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The Last Days is a stunning political thriller from New York Times bestselling author, Joel C. Rosenberg Osama bin Laden is dead. Saddam Hussein is buried. Baghdad lies in ruins.Now the eyes of the world are on Jerusalem as Jon Bennett--a Wall Street strategist turned senior White House advisor--his beautiful CIA partner Erin McCoy and the U.S. Secretary of State arrive The Last Days is a stunning political thriller from New York Times bestselling author, Joel C. Rosenberg Osama bin Laden is dead. Saddam Hussein is buried. Baghdad lies in ruins.Now the eyes of the world are on Jerusalem as Jon Bennett--a Wall Street strategist turned senior White House advisor--his beautiful CIA partner Erin McCoy and the U.S. Secretary of State arrive in the Middle East to meet with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.On the table: a dramatic and potentially historic Arab-Israeli peace plan, of which Bennett is the chief architect. At the heart of the proposed treaty is the discovery of black gold deep underneath the Mediterranean-a vast and spectacular tract of oil and natural gas that could offer unprecedented riches for every Muslim, Christian, and Jew in Israel and Palestine.With the international media closely tracking the story, the American message is as daring as it is direct: Both sides must put behind them centuries of bitter, violent hostilities to sign a peace treaty. Both sides must truly cooperate on drilling, pumping, refining, and shipping the newly found petroleum. Both sides must work together to develop a dynamic, new, integrated economy to take advantage of the stunning opportunity. Then--and only then--the United States will help underwrite the billions of dollars of venture capital needed to turn the dream into reality.At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.


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The Last Days is a stunning political thriller from New York Times bestselling author, Joel C. Rosenberg Osama bin Laden is dead. Saddam Hussein is buried. Baghdad lies in ruins.Now the eyes of the world are on Jerusalem as Jon Bennett--a Wall Street strategist turned senior White House advisor--his beautiful CIA partner Erin McCoy and the U.S. Secretary of State arrive The Last Days is a stunning political thriller from New York Times bestselling author, Joel C. Rosenberg Osama bin Laden is dead. Saddam Hussein is buried. Baghdad lies in ruins.Now the eyes of the world are on Jerusalem as Jon Bennett--a Wall Street strategist turned senior White House advisor--his beautiful CIA partner Erin McCoy and the U.S. Secretary of State arrive in the Middle East to meet with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.On the table: a dramatic and potentially historic Arab-Israeli peace plan, of which Bennett is the chief architect. At the heart of the proposed treaty is the discovery of black gold deep underneath the Mediterranean-a vast and spectacular tract of oil and natural gas that could offer unprecedented riches for every Muslim, Christian, and Jew in Israel and Palestine.With the international media closely tracking the story, the American message is as daring as it is direct: Both sides must put behind them centuries of bitter, violent hostilities to sign a peace treaty. Both sides must truly cooperate on drilling, pumping, refining, and shipping the newly found petroleum. Both sides must work together to develop a dynamic, new, integrated economy to take advantage of the stunning opportunity. Then--and only then--the United States will help underwrite the billions of dollars of venture capital needed to turn the dream into reality.At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

30 review for The Last Days

  1. 5 out of 5

    J.T. IV

    Another good read from Mr. Rosenberg. If you are looking for action, a bit of romance, and some more action, this is a good series to get involved in. With a race to rebuild Iraq and Babylon, American State Department members (Jon Bennett and Erin McCoy) chasing down people trying to kill them, and the whole world “claiming” to struggle for Middle Eastern peace, this book seems like you could take it from the front pages of the NY Times or the Wall Street Journal. Mr. Rosenberg will have you sta Another good read from Mr. Rosenberg. If you are looking for action, a bit of romance, and some more action, this is a good series to get involved in. With a race to rebuild Iraq and Babylon, American State Department members (Jon Bennett and Erin McCoy) chasing down people trying to kill them, and the whole world “claiming” to struggle for Middle Eastern peace, this book seems like you could take it from the front pages of the NY Times or the Wall Street Journal. Mr. Rosenberg will have you staying up later than you should and ignoring those pesky chores for just one more chapter. I highly recommend this book and the series as a whole.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Skip

    I had difficulty remembering what happened in the last book, which made the start of this one a challenge. Jon Bennett and Erin McCoy go to meet Palestinian leaders to facilitate peace talks, with a massive joint oil project as the incentive, when all hell breaks loose. Miraculously, with everyone dying around them, they escape with the key to moving ahead with Israeli peace talks in an undisclosed location, until someone figures out where they are. There was a lot of repetition and some politic I had difficulty remembering what happened in the last book, which made the start of this one a challenge. Jon Bennett and Erin McCoy go to meet Palestinian leaders to facilitate peace talks, with a massive joint oil project as the incentive, when all hell breaks loose. Miraculously, with everyone dying around them, they escape with the key to moving ahead with Israeli peace talks in an undisclosed location, until someone figures out where they are. There was a lot of repetition and some political hyperbole that could have been omitted, making this a four star book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jacob Aitken

    Simply magnificent. Imagine Left Behind without the goofiness. Imagine Clancy without the grisly scenes, yet realistic enough. Very impressed with how he weaved "God" into it without being didactic. The character Eli Mordechai is simply brilliant and offers a rather common-sense epistemology to bible prophecy. Simply magnificent. Imagine Left Behind without the goofiness. Imagine Clancy without the grisly scenes, yet realistic enough. Very impressed with how he weaved "God" into it without being didactic. The character Eli Mordechai is simply brilliant and offers a rather common-sense epistemology to bible prophecy.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Anthony

    PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat is murdered by a suicide bomber, blown up by his own bodyguard, a fellow Palestinian. A bloody civil war erupts in Palestine. Thus begins this brilliant novel, the follow-up work to "The Last Jihad", which was terrific in it's own right. On one hand this is a fast paced action novel that keeps you on the edge of your favorite reading chair. On the other hand, it's a thoughtful study of Middle Eastern history, ancient and recent. Rosenberg (with help) has done some amazi PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat is murdered by a suicide bomber, blown up by his own bodyguard, a fellow Palestinian. A bloody civil war erupts in Palestine. Thus begins this brilliant novel, the follow-up work to "The Last Jihad", which was terrific in it's own right. On one hand this is a fast paced action novel that keeps you on the edge of your favorite reading chair. On the other hand, it's a thoughtful study of Middle Eastern history, ancient and recent. Rosenberg (with help) has done some amazing research here. As one reads further, you can't help but contemplate the similarities between the fictional events in the novel with the actual situation in that part of the world today, e.g. - Israel working on a peace plan with a former enemy. Published 17 years ago, the author's prescience is amazing. Looking forward to reading more from this gifted writer.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Chuck

    Can there be peace between Palestinians and Israelites in Israel? U.S. President MacPherson thinks so and he has a plan. Oil and natural gas is discovered in the Mediterranean off the coast of Israel. You would think a deal could be made providing for shared ownership of the natural resources and reasonable property allocations. Not so fast. Maybe all the factions don't agree. You must read to find out. Can there be peace between Palestinians and Israelites in Israel? U.S. President MacPherson thinks so and he has a plan. Oil and natural gas is discovered in the Mediterranean off the coast of Israel. You would think a deal could be made providing for shared ownership of the natural resources and reasonable property allocations. Not so fast. Maybe all the factions don't agree. You must read to find out.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jerry

    Synopsis: Set just after the events in The Last Jihad , Presidential aides Jon Bennett and Erin McCoy witness the start of a Palestinian civil war after the assassination of Yasser Arafat.  With the lives of millions of people at stake, McCoy and Bennett work with the American government to try to bring about peace...but, with wanton terrorists intent on destroying the "Great Satan" US, who will stop at nothing to get what they want, it seems like the Last Days may be upon them. My Review: Thi Synopsis: Set just after the events in The Last Jihad , Presidential aides Jon Bennett and Erin McCoy witness the start of a Palestinian civil war after the assassination of Yasser Arafat.  With the lives of millions of people at stake, McCoy and Bennett work with the American government to try to bring about peace...but, with wanton terrorists intent on destroying the "Great Satan" US, who will stop at nothing to get what they want, it seems like the Last Days may be upon them. My Review: This is an improvement for the series.  A bit more intensity and action; a bit less profanity.  Even though I already know how the series ends--I read the last novel some years ago--I have to say that Rosenberg's narrative has gotten me hooked nonetheless.  I have a feeling that things will get even crazier as the story goes on... Content Concerns: Sex: A brief reference to "Viagra ads," and another one to "prostitutes".  4.5/5 Nudity: None. 5/5 Language: About six or seven profanities, all uses of the h-word or d-word. 3.75/5 Violence: The book begins with an assassination; multiple terrorist attacks occur, with plenty of devastation and implied deaths; a suicide bomber kills himself, but not anyone else; a dead body is found in a body of water. 1.5/5 Drugs: Smoking is referenced twice; drinking alcohol, once. 3.75/5 Frightening/Intense Scenes: This whole series is intended to be frightening and intense, and it is. 1/5 Score: 4.75/5 EDIT: Here is my review of the entire series: http://rwlreviews.blogspot.com/2014/0...

  7. 4 out of 5

    M.G. Edwards

    I read Joel Rosenberg’s thriller “The Last Days” to expand the range of authors I read in this genre. Two years later, I finished his book. Getting through it became a personal quest to see if I could finish what I started. I didn’t dislike the book enough to stop reading it, but it didn’t spark my interest the way that other thrillers have. The author obviously has a deep knowledge of Arab-Israeli politics and knowledge of Middle Eastern politics that gives the book an air of realism missing fro I read Joel Rosenberg’s thriller “The Last Days” to expand the range of authors I read in this genre. Two years later, I finished his book. Getting through it became a personal quest to see if I could finish what I started. I didn’t dislike the book enough to stop reading it, but it didn’t spark my interest the way that other thrillers have. The author obviously has a deep knowledge of Arab-Israeli politics and knowledge of Middle Eastern politics that gives the book an air of realism missing from other thrillers, right down to using real figures such as Yasser Arafat. At times Rosenberg veered into speculative territory that left me shaking my head, suggesting, for example, that the U.S. Secretary of State would conduct peace negotiations in the Gaza Strip. The author’s in-depth explanations of world events and political undercurrents that would do well in a textbook bogged down the story. Surprisingly, the book lacked nonstop action and suspense that I would have expected from a story about efforts to avert a war between the Israelis, Palestinians, and Americans following the assassination of a major political figure and the killing of the U.S. Secretary of State. The few action scenes rescued the book at critical moments, but I would have preferred more of them to keep the story moving. The beginning and end are dramatic with a couple of well-placed nail-biter scenes interspersed. Otherwise, Rosenberg’s detailed descriptions and long-winded dialogue left me disinterested. “The Last Days” had enough redemptive qualities to merit three stars. It’s a book for those who like cerebral, meaty thrillers who aren’t expecting the protagonist to single-handedly strong arm the bad guys.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ron

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I read this book because a friend said Rosenberg's fiction has a way of becoming fact. Well, not this book. The Last Days is a fun, fast-paced political thriller--not even "Clancyesque" as four out of seven back cover blurbs allude; too many technical errors. The Last Days is conservative Christian wishful thinking fiction. Published in 2003, but apparently before the Iraq War (which the book sets in 2010, and reports as a walk over), Rosenberg has a supposed Palestinian assassination of Yasser A I read this book because a friend said Rosenberg's fiction has a way of becoming fact. Well, not this book. The Last Days is a fun, fast-paced political thriller--not even "Clancyesque" as four out of seven back cover blurbs allude; too many technical errors. The Last Days is conservative Christian wishful thinking fiction. Published in 2003, but apparently before the Iraq War (which the book sets in 2010, and reports as a walk over), Rosenberg has a supposed Palestinian assassination of Yasser Arafat trigger a Palestinian civil war which the USA ends by a clean, surgical invasion. Of Gaza? Over in the weeks with a couple thousand GIs? Right. This is not predictive; it's fantasy. Speaking of which, Rosenberg also features a former Mossad chief who's a closet Christian, nn American atheist hero who accepts Jesus, and dozen of terrorist teams trying to invade the US--all of whom are thwarted but one, who blows himself up just short of the Washington monument. (Hey, I'm just reporting this.) It's all too clean, too easy, too fantastic. Fun, yes, but I can't imagine anyone taking this seriously as a view of how American foreign policy can or should be conducted. Of, if it was, that there's be a snowball's chance in the Negev that it'd turn out this way.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ed

    This book was very exciting to read, but it is not a fast-read novel. There is a lot of political persuasion taking place trying to get leaders to modify or change their understanding of what they believe. Rosenberg does a good job of trying to keep up with the present situation in the Middle East. I recommend this book even to teens, and the language is clean (no swearing or sex involved). Of course you need to read 'The Last Jihad' before you read 'The Last Days' to keep up with current histor This book was very exciting to read, but it is not a fast-read novel. There is a lot of political persuasion taking place trying to get leaders to modify or change their understanding of what they believe. Rosenberg does a good job of trying to keep up with the present situation in the Middle East. I recommend this book even to teens, and the language is clean (no swearing or sex involved). Of course you need to read 'The Last Jihad' before you read 'The Last Days' to keep up with current history and the changes that take place between both novels.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Drew Williams

    Amazing.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Heitham Hammad

    Quite intense reading

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jerome

    One of the most blatant omissions in TLD was any reference to the US nuclear strike. NOTHING AT ALL is mentioned...as if it didn't even happen. And the funny part is the suggestion that meetings/press conferences take place in Sadaam's palace. Now, first of all, the city was nuked. Secondly, concern for radioactive fallout isn't even mentioned (either regarding the targets of the nukes or the neighboring countries). Nothing along these lines is addressed. If this is a follow-up to "The Last Jiha One of the most blatant omissions in TLD was any reference to the US nuclear strike. NOTHING AT ALL is mentioned...as if it didn't even happen. And the funny part is the suggestion that meetings/press conferences take place in Sadaam's palace. Now, first of all, the city was nuked. Secondly, concern for radioactive fallout isn't even mentioned (either regarding the targets of the nukes or the neighboring countries). Nothing along these lines is addressed. If this is a follow-up to "The Last Jihad", then please refer to the very last page of that book...TWO nuclear bombs are dropped by the US (TLD starts up two weeks later...the Prez is still in a wheelchair from the attack on him in Denver). Technical errors are glaring. In what is a favorite of writers who don't do their research, Mr. Rosenberg has his hero taking off the safety on a .357 magnum pistol. A revolver? With a safety! As a side note, that little push lever is what you use to swing out the cylinder on a revolver in order to reload it. Later we have "clips" being used to reload this same revolver. For the record, even with a semi-automatic pistol, the item that holds the ammunition is called a magazine. A clip is used for rifles, and not pistols. This shows poor research. In another scene we have one of the characters taking the "safety" off of a Glock semi-auto pistol. The Glock pistol, in all of its iterations, does not have a safety. That little lever is what is used to take apart the pistol for cleaning. The only Glock that uses anything else has a lever that switches it from semi-auto to full automatic fire, but no safety. Again poor research. One scene has the main characters being rescued by Seahawk helicopters from the Gaza Strip area and taken to the USS Reagan off the coast of Israel. Bennet, the main character, hopes they won't fall into the Atlantic Ocean when they land on the carrier. The ATLANTIC ocean??? That must be some Seahawk to make it from Israel to the Atlantic. Just poor research. There is an ongoing plot device that uses continuous rainstorms blanketing the entire area from the Straits of Gibraltar to Israel. These storms of course interfere with rescue attempts and flight operations, but only for the good guys. Evidently the bad guys can launch aircraft in any weather and simply fly around it. This is reminiscent of the old Star Trek episodes when Scotty couldn't beam them up due to "ion" storms or somesuch. The entire operation, and I won't give it away in case you decide to punish yourself and actually buy this trash, is run by the president of the US. From Washington D.C. We have FBI agents calling the president to get approval on basic tasks. While micro-management does happen, this book thrives on it. No one, from the FBI director to any military leaders to anyone else can make any decision, no matter how trivial, without the direct intervention of the president. I suppose this was supposed to make the McPherson presidential character appear to be in charge, but what happens is it makes everyone else appear to be incompetent, and the president doubly so since he appointed the leader. Also, there is even a Navy SEAL "sergeant" in this novel. Even though there are no sergeants in the Navy...

  13. 5 out of 5

    Alec

    This marks my second book I've read based on the situation in Israel and Palestine in the past month. While not purposeful, it has been interesting to see how two different authors approach the issue. This book takes a much more US-centric look at the issue (the cover art gives that away), while also diving into the political elements more than the psychological aspects. This back to back timing was accidental but I think it was beneficial to the enjoyment of this book. One element of this book w This marks my second book I've read based on the situation in Israel and Palestine in the past month. While not purposeful, it has been interesting to see how two different authors approach the issue. This book takes a much more US-centric look at the issue (the cover art gives that away), while also diving into the political elements more than the psychological aspects. This back to back timing was accidental but I think it was beneficial to the enjoyment of this book. One element of this book which I didn't expect (which may be due to the fact I don't remember much from the first book of the series), is the interweaving of Christian thought into the book. While much of the book is dedicated to terrorist attacks around the world, Rosenberg finds times to weave in religious practices in a very natural and unobstructive way. The President asks for a prayer to be said at the beginning of a meeting in the immediate aftermath of an attack. One of the main characters offers a prayer when he feels trapped and overwhelmed by the events of the book, and the events transpiring are linked to events of "the last days" referred to in various books of the Bible. I see that Goodreads classifies this book as Christian fiction and I'd have to agree with that classification, but I wouldn't classify it as promotional material for Christianity anymore than I would have classified The Collaborator of Bethlehem as promotional material for Islam despite extensive sections of the book being dedicated to Islamic beliefs. I enjoyed the book generally, though I felt as if there was a lot crammed into a relatively short amount of space. I always give an honest attempt at suspending disbelief, I had a hard time totally buying everything in this book though. I'll probably read the next given the inoffensive content and quick-read nature of the book. I won't be surprised, however, if I can't remember much about this when the time finally rolls around for the third in the series.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Darla Stokes

    Wow. I really should have read the reviews first, or at least the cover blurb. This is basically ultra-right-wing propaganda in a fiction form. From our heroine, who, despite her supposed intellectual and physical accomplishments, really should have been a model; to the Israeli bus driver whose four children all received "full-ride" scholarships to Ivy League universities in the U.S., not because they were brilliant or sports stars, but merely because they "worked hard." And of course the billio Wow. I really should have read the reviews first, or at least the cover blurb. This is basically ultra-right-wing propaganda in a fiction form. From our heroine, who, despite her supposed intellectual and physical accomplishments, really should have been a model; to the Israeli bus driver whose four children all received "full-ride" scholarships to Ivy League universities in the U.S., not because they were brilliant or sports stars, but merely because they "worked hard." And of course the billionaire and almost-billionaire (he set aside his life-long dream of becoming a billionaire to help achieve peace in the middle east) who became so wealthy simply by really, really wanting it, and, of course, by "working hard." And who knew that it was so easy to find, identify, and neutralize terrorists? All it takes is resolve on the part of the government. Gee, why didn't we think of that ten years ago? I actually read the entire book, though I had to put it down several times out of disgust. I'm not against over-the-top action books--Dirk Pitt and Jack Ryan are two of my favorite heroes--but this was just ludicrous.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mike Patterson

    Unfortunately, this book had moments of electrifying terror surrounded by globs of information, as if the author had the perfect idea for a peace treaty for Israel and the Palestinians and put every detail for our reading pleasure. I almost didn't finish the book, and even when I did I wondered why I bothered. This author has a lot of difficulty writing a series smoothly without spending hours on what happened in previous books. His action parts are great. He should stick to that and develop the Unfortunately, this book had moments of electrifying terror surrounded by globs of information, as if the author had the perfect idea for a peace treaty for Israel and the Palestinians and put every detail for our reading pleasure. I almost didn't finish the book, and even when I did I wondered why I bothered. This author has a lot of difficulty writing a series smoothly without spending hours on what happened in previous books. His action parts are great. He should stick to that and develop the characters a little at a time in better ways. It's start stop start stop thru the whole thing. This particular series is a drag though the Iman series was great. Still, I'm going to read The Ezekiel Option just cause I can, in hopes it takes the bad tast grout of my mouth. By the way, I love the end times prophecies described this way. Very informative and, I hope, I'll be gone by the in the rapture. I'm staying prayed up.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sally Schueler

    “The Last Days” by Joel Rosenberg is the second political thriller in “The Last Jihad” series. I enjoyed reading it for the most part. I wrote that the characters were a little thin in the first novel and the new characters are still thin where the ones from the first book are becoming more defined but only because they’re on every page. That aside, I’ve enjoyed seeing them interact in a crazy number of high intensity situations. There is quite a lot going on in this book and the way Rosenberg w “The Last Days” by Joel Rosenberg is the second political thriller in “The Last Jihad” series. I enjoyed reading it for the most part. I wrote that the characters were a little thin in the first novel and the new characters are still thin where the ones from the first book are becoming more defined but only because they’re on every page. That aside, I’ve enjoyed seeing them interact in a crazy number of high intensity situations. There is quite a lot going on in this book and the way Rosenberg writes, with a ton of scene changes within his chapters, actually helped move things along especially when I had a spot in the middle where I didn’t pick it back up quickly to finish. I got through it and the last half was a quick read. I mostly appreciate his knowledge of Middle East affairs and found this novel a good read for today when we are most definitely seeing the signs of the times and when different scenarios are thought provoking.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Katerina

    "The Last Days" picks up three-and-a-half weeks after "The Last Jihad." Plans are in place to bring peace to the Middle East. Unfortunately there are many who don't want peace. "The Last Days" was written in 2003 but reflects many current events - power struggles, civil wars, and an effort to restore Russia's former glory. Thankfully in fiction like this the good and bad tends to be clear cut (at least in its portrayal) and we know the good guys will win. The writing in "The Last Days" improved ov "The Last Days" picks up three-and-a-half weeks after "The Last Jihad." Plans are in place to bring peace to the Middle East. Unfortunately there are many who don't want peace. "The Last Days" was written in 2003 but reflects many current events - power struggles, civil wars, and an effort to restore Russia's former glory. Thankfully in fiction like this the good and bad tends to be clear cut (at least in its portrayal) and we know the good guys will win. The writing in "The Last Days" improved over "The Last Jihad." There were fewer unnecessary characters brought in. And while some of what happens to and is expected of the main characters is unbelievable, it doesn't distract from the story while one is reading.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Wade

    After the terrific "The Last Jihad," I was surprised how boring and lackluster the follow-up "The Last Days" turned out to be. While "The Last Jihad" was cohesive and still feels timely in 2016, "The Last Days" felt like a poor retread of the first book that didn't do much to further develop the main characters from the first book. Also, there was often brutally boring backstories that bogged the book down from flowing and feeling like a thriller novel. I enjoyed the historical aspects of the fi After the terrific "The Last Jihad," I was surprised how boring and lackluster the follow-up "The Last Days" turned out to be. While "The Last Jihad" was cohesive and still feels timely in 2016, "The Last Days" felt like a poor retread of the first book that didn't do much to further develop the main characters from the first book. Also, there was often brutally boring backstories that bogged the book down from flowing and feeling like a thriller novel. I enjoyed the historical aspects of the first book but in "The Last Days," this went on and on and on. So this was disappointing as I was looking forward to reading the entire series and now I am torn as to whether or not to continue at all.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dipanjan

    “The Last Days” is the sequel to the best-selling “Last Jihad” which was a right-kind-of-a-thriller. It’s got high profile characters and is a near clone of its predecessor. Presidential envoy Jon Bennett returns as the protagonist, along with his bodyguard and love interest, Erin Mc Coy – 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 Palestini “The Last Days” is the sequel to the best-selling “Last Jihad” which was a right-kind-of-a-thriller. It’s got high profile characters and is a near clone of its predecessor. Presidential envoy Jon Bennett returns as the protagonist, along with his bodyguard and love interest, Erin Mc Coy – 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 only problem is that Mr. Rosenberg sets 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. Unfortunately, the reality of facts depicted in the book has already been dated 7 years earlier, like the the real Abu Mazen’s resignation from his post and the fictitious solution to the intractable political conflict by a deus ex machina is quite misplaced. Nevertheless, it’s a good page turner.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Glenn Gray

    When the book begins with the killing of the U.S. Secretary of State, and the leader of the Palestine Authority who are among the parties arriving in the Palestinian territories to embark on peace discussions between Israel and Palestine, I asked myself how can the remainder of the novel build on this climax. It turns out that the story line of the book is more about negotiating peace in this historical hotbed of hostility and the many parties who would have vested interest in such a peace. The When the book begins with the killing of the U.S. Secretary of State, and the leader of the Palestine Authority who are among the parties arriving in the Palestinian territories to embark on peace discussions between Israel and Palestine, I asked myself how can the remainder of the novel build on this climax. It turns out that the story line of the book is more about negotiating peace in this historical hotbed of hostility and the many parties who would have vested interest in such a peace. The author details the violent hostilities that those parties will employ to assure that peace is never negotiated. Rosenberg does an excellent job of developing characters without overdoing it. While the hostilities seem to border on the mayhem of video games at times, he does a wonderful job of surrounding the action with sufficient realism that it is quite easy to find yourself embedded in the setting. A very compelling fictional novel set in current times and environment. Several of the key characters are actual contemporary figures that add to the realism of the action and the setting. Highly recommended for readers who enjoy historical fiction and geo-political thrillers with lots of military action.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ken Burkhalter

    One of Rosenberg's early works I think. I like his books for their Christian world view and generally agree with the underlying premises. When he gets into calling military action and political intrigue, however, he is out of his element (more so on the former than the latter). That said, the books are an enjoyable if uncomplicated read. Given Rosenberg's political savvy and connections I would not be surprised to learn that some of his fiction has a basis in fact at some point in history, and s One of Rosenberg's early works I think. I like his books for their Christian world view and generally agree with the underlying premises. When he gets into calling military action and political intrigue, however, he is out of his element (more so on the former than the latter). That said, the books are an enjoyable if uncomplicated read. Given Rosenberg's political savvy and connections I would not be surprised to learn that some of his fiction has a basis in fact at some point in history, and sometimes there is a history lesson included which is always appreciated. Character development is a work in progress, but you can see the direction from here. Good stuff from a good point of view, just not as taught or realistic as is the norm. Note: I listened to this book via Audible.com. The narrator, Patrick G. Lawlor, is no Dick Hill. Poor pacing, little sense of drama, and lack of character voice definition made it less enjoyable than it could have been.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alisa

    A good thriller w/a dream plot for peace My first, but certainly not last, Rosenberg book. Good plotting and interesting characters. Writing is reminiscent of Clancy, at least in pacing if not in accuracy. Israel/Palestine peace is within reach if the main players can stay alive long enough to finalize agreements. Radicals willing to die to prevent this peace are everywhere and intent on stopping them. Reading in 2020, I skipped large sections of political solutions for a situation that has change A good thriller w/a dream plot for peace My first, but certainly not last, Rosenberg book. Good plotting and interesting characters. Writing is reminiscent of Clancy, at least in pacing if not in accuracy. Israel/Palestine peace is within reach if the main players can stay alive long enough to finalize agreements. Radicals willing to die to prevent this peace are everywhere and intent on stopping them. Reading in 2020, I skipped large sections of political solutions for a situation that has changed so much from the book's timeline. Some situations whack believability into unconsciousness, so just keep repeating, "It's fiction." I enjoyed the natural way the author introduce discussions of faith into his scenario. I don't share Rosenberg's eschatological perspective, but overlooking the "last days" prophecy bit, found this to be a page turner which was hard to put down.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Reid

    From the internet blurb: Osama bin Laden is dead. Saddam's regime is buried. Baghdad lies in ruins. Now the eyes of the world are on Jon Bennett and Erin McCoy, two senior White House advisors, as they arrive in the Middle East to offer a historic Arab-Israeli peace plan and the American president's new vision of freedom and democracy. But in the shadows lie men whose hearts are filled with evil--men for whom the prospect of peace goes against everything they believe. And soon one terrifying schem From the internet blurb: Osama bin Laden is dead. Saddam's regime is buried. Baghdad lies in ruins. Now the eyes of the world are on Jon Bennett and Erin McCoy, two senior White House advisors, as they arrive in the Middle East to offer a historic Arab-Israeli peace plan and the American president's new vision of freedom and democracy. But in the shadows lie men whose hearts are filled with evil--men for whom the prospect of peace goes against everything they believe. And soon one terrifying scheme after another begins to unfold: An Iranian plot to send suicide bombers into the U.S. A terrorist plot to assassinate the prime minister of Israel A Jewish plot to blow up the Dome of the Rock As Jon and Erin face a battle for control of Jerusalem and the Holy Land and an Iraqi plan to rebuild ancient Babylon, they can't help but wonder: are such signs evidence that they are living in the last days before the return of Christ?

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    3.5 stars. This book was far better than I expected. I was expecting some kind of James Patterson swill, and I was pleasantly surprised that this was pretty well written and definitely well researched. This book was certainly action-packed, and didn't waste any time setting up for the reader. I found the dialogue to be trite at times, but otherwise I was thoroughly entertained, which is all I really dared to hope for from this book. I intend to finish the series, and perhaps even go back and rea 3.5 stars. This book was far better than I expected. I was expecting some kind of James Patterson swill, and I was pleasantly surprised that this was pretty well written and definitely well researched. This book was certainly action-packed, and didn't waste any time setting up for the reader. I found the dialogue to be trite at times, but otherwise I was thoroughly entertained, which is all I really dared to hope for from this book. I intend to finish the series, and perhaps even go back and read the first book, as I didn't realize this was the second book in a series until after I picked it up. I recommend this book to fans of political thrillers, I don't feel you need to read the first book to enjoy this one, as Rosenberg does a good job of setting the stage and providing context.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

    Osama bin Laden is dead. Saddam's regime is buried. Baghdad lies in ruins. Now the eyes of the world are on Jon Bennett and Erin McCoy, two senior White House advisors, as they arrive in the Middle East to offer a historic Arab-Israeli peace plan and the American president's new vision of freedom and democracy. But in the shadows lie men whose hearts are filled with evil--men for whom the prospect of peace goes against everything they believe. And soon one terrifying scheme after another begins Osama bin Laden is dead. Saddam's regime is buried. Baghdad lies in ruins. Now the eyes of the world are on Jon Bennett and Erin McCoy, two senior White House advisors, as they arrive in the Middle East to offer a historic Arab-Israeli peace plan and the American president's new vision of freedom and democracy. But in the shadows lie men whose hearts are filled with evil--men for whom the prospect of peace goes against everything they believe. And soon one terrifying scheme after another begins to unfold. As Jon and Erin face a battle for control of Jerusalem and the Holy Land and an Iraqi plan to rebuild ancient Babylon, they can't help but wonder: Are such signs evidence that they are living in the last days before the return of Christ?

  26. 5 out of 5

    Donald

    'The Last Days' brings Jonathan Bennett and Erin McCoy together to attempt to bring a peace strategy between Israel and Palestine that builds bridges of respect, well-being and support between them. I felt like there was an inordinate amount of narrative spent on 'distractions', like the extremist group wanting to blow-up the Dome of the Rock and the seemingly endless energy and hype spent on finding Bennett's mother. Questions that still need to be answered include, how to bring justice to the 'The Last Days' brings Jonathan Bennett and Erin McCoy together to attempt to bring a peace strategy between Israel and Palestine that builds bridges of respect, well-being and support between them. I felt like there was an inordinate amount of narrative spent on 'distractions', like the extremist group wanting to blow-up the Dome of the Rock and the seemingly endless energy and hype spent on finding Bennett's mother. Questions that still need to be answered include, how to bring justice to the masterminds of the jihadist plot (which seems to have failed at the end of 'The Last Days', and the whether Bennett and Erin will commit themselves to each other in holy matrimony, or continue to 'remain close friends.'

  27. 5 out of 5

    Brad Carlson

    Excellent read and very fast paced! This book hits the ground running, taking over from where The Last Jihad left off, and doesn't really slow down all that much. The transition between the two books was very good. Overall, the events of the book are relatively credible, though I'm not sure the proposed "peace plan" is as credible as the rest of the events in the book. Once you begin reading this book, you will not want to put it down! Excellent read and very fast paced! This book hits the ground running, taking over from where The Last Jihad left off, and doesn't really slow down all that much. The transition between the two books was very good. Overall, the events of the book are relatively credible, though I'm not sure the proposed "peace plan" is as credible as the rest of the events in the book. Once you begin reading this book, you will not want to put it down!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Connie Cook

    These jihad series books are so intense! This one had me skimming a lot. There was so much information about characters from the first book, the history of Iran, Israel, Palestine, Egypt, and Iraq. The book started out slower than the first one, but then got intense when McCoy and Bennett race to a safe underground bunker in Palestine. It was very interesting to read about trying to negotiate with Israel and Palestine for peace. The new twist was oil that would make both countries rich.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jan Dunlap

    Fast-moving and intense, these novels by Rosenberg are filled with political scenarios that are both frightening and real. After reading two in a row, though, I need a break from the violence and non-stop action - Rosenberg has the formula down, but I wonder if it will become too repetitious in future installments? His ability to write freely and give his books really unexpected twists is what will keep me reading, however.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Peter De Hoogh

    Sincerely, I had a hard time reading this book. The story is predictable and many parts are just so boring. There are no interesting twists and I had to just drag myself to finish reading some chapters. This is the first book I read from Joel Rosenberg. I had heard good things about him, but maybe I just stumbled across his worst book? I'm sorry to be so negative, but I just hate it when I'm half through book and it doesn't get better... feels like wasting my time. Sincerely, I had a hard time reading this book. The story is predictable and many parts are just so boring. There are no interesting twists and I had to just drag myself to finish reading some chapters. This is the first book I read from Joel Rosenberg. I had heard good things about him, but maybe I just stumbled across his worst book? I'm sorry to be so negative, but I just hate it when I'm half through book and it doesn't get better... feels like wasting my time.

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