The Last Witness
by Jerry Amernic
on Tour May 2015
The year is 2039, and Jack Fisher is the last living survivor of the Holocaust. Set in a world that is abysmally complacent about events of the last century, Jack is a 100-year-old man whose worst memories took place before he was 5. His story hearkens back to the Jewish ghetto of his birth and to Auschwitz where, as a little boy, he had to fend for himself to survive after losing his family. Jack becomes the central figure in a missing-person investigation when his granddaughter suddenly disappears. While assisting police, he finds himself in danger and must reach into the darkest corners of his memory to come out alive.
Genre: Historical Thriller
Published by: Story Merchant Books
Publication Date: October 29th 2014
Number of Pages: 334
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My review of The Last Witness
This is quite a unique novel. Set in the future? Interesting. Challenging. It works. The plot? Also interesting, challenging…and it works. The Holocaust was one of my main areas of study in college, so I was intrigued by that aspect of the book. Jerry Amernic did a fantastic job of intersecting multiple storylines within this novel.
I was bothered by the angle about revisionist history as it pertains to World War II and the Holocaust, but only because it exists in reality. I appreciated it being addressed with such harsh honesty. The portions of the book that focused on Jack’s experiences in the ghetto and in Auschwitz were poignant.
Two things struck me as a tad bothersome; the use of commas (yeah, I’m one of those people) and some dialogue which which, at times, could be a little repetitive or annoying. But neither was a deal breaker and neither affected the strength of the story, which easily overcame both of those issues. In fact, most people won’t even be bothered with either. I just want to be completely forthright and cover my entire experience with The Last Witness. All in all, it’s a solid story that I recommend without reservation. There will be a day when only one witness remains…and this story is a fascinating look at that moment.
Jerry Amernic’s next novel QUMRAN is a biblical-historical thriller about an archeologist who makes a dramatic discovery in the Holy Land. It’s something that could set the world on its edge. He is both an atheist and an expert on the Romans, but this find more than upsets his logical theory of the universe, leading to a struggle between science and religion. Indeed, this intersection where science meets religion is the theme of the novel.
In historical flashbacks, we see him as a young archeology student who helps discover the Dead Sea Scrolls at Qumran, just off the Dead Sea, and it happens when the State of Israel is being created. Later, he gets involved with investigating the legends of the Holy Grail and Holy Shroud of Turin, and each time out another Arab-Israeli war is tearing the Middle East apart. Throw in his close friend who is a brilliant Egyptian pathologist, along with his Israeli research assistant and his wife who is an authority on ancient languages and you have a foursome standing against the world. But the new discovery must be studied in secret. Or all Hell will break loose.
Jerry Amernic is a Toronto writer who has been a newspaper reporter and correspondent, newspaper columnist, feature writer for magazines, teacher of journalism, and media consultant. His first book Victims: The Orphans of Justice was a true story about a former police officer whose eldest daughter was murdered and who became a leading advocate for crime victims. This resulted in Jerry’s column about the justice system for The Toronto Sun. More recently Jerry co-authored Duty – The Life of a Cop with Julian Fantino, the highest-profile police officer Canada has ever produced and now a member of the Canadian Cabinet. In fiction, Jerry’s first novel Gift of the Bambino was praised by The Wall Street Journal in the U.S., The Globe and Mail in Canada, and others. His latest novel is the historical thriller The Last Witness. Just released is the biblical-historical thriller Qumran.
This is a giveaway hosted by Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours for Jerry Amernic. There will be ONE U.S. or Canadian winner. The giveaway begins on May 1st, 2015 and runs through June 12th, 2015.
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So what exactly was the Holocaust and D-Day?