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The Last Jihad: Political Thrillers Series #1 | [Joel C. Rosenberg]

The Last Jihad: Political Thrillers Series #1

Jon 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.
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Publisher's Summary

Jon 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-Israeli 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 Israeli and Palestinian.

But just before the treaty can be signed, Israeli 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 Israeli 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 of their stealth and savvy to save themselves - and the world - from absolute destruction.

Listen to more in the Political Thrillers Series.

©2004 Joel C. Rosenberg; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Dick Hill performs this thriller with practiced ease, speeding up when the tension should rise and relaxing through the backstory....[D]oomsday predictions and a spectacular ending bring Rosenberg's speculations to a dramatic conclusion." (AudioFile)

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    Connie USA 11-24-12
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    "Great start of series"
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    I am looking forward to listening to this series. It has gotten my attention, for sure!

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    Sidney Paris, Texas, United States 11-19-12
    Sidney Paris, Texas, United States 11-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Too real for comfort"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The book relates so eerily to the world situation which exists now. One cannot possibly listen to the story and not identify with the emotions it generates.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    Very easy to listen to


    Any additional comments?

    The topic of the series is one that every citizen must get concerned with. The threats to the world as we have known it must be internalized and dealt with.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Evelyn SAINT GEORGE, UT, United States 11-13-12
    Evelyn SAINT GEORGE, UT, United States 11-13-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Great Author"

    I learn so much about the middle east from reading Rosenberg's books. He's improved with time, but I will definitely finish reading the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Johnny Tallapoosa, GA, United States 05-04-12
    Johnny Tallapoosa, GA, United States 05-04-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Disappointed After First Reading Twelfth Imam"
    What disappointed you about The Last Jihad?

    After having first read The Twelfth Imam and The Teheran Initiative (which I thought were outstanding books), I felt the The Last Jihad, both the writing and the performance, were very amateurish. I was amazed at how improved Rosenberg apparently was by The Twelfth Imam.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Joel C. Rosenberg again?

    Yes, I would listen to Rosenberg again, but only the books written after The Twelfth Imam.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dick Hill’s performances?

    I would prefer not to listen to Dick Hill as a reader. I did not like his voice or performance.


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

    This book was a great disappointment to me. It almost seemed like it was written by someone in high school.


    Any additional comments?

    Politically, I am conservative, and I was greatly disappointed in this book. I saw on someone's review that this book is just right wing propaganda. I don't think so, but I think the book is how the left perceives the right to be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Liz Billings, MT, United States 05-01-12
    Liz Billings, MT, United States 05-01-12 Member Since 2011

    Passionate lover of Jesus Christ. I also love reading mysteries and historical books

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    Would you listen to The Last Jihad again? Why?

    Love this book and would certainly listen again. In fact, this was my 2nd time. I read it first - along with the entire series, and now listened to the audiobook. Love - Love - Loved it!


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    BrandX Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada 04-03-12
    BrandX Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada 04-03-12 Listener Since 2008
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    "Even Dick Hill can't save this one"
    What disappointed you about The Last Jihad?

    This is so over the top and melodramatic, I had to stop listening well before the end of the book


    What could Joel C. Rosenberg have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    If he'd tried to be just a bit subtle, it would have helped.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    He's the best.


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    william Franklin, OH, United States 03-15-12
    william Franklin, OH, United States 03-15-12
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    "Great Book.. Keeps you on edge..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Last Jihad to be better than the print version?

    Yes, the performance was fantastic


    What did you like best about this story?

    Fiction, with a twist to relevancy to the time we are living in.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    Draws you into the story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Just an excellent read..


    Any additional comments?

    Great writing by the author.

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    Sheba LANCASTER, TX, United States 02-22-12
    Sheba LANCASTER, TX, United States 02-22-12 Member Since 2011

    AVID READER!!!!

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    "Thrilling Read!"

    I enjoyed listening to this book. It was a very interesting story and I love Dick Hill as the narrator. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

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    twyla 02-21-12
    twyla 02-21-12
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    "Interesting Book, Nice listen...recommend"

    I enjoyed the suspense in this book. I would have like the author to spend a little more time on the ending, but all in all it was a good book. I was intrigued because of the relevance to current day events (terrorism, world affairs). I would recommend it.

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    Theodore United States 02-18-12
    Theodore United States 02-18-12 Member Since 2014

    Metalsuitman

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    "Hopefully this work of fiction stays that way."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Possibly. I did feel it dragged somewhat and the female voice done by the narrator was unrealistic. The two women in the story were supposed to be young and beautiful and the attempt at the female voice left something to be desired. He did a better job at it than I could have.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Leave out some detail about the weapons and other technical stuff. I did not follow the story well since I am ignorant of a lot of the geography and history. Not the books fault.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The action scenes were good especially at the end. I think the banter between some of the characters was somewhat hokey.


    Did The Last Jihad inspire you to do anything?

    Pray for the peace of Israel.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was entertaining but it made me think I should be listening to non-fiction rather than fiction. I listened to Wild Swans and that was great. Next, I am going to get Mao.Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China is a family history that spans a century, recounting the lives of three female generations in China, by Chinese writer Jung Chang.

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