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The Last Jihad (The Last Jihad #1)

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Jon Bennett is a top Wall Street strategist turned senior White House advisor. But nothing has prepared him for the terror that he will face. Saddam Hussein dispatches his top hit men to assassinate the President of the United States. Iraqi terrorists spread carnage throughout London, Paris, and Riyadh . . . and the Butcher of Baghdad has a nuclear ace in his hand that he ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published December 6th 2002 by Forge Books
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In Joel C. Rosenberg's debut novel, The Last Jihad, the plot is increasingly exciting and the Biblical prophecies are quite profound. Even thought-provoking. But the writing is mediocre and the character's are pretty flat. There are several key players, too. Or he started to develop them and then just stopped. In other places, the writing was decent, but it's never consistent. If it had been, coupled with more thorough edits throughout, I genuinely believe the bo
Nov 14, 2012 Paul rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have a bone to pick with 2,721 readers, who gave this book an average rating of 4.01. How can that possibly be? The writing was terrible, the plot was the same as hundreds of other hackneyed plots and the characters were so stereotypically flat that it was laughable. It's essentially the story of what would have happened if Saddam Hussein had actually developed and deployed a nuclear weapon. Of course the book was first published in 2002, so I'll forgive the author for being tota ...more
Aug 21, 2008 booklady rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bear
Recommended to booklady by: my dear friend, Lori
A cross between Tom Clancy and Robert Ludlum (the Bourne series) The Last Jihad is a speculative political thriller and as such not the kind of book I usually read, but I found myself really enjoying it!

Written in 2002, The Last Jihad envisioned a world where Saddam Hussein had not only acquired the wherewithal to produce fully functional ICBMs (Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles) but was launching one against the United States. A fascinating and terrifying scenario then, it is no less relevan
Jul 22, 2011 Jerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Synopsis: Several years after the 9/11 attacks, President-Elect MacPherson is celebrating his recent victory...when the unthinkable happens: a suicidal terrorist drives a plane into the motorcade. With the entire nation in an uproar, Erin McCoy and Jon Bennett, two personal friends of the Chief Executive, are employed to ensure the security of the leader of our country. Between threats from Saddam Hussein, double agents within the United States government, and the nationwide panic that ensues, B ...more
Mar 08, 2009 Apokripos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Post 9/11 political-thriller readers
Recommended to Apokripos by: M.V. Doulos

First Strike
(A Book Review of Joel Rosenberg’s The Last Jihad)

Do you still remember where and what were you doing on the fateful day of September 11, 2001?

On that historic Tuesday morning, Joel C. Rosenberg was putting the finishing touches on what will be his first novel. Written some nine months before 9/11, it opens with a chilling and ominous scene where radical Islamic terrorists hijack a jet plane on a kamikaze attack mission into an American city. But what really brought The Last Jihad to
May 22, 2008 Lucy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

I cannot remember who recommended this to me, but I'm fairly certain I was told to read it because it's not the kind of book I normally check out.

I knew right away that it might not be my kind of book after seeing the rave reviews by both Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity on the back cover. Hmmmm. In spite of their warning, I forged ahead.

The Last Jihad takes place in 2011 - ten years after the the World Trade Center attacks and enough time later for the current president to have persuaded the Ame
Feb 24, 2013 Robert rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Rosenberg writes an interesting political thriller that portrays Middle Eastern nations, with the exception of Israel, as evil and the United States as the good.In Mr. Rosenberg's view, radical Muslims are to blame for the problems in the Middle East. Any student how history will know that, the often bloody, Western intervention in the Middle East is largely responsible. Radical Muslims only make up a small percentage of Islam, with the vast majority wishing to live in peace and free of West ...more
May 01, 2011 Trekscribbler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'll get this out of the way first: the single greatest distraction to THE LAST JIHAD is the fact that, in large sections of the prose, it is written just a touch too cinematically. You can read whole sections and see passages heavily influenced by the films of the Tom Clancy novels, the James Bond adventures, and even Fox Television's stellar action suspense series '24.' That's not to say that it's a bad thing ... I just found it occasionally distracting.
However, THE LAST JIHAD deals with a rea
Jul 02, 2008 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is kind of hard to explain. The first draft to the publisher or editor was complete before September 11th. Because of the subject material, after 9/11, they put this book on hold for almost a year. Once it felt more appropriate, they modified some of the plot to be post 9/11 by almost 10 years.

The reason that is important is because it was released before the U.S. invaded Iraq as a preemptive strike. So, in this book, Saddam is still alive and leading Iraq. Since the invasion of Iraq,
One of the best books I have ever read!!! The author takes you on a geopolitical roller coaster ride from the first page. His knowledge of the behind the scene workings of the political, intelligence, military, Biblical and all other players involved in national and world crises makes the storyline believable.

The author is from a Russian Jewish family and a devout Christian. He weaves his Christian faith and his knowledge of Jewish prophecies into the theme of his books. The narrative of this b
Sep 04, 2008 Bear rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An earlier title before "Dead Heat" by the same author; written right after 9-11, but before we invaded Iraq. I won't go into details other than to say it's a well-written book; he writes in a simliar vein as Clancy (which kept my attention) with many little twists and character changes. As his other book, this one pretty well reflects what is going on in the middle east, with plausible scenarios. And given the current world situation, this guy's crystal ball is a lot more clarified than most of ...more
Sally Schueler
Jun 12, 2014 Sally Schueler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first of several political thrillers for Joel Rosenberg and I'm looking forward to the rest of this series and seeing how he ties in possible Middle East scenarios with his extensive knowledge in Biblical Prophecy. I felt that the characters and some of the storyline could have been more fully developed but it didn’t bother me so much that I didn’t enjoy the read and there are 4 more books in this series so I expect to see the characters grow. Even though this book was written in 200 ...more
What an exciting book!!! I didn't want to put it down & get anything done... but I did. I'm excited that it is just the first in a series of 5 books. Yeah!

Jon Bennett worked as a Wall Street analyst and was working on a deal that would make him into a billionaire. But, the world changed the instant the president, Jon's friend, was attacked in an assassination attempt. And then the president asked Jon to become one of his close advisors. Jon doesn't realize how completely his life changed on
Jul 16, 2014 Perri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A friend recommended this book, but I couldn't really get into it. I kept losing track of the many characters, and it seemed dated with Saddam Hussein. I enjoyed some of the break neck action sequences.
Geri H
Apr 21, 2017 Geri H rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a 3rd generation Marine this book made me stop and reflect on previous battle situations.

It is amazing to me how a group of people can have so little a regard for human life. Their religious belief teaches them otherwise but I guess hatred will always win over the one's spiritual beliefs.

FABULOUS book and can hardly wait to start the next one in the series.
Dec 31, 2012 Andrea rated it liked it
The book was published in 2002. If I had read this earlier, I would have given it a higher rating, but passage of time dulls the brilliance of Rosenberg's ideas.

The POTUS has been attacked as his motorcade leaves the Denver airport. A Gulfstream G-4, first in the line waiting for clearance to land after the presidential motorcade leaves DIA. The Gulfstream is reportedly out of Canada, and goes silent after being cleared to land and instead aims directly for the president. The president survives,
Scott Ivlow
Feb 10, 2015 Scott Ivlow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes political thrillers
I liked this book a lot. Even reading this book 12 years after being published it was still fun to read. The events take place in Nov.2010. The chapters aren't timed stamped like Patrick Robinson book. But the author skips from place to place. So to follow events I liked best from what was happening in Washington I would skip ahead and then read backwards to forward. The only mistake about guns Rosenberg makes is referring to a .45 cal as revolver instead of a pistol. Also predicting the future ...more
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May 30, 2009 Julie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wish I could give this one more stars, because I like the premise and thought it would be like a Clancy or Ludlum political espionage thriller.

It tried to be, but the writing was not up to the challenge. The characters were not realistic, the dialogue was painfully bad. There was a lot of unnecessary descriptions and background that did nothing to add to the story. I found myself wishing he would get back to the suspenseful part.

He did pretty good at crafting an idea that had you wondering wha
Jul 23, 2014 Skip rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
Some excellent action, starting with the opening sequence where a rogue Gulfstream IV is shot down, but the explosion trashes the President's limo, the ending shootout in the former top Mossad agent's house in Jerusalem with the four horseman of the apocalypse Arab hitmen, and the roughly simultaneous sniper sequence prior to the memorial service for the secret service agents killed in the opening scene. However, there were some parts that could have been better, with some of the denouement comi ...more
Aug 30, 2015 Gopal rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I got these out of our local library on a whim, the title was intriguing and the geo-political implications were looking better on the book blurb.

Once I started with the book, it almost became a chore to finish it. The characters are not well etched and as I write this review I have already forgotten what the book was all about.

The book opens explosively with a kamikaze plane attack on the POTUS motorcade but it sort of writes itself down from there with conveniently forgotten characters and no
Apr 26, 2008 Maurean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was really a fantastic book. Fast-paced and action-packed from the very first page, the storyline was tense and authentic and I found myself completely engrossed from start to finish. The premise - what if the war on terror goes nuclear - is so timely; great food for thought. One particular quote I found that resonated for me particularly;
"The instruments of war are not evil....Not in and of themselves. Not unless they are in the hands of those who use them for evil. Preventing the slaught
Jacob Aitken
Actually written before 9-11 and sort of predicted it. A fair apologia for American involvement in the War on Terror. Somewhat idealistic. Even Bush at his best was nowhere close to President MacPherson (and certainly Obama isn't!). Shows the utter failure of liberalism and pacificism in the face of evil.

Written in the style of Tom Clancy and just as good. Even better, it doesn't have the grisly rape scenes or drug underground.
Mar 29, 2012 Martha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An interesting premise made for a good book club discussion, but this first book in a series by Rosenberg featured too many characters, too many places, too much action and too little character development to make it onto my favorites list.
Kristina Ruttan
The characters and action were a good action read, although nothing outstanding.

What makes this book so incredible is the fact that it predicted major world events before they happened and that it jives so closely with world events.
Kimberly Harms
Good story but I had a hard time following all of the many characters and understanding all the lingo.
Charity U
Jan 07, 2012 Charity U rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Definitely an amazing part of the series. Do read them in order, it's an immense help. This book was awesome! Highly recommended.
Mart-Jaap Van leeuwen
Even wat ontspannende lectuur. Een spannende thriller met bekende namen zoals Saddam Hoessein etc. Omdat het al een aantal jaar geleden is dat deze boeken werden geschreven klopt het niet helemaal meer met de werkelijkheid, maar voor ontspanning is dat niet erg.
Het jammere van christelijke lectuur is vaak dat geloofszaken er wat te dik bovenop liggen, het moet er op de een of andere manier ingevlochten worden, maar dat maakt het verhaal wat ongeloofwaardig. Jammer, gemiste kans. Toch leest het
Feb 08, 2012 Jerome rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Please. "The Hardy Boys" has produced deeper characters. If you're looking for an unlikely story populated with Saturday morning cartoon hero and villain stereotypes, "The Last Jihad" fills the bill. It lurches along a crude, poorly researched plot-line that culminates in well-telegraphed, brutish wish fulfillment. It's an unending drone of inane situations and dialog punctuated with so many product placements that you'll have to check the cover to be sure you didn't pick up a Sharper Image cata ...more
Elijah Abanto
Feb 09, 2017 Elijah Abanto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A novel that is ripped from the headlines, this story shows the serious threat posed by radical Islam, and the kind of leadership needed to respond to this threat, with faith in God an invaluable help. This story by Joel Rosenberg feels so real. If you're looking for a thriller, better get a copy of this.
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Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.
Note: This is a different person than the fantasy author, Joel Rosenberg

Joel C. Rosenberg is the founder of The Joshua Fund and the New York Times best-selling author of THE LAST JIHAD (2002), THE LAST DAYS (2003), THE EZEKIEL OPTION (2005), THE COPPER SCROLL (2006), EPICENTER (2006) and DEAD HEAT (2008) with m
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