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The Lost Tomb (Jack Howard #3)

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  2,265 Ratings  ·  148 Reviews
For centuries, people have speculated about the fabled lost libraries of antiquity. If one were found, what marvels would it contain? Now a fearless team of adventurers is about to unearth that long-hidden secret, and it will lead them to the most astonishing discovery ever made.

In the treacherous waters off the rugged Sicilian coast, marine archaeologist Jack Howard and h
Mass Market Paperback, 500 pages
Published October 2008 by A Dell Book (first published February 21st 2008)
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J. Else
May 14, 2011 J. Else rated it it was ok
With this book, its the author that brings the story down. It tries to imitate works by Dan Brown but falls short in many aspects. The ideas were fascinating, the plot intriguing, but I think it would have been told better in the hands of another author (like Dan Brown). The book never really came to life.

1. Characters: All characters were lacking in any depth or charisma. Plus the characters all seemed to have the same voice. Long conversations got confusing to try and figure out who was saying
Jul 04, 2008 Kerry rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My rant...only read if you have time and patience :-)

Update - have completed and I think that, overall, it was enough to keep me entertained (somewhat) - but I am really starting to dislike these novels that feel like they part text book - I buy these books for enjoyment/entertainment - not because I wish to become an armchair expert in topic area. It forces the author to create a bumbling, sidekick character that is always having things explained to him/her in minute detail - please - its tedio
Aug 05, 2016 Mariakok rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Απογοήτευση. Πολύ πολλυλογία με την υπόθεση να βαλτώνει συνεχώς και με τους ήρωες να πετάγονται ανά την υφήλιο για να συνδυάσουν τα ασύνδετα. Ευτυχώς τέλειωσε....
Oct 09, 2012 Marla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
None of the discoveries made in this book were destroyed! Not even the burial that had an unexploded WWII ordnance right by it, I was totally shocked it wasn't demolished after our intrepid heroes found the site! I liked this book much better than the one before it, partially because of what I just wrote above =), partially because it was much easier to follow and partially because it covered historical stuff I was a bit more familiar with.
Even though there was a lot of long exposition/history l
Having developed a recent habit of reading my wife’s library books, I find myself unable to pass up a chance to read anything she borrows even if I’ve taken a dislike to the author on previous attempts. This is how I ended up reading “The Last Gospel”, the third in David Gibbins series of novels about all action archaeologist Jack Howard.

Jack and his friend and colleague Costas have just located a shipwreck off the coast of Sicily that may have been the ship St. Paul was shipwrecked in, as told
Apr 17, 2010 Josh rated it it was ok
There is a tried and true formula to these types of books: A clue reveals the possibility of some ancient artifact or truth that will change the world, but to find this most-sought after item will require a group of intrepid explorers and scientists to find the next clue(s) in remote locations around the globe. To get these clues involves thrilling, near death escapes and the genius ability to piece together obscure clues. These teams are also being pursued by violent cabals who have for ...more
Jan 08, 2010 Conyers rated it liked it
Like the quote on the front says, it is a combination of Indiana Jones and Dan Brown. It showed me that I need to learn more about Roman/Greek history...

I think the story line was pretty good, and it was nice to read an adventure story without a lot of cussing and sex.

I saw that a lot of the reviewers here kept picking on the amount of detail in the book. I think a lot of it was necessary, especially for people like me who are not as familiar with Greek/Roman history. And, when you take traditi
Tracy Terry
Mar 27, 2013 Tracy Terry rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever sat sipping tea while a friend bored you detail by minute detail, hour by excruciating hour, relating stories about their 'adventure' holiday? Well, that's pretty much how I felt reading this.

A book I would have given up on way before its 542 page ending if it wasn't for the carrot that made me anticipate something of note, of excitement, of interest even, was about to happen that the author kept dangling in front of my nose.

OK, so with its carbonised centuries old bodies, secret
Jan 27, 2013 Trena rated it really liked it
My pet hates in life
1)when book sets change cover designs halfway through .Messed up my book shelf more than once/
2) I read the same book twice because its got 2 names.I kept thinking gosh this so like the other book!!!!
Still good.
Nov 05, 2016 Shelley rated it it was ok
I think I need to go back and read the earlier books.
Aug 30, 2012 James rated it liked it
Right, an admission: I had only read the second book in the series before this one. So going into this, this was basically my second of the series. After the brilliance of the last one, I was hoping that this would prove to be it's equal. It wasn't, but it certainly was entertaining all the same. A good, solid Three Stars.

Plot: Three Stars

A plot about the missing gospel of jesus christ?! Blow me down, that hasn't been done before! Okay, so that's a fair reaction to it, and to be honest it was t
Maria Elmvang
It would seem as if David Gibbins tries to imitate both Dan Browns's writing style and his choice of controversial topics, only where I actually rather enjoyed "The Da Vinci Code" and wasn't at all offended by it, neither of those things can be said about "The Last Gospel".

The main premise of "The Last Gospel" is that Jesus wasn't really the son of God, but that was just a twist his disciples (Paul especially) put on his teachings. Okay, obviously not something I can get behind, but I'm willing
Greg Scowen
The following review was written in 2009, immediately after reading this book and before commencing on my own writing career. This book was one that inspired me to write. Now, in hindsight, I see many flaws in the writing and story-telling that are mentioned by other reviewers. That said, I still enjoyed reading it and because it inspired me... I will never forget it.

I recently read The Last Gospel and am stunned to now come here and read all of the dreadful reviews.

As a co
Aug 01, 2011 Ian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The blurb on the back says "think Indiana Jones crossed with Dan Brown." I appreciate not everyone would see this as praise, and I know it is one of many "artefact-hunt" type books that have sprung up since The Da Vinci code. However, for me the difference here is the subject matter, dealing with the Roman Empire, specifically around the time of Claudius and the Birth of Jesus - the Last Gospel being reputedly a scroll written by Jesus himself, and the author's knowledge of his subject is ...more
Dec 10, 2009 Jeremy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The basic premise (and I’m not giving anything away here) is that the roman emperor Claudius faked his death to escape the torment of being a disabled roman emperor and lived his later years in secret writing books about various things including his conquest of Britain. Well it was his scribe, narcissus, that wrote them and he also faked his own death to be with his master. Claudius was in Herculaneum at the time of the Vesuvius eruption (nice segway from the last book I read - and that was not ...more
Mar 05, 2009 Christa rated it liked it
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There is an interesting adventure story at the heart of this book, but the writing is tedious. The many long, descriptive passages made this book difficult to read. This is the 2nd Jack Howard book I have read by this author, and this one was an easier read than the first one. Atlantis had so many complicated descriptions that I couldn't even begin to picture what the author was talking about at several points. The Lost Tomb wasn't quite as wordy, but I feel that it still could have done with a ...more
Sep 22, 2010 Linn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone interesting in these sorts of books
Recommended to Linn by: No one
This book is one of his best that I’ve read so far. Once I started reading it I just couldn’t put it away.
I have to admit though that it almost took me a year before I even started reading it due to loads of things to do in no time at all.

Through the years, or books, you’ve gotten to know the characters quite well. You have started to see yourself as one of them and really live with them. At least that’s what I did. For the past 13 years I’ve wanted to become an archaeologist, so that’s the ma
Mar 14, 2015 Urszula rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, audio-book
I have enjoyed this book quite a bit. It was a great history lesson. A lot of “what could have happened” was explored which made the reader think about the events in history that followed. I found that I could not read this book when I was tired. When I did all the history facts would mix up together and I would not follow the plot.

I liked how the adventure took the main characters to different parts of the world – yet linking them together through history events or key people in those events.
Jun 28, 2015 Kiirsten rated it liked it
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Mat Davies
Dan Brown meets Indiana Jones in total hokum but harmless enough page turner about Jesus's last gospel, Herod and a conspiracy theory that, obviously, goes to the very top. It won't set your world on fire but as something to gnaw on whilst led on a beach it's not bad.
Simon Burnett
Sep 07, 2016 Simon Burnett rated it it was ok
This must have been re-titled because I read The Lost Gospel.
Jack Howard returns again, more former lovers and some interesting locations with a captivating mystery, but it was irritating to read due to all the historic facts associated with each aspect of the tale.
I read the previous two and saw a steady improvement so bought this and Part 4 afterwards, bad move. It often put me to sleep but I worked through it around reading five other books. As for starting part 4...
Jun 27, 2012 Mikaela rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I like David Gibbins books. They are actionpacked, well researched, and filled with intriguing plot twists.

This was not exception. I enjoyed following Jack and Costas search for the Last Gospel. From the first dive outside Sicily, to the end outside Nasaret. As they searched they dodged the mafia, corrupted churchmen, and cops. Most of all, there was a feeling of visiting all those places. Diving outside Sicily, cloak crawling in Rome, walking in a rainy London.
And I loved that mix action and
James F.
Feb 19, 2016 James F. rated it liked it
This third book by David Gibbins was a bit of a disappointment to me. I will need to find and read his first two efforts in this adventure series, "Atlantis" and "Crusader Gold."

My lasting impression of this story is that it was a similar to a water slide. I knew what the destination was and was led straight towards it by the author.

The most interesting aspects of his book were the author's use of actual locations that may still be considered to be virgin archaelogical territory, today, and his
Jul 28, 2011 Alexia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you have a penchant for diving, archeology and the Ancient this is probably a book you would enjoy. I didn't find myself particularly caring about the characters or what would happen to them. It's an ok read, but didn't find myself particular eager to find out what would happen in the story. The story is essentially about the importance of networking and it does seem somewhat formulaic with the plot. You can't really compare it to Dan Brown at all, as you don't feel the suspense or really on ...more
Jul 26, 2009 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ridiculous! As an essay on an alternative early history of Christianity it is quite interesting but as a novel it's just silly. There are so many plainly ludicrous things that "may have happened" that it's hard to tell if the more believable things are true or also made up by the author. The whole Catholic church conspiracy theory thing is not exactly original these days either. The other problem with this book as a novel is that there are no twists or surprises at all. From the title and the ...more
Apr 09, 2012 Diane rated it really liked it
This book captured my attention from the word go and I could not put it down. There is non-stop action and adventure, and the fact that some of the book takes place during dives is even better. The author gives a real sense of what it is like to dive in different kinds of water and situations. As a person of faith, the idea he presents about Jesus being involved in Mary M. is interesting, though not something new to book area and not something I find believable... however the fact that he takes ...more
Claude Dancourt
Feb 26, 2013 Claude Dancourt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like all books that deal with lost gospels, you are always deceived at the end. Of course, no one would dare "write the words" of a Gospel by Jesus or Mary-Magdalene. *sigh*

Anyhow, I enjoyed the book; it was the second in the series, but somehow, I read it last. David Gibbins' books really should be read in order, as there are references to earlier stories in and there. This is particularly true for 'The mask of Troy' and 'The Gods of Atlantis'.

'The Last Gospel' is a typical Gibbins, with action
Carlos Santos
Jan 14, 2016 Carlos Santos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: civilization
It was hard to get used to the format in the beginning as the author went into extreme detail with historical facts/discussions between the characters but if your a lover of history this was an incredible book once it got rolling. There were many interesting historical events/facts that were rolled into this fictional work that I researched after the book. The author also has a cool section at the end explaining what was fictional from what was not. There are additional books from this author ...more
Feb 26, 2010 Jose rated it it was ok
Shelves: gibbins-david
Critics claimed it was something like Dan Brown books... but with a mix of Indiana Jones...

This is the third book of a series in which and arecheologist / scientist goes around the globe trying to solve the quest...

This book was better than the first two books of the "series"

On this book they are looking for a manuscript that claimed to be dictated by Jesus himself...

The author appears to be very knowledgable about archeological terms... espeically when it comes to underwater exploration... mayb
Jun 19, 2012 Mari rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-swedish
Är lite besviken på den här boken. Den saknade den fart och action som gjorde att jag fastnade i den första boken och som gjorde den andra relativt bra. Det blir för långa partier med fakta/information och inte så mycket spänning. I de 2 första böckerna lyckades han bättre med att väva samman informationen med händelserna. Det är först på de sista 50 sidorna som farten ökar en del och det börjar bli lite spännande, men då är det egentligen för sent. Det är intressanta tankegångar som hade kunnat ...more
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Canadian-born underwater archaeologist and novelist. Gibbins learned to scuba dive at the age of 15 in Canada, and dived under ice, on shipwrecks and in caves while he was still at school. He has led numerous underwater archaeology expeditions around the world, including five seasons excavating ancient Roman shipwrecks off Sicily and a survey of the submerged harbour of ancient Carthage. In ...more
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