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The Last Days

Political Thrillers Series #2
Narrated by: Patrick G. Lawlor
Series: Political Thrillers, Book 2
Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
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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?

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

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"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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Just Finished and Ready To Order Third Book

Another page turner from Rosenberg. You feel that you are in the middle of a gripping tale from the first few pages. Part three, here I come.

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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

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Good

Of course, if you're reading the series, you'll read this one. I am not a huge fan of it, but it does get very exciting at the end. I feel like the others in the series are better but gotta get through this one as part of the process.

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  • R.L.
  • Hixson, TN, United States
  • 01-31-13

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.

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good story but too much back story.

I listened to this series before but abridged. abridged usually like the unabridged, so I started to listen to the unabridged. Too much unnecessary crap that does not add to the story. stick with the abridged.

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Better than Book 1

I really enjoyed the political aspects of everything. It really was action-filled (which felt a bit much in the beginning). Three major action scenes that Joel elongated, from my perspective at least. Beyond that, it was awesome. The performance was way better than book 1!

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Perfect

Excellent writing. Terrific plot. No swearing. This is exactly what I have been looking for.

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Joel Rosenberg never disappoints

Another fantastic book. I have never been disappointed . I had to listen to it in one night.

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  • Chris
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  • 04-11-19

This book was a 5 Star rapid fire page-turner!

Author Joel E. Rosenberg’s book was indeed a rapid fire page-turner!!! His research on the Holy Land, its religions, and politics throughout the Middle East, is impeccable. He, also, knows well U.S. political and military tactics! It all combines to create a realistic, hard to put down book.

The narration by Patrick G. Law brings the book to life!

Don’t miss this book!

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Wait, it gets better (in later books)

One of Rosenberg's early works I think. I like his books for their Christian world view and generally agree with the underlying premises. When he gets into calling military action and political intrigue, however, he is out of his element (more so on the former than the latter). That said, the books are an enjoyable if uncomplicated read. Given Rosenberg's political savvy and connections I would not be surprised to learn that some of his fiction has a basis in fact at some point in history, and sometimes there is a history lesson included which is always appreciated. Character development is a work in progress, but you can see the direction from here. Good stuff from a good point of view, just not as taught or realistic as is the norm.

The narrator, Patrick G. Lawlor, is no Dick Hill. Poor pacing, little sense of drama, and lack of character voice definition made it less enjoyable than it could have been.