History is written by the victors, Winston Churchill said.
According to The Last Ember, the debut novel of Hollywood-born Daniel Levin, it is also rewritten by the victors. A page-turning thriller that takes place over the course of 24 hours, The Last Ember uses the real-life controversy over the Waqf Authoritys questionable archaeological practices beneath the Temple Mount in Jerusalem to scaffold a tale of intrigue and conspiracy. Sound like The Da Vinci Code?
Comparisons to The Da Vinci Code are inevitable, Levin says, but the themes are just as important as the pace of the plot and, I hope, have just as much energy. Levin spent six months at the American Academy in Rome studying first-century texts and artifacts. He was also a clerk on the supreme court in Israel and a classics major at the University of Michigan, so he knows of what he speaks. Hear him speak this Thursday at Books & Books when he reads at 8 p.m. As usual, the event is free.
Thu., Aug. 6, 8 p.m., 2009