one. Since you can read the book synopsis on the Internet or the dust jacket, I'm assuming you are reading this review because you want to know how well this novel stacks up to its hype. Get ready for an amazing adventure - you will not be disappointed! I thought the plot sounded intriguing when I first picked up this book, and I was more than thrilled to be treated to a novel that rivals the likes of Steve Berry. Yes, you read that right, rivals Steve Berry. If you are a fan of historical fiction and if you have any knowledge, even a tiny bit, about ancient Jewish history, you are in for the ride of your life! Daniel Levin not only wrote a compelling mystery-thriller, he did it with the skill of a veteran novelist's prose. There are no hiccups in the plot line, no weird dialogue, and no shortage of twists and turns. His characters are fully believable and their interactions are not forced or akward. In short, this was a brilliantly written novel! My biggest complaint about historical mysteries are their endings. Levin did an amazing job tying the loose ends together. He didn't leave you hanging, wondering what happened to all the players, but he did leave you wanting another novel to follow immediately on its heels. I for one cannot wait until the next book comes out. My only suggestion is to make this a series. I want to know more about the ancient world through the adventures of Jonathan Marcus! Here are my updates while reading: I'm loving this book! I read half of it in one sitting, only stopping because I needed enough sleep to function at work. Now here I am, sitting at work, wishing I was racing through underground Rome with the protagonist. This book makes me want to learn Latin..... OK - I'm finished! I just couldn't put this book down! Daniel Levin may be my new favorite author!
MosheD More than 1 year ago
A Jewish Davinci Code. Great story. Well researched.
Suspense-History-World More than 1 year ago
Great read. Can't wait for Levin's next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bn, ban harriet klausner already! She has ruined so many boojs for me by her excessive plot reveals. She is costing you book sales. Please, do something about her already!!!!
NatalieTahoe More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy thrillers that include history, culture, and religion, set in stunning locales of both Italy and Jerusalem, I highly recommend Daniel Levin's The Last Ember. Daniel Levin has created an anxious page-turning thrill ride through legends and rumors, faith and culture, and it's one that I absolutely could not put down. The Last Ember -- it will not disappoint.
ReadingGranny More than 1 year ago
I found this book entertaining. It is historical fiction and quite interesting. I have already loaned it to family and friends who have enjoyed it as well
stargazergsd More than 1 year ago
Could not put it down. If you like treasure hunts this is the book for you. Have a nice ending as well..
joelnyc More than 1 year ago
I found The Last Ember to be a really terrific read. Daniel Levin's debut novel is a thriller full of intrigue, stretching from Jerusalem to Rome and interspersed with biblical history of the Temple Mount that will be of interest to both Christians and Jews. The book addresses current issues of historical revisionism, archeological politics and terrorism. I can't wait to see the movie!
ladyswine More than 1 year ago
I read alot and I very much enjoyed reading this book. It was very well researched and very well written. I highly recommend it to anyone. I can't wait for Levin's next book. Please, buy it, and enjoy!
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