The Last Jihad is a gripping and prescient tale from New York Times bestselling author Joel C. RosenbergJon Bennett is a top Wall Street strategist turned senior White House advisor. But nothing has prepared him for the terror that he will face. Saddam Hussein dispatches his top hit men to assassinate the President of the United States. Iraqi terrorists spread carnage throughout London, Paris, and Riyadh...and the Butcher of Baghdad has a nuclear ace in his hand that he has not yet played. Only a solid Arab-Isreali coalition against Iraq can keep the U.S.--and other Western nations--from certain devastation. And only Bennett and his beautiful partner, Erin McCoy, can make that happen. Their secret project--a billion-dollar oil deal off the coast of Gaza--could be the basis for an historic peace treaty and enormous wealth for every Isreali and Palestinian. But just before a treaty can be signed, Isreali commandos foil an Iraqi Scud missile launch, recovering a nuclear warhead and evidence that the next attack will level Washington, New York and Tel Aviv. Now, the Isreali Prime Minister gives the American President an ultimatum: Melt down Baghdad within one hour...or Israel will do it herself. From Jerusalem, Bennett and McCoy must summon all their stealth and savvy to save themselves--and the world--from absolute destruction.
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Another problem with the novel is the bumpiness of the plotting after the first few chapters. Instead of allowing the reader to witness these shocking events through the eyes of his core characters, Rosenberg jumps from scene to scene and viewpoint to viewpoint every few paragraphs or less. While this keeps the attention deficit types turning pages, it also renders the story telling more impersonal and disjointed than it could have been.
And then there's the ending, which I can only liken to the sensation of rounding a sharp turn in the road and driving off a cliff. No time for reflection. No tying up of loose ends. Just a big unfulfilling void.
-Kevin Joseph, author of "The Champion Maker"
Recommended by a friend - not really my genre. Writing is not bad if you don't mind skipping around the globe between the good and bad and ?? guys. If you like "political thrillers"
•Terrorist hijack a jet plane and fly a kamikaze mission into an American city.
•Israeli commandos foil a nuclear attack but find evidence that the next targets could be Washington and New York.
•And suddenly the United States finds itself in a war in the Middle East over terrorism and weapons of mass destruction that will forever change the course of human history.
I'm ready to read the next book now!
Okay... let's get this out on the table: I am a Christian, Christ-follower, Believer, pick your favorite monicker for someone espousing personal faith in Jesus Christ, and belief in the Bible as the inspired Word of God. And this book was recommended
Joel Rosenberg was capable and clearly did his homework, effectively applying this into a technically accurate portrayal of the key backdrops of the story: world politics of the day, international finance, and the seamy realms of military and government intelligence and espionage. Also, the high-voltage topic proclaimed in the title of Western vs. Islamic tension and conflict prepared me to be riveted.
Alas, I was anything but riveted. Why? Because I failed to perform my due-diligence and discover the book was first published in 2002. Nothing knocks the props out from under a topical novel more effectively than the passage of time and actual historical events. As it turns out, the Republicans weren’t repeatedly reelected after 911 and Sadaam Hussein, though a dirtbag, wasn’t much of an evil geopolitical mastermind.
Still I decided to put aside the facts in order to fairly judge the fiction and stuck with the book. I quickly faced my next challenge. In his attempts to be edgy while still holding fast to Christian mores (i.e., avoiding dirty words and suggestive situations) Rosenberg sacrifices a good bit of realism and comes off smarmy and contrived. Christian friends, forgive me...but, really...you know what I'm talking about. Having read a couple of outstanding novels by secular authors lately, there was just no comparison. Rosenberg is a competent writer, and my opinion of him would not have been diminished if he wrote the way real people speak. Jesus didn't decide who to interact with based on their deportment. And I find I enjoy reading more with my head out of the sand.
The last part of the book disappointed me for a couple of reasons. For one, he killed off one of my favorite characters (sorry if this is a spoiler--I won't say who). And second, the ending is so abrupt I figure he had a sequel in mind. The last sentence is "And yet, in his heart, MacPherson knew it had really just begun." I don't know how you can call it a complete story with an ending like the one this has--what happens now?! All that fairy tale stuff they discussed about the oil deal? Yeah, right. Sorry--I'm feeling cynical :)
Anyway, here's one quote I liked from this book (because I think it is probably true):
"The problem with you Americans is that you don't believe in evil...the CIA and FBI and definitely the guys at State don't properly anticipate horrible, catastrophic events because we don't really believe in the presence of evil, the presence of a dark and wicked and nefarious spiritual dimension that drives some men to do the unthinkable."