The Last Jihad review

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The Last Jihad review

The Last Jihad review Iraq MapAll that is necessary for peace in the Middle East is for Israel and the Palestinians to put aside their differences, and for all terrorists to cease their acts of destruction and mayhem.  Simple, right?

Jon Bennett, a former Wall Street strategist now working for the President of the United States, is the architect behind a grand scheme to leverage the recent discovery of huge deposits of oil and gas off the coast of Israel and Gaza to finally bring peace to the war-beleaguered region.  As he brings together the different parties to hammer out an agreement, everything seems to be falling into place for a historic breakthrough.

Then simultaneous assassination attempts on leaders of the Western world put the region in an uproar, the trail of evidence pointing to Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.  A foiled attempt at a nuclear attack on Israel sends nations scrambling to contain the conflagration before it threatens to plunge the globe into World War III.

Nobody said Bennett’s job would be easy.



The Last Jihad review Jerusalem Dome of the RockWhat if the end times prophecies in the Bible came true in our generation?  It has already begun to happen with the reestablishment of Israel as an independent nation in 1948.  There can be no doubt that we are living in the Biblical “end times.”

The Last Jihad is loaded with action, comparable to Tom Clancy or Robert Ludlum.  The very first chapter explodes with a thrilling and harrowing assassination attempt on the American President’s motorcade.  The bravery and prowess of the Secret Service in the face of mortal danger makes for some truly heart-pounding reading.

By contrast, chapter two is a sudden letdown.  After the non-stop action of the first chapter, the casual introduction of the main character, Jon Bennett, seems lackluster.  It took me a while to warm up to Bennett as a believable  character.

The most grueling part of the book is an interminable (50 page) meeting of the President’s National Security team debating the use of nuclear weapons in a retaliatory strike against Iraq.  I realize the seriousness of such a discussion, but the debate was too detailed and drawn out, a desert of dialog in the middle of an action thriller.

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Author Joel C Rosenberg on FOX news

[MILD SPOILER] The only other beef I have with the book is that the back story and clues necessary to cast suspicion on one of the “moles” are not introduced until about page 200, far too late in the novel.  The another “mole” was a seemingly incidental character from the first chapter who suddenly resurfaces hundreds of pages later as crucial to the climax.  A prime opportunity to develop deeper mystery and intrigue was lost here.

Copious amounts of research went into this story.  The author’s familiarity with the politics of the region, and also Bible prophecy, combine to make a realistic and credible work of “what if” fiction.  An appendix is packed with actual news headlines and interviews that served as some of the author’s prime source material.

Joel C. Rosenberg is an unabashed Christian, so some of his characters are as well; but they are not in-your-face believers:  instead, they come across winsomely as real people sharing their genuine faith in natural ways.

CAUTION – At times, the descriptions of the violence can be gory, including a “head exploding in a spray of blood and bone.”


a 5 star The Last Jihad reviewNoEndToBooks RATING

5 out of 5 “what if?”  end times scenarios

The skilled storytelling and serious subject matter far outweigh the few drawbacks to garner this book a well-deserved high rating.


WHY The Last Jihad REVIEW?

I had the pleasure of hearing Joel Rosenberg speak at a conference this past summer, which sparked an interest in reading his books.

Book trivia:  the original 2001 draft of this book had terrorists flying planes into skyscrapers.  That plot was scrapped following the horrific events of 9-11, but the subsequent publicity propelled the book to become an instant best-seller, and hailed Rosenberg as a modern prognosticator.


The Last Jihad
by Joel C. Rosenberg
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (August 21, 2006)
ISBN-13: 978-1414312729


The Last Jihad review Joel C Rosenberg

Author Joel C. Rosenberg


“Joel C. Rosenberg is the New York Times bestselling author of seven novels–The Last Jihad, The Last Days, The Ezekiel Option, The Copper Scroll, Dead Heat, The Twelfth Imam, and The Tehran Initiative–and five nonfiction books, Epicenter, Inside the Revolution, Implosion, Israel at War, and The Invested Life, with nearly 3 million copies sold. The Ezekiel Option received the Gold Medallion award as the “Best Novel of 2006” from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. Joel is the producer of two documentary films based on his nonfiction books – Epicenter and Inside the Revolution. He is also the founder of The Joshua Fund, a nonprofit educational and charitable organization to mobilize Christians to “bless Israel and her neighbors in the name of Jesus” with food, clothing, medical supplies, and other humanitarian relief.” (from his bio)



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