This is a nail biting, sit on the edge of your seat excitement that is one of the best audible books I have ever listened to. Wow! I didn't realize how many times I was holding my breath until I had to breathe!! I will definitely continue the series.
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 to me this year (2011) by a friend of the same ilk who framed their recommendation by making sure I knew the author was a "Christian novelist".
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.
A story about ending terrorism by invading Iraq, by supporting Isreal uncritically and by imposing a fair settlement of the Isreali/Palestinian problem on the Palestinians, a solution the Palestinians must accept.
I should have know when I saw that this book was recommended by Rush Limbaugh. I bought this book because of the narrator, and because the plot SOUNDED interesting. The story is cheesy and totally unrealistic (yes I realize its fiction) but the plot is so far fetched that its hard to take it seriously and it enjoy it. There were times when I could tell the narrator was struggling with it as well. I've been an audible member for a long time and this is the first book that I've stopped listening to. Don't waste your time with this one.
story starts out with some decent and interesting facts but then he drops the ball
Yes for sure - this stinks on ice!
I have listened to Dick Hill before he was ok
Most everything after the plane crash.
Not sure where the author was trying to go? The synopsis left me expecting a Wall Street wizard who fights terrorism with his financial savvy. Instead the Wall Street wizard turns into Rambo with 50 lives … the plot ping pongs between high action with lots of inside detail (think Robert Ludlum) and an inspirational novel about the fight between good and evil as seen from a Christian’s viewpoint. Even more disappointing is the author’s style of telling you what happened (or what’s going to happen) then telling you the why and how it happened. For me and action/suspense/thriller should give you the crisis, then the resolution! Even with all this I would have given this at least a 4 before starting the second book. Great character development and the narration really flowed … I was surprised how hard it was to stop listening and how quickly the book seemed to end! The 2 rating comes because the author left you hanging so you need to read the next book(s) … normally fine but the second book (which I am now listening to) spends so much time on a word for word rehash of the plot from the first book I’ve literally screamed, “I already know that!” and the split between action and inspirational seems even bigger. I’m seriously considering not finishing the second book just so I won’t be tempted to get number 3, 4 … I have no idea how many books the author takes to resolve the plot and I couldn’t stand a rehash of 1, 2, 3 … - depending on how many there are! With the negatives I see in book 2 I’m having trouble trying to keep listening to the second book … a big surprise after the first book. The book certainly has a good rating so most people don’t have the same perspective as me … if the negatives I’ve highlighted are a problem to you; save your credits … if not then you’ll certainly enjoy this title.
An excuse for conservative and christian propaganda about the USA using nuclear weapons to "take out Sadamn" in Iraq (because we're the good guys and god is on our side so it's ok), but not badly written and well read and produced, if you can deal with the whole concept.
The problem with writing a political thriller set in the future is that you will almost certainly have to eat crow. In "The Last Jihad," Mr. Rosenberg postulates a future where terrorism has been largely conquered, thanks to several Republican administrations in the United States. At the time Mr. Rosenberg wrote this novel, the Iraq war had not yet begun, although he clearly thought it should be waged ... with extreme prejudice. Therefore, he sets up a scenario in which the United States has no choice but to nuke Iraq. Why? Because Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction, of course, and is plotting to use them on the United States. Talk about eating crow .... I do not recommend this audiobook. If you have a right-wing bent, and like political thrillers, I would suggest Vince Flynn's or Patrick Robinson's novels, instead. They have a longer shelf life.