|Dead Heat (Political Thrillers, No. 5)
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The stage is set for war. Oil prices are surging to record highs. A new dictator is rising in Iraq. China is threatening Taiwan. North Korean forces appear 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. Now as a fiercely contested presidential election campaign approaches, America faces its greatest threat ever . . . one from which it might not recover. From New York Times best-selling novelist Joel C. Rosenberg comes an explosive new political thriller addressing the question of what, if any, role the United States will play in the end times. This book is sure to provoke discussion and controversy, along with fervent hopes that this frightening vision of the future will not come true.
- A suspenseful indictment of Islam but too much preaching
Like The Ezekiel Option this is a fast-paced, bone-chilling scenario that grabs the reader. But just as it gets exciting Joel reverts to preaching to the reader. I respect most of the teachings of the prophet Yeshua of Nazareth but I don't need to have him show up in every chapter. That was also my criticism of the Copper Scroll.
As the author of "Tehran Mission" I was able to draw on Joel's outstanding knowledge of militant Islam and encouraged to learn more for my upcoming sequel.
Thanks for the inspiration Joel and keep those books coming.
Covert christian rhetoric notwithstanding, I enjoyed the book and found it hard to put down. Sorry there will be no more in the series....more info
Joel Rosenberg has done it again with a very engaging thriller that I truly hope never comes true (as some of his other realistic fiction). Great read....more info
- Great end to the Series
I enjoyed the end to this series; but as others have said you definitely need to have read other books in this series first otherwise you'll be lost.
The book is written well and its characters are well developed; and there really are no lulls like in some of his other books. I finished it in ~6 hours, its a fun read and definitely worth the buy. I took a look at the negative reviews of this book; and none of them really point out a real flaw with the content or makeup of the text, just problems individuals take with its underlying theme. As free advice; if you cannot look at a Christmas tree in a public place without being offended you probably won't like this book (but should read it anyway.)...more info
- A Prophesy for America???
Dead Heat will have you sit up straight and pay attention. The attack on the US is an effective one, done with a devastating, primarily low tech approach. Without the right leadership in office, this country will surely collapse if this scenario or something close to it is ever played out. Rest assured our enemies and those who hate us, and there are many, are reading this book with a possible script/plan or approach to our demise. But then this book plays out an apocolytic drama where good loses for the moment and of course the rapture occurs and many of us will not make the first cut. Tribulation, if true, will be very discomforting and perhaps painful and we as a country will play a very low profile role.
I highly recommend this book and if you started out reading Rosenberg's series of plausable and timely occurrences of World events, this book will leave wishing for hope and redemption....more info
- One of the Best Books I Have Ever Read!
I just finished reading "Dead Heat" today and short of saying "WOW" I am at something of a loss for words. I have followed Joel Rosenberg from "The Last Jihad" until now and I have enjoyed all of the books in the series, but "Dead Heat" blows them all away. Out of five stars, this one deserves a seven. I would place this book in the top two or three fiction books I have ever read and in the top 10 of all books I have read.
I will not give any of the story away for those who have yet to read it, but some of the plot twists in this book really shocked me and to be honest I didn't see them coming.
This book was so good I hated to finish it and hate even more that it is the last in the series. In a word, WOW!...more info
- Dead Heat book was a real page turner
This is a great book - couldn't put it down. It is today's world situation so it is very relevant....more info
- One Plausible Outcome ~ Sad & intriguing at the same time.
I started Joel's series because I'd read Epicenter. This entire series rocks with focus, twists and turns, and incredible insight ~ both real from study, and imaginative "what if" scenarios. No matter what your belief system is ~ consider keeping up with Joel....more info
- Joel Rosenberg is great!
Joel Rosenberg's latest end-times thriller is as exciting as his others. I have to admit that I preferred the detailed information about Israel in The Copper Scroll, but Dead Heat paints a clear picture of how history could play out very soon....more info
- Dead Heat by Joel Rosenberg
Excellent end to his series. Entirely too real to dismiss as possibilities in the end times. For those of us who believe his work is entirely plausible....more info
Great ending to the series. Very hard to put down. Fast paced and readable. Chilling and realistic. Tough, and at times, almost heartbreaking, to see so many "good guys/gals" we have come to know and pull for get taken out, as well as the attack on the four United States cities killing millions, and the almost impossible task of rebuilding a chain of command. Good job, Mr. Rosenberg. I hope you continue the story line with a post rapture sequel....more info
- Excellent political thriller
Joel Rosenberg amazes me. His research alone must take so much time before he even starts a new book. I love how he weaves the story around biblical prophecy. He has become one of my favorite authors and I have read everything he had written so far....more info
- Yet Another Awesome Book
A must-read for everyone! The contents of this book are jam-packed with excitement, Christianity, reality and heart-wrenching sorrow. Two days after I read this book, North Korea threatened to attack the U.S. with nuclear weapons, and activity began around long-range missile silos in N.K. It is almost scary how Rosenberg predicts the future. This is definitely another perfectly-written book. I could not put it down. Right when you think you've got the plot figured out, it twists and changes completely. I don't know how Rosenberg can think up plots as exciting and realistic as those in this series. I am sorry that I finished his books so soon. I wish there were more. If you have not read Dead Heat, you are missing out. A true must-read for everybody!...more info
- Seriously overburdened with religion
Ok so let me start by saying that I picked up this book and didn't realize it was part of a series (my bad) and I didn't know it had heavy religious overtones (again, my bad)
When this book puts away the "you must accept Jesus Christ as your savior" rhetoric, it is very, very good.
In fact after the first 10 chapters I looked it up to see if there were other novels in a series as some characters were obviously previously introduced. I wanted to put an order in for all the others in the Jihad series.. but then I read the rest of the book and realized I didn't need to order any more at all. There are seriously long stretches when it feels like you are in a church being preached to and other times like you are being actively converted.
I once skipped 12 pages straight of "accept Jesus" talk (I skimmed it). Then I went back and read it because I wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something. Nope.
And it isn't just the religion that is oft-putting (even for a Christian)
There are agonizingly improper and unfathomable personal relationships (one character seems to know every head of state/important person on the planet) and even more frustrating communicative issues all over the place.
What I mean by that is this:
You know when you see in a movie when someone dies and the cop or authority figure has to tell the kin that their loved one is dead and they start by saying "I hate to tell you this..."
well, this author goes on and on and on ... it really turns into frustration and I cannot remember the last time I was frustrated reading a book (oh yea I remember, Lustbaders Bourne books)
Anyway, how would you react if a cop came to your home and said "I hate to tell you this..." and you said "what?" and he said "well, um....." and you said "yes? tell me please..." and he said "well, um....." and ON and ON and ON for minutes (pages it seemed) and with more than one set of characters and multiple times.
I can forgive all that, after all the story is GOOD and worth reading. In fact if someone could re-edit the book and take out much of the religious preaching it might have been one of my top 10.
I guess maybe it's me, I do not like being preached to.. I can handle all the "prophecy" regardless if it has zero connection to facts (Yes, I know the bible well) but a thriller book (or series) shouldn't be a recruiting tool.
I am not going to give any spoliers but just beware that if you are NOT a religious person this boook will definately put you off.
Joel has done it again. This novel is so prophetically linked to what is happening in our time. Everyone will be intrigued and challenged to compare what Joel is saying in his novel with what scripture says will be happening in the last days. I recommend this read to everyone!!...more info
- I hope this is not another foreshadowing of a terror attack on American soil...
This is one of those books that makes you hope and pray that fact doesn't follow fiction again... Dead Heat by Joel C. Rosenberg. Rosenberg's previous novels have been remarkably accurate in terms of terror acts occurring in ways very similar to what he wrote in a storyline. If that trend follows again, then 9/11 will look like child's play by comparison...
The main action line involves the discovery of a potential plot to kill the president at a political convention where he's giving a speech. There are few details to go on, but security is convinced they've done as much as they could do to protect him. That is, until the nuclear missiles are launched from container ships right off our own shores. And it's not just directed at the president, but at a number of major cities such as Washington DC, Seattle, Manhattan, as well as Los Angeles. Based on saber-rattling that went on right before the attack, the new president is convinced that China is to blame and wants to launch a full-scale retaliation. But if that assessment is wrong, then the world will be plunged into a nuclear nightmare. Obviously every nation in the world has a vested interest in making sure this situation doesn't get out of hand, but there are a few murky players in the background who are all watching this unfold according to a larger plan.
Rosenberg writes novels that examine current day events in light of Biblical prophecy. I personally find them very well written, and he has a frightfully high track record on plots and stories that end up becoming fact all too quickly after the book is published. There are a series of books that use the characters found in Dead Heat, and you'll get more color and flavor if you can start back at the beginning of the series before you read this one. There is a strong evangelical message woven into the story, much like the Left Behind series. But in contract to Left Behind, Rosenberg isn't milking the story for every last drop. This is an enjoyable and thought-provoking read, and I look forward to the next (final?) installment from him....more info
- Dead Heat
The final episode of the five book series does not disappoint! Again, the author gives the reader plenty to ponder without fear. I only wish I had discovered the series sooner. I think about the books almost daily as the headlines fit into the story lines, I think, well, no surprises in today's paper. ...more info
I felt this was nothing more than a sci-fi book and not up to the standards of the previous books in the series. I couldn't finish it. Very disappointing from such a good author. ...more info
If you're a Joel Rosenberg fan, then I'm sure you'll love this book as I did.
Regardless if you believe in Rosenberg's worldview, you still should take his stuff seriously. He does a great job at taking our current affairs and speculating with how things could end up.
I gave it four stars, since I don't think that it was his best novel - and doesn't entirely measure up to other political thrillers (from a writing standpoint).
I would encourage anyone to sit down and go through Dead Heat just for the heck of it. It's a great page-turner, and will keep you guessing through the whole thing!...more info
- This man is right on the spot!
Mr Rosenberg hits the nail on the head with every book. Try his blog listed under his name he is a prophet....more info
- High Action, Killer Twists...can't put it down and can't guess the plot
This author is just amazing. He has no problem killing off his own characters, so you don't know what is going to happen next. In fact, after a while, you develop this curiousity to keep reading just to find out what the next surprise will be. It's like M. Night Shamylan (spelling wrong I'm sure) in political and military fiction. I would say you'll be shocked by the end, but, by that time, you are so used to sudden changes that change your whole perspective that you no longer know what to expect. I read this book without reading the other books (and had no problem with it). Now, I want to go back and read the earlier stuff, even though I know SOME of the twists from those books, already....more info
- Dead Heat
The story is captivating because it's almost too real for fiction! I finished the book in 2 days. Very interesting and thought provoking....more info
- Great Book
Dead Heat (Political Thrillers Series #5) This book is a must read. It is fast paced and will keep you on the edge of your seat waiting for the next page, and what happens next. The fiction is written in a way that lends understanding to possible future facts and events....more info
- The "end"...?
This was the first book in a long time where I actually put off reading too fast it because I didn't want it to end. I loved this book from start to "finish". I say "finish" because I keep hearing that this is the last book in the series but I hope it isn't. Joel did leave the ending open in the spirit of `The Lady or the Tiger'. This book had the classic storytelling of Joel written all over it. The pace is non-stop, the destruction is great and brutal, the enemies are satanically evil, and the "point-of-no-return" world changing events are jaw dropping!
This was a magnificent "ending" to a MAGNIFICENT SERIES!! I was wary about reading it because I didn't want to be hit in the face with "Jesus said this" and "Jesus said that" but Joel didn't do that. Does this series have an obvious religious message? Absolutely. And I'm ok with that; I just don't like being preached at. In `The Ezekiel Option' we find out that God destroys Israel's enemies and thus starts the prophecy about the end of the world. `The Copper Scroll' continues this and in this book I was wondering how in the world he would write it and how it would "end". This was a very, very good read but as I got to the end I was wondering how it would wrap up. There was so much story left and I was running out of pages!! That is why I'm hoping that this is NOT the end of the series because...well... I don't want it to be! :-)
I loved how Joel put pieces of the apocalypse in the story and you literally have to go back and re-read it because you're like "huh?, what?". It must have taken me as long to read the final few chapters as it did the whole book because of everything that was going on and because of the magnitude of everything going on. But Joel has a way of writing so that the story isn't crowded with all the action and angles. This book is very, very sad because some of my friends that have been with me since book #1 have some very bad things happen to them and people around them. Joel tells the story and does not spare anyone when the story called for it. This book is also pretty brutal and cut-throat. The violence is high but not gratuitous. The bloodshed is here but it's doesn't drive the story.
This is Joel's fictional account of the last days based on teachings that have been around for over 2,000 years and it's equally fascinating and frightening. Religious or not this series needs to be on your list....more info
- not your usual, predictable plot
This book is all too easy to imagine coming to pass. It is a fast, easy read and it is reality based....more info
- Rosenberg Outdoes Himself in Dead Heat
Joel C. Rosenberg has outdone himself with Dead Heat, the final episode in his political thriller series. If you aren't up to speed yet with the rest of this series, you might want to catch up with my reviews of the first four books in the series:
The Last Jihad
The Last Days
The Ezekiel Option
The Copper Scroll
I found each of the five episodes very difficult to put down, but Dead Heat was virtually impossible to get away from. I found myself up late into the night, not wanting to set the story aside, until I couldn't hold my eyes open any longer.
When the United States finds itself targeted by an unknown enemy, all hell literally breaks loose in this incredbile conclusion to the story that began with the nearly prophetic The Last Jihad. I can't think of much to say without spoiling the entire story, and this story is really one that deserves to be read by everyone. Whether you're a fan of Christian fiction, theology, thrillers, suspense, or political drama, Dead Heat (and all of it's predecessors) will certainly please you.
If you really want to know more about this story -- if you really need more reason to read it -- then drop me an email and let me know, and I'll be happy to share more details of the story with you. Of course, you'll only be cheating yourself.
This is absolutely the best novel I have read this year (sure, the years is still young, but I bet that statement will still be true six months from now). Do yourself a favor and order a copy today.
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- I couldn't put it down!
This is a book you won't want to miss. I believe it to be spot on, meaning we're definitely in for a ride, therefore, as Americans, we better all wake up soon and stop living in denial. Rosenburg is an awesome author and because what he writes is based on biblical prophesy, the "fiction" he is writing is coming to pass. Stay tuned and take heed!...more info
- Superb final story
So very typical of Rosenberg - good guys don't always make it in a harsh real world. He keeps the story running; easy to drop and return to without skipping a beat. I look forward to anything he publishes. Now reading Epicenter 2....more info
- Could this Happen?
This is an exciting book that is hard to put down. It is based on the view that the end times are accurately predicted in the Bible. The story is fictional, but could easily "fit" the prophetic senario found in the scriptures. Joel Rosenberg is not some sort of a religious "nut", but one who holds the views of many Evangelical Christians. ...more info
- Cannot put this book down!
Love all of his books! I cannot put this book down! This one is keeping me up WAY too late at night! Content is disturbing because it really COULD happen......more info
- Not biblical, Preachy, and Badly Written
Clancy fans do not read this. It's full of annoying, preachy evangelical banter and it's ideas are NOT biblical. For example, the book ends with the Rapture, which is not biblical, and is found nowhere is the scripture cannon. The Rapture teaching starting with a minister in the Church of Scotland, Edward Irving, in the 1830s. It is NOT biblical.
The book's plot is sloppy and it's pacing is terrible. I can't believe Glen Beck had this author on his program. And Rush Limbaugh endorsed it on the cover! How could so many people give this book a good review? God help us....more info
- Mind-blowing-imagination-soon-to-be-fulfilled Ancient Prophecies
Mr. Rosenberg is a fine fiction and non-fiction writer. He writes with full understanding of Ancient Prophecies (told by Ezekiel, Zechariah, Daniel, etc.).
With all of modern technologies flowing worldwide, we'd be lucky if this action-filled-page-turning fictional book is only just that.
I highly recommend reading this book as well as recommending it to the silver screen.
Bravo, Mr. Rosenberg!...more info
- Excellent production - thought-provoking ideas
I have not read or listened to the previous books in this series, simply because of a lack of reading time, though I am well aware of them and their general focus. I decided that I would listen to Dead Heat which is most applicable to world events right now (June 2008).
First, the reader and production are excellent. While a book is nice to hold and read, this reader, who uses a plethera of different voices and accents based on the characters from around the world, totally brings this story to vivid life without confusing the reader. Great job!
Second, as a Christian, I found Dead Heat to be very realistic...not a prophecy in and of itself, but there is no doubt that much in this book could happen very much as described, or similarly. I already feel a great sense of urgency with regard to the upcoming rapture. I know where I'm going, and I have no fear for myself, but I do worry for those who are not saved - those who are indifferent, or like at least one other reviewer of this title, scoff at the truth. So, whether you find this story sensational or realistic, if you are a Christian, truly consider what we know is to come and be a bold witness for the Gospel. If you aren't a Christian, try to listen to or read this book with an open heart and be willing to give unbiased consideration to the Bible as truth. After all, it is your eternal soul that is at stake.
Thanks to Joel Rosenberg for combining his unique skills, talents, and experience into some great books....more info