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The Last Ember

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  745 ratings  ·  158 reviews
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...more
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Published (first published 2009)
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Uci
...dan sepanjang film Gladiator, dia selalu mengerang setiap kali Russel Crowe menyebut stadion itu sebagai "the Colosseum," sebuah nama yang tidak terbayangkan sampai seratus tahun setelah jatuhnya Roma.(hal.122)

Sejarah selalu punya banyak sisi, saat diceritakan oleh pihak-pihak yang berbeda. Sesuatu yang menjadi keyakinan umum belum tentu menggambarkan kejadian sebenarnya, meski telah dikisahkan turun-temurun selama ratusan bahkan ribuan tahun. Sejarah juga kerap menjadi alat politik, karena p...more
Alicia Lemar
Nov 18, 2009 Alicia Lemar rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical mystery fans
Recommended to Alicia by: GoodReads sidebar
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 book's homepage here 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 Ber...more
Alan
If you hate it when an author thinks that they have to infuse their characters with constant blue streaks of swearing to sell a book, then you'll like this one.

Daniel Levin has created an engaging action adventure that develops characters, takes you to interesting places above and below the ground in Jerusalem and Rome, and spins a tale that you will enjoy through the last page of the book.

While I don't really care that much which expensive brand of shoe a particular character is wearing, I di...more
Elizabeth
The Last Ember by Daniel Levin (pp. 432)

The DaVinci Code set the bar for popular historical thriller genre in recent years. While Brown’s formula works some days and others can feel too light, convoluted or heavy handed, Daniel Levin’s first novel seemed to be a great next step.

Levin’s Jonathan Marcus is a disgraced Rome scholar and archeologist who takes his talents and passions and becomes a corporate lawyer who specializes in antiquities and provenance. When a case brings him back to Rome, h...more
Sharon
Daniel Levin's debut novel, "The Last Ember," is fast-paced, well-written and entertaining. The fact that he combines three of my interests (forensic science, antiquities and archaeology) is almost icing on this perfectly created cake.

Levin's protagonist, Jonathan Marcus, is an archaeologist turned lawyer who comes to Rome to prosecute a case. To his surprise, one of the defendants is a former colleague, Emili Travia, from his archaeology days ... and she is trying to present evidence that a par...more
Maydayeve
A modern day Indiana Jones...

This is an archaeological adventure of Jonathan Marcus, an American lawyer who was once a Rome Prize scholar but lost his dream of pursuing his interest in archaeology due to an accident. He later was lured back to Rome as a lawyer but got embroiled in the search of the Menorah, the one which was supposedly secreted safely by Josephus Flavious. I had a crash course on antiquity terminologies and got lost in the underbelly of Rome and Temple Mount. I tried my best to...more
Billy
Cliche, predictable, melodramatic and anti-climactic...,

It would appear that I disagree with the majority of the reviewers here. Perhaps this is a good thing as reviewers need opinions from both sides of the spectrum. There are several 3 star reviews that I agree with but I don't believe the book deserves three stars. I will state that I very rarely rate a book 1 star as I know how difficult it is to write a novel and the effort alone, unless there seems to have been none, deserves something.

Thi...more
Jeffrey
Jan 14, 2010 Jeffrey rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of historical puzzle novels in the Da Vinci code vein
This adventurous archeological Dan Brown wannabe is pretty good, but a long way from Angels and Demons or The DaVinci Code. People who put down Dan Brown focus on his language, but he was able to decipher obscure references in a way that the reader comprehended clearly. Here the sought after treasure is again revealed in a series of puzzles but I found the answers to each to be hard to understand. Finally, it seemed that practically every person was persuaded by greed to help out a terrorist, an...more
Dana
Jonathan Marcus, an American lawyer is sent to Rome by his law firm to examine and authenticate a client's fragment of a stone map. He is a former disgraced doctorate candidate specializing in the biblical era. Upon examination he finds a hidden message carved inside the stone. He presents his findings in court against his former colleague and lover, a UN preservationist, Dr. Emili Travia.

After the case Emili and Jonathan start to dig deeper and deeper into the past. They are driven into a more...more
Keith
What ever happened to Indiana Jones? In recent years the Indiana franchise seems to have sparked a plethora of material about adventuresome archeologists but almost all of them take themselves much too seriously. It may be Dan Brown’s fault but add this one to the list. An effort to make this novel’s hero confused, self-pitying and guilt stricken about events from his past doesn’t save it, in fact, it makes it more pathetic. And the attempt to make the setting more cutting edge by framing the dr...more
Jackie
I saw this book reviewed in the newspaper and had to wait for our library system to get it in. So by the time it arrived, I had forgotten what I'd read about the book.

I actually quite enjoyed it. The book was a quick read, fairly predictable, but well researched and logically presented. I did wonder if it was intended to be the basis for a movie. I could actually picture it: something like the Indiana Jones series. Still, I liked it.
Sylvia
For readers who love Biblical subjects and are interested in archaelogy and ancient intrigue, this book lets you experience eye opening possibilities. The author seemed to be extremely knowledgeable about Rome's and Jerusalem's hidden and secret areas.Daniel Levin
Howard
Da VInci code like, but learned a lot about Josephus and the underground cities in Rome and Jerusalem. Good chase scenes.
Ausma
full of surprises, adventures and history. worth reading
Crystal
The Last Ember is a non-stop thrill ride. There is plenty of action, some romance, a lot of history and archaeology, great characters and a well-developed plot.

It's one of those stories where you have several groups of people converging on one ultimate goal. You have Jonathan and Emily, the Italian police group and of course the requisite bad guy. They are all after one thing - the Menorah that has been hidden for centuries. Two groups have similar goals and the bad guy has the sinister goal as...more
Truly
Dan Brown bersiap-siapkah menghadapi saingan baru!

Apa yang akan anda rasakan saat menemukan mayat dengan rajahan tulisan di tubuhnya

Atau saat menjelajah lorong di bawah tanah dalam ketakutan akan bahaya yang mengancan menemukan tulisan dinding?

Atau mendadak dipanggil untuk menghadiri sebuah pertemuan dan menemukan diri berada dekat dengan jawaban yang selama sekian lama dicari?

Perasaan seperti itulah yang menyelimuti diri Jonathan Marcus, seorang pengacara muda, mantan mahasiswa program doktor d...more
Stacy
Jonathan is an archeology scholar and Rome Prize winner turned New York City lawyer. He is sent to Rome by his firm to help them in a stolen artifacts case and he is almost immediately confronted by his ex-girlfriend and a centuries old mystery involving the world’s three main religions. Jonathan past study of the traitor Josephus gives him special insight into the clue this stolen artifact provides, a clue that he thinks could lead him to the Tabernacle menorah that was stolen from Herod’s Temp...more
Michelle Kaye
Daniel Levin, Author
The Last Ember
Riverhead Books, ISBN 978-1-59448-872-6
Fiction-mystery, thriller, suspense, history, conspiracy
415 pages
September/October 2009 Review for Bookpleasures
Reviewer-Michelle Kaye Malsbury, BSBM, MM
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Daniel Levin, author of The Last Ember, is a graduate of the University of Michigan (BA) Roman and Greek civilizations and Harvard University Law School. (Inside cover, 2009) Background for this book comes from his clerking for the Supreme Court in Israel where he w...more
Amy
This is a poor attempt of mimicking the sucess of "The Da Vinci Code" by Dan Brown. The plot is identical; dashing know-it-all arrives in Rome to solve a mystery and is quickly drawn into a game of cat and mouse played out over the city with "clues" from religious texts, artifacts, and drawings. People who are his friends ultimately double cross him but are helpful along the way and the villian is a shady character whose motivation is hiding the historical events in a different religion. I was q...more
KDI
I really enjoy historical fiction and this book did not dissapoint. While reading I was travelling through ominous passageways beneath the Collessum in Rome then to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem picking up on histoical facts I had no knowledge of before. I find it interesting when reading a book of this nature to look up artifacts or buildings mentioned in the book on-line to give a greater context to what I am reading (such as the ancient city of Ostia or the biography of Josephus). I did this...more
Cheryl
Attorney Jonathan Marcus is an expert in the classics of historical artificial items. For his knowledge, that makes him a hot commodity. Jonathan is rushed to Rome. There he meets Bruce Tatton. Bruce shows Jonathan some stone artifacts. Jonathan identifies the item as pieces of a huge map of the city of Rome. They date back to the early A.D. century. What Jonathan has identified has caused a major interest. The Last Ember will have readers traveling from Rome to Jerusalem.

While I liked the conce...more
Betsy
Not bad...obviously heavily influenced by the Da Vinci Code. A few too many characters, and the usual implausibilities of a historical thriller like this. Only a couple of things annoyed me.

1. One of the characters, who was supposedly familiar with classical civilization (as in, studied Classics in graduate school), assumed that ancient Greek and Roman scientists thought the world was flat. No, they didn't. They thought the sun and planets obited the earth (and some of them even got it right, a...more
Justice
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Heather
Oh boy. This book is the Jewish answer to the Da Vinci code.

The short short on it is: the author clearly knows a shit ton about judaism and antiquities and rome and jerusalem and artifacts and whatnot. he did a great job putting it all together into a twisty plot - something I could never do in a million years. Then again, I am no great connoisseur of twisty plots, they all amaze me almost without fail, so it is possible that those who are could have predicted nearly everything from the first w...more
Rissa1516
Ok, it's official, I am so addicted to these archaeological thrillers! I love how the author takes real people in history and creates this story. It is exciting for me to read about a person, whether the whole story is real or not, and then google them online to see what part is real and what is a story. I like getting to know about people I have not heard of before and these type of books help me learn more history. I was addicted to this book and read large chunks of the book in one sitting be...more
Jake
The Last Ember takes place in modern day Rome and Jerusalem, telling the story of a lawyer named Johnathan Marcus. After a terrible excavation accident in his college years, he was stripped of all of his academic awards, and was forced to head back to the U.S. to get a dead end job just to make money. Johnathan is then called to help his law firm defend a client that is accused of stealing priceless pieces of an ancient map of Rome. The situation grows worse as he finds that his previous girlfr...more
Sarah Sammis
A couple of people recommended The Last Ember to me after I blogged about enjoying The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown. Both described the book as a "Jewish Dan Brown mystery." After having read it, my response to that recommendation is yes and no.

Yes

There's an ancient mystery that surfaces when a very well preserved body is found. Jonathan Marcus, an archeologist studying at the American Academy in Rome is called into help. The discovery gives clues that leads him and others on a race to find the Tabe...more
Rick Ludwig
Despite some minor editing flubs, this first novel is a real winner. The work was extremely well paced and the characters were well drawn. The energy in the book was palpable and the action moved along non-stop. The timeline seemed a little too compressed to hold all of the travel from Rome to Israel and back as well as all of the action in each place, but the compelling story made me want to overlook this. It was also good to have a novel where people from different faiths shared common problem...more
Ara
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Branwen
You might as well just read Wikipedia on the subject. It will be at least as informative (!) and accurate (!!) as The Last Ember, and because it is also better written (!!!) it has the side benefit of allowing you to avoid having your head explode over Levin's gleefully craptastic prose, in which he wallows like a pig in ... well, you know. It is embarrassingly, shamefully bad. It has also taught me that you should not proclaim that any given book is "the worst book ever," because as soon as you...more
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