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Title:
The last prophecy
Author:
Land, Jon.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Forge, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
383 pages ; 25 cm
General Note:
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780765309693
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Book

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Summary

Summary

1945: While liberating a concentration camp, the 121st Evacuation Hospital, an American medical unit, uncovers something beneath a body-laden trench. Sixty years later, the survivors of that unit are systematically murdered because of what they saw.
2004: Enter former Palestinian-American detective Ben Kamal and his Israeli counterpart, Danielle Barnea. Working for the United Nations, Ben and Danielle are forced to return to the Middle East to investigate a massacre in a Palestinian village. They quickly learn that the roots of that massacre lie elsewhere, in another era, on another continent.
While Ben follows the trail of the shadowy force responsible, Danielle finds herself swept into a maelstrom where the past and the present collide, joined by an ancient text of prophecies that predicts a cataclysmic event about to strike the United States. The only way to change a fate foretold long before is to decipher a cryptic message shrouded in secrecy and guarded by a hidden army.
As time ticks down, Ben and Danielle face off against a new and all-powerful enemy with its own crazed reasons for wanting America's way of life destroyed. Their only hope: to utilize the Last Prophecy.


Author Notes

Jon Land is the acclaimed author of numerous bestsellers, including six previous Ben Kamal / Danielle Barnea thrillers: The Walls of Jericho , The Pillars of Solomon , A Walk in the Darkness , Keepers of the Gate , Blood Diamonds , and The Blue Widows . He lives in Providence, Rhode Island.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

In this seventh installment in Land's action series featuring U.N. investigators Benamal and Danielle Barnea, the two must unlock the mysteries of a sixteenth-century prophecy in order to stop the destruction of the U.S. Barnea, trained as an assassin by the Israelis and her lover, Palestinian Americanamal, a former cop, race all over the globe as they try to uncover a cabal of former Soviet Union moles, planted deep within the governments of the world, who are using Iraqi terrorists to further their devastating goals. The resourceful pair careens from one death-defying encounter to another as they attempt to ferret out the identities of the villainous masterminds (one of whom will be sure to shock even the most assiduous of readers) before America ends up in ruins. Land taps every element the thriller genre has to give--from Nazis to Nostradamus, from South American drug lords to New England cyber-sleuths. Recommended for all popular reading collections--the Nostradamus angle should appeal to fans of the popular novel The Da Vinci Code (2003). --Michael Gannon Copyright 2004 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Land's series seems to gain momentum with every installment, and his latest is as timely and extravagantly plotted as ever. In their seventh adventure, dynamic law enforcement duo and lovers Ben Kamal and Danielle Barnea are dispatched by their new employer, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, UNRWA, to investigate a massacre in the Palestinian village of Bureij. Ben, a rugged Palestinian-American detective, and Danielle, a beautiful former Israeli police inspector, soon discover that the massacre has little to do with current tensions between Israelis and Palestinians. Instead, the attack is rooted in a discovery made by Allied soldiers in 1945. The mysterious cache of steel canisters uncovered under stacks of corpses at Buchenwald pulses beneath the present-day action like a ticking time bomb. Everyone who has come into contact with the canisters in the half-century since their discovery has wound up dead, and a Nostradamus prophecy of universal destruction adds another layer of menace to the tale. Ben and Danielle's investigation leads them into conflict with renegades all over the globe, including the last vestiges of the Iraqi Special Republican Guard and a network of rogue ex-Soviet moles. Land's prose can be a little overheated, but the breakneck pace and chockablock plotting leave protagonists (and the civilized world) constantly teetering on the brink of destruction. Highly entertaining from start to finish, this is prime escapist fiction, implausible yet riveting. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Excerpts

Excerpts

Last Prophecy DAY ONE THE PRESENT CHAPTER 1 LOGON COMPLETE ALL STATIONS CONFIRMED ACTIVE ON-LINE ENCRYPTION PROCEDURES IN EFFECT MESSAGE RUNNING   From: UNITED STATES X-Priority: Sensitivity: Company-Confidential To: ALL MIME-Version: 1.0 IM secure status: active X-MailScanner: Found to be clean THE SITUATION HAS BEEN CONTAINED AS OF TODAY. ALL PROCEEDING AGAIN ON SCHEDULE. From: GREAT BRITAIN X-Priority: Sensitivity: Company-Confidential To: ALL MIME-Version: 1.0 IM secure status: active X-MailScanner: Found to be clean DISCUSS POTENTIAL COMPLICATIONS. From: UNITED STATES X-Priority: Sensitivity: Company-Confidential To: ALL MIME-Version: 1.0 IM secure status: active X-MailScanner: Found to be clean LIMITED. From: RUSSIA X-Priority: Sensitivity: Company-Confidential To: ALL MIME-Version: 1.0 IM secure status: active X-MailScanner: Found to be clean SPECIFY. From: UNITED STATES X-Priority: Sensitivity: Company-Confidential To: ALL MIME-Version: 1.0 IM secure status: active X-MailScanner: Found to be clean EXPECT MANDATED INVESTIGATION. EASILY CONTAINABLE. From: JAPAN X-Priority: Sensitivity: Company-Confidential To: ALL MIME-Version: 1.0 IM secure status: active X-MailScanner: Found to be clean CONTAINMENT CRUCIAL. OTHERWISE SUGGEST PUSHING BACK TIMETABLE. From: UNITED STATES X-Priority: Sensitivity: Company-Confidential To: ALL MIME-Version: 1.0 IM secure status: active X-MailScanner: Found to be clean AGENTS ACTIVATED. ALTERATION OF TIMETABLE NOT PRACTICAL. ANY ALTERATION THREATENS PROJECT GOAL. From: FRANCE X-Priority: Sensitivity: Company-Confidential To: ALL MIME-Version: 1.0 IM secure status: active X-MailScanner: Found to be clean HOW MANY DEAD? From: UNITED STATES X-Priority: Sensitivity: Company-Confidential To: ALL MIME-Version: 1.0 IM secure status: active X-MailScanner: Found to be clean REPEAT MESSAGE. From: CHINA X-Priority: Sensitivity: Company-Confidential To: ALL MIME-Version: 1.0 IM secure status: active X-MailScanner: Found to be clean HOW MANY KILLED TO CONTAIN SITUATION? From: UNITED STATES X-Priority: Sensitivity: Company-Confidential To: ALL MIME-Version: 1.0 IM secure status: active X-MailScanner: Found to be clean 34. ACCEPTABLE NUMBERS. PRIMARY THREAT ELIMINATED. COLLATERAL DAMAGE EXPECTED. From: GERMANY X-Priority: Sensitivity: Company-Confidential To: ALL MIME-Version: 1.0 IM secure status: active X-MailScanner: Found to be clean ARE WE CERTAIN PRIMARY THREAT ISOLATED PRIOR TO CONTAINMENT? From: UNITED STATES X-Priority:Sensitivity: Company-Confidential To: ALL MIME-Version: 1.0 IM secure status: active X-MailScanner: Found to be clean NO EVIDENCE OF SHARED INTEL. From: JAPAN X-Priority: Sensitivity: Company-Confidential To: ALL MIME-Version: 1.0 IM secure status: active X-MailScanner: Found to be clean SECONDARY TARGETS? From: UNITED STATES X-Priority: Sensitivity: Company-Confidential To: ALL MIME-Version: 1.0 IM secure status: active X-MailScanner: Found to be clean ONE. NO COMPLICATIONS EXPECTED. From: RUSSIA X-Priority: Sensitivity: Company-Confidential To: ALL MIME-Version: 1.0 IM secure status: active X-MailScanner: Found to be clean CONFIRM COUNTDOWN TO PROMETHEUS. From: UNITED STATES X-Priority: Sensitivity: Company-Confidential To: ALL MIME-Version: 1.0 IM secure status: active X-MailScanner: Found to be clean   TEN DAYS.   MESSAGE TERMINATED Copyright (c) 2004 by Jon Land Excerpted from The Last Prophecy by Jon Land All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.