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The Last Jihad (Political Thrillers Series #1)
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The book that started it all, The Last Jihad is the first of Joel C. Rosenberg's New York Times best-selling series, with 500,000 in print. The first page puts readers in the cockpit of a hijacked jet on a kamikaze mission into an American city--but it was written nine months before 9/11/01. As the plot unfolds, White House advisors Jon Bennett and Erin McCoy are under attack in Jerusalem as the U.S. goes to war with Iraq over weapons of mass destruction--but The Last Jihad was published four months before the actual Iraq war began.

Customer Reviews:

  • Yikes
    What a horrible book! We actually tore it in half, rather than donating it, so no one else would read it!...more info
  • The Final Spasms of Terrorism?
    The Last Jihad is a novel about an alternate future. In 2011, the US and its allies have relentlessly hunted down and destroyed terrorist organizations throughout the world. Headquarters and training camps have been raided and individual terrorists have been picked up and tried for their crimes. New airport security measures throughout the US have eliminated domestic hijacking. It would seem that the war against terrorism is being won.

    Or has it? As a motorcade takes I-70 from Denver International Airport for the downtown convention center, a chartered executive jet from Toronto explodes over the freeway, spewing fire and metal over the vehicles and severely injuring the American President. Reports arriving from London, Paris and other national capitals describe similar attacks. All air traffic in the US is grounded and various federal agencies start looking for the source of the attack.

    As a new terrorist war erupts throughout the world, Jon Bennett is meeting a Russian Jew named Dmitri Galishnikov in the King David Hotel in Jerusalem's Old City. Bennett is negotiating the deal of the century, opening up one of the largest gas and oil fields in the world offshore from the Holy Land. Dmitri and his partner Ibrahim Sa'id had discovered the field back in 2000, but nobody would risk any investment in the area, particularly after 9/11/2001. Now Bennett's firm, Global Strategix, is willing to invest billions as long as the Palestinians and the Israelis will cooperate -- i.e., make money, not war.

    With the terrorist attack on the President, however, all commercial development in the Middle East is being held in abeyance. Bennett is called back to the States to meet with his former boss, James MacPherson, the President of the United States. MacPherson asks Bennett to accept a position as a senior economic advisor in order to promote the gas/oil venture as a matter of US public policy. Instead of making about two million a year in salary and stock options, Bennett is being asked to work for ninety thousand a year. Moreover, he will have to give up his financial interests in the deal, thus losing his chance of becoming a billionaire in the near future.

    Amidst all the turmoil, the President sends Bennett back to Israel to lay the groundwork for future negotiations with the Palestinians and the Israelis. The possibility of nuclear war against Israel is very real, for one nuclear missile has already been captured on the ground. Now the terrorists have send an assassination team to take out Bennett himself.

    Jon Bennett is not your typical hero. He learns how to fire a weapon during a firefight. He has never had to ignore pain and keep on moving prior to the real thing. He hasn't got a clue about secret agents and assassins, but now he finds out the hard way how to protect himself and his friends from such dangers. It is an interesting time in his life.

    This story is a realistic portrayal of the political and emotional realities of the Middle East. It differs from the actual events in that Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya and other terror supporting nations are isolated and watched, but otherwise left alone while the terrorist organizations themselves are raided and dismembered. Thus Saddam Hussein has ten more years to development his weapons and defenses. At least one of these weapons is a nuclear warhead acquired from the Russian stockpiles.

    While this future will never happen, something much like it may still be part of our timeline. The hatreds and tactics of terrorism are real even if the personages may differ. Such terrorist offensives must be countered through good intelligence, including informants within the terrorist groups themselves, and by pinpoint strikes with minimum, but locally decisive, force.

    Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys realistic tales of covert operations and the efforts of intelligence and counterintelligence services to detect and foil such activities.

    -Bill Jordin
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  • I could not put this book down!!
    If you're interested at all in how today's world events could play out, you must read this book, as well as Rosenberg's sequels, "The Last Days" and "The Ezekiel Option." I'm just starting "The Copper Scroll", but I have every expectation that Rosenberg will come through as he did in the first three. His scripture quotations are right on, and his writing style keeps you involved till the last page! ...more info
  • wow!
    If you like reading pages upon pages (and I am not dealing in hyperbole here...) of details about what the characters in the stories are eating, then this book is for you! I won't even go into politics here... but this book is one of the worst I have ever read. Ever. I have read hundreds of books in my lifetime, and this is one of only 2 or 3 that I have left unfinished. I made it until about 20 pages from the end, and even at that point I had no interest in either the characters or the conclusion of the story. Monumentally bad. Congrats! This author couldn't have sent this to his publisher with a straight face. ...more info
  • Hopelessly naive
    In one scene, the President of the United States of America, in Washington, is watching a real-time infrared camera feed of a house in Israel via satellite and using that information to communicate to a secret agent where he needs to go. If that sounds plausible to you, then this book is for you. You'll probably also love the fact that the book's only black character is a man who goes by the name of Frank Oakland.

    I'd mention the myriad twists and turns that make this book almost vomit-inducing in its disgusting, naive portrayals of American politics, the middle east and foreign policy; I would but after reading it I took the book back to the store and insisted on a refund....more info
  • Never a dull moment
    I could not put this book down, it is so intense! My heart was pounding through the whole thing I couldn't wait to see what was on the next page!!! If you like action and suspense I highly recommend this book!!!!...more info
  • If You're an American, Read This Book!
    The Last Jihad is a must-read for every true red-blooded American. It's the start of the best-written series. Joel C. Rosenberg is the greatest author ever. This book starts with action and excitement and ends with one of the most tragic and hair-raising gunfights in Israeli history. I don't know how Rosenberg wrote this so well. When you begin to read it, there is no putting it away. Every page holds new adventures and challenges that put you right in the center of what is going on today.

    Rosenberg could not have made a better character than Jon Bennett. He is such a classic American with high values, good instincts and a large bank account. You are put in his shoes and are faced with the decisions he has to make as a Senior Advisor to the President.

    Every word of this fabulous book draws you into the political world and shows you the "inside scoop." It's such a great book, you have to read it. I certainly say that Rosenberg deserves three cheers for The Last Jihad. ...more info
  • Great Reading
    I could not put it down. A must read for anyone wishing to know what might happen the way things are going....more info
  • Fast-paced fiction
    It will take a national fixation on this terrorism problem to obtain the results proposed by this book. Unfortunately, thanks to reckless left-leaning politicians, the dedication required to achieve results is what makes this book largely fiction....more info
  • Non-Stop Action
    It took me awhile to get into this book because of the abundance of characters. It almost required a character list. Portions of the book are more a "tell" than "show," which writing style the author eventually turned around. BUT, I'm glad I stuck with it. Well-told story; definitely full of action and suspense. Some critics decried the Christian/Republican aspects. Do they do the same when reading "their side's" fictitious perceptions? Remember, this is fiction. When it involves politics and world views, in order to have a storyline, a writer has to choose a side he's writing about. And the most obvious is from that which he believes. The author doesn't force feed anyone with his beliefs. It's just a part of the story. In fact, the hero Jon Bennett is an atheist, and shakes his head at the believers.
    This reader thoroughly enjoyed the book; once past page 50, reluctantly laid it aside and quickly picked it up again. Looking forward to Mr. Rosenberg's next offering....more info
  • Book
    The book arrived in a timely manner and in good shape. I have no complaints and will order from this vendor again without hesitation....more info
  • Suspenseful. Thrilling. Prophetic.
    THE LAST JIHAD is a suspenseful page-turner focused on terrorist acts against the President of the United States and the responses which will impact history and the world.

    Rosenberg writes a compelling, exciting, breathless suspense novel sometimes too-close-for -comfort. According to the author, the original scenario eerily resembled the 9/11 attacks and, in fact, publication was delayed a year as the aftershocks of that tragedy wore off.

    In the end, it's all about Israel. According to Muslim, Jewish and Christian believers, the end times will center around the Middle East, God's timepiece for the last days. The Last Jihad captures the reality of the times in which we live as well as the prophetic future conflict between Israel and her enemies. Terror, greed, weapons of mass destruction, espionage, treason and virtue clash in classic conflict.

    Rosenberg weaves Wall Street intrigue, big oil interest, presidential politics and religious tensions intricately binding them up into a believable, suspenseful tale which will have the reader briskly turning pages. I couldn't put it down.
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  • Great and realistic plot.
    I've read all of Joel Rosenberg's books. This one is good to get you started....more info
  • The Last Jihad
    Current, political intrigue, small amount of religion. I enjoyed it and the others in the series. ...more info
  • Better than I had expected
    Hearing an interview with the author piqued my interest in this book; I thought it might be good but this was far beyond expectations. It is gripping, hard to put down, some twists and turns that you do not expect. Also very thought provoking as far as curretn events and how they could utimately play out and consequences of actions/inaction. Highly recommended!!!...more info
  • You must read this thriller
    The first of a series I couldn't put it down and I have ordered the rest. You must read this thriller. It could happen, it could happen any day, it will happen in one way or another, beware!...more info
  • The Last Jihad
    This was a gift, it came just as described with fast shipping and in good condition....more info