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Publisher's Summary

Oil prices are surging to record highs. A new dictator is rising in Iraq. China is threatening Taiwan. North Korean forces are ready to strike south. Israel is feverishly trying to complete the Third Temple....

And in the midst of a world ready to explode, American president James MacPherson's second term is ending. The battle to succeed him is heating up into the most fiercely contested presidential election in American history. Who will lead a bitterly divided country over the next four years? And just what role - if any - does the U.S. play in history's last days?

As the presidential campaign narrows into a dead heat, the Secret Service learns of a catastrophic terrorist plot to assassinate one of the candidates - but which one? Who do they want dead? And can U.S. forces stop the terrorists before millions lose their lives?

©2008 Joel C. Rosenberg (P)2007 Brilliance Audio

Critic Reviews

"His novels seem to be ripped from the headlines - next year's headlines." ( Washington Times)"Gigante blazes through it with clarity and aplomb." ( AudioFile)

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  • Ryan
  • United States
  • 02-14-14

My least favorite of the series.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Ehhhh......

Any additional comments?

I have listened to the entire series. There were a few points in this book that I thought about shutting it off because it became a bit much. All in all the story is not bad but there are times when the author gets a bit preachy. I consider myself religious, but there are times in this book where it goes a bit overboard. I would say if you are a big fan of the Left Behind series then you would like this book.

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  • Charleen
  • BUFFALO, NY, United States
  • 02-06-14

Couldn't finish this book

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I need characters that are more than one-dimensional stereotypes. They could have limited all the frenetic narrative and political speculation which stalled the action and made the characters minor players in the story. I got sick of listening to the narrator screaming about the devastation over and over and over and over. Finally turned the thing off.

Would you be willing to try another one of Phil Gigante’s performances?

definitely not

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

no

Any additional comments?

The frenetic narrative for hours gave me a headache.
Too much time wasted on political speculation on who was the enemy. I could watch fox news if I that kind of stuff entertained me.
After the opening, the action stalled and disintegrated into political speculation and intrigue by stereotypical villains. There was little time spent on developing the characters. the story just bounced around from one person to the next without giving enough time for me to get to know any one character.

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Powerful Ending

What did you love best about Dead Heat, Political Thrillers Series #5?

The story ends with an heroic climax. The possibility that prophecy might turn out this way is interesting.

What did you like best about this story?

The relationship between the hero and heroine.

What about Phil Gigante’s performance did you like?

The way it was done, drew me into the imagination of the story. It felt as if I was there.

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

It makes me weep for the USA and for the fate of the world when alienated from God.

Any additional comments?

Read the entire series!

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A must read thriller!

Where does Dead Heat, Political Thrillers Series #5 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Truly an outstanding book. Thrillng and amazing right up through the last page. Follows the Bible as do his other books.

What did you like best about this story?

Never a dull moment in Joel Rosenberg's novels!

Which character – as performed by Phil Gigante – was your favorite?

All of them: Phil has the talent to make characters real from the start. Brings accented language to them all making the differences so great.

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

His books elevate one's heart rate!

Any additional comments?

Read all of Joel's books in order for the best continual story.

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  • Elizabeth
  • Bellevue, WA, United States
  • 05-12-12

Loved the series!

I absolutely loved the entire series and could hardly wait to finish it. The story was intriguing and the narration compelling. I appreciated how the series ended and the challenges offered to my own religious beliefs.

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  • colin
  • palm Beach Gardens, FL, United States
  • 11-02-11

I didn't buy a bible study course

This is proselytising wrapped in a story..The basic story is good ,however if you are not a 'born again Christian ' you quickly tire of the religious instruction ,which in most cases is irrelevant to the story.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Read the reviews before listening.

After listening to this book, I realized that I need to start reading the reviews. If i would have known what the book was all about i wouldn't have downloaded. Just not my tast in books. I'm sure if you like the Left Behind series, you'd love this one...

4 of 13 people found this review helpful

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It's not a story, but a sermon in disguise

This book is a sermon in disguise under the umbrella of mystery writing. I'd attend bible study for a spiritual experience. i would not have purchase this book had i known what it was really about. the synopsis was well written to steer away from any religous reference, but that's pretty much what the book is about...Jews and Christ which would be fine if that's what the description of the book was about. I feel mislead and i do not recommend this book.

3 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Don't waste your time and money

I wish I had known in advance that the core of this book was built around Bible prophecies and the "final days" scenarios. Utterly silly overlay of "come to Jesus" moments with spy novel and war scenarios. The end is totally ridiculous and beyond the pale of anything approaching beleivability. I woudl give no stars if that option were allowed.

4 of 20 people found this review helpful

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  • Jim
  • Freeland, WA, USA
  • 05-19-08

Too Weird

This book belongs in the religion, fantasy section. It has nothing to do with politics--so don't be misled. If you're interested in conservative religious doctrine, and being preached to...this is a book for you. If not, don't bother.

2 of 12 people found this review helpful