Book Review: The Last Ancient by Eliot Baker

19104714Title: The Last Ancient

Author: Eliot Baker

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Rating:  4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Around Nantucket Island, brutal crime scenes are peppered with ancient coins, found by the one man who can unlock their meaning. But what do the coins have to do with the crimes? Or the sudden disease epidemic? Even the creature? And who–or what–left them?

The answer leads reporter Simon Stephenson on a journey through ancient mythology, numismatics, and the occult. Not to mention his own past, which turns out to be even darker than he’d realized; his murdered father was a feared arms dealer, after all. Along the way, Simon battles panic attacks and a host of nasty characters — some natural, others less so — while his heiress fiancee goes bridezilla, and a gorgeous rival TV reporter conceals her own intentions.

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed The Last Ancient. The book opens up with reporter Simon Stephenson investigating some bizarre crimes in the Nantucket area. Strange, ancient coines are left on each crime scene, and the search leads him on a journey through mythology, numismatics, the occult, and alchemy. Mystery and the supernatural blend and mix in this well-written novel.

Simon is an intriguing protagonist, and he’s easy to relate to as well. His struggles, especially when he discovered more about his own family’s heritage, felt very real. The plot is what was most engaging about this book though, and it kept me at the edge of my seat from start to end.

A creative, suspenseful novel that combines several genres masterfully, and provides an unique reading experience.

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