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David Gibbins
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The Last Gospel

(Jack Howard #3)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  2,729 ratings  ·  175 reviews
Herculaneum, AD 79. In one of the best-kept secrets of history, the former Roman emperor Claudius lives on after faking his death, hidden away in a villa beneath Mount Vesuvius completing the historical works that were his passion. He has one last story to tell – the story of a visit he made as a young man to Galilee, and of a life-changing encounter with a man he met ther ...more
Published (first published February 21st 2008)
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Chrissa Vasileiou
Υπάρχουν βιβλία που δεν ξέρεις γιατί τα διαβάζεις, και υπάρχουν βιβλία στα οποία δεν ξέρεις τι διαβάζεις!

Δυστυχώς, το "Χειρόγραφο" του David Gibbins είναι ένα βιβλίο που ανήκει στην δεύτερη κατηγορία. Το θέμα με το οποίο καταπιάνεται, ούτως ή άλλως, είναι κάπως 'επικίνδυνο', μιας κι ασχολείται με ένα χειρόγραφο που αποδίδεται στον Ιησού τον Ναζωραίο, και εμπλέκονται σ' αυτό πρόσωπα που (για τον έναν ή τον άλλο λόγο) θεωρούνται "ανέγγιχτα". Δεν ξέρω δηλαδή κατά πόσο θα έστεκε εξ' αρχής ένα κυνήγ
J. Else
May 04, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 28, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
Jun 09, 2015 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....
kostas  vamvoukakis
το μεγάλο πρόβλημα όλων των βιβλίων του gibbins είναι ότι ο τύπος είναι αρχαιολόγος και κολλάει υπερβολικά στις λεπτομέρειες και φλυαρεί ασταμάτητα... δεν είναι κακό... σε κάνει εύκολα να βαρεθεις και δεν έχει τέλος....
Feb 28, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 hundred ...more
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
Oct 09, 2012 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
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Αν εξαιρέσεις λίγο την μετάφραση είναι ένα εξαιρετικό βιβλίο με ίσως λίγο παραπάνω από όσα χρειάζεται λεπτομέριες σε σχέση με την αρχαιολογία. Βέβαια αν σου αρέσει η λεπτομερείς περιγραφή και διψάς για εξτρά παράπλευρη γνώση είναι ότι πρέπει! Όντως χειρίζεται ένα πολύ λεπτό θέμα σαν βιβλίο μα δεν σε απογοητεύει καθόλου.
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
Kost As
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Λίγα λόγια για το βιβλίο:

Ο φίλος μας, ο Jack Howard, αυτός ο φοβερός αρχαιολόγος, και η ομάδα του (μαζί με τον Κώστα Καζαντζάκη, όχι, δεν έχει καμία σχέση με το γνωστό συγγραφέα-ποιητή) ανακαλύπτουν ένα ναυάγιο, το οποίο με συνοπτικές διαδικασίες αποδεικνύεται ότι ήταν ένα από τα πλοία που μετέφεραν τον Απόστολο Παύλο στην Ιταλία. Και έτσι ξεκινά ένα κυνήγι στοιχείων, το οποίο φαίνεται να κρύβει την ανακάλυψη ενός κρυφού Ευαγγελίου, αυτού το οποίο έγραψε ο ίδιος ο Ιησούς.

Ο David Gibbins είπε να
Tracy Terry
Mar 25, 2013 rated it did not like it
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lost gospel written by the hand of Jesus. . . Who can say if it exists or not? What would the value be? This book is a rocking adventure on the trail of a great biblical treasure that may or may not have existed. The research and the historical conjecture weaves a wonderful tale. I loved it.
Brittney Tyler
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone!!!!!!
Star Rating: 5 stars

Note: This is the 3rd book in the Jack Howard series so this will not be an in-depth review.

Last month, I wasn’t really in a reading mood so I didn’t read near as many books as I usually do in a month’s time. In order to get out of my slump, I decided to read the next book in one of my favorite series, and that was the 3rd book in the Jack Howard series, The Lost Tomb by David Gibbins. This book follows the marine archaeologist, Jack Howard, and his team of experts that spec
Alan (Gmail)
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: epub

Jack Howard is about to discover a secret. Perhaps the greatest secret ever kept. What if one of the Ancient World's greatest libraries was buried in volcanic ash and then re-discovered two thousand years later? What if what was found there was a document that could shatter the very foundations of the Western World? What if you were the one who discovered this secret? And were then forced to confront terrifying enemies determined to destroy you to ensure it goes no further? This is the story of

Gauthier Myard
This book was easy to read and entertaining. The plot was interesting enough and Gibbins offers plenty of information for curious readers. However, the book falls short of expectations in several respects. First, the "treasure hunt" is all too easy. Jack, the main protagonist, seemed to always find the answer right on time. The authors makes our heroes travel from Herculaneum to Rome to London to California, and to Jerusalem from one page to another. Second, there is the concilium that is suppos ...more
Apr 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish I could give this story more than 3 stars, but all the jumping around from past to present, and rapid changes of scenery even in the present, made this a confusing book for me. I also felt that parts of the story got too detailed, too mired in the history, archeology, and science, while losing the threads of the story itself. (And, I LOVE history and archeology, and science when it's broken into layman's terms for my non-scientific brain. But here, the story got lost sometimes for the det ...more
Geoff Battle
The Last Gospel, another cash-cow upon the crime/religion genre sets new benchmarks in implausibility. The third entry in the series, akin to Cussler's Dirk Pitt series, sees a team of adventurers embark on another standalone quest, this time of a religious nature. The narrative is simple with rather two-dimensional characters, up against a poorly executed plot and 'enemy'. There's the required sprinkling of fact, both in terms of modern science and religious history. Overall though, the number ...more
Mar 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-drive-etc
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Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
the storyline of this moved along quite a pace but what I found most interesting was the historical/archaeological descriptions which although maybe not of the actual site Jack visited in the story are still based on historical fact as are many of the other elements and descriptions.
I can recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical/modern thrillers.
Dec 15, 2018 rated it liked it
IT was a unique story line for me, the history was interesting to me.
It's a fair bit of dialogue to read, story compressed in a very short time considering the diving and travelling involved, thought the time would have strestched out more.
All in all, a story line on christianity I didn't mind reading.
Had high hopes for this but really didn't like it. It was a waste of time. The lead char is a Mary Sue and wish fulfillment of the author. I would rather have read a nonfiction of the author's real experiences than this.

The plot was incredibly linear. There's a clue, he follows the clue to another clue and then another. No real tension. Just blah.
Jul 29, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure if this book was a novel written in the margins of a boring history lecture or just a near plot-less way to show off historic research. I wouldn't have finished this one if I had had anything else to read
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Too much detail. "action" adventure finding Jesus word. Claudius.

Actually can't remember reading this book, these were just notes on paper - so unmemorable.
Mustafa Atakay
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
İyi bir kurgusu olan bir kitap. Ancak Türkçe çevirisi kanımca başarılı değil. O nedenle zaman zaman cümle düşüklükleri okuyucuyu rahatsız ediyor.
Sara Bishop
Ditto the fun fluff. Brain candy.
Sarah Colterman
Feb 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the story line but the writing was quite poor. I felt he jumped around between ideas in a way that didn't read smoothly and didn't make a lot of sense. But his ideas were great.
Emily Lee
Dec 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Great story, terribly told. It was like reading a pretend history lecture in places - sooooo much telling and not enough showing. Great plot though.
May 27, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
Dr Jack Howard is on a quest to find Jesus' gospel. I think...
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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 1999- ...more

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