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Why Can't We Be Friends?
on 19 July 2007
Set in modern Israel, Palestine and Egypt 'The Last Secret of the Temple' is an attempt at making a 'Da Vinci Code' with more adult bite. After an old man is found dead at a dig site an Egyptian police officer must work alongside his Israeli counterpart to uncover a mystery that goes back 1000s of years. To aid/hinder them is a young Palestinian reporter whose motives are questionable at best. Can the police uncover the mystery that could bring peace, or destruction, to the state of Israel?
This book has more negatives that positives. On the good side the characters begin well rounded and it is enjoyably written. However, the heavy handed approach to violence in the Middle East makes this a hard going book. Add to this the ridiculous turn around in characters opinions towards the end and you are left aghast. One other issue is that the mystery that runs through the book has little or no reflection on the finale and feels like 500 pages of padding. Finally the book goes from dark action mystery to light 'Indiana Jones' supernatural - a mix that does not work. Mr Sussman, do not tackle the thorny issues of Israel is you are going to cop out in the final 100 pages.