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The Last Days: Political Thrillers Series #2 | [Joel C. Rosenberg]

The Last Days: Political Thrillers Series #2

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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?

Listen to more in the Political Thrillers Series.

©2003 Joel C. Rosenberg; (P)2003 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    C. Haas usa 04-17-09
    C. Haas usa 04-17-09 Member Since 2008
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    "An excellent listen"

    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.
    Carolyn

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Rick Hixson, TN, United States 01-31-13
    Rick Hixson, TN, United States 01-31-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great followup to the first installation"
    Would you listen to The Last Days again? Why?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    B. Adair texas 06-08-14
    B. Adair texas 06-08-14 Member Since 2013

    I love books with significance

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    Great series whether you follow the middle east or not these books are worth your time. They are extremely well researched. So exciting

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan United States 02-14-14
    Ryan United States 02-14-14 Member Since 2012

    Life is a journey, enjoy it......because one day it will all end.

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    "A good starter to a series....."
    Have you listened to any of Patrick G. Lawlor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Patrick Lawlor is a good day reader. He reminds me of a Dick Hill type narrator. Very engaging in bring depth to the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hal Rosenort, MB, Canada 01-22-13
    Hal Rosenort, MB, Canada 01-22-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book!!"
    If you could sum up The Last Days in three words, what would they be?

    cant wait to listen to the next one


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    the author is very knowledgeable about the politics in the mid east


    Which character – as performed by Patrick G. Lawlor – was your favorite?

    I really enjoyed his voice


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    every moment


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A User New York, NY, United States 10-07-12
    A User New York, NY, United States 10-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "my god is the right god and will beat yours."

    a little heavy handed on the judeo-christian pov, but listenable. narrator is a true believer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gilbert APO, AE, United States 09-05-12
    Gilbert APO, AE, United States 09-05-12 Member Since 2010

    Woody

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    "Good Book ... But ..."
    If you could sum up The Last Days in three words, what would they be?

    Bursts of action ... followed by long periods of inaction.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Erin ... because she was loyal to the President and her responsibilities, while still being feisty enough to be interesting.


    Did Patrick G. Lawlor do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    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.


    If you could rename The Last Days, what would you call it?

    Almost anything other than The Last Days ... a phrase that I only remember hearing one time in the entire book!


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy Rosenburg's style and his believable presentation of Christianity as a credible system of faith.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine Georgetown, Ontario, Canada 08-27-12
    Katherine Georgetown, Ontario, Canada 08-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Disappointing"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jets0608 Maryland 02-29-12
    Jets0608 Maryland 02-29-12
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    "Very Disappointed"
    Would you try another book from Joel C. Rosenberg and/or Patrick G. Lawlor?

    I doubt it.


    What was most disappointing about Joel C. Rosenberg’s story?

    The story is so slow! I am up to chapter 20 and something is only just starting to happen!


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Patrick G. Lawlor?

    Christopher Lane - he read


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom - if I hadn't paid for it, I would stop listening to it.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lee P. Prevost Antioch, CA, US 01-26-10
    Lee P. Prevost Antioch, CA, US 01-26-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Well written"

    I really enjoyed this sequel. Action packed and Patrick Lawlor keeps you rivited. I couldn't wait to plug in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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