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The Last Man: A Novel Hardcover – May 22, 2012
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About the Author
P.T. DEUTERMANN spent twenty-six years in military and government service before retiring to begin his writing career. He is the author of thirteen novels and lives with his wife in North Carolina.
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"The Last Man" refers to sixty-one year old Judah Sicarius, the oldest warrior on Masada. He drew lots along with his fellow men to determine who would kill whom and in what order. "[Judah] had drawn the final tile, the tenth lot," and it conferred on him "the horrific responsibility to finish it." In a stirring prologue, P. T. Deutermann portrays Judah as a hardened combatant grimly determined to complete his final mission before he commits suicide.
In the present day, David Hall, an American nuclear engineer, travels to Israel with specialized equipment. He is preparing to test his former girlfriend's theory about what is hidden beneath the "mythic shrine" of Masada, the site of world-famous excavations. Hall's escort is thirty-eight year old Dr. Judith Ressner, an archaeologist and antiquities historian with a graduate degree in ancient languages. Dr. Ressner never recovered from the shock of losing her beloved husband in an apparent accident five years earlier. Unbeknownst to Ressner, Hall sneaks up to Masada at night. The engineer is oblivious to the fact that his movements are being monitored by a malevolent and murderous individual with his own secret agenda.
The author mesmerizes us with his mastery of history and physical setting.Read more ›
David visits Masada and against Israeli regulations goes to the site at night without Judith his required guide and based on his research prior to coming to Israel makes a startling discovery. The description of what is discovered and the consequences of the act are extremely well handled by Mr Deutermann. The climax of the story takes the reader by surprise, but is logically in keeping with events and background.
Generally characters are very well fleshed out by Mr. Deutermann and the reader develops an understanding and sympathy for both David and Judith. The only slight variation is the somewhat poor characterization of the villain Colonel Malyuta Skuratov a Russian emigre and head of security at the Israeli nuclear facility. It does not detract from the story but it is unDeutermann like to not allow us into the personality of this evil character and cheer as he is thwarted.
An engrossing and very well researched book with Mr Deutermann continuing his success in his second career.
Special mention should be made of how well the author uses the Masada site. It is as though it is an additional character in the novel. He has done at least basic research and has the locale down perfectly. In a time when people can move from reading a novel on their iPads, to Wikipedia and Google Earth, more or less seamlessly, this counts. I could move from the novel to google earth to sort of trace the action. Similarly at least at the level of wikipedia, he has his secondary and primary sources down. Even down to the lots cast, found by an archaeological expedition, in the sixties. A small fact that I would have found unbelievable if I hadn't seen the pictures of the expedition on the Internet.
Because the plot turns on characters and their development you don't have a lot of unnecessary chases and fights you do have a genuinely unfolding process of discovery that is more rewarding to the reader. So I read this book through in a couple of sittings.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book is good but I'd never encountered this type of cd. You cannot play the cd directly. You have to import it into iTunes first then transfer to iPod or MP3 player.Published 4 days ago by L. Burke
Standard fare from P.T. Deutermann — a well conceived plot, nicely developed characters and story that moves along at a pretty good clip. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Captain John
Loved the book, especially the theory that finally becomes clear near the end. P.T.D is an amazing author. Read morePublished 6 months ago by cj
Brilliantly written story about Jewish history with a modern twist.
A great and exciting read. A if you like history, double great.
Suspenseful! Don't miss it.