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.
But in the shadows lie men whose hearts are filled with evil - men who do not relish a post-Saddam era, men for whom the prospect of a Palestinian peace accord with Israel goes against everything for which their fathers have fought and died. Such men - and the countries that finance them - are ready to do anything necessary to slaughter those who stand in their way.
The clock is ticking. Can Bennett, McCoy, and the American president make peace before the Middle East once again erupts in war?
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©2003 Joel C. Rosenberg; (P)2003 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"The story is rich with detail, topical references, interesting characters, and logical conclusions. Reader Patrick G. Lawlor does an admirable job in keeping the action flowing." (AudioFile)
This book is the second in the series. Rosenberg presents a rivetting fictional account of the holy war and America's struggle to bring peace in a fast-changing, caotic world. Politics, religion, suspense and thrill are interwoben in a way that made me think and want to learn more. Maybe just a little unbelievable how much the characters go through and survive; maybe a little corny, but very good.
I like how his mind works, and look forward to reading the next book of the series and a nonfiction book of his.
Though current events have made the events somewhat stale, this is still a very engaging 'read'. For those that follow the likes of Jack Bauer, Mitch Rapp, etc this book may interest you, though the main character is a political advisor and not an agent of a government agency. Sure he gets in the action, but it's a bit different. Good action, engaging characters - reccomended.
Life is a journey, enjoy it......because one day it will all end.
Patrick Lawlor is a good day reader. He reminds me of a Dick Hill type narrator. Very engaging in bring depth to the characters.
This is a good starter book to the series. It is very well thought out and has lots of depth and breadth. Too bad this series doesn't end as well as it began. I was quite disappointed in the final book.
cant wait to listen to the next one
the author is very knowledgeable about the politics in the mid east
I really enjoyed his voice
a little heavy handed on the judeo-christian pov, but listenable. narrator is a true believer.
Bursts of action ... followed by long periods of inaction.
Erin ... because she was loyal to the President and her responsibilities, while still being feisty enough to be interesting.
Lawlor's narration was mediocre, at best. His character separation was pretty good, and his inflections made it pretty easy to keep characters straight. However, his inconsistency in pronunciation of the names of locations was frustrating.
Almost anything other than The Last Days ... a phrase that I only remember hearing one time in the entire book!
I enjoy Rosenburg's style and his believable presentation of Christianity as a credible system of faith.
I've read 2 other Joel Rosenberg books on audio and, even though he's not as gifted as say, a Daniel Silva, I've enjoyed them. His outlook is unique and I value him for that, plus the subject matter is so topical and relevant.
However, so far I'm not really enjoying this one. There is, for me, too much action, not enough nuance, plus the characters seem confusing. It seems to jump quickly from one scene to the next and you wonder who the person is and if you've met them before. I've been constantly rewinding to figure out who he's talking about. I'm at the end of the first disk only and I feel I've been listening forever, but not enjoying it, waiting for the story to really get going. It's very likely that I won't continue with it, unfortunately.
I doubt it.
The story is so slow! I am up to chapter 20 and something is only just starting to happen!
Christopher Lane - he read
Boredom - if I hadn't paid for it, I would stop listening to it.
This is the 2nd Joel C Rosenberg I have listened to. The Tehran Initiative was excellent and I listened to it twice! I was excited about listening to another Rosenberg book, but this has been a grave disappointment. The story moves so slowly - I keep waiting for something to happen. I doubt I will try another Rosenberg book unless it is personally recommended by someone I know.
I really enjoyed this sequel. Action packed and Patrick Lawlor keeps you rivited. I couldn't wait to plug in.
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