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The Last Secret of the Temple Paperback – September 1, 2008
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While Paul Sussman’s brilliant novel, The Last Secret of the Temple, will be compared to Dan Brown’s eight-hundred-pound gorilla, it is so much more. The mystery runs deeper, the history more accurate, the suspense drawn to a keener edge .Here is a thriller on par with the best literature out there.” James Rollins, author of The Judas Strain
Not just a tightly plotted, richly observed, thought-provoking thriller, but one with a soul.” Raymond Khoury, author of The Last Templar
A brilliant detective novel Paul Sussman has managed the impossible: a multi-layered quest where all the characters are real and alive, and we should expect the completely unexpected.” Katherine Neville, author of The Eight
Another surefire winner from a gifted storyteller.” Steve Berry, author of The Templar Legacy
The Last Secret of the Temple won’t disappoint .Sussman succeeds on the strength of his intelligence, empathy, and sense of pace Khalifa is a fine creation.” Ross King, The Washington Post
Top Customer Reviews
THE LAST SECRET OF THE TEMPLE is an adventure novel that deals with a religious secret, one that may impact the struggle for power in the Middle East. Sussman spends a lot of time describing the political and social conflict betweens Jews, Arabs, and Palestinians, and I found this aspect of the novel quite fascinating.
Unlike most novels of this sort, the main character isn't American -- the three major protagonists are instead Egyptian, Israeli, and Palestinian. Sussman takes a lot of time developing all three of these characters, and they are all interesting people to spend time with. If you're curious in hearing all sides of the Middle East conflict, Sussman does a pretty good job fleshing it out for the reader here, although he does get heavy handed at times.
The pace of this novel is rather slow at the beginning, but it speeds up rather quickly by the half-way point. The last hundred pages of the book are pure action, with the inevitable big confrontation at the end. I could have done without some of the silly plot twists at the end, but they don't distract from the overall fun of the story.
Overall, THE LAST SECRET OF THE TEMPLE is a good read with a lot of interesting historical content. It was apparently a huge hit in the UK. I'm surprised this book didn't get better distribution in the US, but it's worthing seeking out if you enjoy thought-provoking thrillers.
The author has the uncanny ability of being able to draw you into the plot, so that you almost feel as if you, the reader are a character in the book. You can smell the sights and the sounds of Jerusalem, just less than 100 years after the birth of Christ. You can literally hear the sound of the hob nailed marching sandals of the Roman legions as the besiege the Holy Temple.
Your are brought forward in time to Nazi Germany, where prisoners have to drag a mysterious crate deep into a disused mine and are then brutally murdered by their German guards.
The plot then arrives back at the present day. A body is found in the ruins at the Valley of the Kings, in Egypt. On the face of it, it seems to be an open and shut case, but the more that is uncovered about the dead man by Inspector Khalifa the more uneasy he becomes about it.
The Inspectors findings send him on a trail of murder and mahem that could turn the Middle East into a bloodbath.
This is how all murder, mysteries should be written.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough for lovers of the thriller genre. It is far superior to the Da Vinci Code. Blows it out of the water, in fact.
I like books that are based on history and involve archeology so I wanted to like this book. And it did hold my interest but as the story unfolds you start to realize that it just contains way too many coincidences to be considered a really well-crafted book.
There are no Americans featured in this book. That will probably put off some readers and it certainly will ensure that this book will not get a Hollywood makeover. That is sad, because it would also make a great film.
I give the book five stars, not because it is a masterpiece, but because it overall has a lot of qualities. Maybe I should give it four stars, but I really liked it so five it is. Sadly the author died in 2012 so we won't hear more about him. He was quite young and it would have been fun to read the books he would have written.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Best book in the trilogy by far! Unlike Sussman's other books, you don't plod along through the first half, then have everything happen in the last half. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Black Knight
Amazing, awesome, and fantastic!! Highlights some of my fave story lines: WW II, Jewish/Arab conflict, Egyptian history, etc. Well written, and a fascinating read.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Always glad to hear what the public thinks of the craft.Published 12 months ago by Dan Heath de Butts
It's so sad to know that I have read the last of Paul Sussman's books featuring Khalifa and Ben-Roi. Read morePublished 13 months ago by LARA1407
The book was hard to follow sometimes because there were several main characters who were looking for answers to the same puzzle. Read morePublished 14 months ago by susj
This is a very interesting novel mixing fiction and realty and myth. It has a variety of twists and turns. It is a very good read.Published 18 months ago by Linda J
This was not the worse book I've read but it was far from the best. Mr. Sussman's use of analogies is so overdone I actually felt that I should "like" start counting them. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Lois