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Rosenberg's sequel to the bestselling The Last Jihad (2002) is a near-clone of its predecessor: an action-packed Clancyesque political thriller with paper-thin characters. Presidential envoy Jon Bennett returns as the protagonist, along with his bodyguard and love interest, Erin McCoy, an "Uzi-toting, Arabic-speaking CIA supermodel." Their efforts to broker a Middle East peace, whose centerpiece is a fortuitously discovered deep oil reserve with the potential to make every Israeli and Palestinian wealthy, are literally blown to pieces when a suicide bomber claims the life of the U.S. secretary of state and Yasser Arafat himself. The surviving members of the American delegation, along with the Palestinian and Israeli entrepreneurs behind the oil-drilling venture, are scrambling frantically to escape from the Gaza Strip when civil war breaks out among the factions grappling to succeed Arafat as leader. Meanwhile, the sinister forces behind the attack seek to wreak further havoc by dispatching teams of terrorists to America while provoking the Israeli government to trigger a wider conflagration by invading the West Bank and Gaza. The author singularly fails to suspend readers' disbelief with his baffling decision to set the action in the year 2010 while simultaneously placing real-life events from 2003 such as the invasion of Iraq and the appointment of Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas) as Palestinian prime minister seven years in the future. His efforts to make the book a relevant, "ripped-from-the-headlines" tale are already dated-the real Abu Mazen has resigned his post-and the fantasy solution to the intractable political conflict by a deus ex machina will strike many readers as silly.
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It's the near future. Osama bin Laden is dead; so are Saddam Hussein and his sons. Al-Qaeda and the Taliban have been wiped out. Iraq is in ruins, and it's up to Jon Bennett, the U.S. president's senior advisor, to find a way to rebuild it. Central to this effort is a "massive and spectacular tract of oil and natural gas" discovered in the Mediterranean, a source of wealth that could bring peace to the Middle East. But will 81-year-old Yassar Arafat let peace reign? That becomes a moot point when Arafat is assassinated by a suicide bomber, and our hero, Bennett, is suddenly all that stands between peace and global destruction. Like the first Bennett novel, The Last Jihad (2002), this one is a timely tale of political intrigue and international terrorism. That's the good thing. The bad thing is that (also like its predecessor) the novel features stilted dialogue, crudely drawn characters, and a generally clunky narrative style. The author is clearly an expert in international politics, but his skills as a storyteller have yet to be revealed. Still, Rosenberg is scheduled for interviews with Rush Limbaugh and Hannity and Colmes, which will create demand. David Pitt
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Highly recommended for anyone who read The Left Behind series. This one is more believable and uses current events to fill out the story. More truth than fiction.Published on May 21 2013 by Barbara Ann Derksen
I ordered three books by Joel Rosenberg and they arrived within three days!!! Amazing! Thanks
This book starts out explosive, but seems to get somewhat intrenched in backstory and tends to go on with long periods of time between action sequences. Read morePublished on July 13 2004 by Scott Clark
The book was very slow, only really keeping my attention the last few chapters. The description sounded like it would be action packed, but just moved very slow. Read morePublished on May 4 2004 by Robert Bishop
This absolutely outstanding story provides very engrossing and titillating reading. The author brings to his writing tremendous geopolitical insights and an extraordinary mastery... Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2004
Paul Bedard, U.S. News & World Report (November 3, 2003) "Washington Whispers: Modern Nostradamus -- It's getting a little weird being Joel Rosenberg, the New York Times bestseller... Read morePublished on Feb. 9 2004 by Joel C. Rosenberg
I can't believe the complaints of people who say the characters are not developed! I loved the characters and felt like I was right with them in their struggles and adventures. Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2004