- Hardcover: 555 pages
- Publisher: Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press (10 Oct. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0871139723
- ISBN-13: 978-0871139726
- Product Dimensions: 23 x 16.3 x 3.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,295,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Not just a tightly plotted, richly observed, thought-provoking thriller, but one with a soul . . . The compelling mix of tough, page-turning suspense, archaeology, history, and characters caught up in the brutal politics of the Middle East make this a timely and authentic novel. Paul Sussman builds his story with the meticulous strokes of a craftsman, growing it from a seemingly innocuous death in the shadows of the pyramids to a discovery that threatens millions of lives." --Raymond Khoury, author of "The Last Templar"
"The Last Secret of the Temple is a gripping mystery, intricately plotted and eloquently told, with more hairpin turns than the road to Hitler's Berchtesgaden. But more than that, its tale of an ancient artifact and the grudging alliance of an Egyptian detective and Israeli cop is as urgent and meaningful as the best journalism. Paul Sussman's novel is not just thrilling, it makes the tension and promise of the Middle East heartbreakingly alive." --William Dietrich, author of "Napoleon's Pyramids"
"The Last Secret of the Temple is a brilliant detective novel, hidden within a medieval saga, tucked inside of an archaeological mystery, surrounded by a modern-day Middle-East Terrorist thriller. 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"
"Two for two. Another surefire winner from a gifted storyteller. Hopefully, The Last Secret of the Temple won't be Paul Sussman's last." --Steve Berry, author of "The Templar Legacy"
"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. It also shines a light into a bloody part of the world, where it is hard to tell enemy from friend, and where ancien
Pushing the Dan Brown buttons - a rip-roaring, edge-of-your-seat adventure thriller. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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I won't go into what the book is actually about in this review as I think there is enough said about the story in the synopsis and in some of the reviews here but what I will say is that I've not read a book of this type that was this good since I read the Dan Brown's books a few years back. It is very easy to get into and the story does keep you hooked until the end. The book looks at religious conflict, racial prejudices and hatred, morality and power and it deals with these themes effectively without becoming too political or too sentimental. I can't wait for Paul Sussman's next novel and this one is definitely highly recommended!
Paul Sussman's second book is hard to get into. The fragmentation of the first part, as Sussman sets the scene from the viewpoints of several protagonists, almost lets the book down before it's really gotten off the starting blocks. But stick with it. From the moment the various characters meet and piece together the mystery bit by bit, the pace starts to hot up, leading to a triple crisis at the end and a superb cliffhanger in the final moments.
The publishers have used a quote from the Independent newspaper's reviewer for the cover of the paperback edition of the book : "The intelligent reader's answer to The Da Vinci Code". I guess this is referring to the depth of the background geographical, political, emotional and psychological scenery that goes along with the "explosive" plot, a depth clearly missing from Dan Brown's massive bestseller.
Or perhaps it simply means that all is not as it seems, and therein lie a number of explosions not caused by concealed explosives belts or underground arsenals.
The adventure part itself is well done, not dry and definitely structured to keep you reading (I read it in a day). It has the usual cathar/templar stuff but for a change not really a Christian view point. The main character (egyptian detective) is really well written and easy to imagine as a real person, likewise his counterpart is all too human. The weakest character is the woman who is a bit bland and stereotypical in comparison.
The only other thing i found a bit disappointing and hence 4 not 5 stars was the twist which i thought wasn't needed and wasn't convincing with the character it involved
However if you like the Da vinci code you will definitely like this, and i am looking forward to reading the first book by the same author.
If you read the 'Da Vinci Code' and thought it was somewhat lacking in several aspects, then this is the novel for you. The characters are more believable, especially the two detectives (one Egyptian, the other an Arab-hating Israeli) who end up being forced to work together to uncover a secret that could hold the key to peace in the Middle East - provided it doesn't fall into the wrong hands, that is.
In addition to a cracking plot, this novel looks even-handedly at serious issues such as racial hatred, religious fanaticism, morality and power, and does so without resorting to bias, sentimentality or treating the reader like an idiot.
To sum up, this is is a very well-researched and well-written novel for the thinking reader who enjoys modern-day thrillers. I must confess that had not heard of Paul Sussman before, but on this evidence I shall definitely be on the lookout for more of his works in the future.
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Gripping story, believable characters and as all the pieces fit together you just can't put it downPublished 3 months ago by HEATHER
Not bad, but "the intelligent man's davinci code" ?? I really don't think so.
The characters are good, but the actual plot and final outcome just left me totally... Read more
Fantastic book - weaves great characters, politics, history and archaeology into an intriguing mystery/thriller. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ian Carr