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The Last Secret of the Temple [Hardcover]

Paul Sussman
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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

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Pushing the Dan Brown buttons - a rip-roaring, edge-of-your-seat adventure thriller. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

From the Back Cover

A two thousand year-old mystery - a pulse-pounding race against time...

Jerusalem, 70 AD. As the legions of Rome besiege the Holy Temple, a boy is given a secret that he must guard with his life...

Southern Germany, December 1944. Six emaciated prisoners drag a mysterious crate deep into a disused mine. They too give their lives to keep the secret safe: murdered by their Nazi guards...

Egypt, Valley of the Kings, the present day. A body is found amongst some ruins. It appears to be an open-and-shut case but the more Inspector Yusuf Khalifa of the Luxor police uncovers about the dead man, the more uneasy he becomes. And his investigation turns out to be anything but routine. Khalifa doesn't know it yet, but he is on the trail of an extraordinary long-lost artifact that could, in the wrong hands, turn the Middle East into a blood bath. It's a dangerous path he's taking - and what's more he's not alone.

From ancient Jerusalem, the Crusades, Cathar heretics and coded medieval manuscripts to the Holocaust, hidden Nazi treasure and the murderous present-day, The Last Secret of the Temple is a thrilling rollercoaster ride of an adventure.

--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author

Paul Sussman is a journalist and author. He has also worked as a field archaeologist, and was part of the first team to excavate new ground in the Valley of the Kings since Tutankhamun's tomb was found in 1922. His first novel, The Lost Army of Cambyses, was an international bestseller and has been translated into 28 languages. He is married and lives in London. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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