Monday, October 12, 2009

The Last Ember by Daniel Levin

Drawing from his background as both a student of Roman and Greek Civilization, and international law, Daniel Levin's debut novel will enthrall thriller fans as well as readers intrigued by Middle Eastern archaeology, Roman history and the illegal antiquities trade.

The seed for writing THE LAST EMBER was planted while Levin was an American Law clerk to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Israel. He witnessed legal battles surrounding the illegal excavations being conducted beneath the Temple Mount - ground sacred to Judaism, Christianity and Islam. According to Elie Wiesel, “Daniel Levin’s novel, written with pathos and conviction, represents a much needed literary protest against modern and ancient historical revisionism.”

In THE LAST EMBER's opening pages an Italian antiquities squad discovers a woman’s preserved corpse inside an ancient column. Pages torn from priceless manuscripts litter the floor of an abandoned warehouse. Meanwhile, across the Mediterranean, an illegal excavation burrows beneath Jerusalem’s Dome of the Rock, ground sacred to three religions.

Jonathan Marcus, a young American lawyer and a former doctoral student in classics, has become a sought-after commodity among less scrupulous antiquities dealers. But when he is summoned to Rome, the above events propel him on a perilous journey from the labyrinth beneath the Colosseum to the Biblical-era tunnels of Jerusalem in search of a hidden artifact that has been missing for 2,000 years.

As Marcus and a passionate U.N preservationist, Dr. Emili Travia, dig more deeply into the past, they’re stunned to discover not only an ancient intelligence operation to protect the artifact, but also a ruthless modern plot to destroy all trace of it by a mysterious radical bent on erasing all remnants of Jewish and Christian presence from the Temple Mount.

With a cutting-edge plot as intricately layered as the ancient sites it explores, THE LAST EMBER is a riveting tale spanning the high-stakes worlds of archaeology, politics and terrorism in its portrayal of the modern struggle to define and redefine history itself.

Daniel Levin earned his bachelor’s degree in Roman and Greek civilizations from the University of Michigan. He graduated Harvard Law School with honors and clerked for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Israel. He was a visiting scholar at the American Academy in Rome in 2004 and practiced international law in New York. He currently lives in New York City, where he is working on his next novel.

To read an excerpt, click here, or to see a trailer for this book, click here.

To purchase this book, visit here.

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