Political Thrillers from Joel Rosenberg
Novels based on Deep Knowledge of the Middle East
Joel C. Rosenberg writes some of the most compelling fiction on the market today. If your tastes run toward action/thriller books, you will likely enjoy Rosenberg's five-volume Political Thriller Series as much as I have. His new David Shirazi Series looks to be more of the same excellent writing.
In the spirit of Tom Clancy and James Michener, Rosenberg does his background homework. His descriptions of weapons, the Secret Service, and intelligence operations in the United States and Israel are full of realistic detail. He places the reader in the middle of the action and suspense:
- in the President's motorcade as it flees a terrorist;
- in a prison cell with a CIA operative who has been captured; or
- in a home in Jerusalem where the residents await their Messiah.
You can almost see the flash-bang grenades, smell the gunpowder, and taste the fear.
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Realistic Characters in Believable Situations
Rosenberg has a gift for creating believable characters. Their struggles are real. Politicians try to balance their families with their demanding careers. Military officers weigh their options when none of the options are good. Rosenberg's portrayals of Jewish, Muslim, and Christian characters show that he has taken the time to understand the history, theology, and especially the eschatology of each group. He is an evangelical Christian, so his Christian characters reflect his knowledge of his own faith; Christians are presented with their flaws and their faith, as are the non-Christian characters.
There is no simplistic stereotyping or gratuitous preaching in these political thrillers, e.g. all Americans are good or all Arab Muslims are bad. Instead, Rosenberg portrays the complexity and inter-connectedness of the Middle East and of the whole world. You are kept on the edge of your seat, breathlessly turning pages to see how the characters are ever going to resolve the life and death struggles they face.
Suspense lovers will want to read these novels in one sitting. Rosenberg knows how to keep a secret, so you probably won't be able to pick out the bad guys before he chooses to reveal them. I was glad to discover these books after my favorite television show, 24, went off the air!
Political Thriller Series: The Last Jihad, The Last Days, The Ezekiel Option, The Copper Scroll, and Dead Heat
David Shirazi Series: The Twelfth Imam, The Tehran Initiative, Damascus Countdown