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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.

Critic Reviews

"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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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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  • Rick
  • 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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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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Little story, more author's knowledge of technical

The first book I thought was OK. and looked forward to following the story with book 2. But big disappointment, It seems like the author is more interested in showing off his knowledge of governmental procedures and terminology than writing a story? For example, there is a memo being sent to describe the problems in Beirut : He needs to let Washington know, so drafts a memo...
...... N27 10L December 27 2010 Flash Traffic, from Station Chief Gaza Station CIA OPPS
To: DCI CIA Langley, Washington DC. Director DDO CIA Langley, Washington DC OPPS,
DDI CIA Langley, Washington DC Intel. NSC Washington, DC, Director, White House situation Room OPPS, Sex State Washington, DC, OPPS, Sex State Black Tower, Washington, DC DS. CI CS Washington, DC OPPS PA. HQ US Setcom, Tampa, Florida, OPPS. HQ US Ucom Bihingland, Germany, OPPS, Joint Staff, Washington, DC OPPS Classified Eyes Only Priority Alpha
Subject: Possible Palestinian Civil War Erupting .........
There are several episodes like the one above, where I wanted to "fast forward" over the technical waste of time and get on with the story.
Further, where there is action it's interrupted by a description of the characters... They are under heavy fire trying to escape in an armored car being followed by a jeep with a 50ca machine gun. Without recalling names, the author switches from "Joe" grabs an AR15 , Joe comes from Iowa where he worked on a farm with mum and dad, who wanted their son to work in Wall Street, but his girlfriend who used to . .... and her friend was Joe's half-brother who wanted to be a marine ... blah blah blah
I got to chapter 8 then gave up. I guess I'm not into this over the characterization of the cast.

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Another home Run

A fantistic gripping read. I have read all of Mr Rosenburg's work with the exception of this, his, first series. Well done sir!

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Love it!!

I love this series, I have read the books & Now listening to the audio versions. Never a dull moment.

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  • Ed Nuzman
  • PEORIA, AZ, United States
  • 09-21-17

Great Read

Compelling story of the lead-in to the End Times. l highly recommend this book to every reader.