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The Ezekiel Option (The Last Jihad #3)

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When Russia's richest oil baron is killed, Moscow suddenly teeters on the verge of political chaos. Tehran races to complete its nuclear arsenal. Washington finds herself dangerously divided from her European allies. A new evil looms on the horizon. A dictator is rising in Russia. Iran is feverishly building nuclear weapons. A new axis of evil is emerging, led by Moscow ...more
Paperback, 413 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published June 1st 2005)
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Mar 16, 2016 Skip rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
The good news is that Joel Rosenberg is writing quality thrillers, with plots which are so plausible that some of the things he has written about have come to pass. A Russian commercial flight, with one of the oligarchs on board, is hijacked and headed to Washington D.C., forcing the President to make the only call possible. Meanwhile, there is a coup in Russia, with a new leader emerging, who is polished and appeals for peace and prosperity for Europe, eventually causing a U.N. vote to sanction ...more
Jul 15, 2013 Joshua rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy Joel Rosenberg's engaging writing style that really immerses the reader into Jon Bennett and Erin McCoy's world. The storyline is fast paced full of danger, espionage, and intrigue! This book is one of the better stories in this series.
Jul 31, 2010 Paul rated it did not like it
Too bad, I still can't give this 0 stars and have it register, apparently.

A friend recommended this book because it "had some interesting things to say about the end times." As I am always interested in crazy conspiracy theories, and in particular those folks who are eager to "force the end", I thought I'd pick it up.

Well, I had initial misgivings when I checked the back cover. The blurb had a quote from Rush Limbaugh: "If you only read one novel this year, this is it!". Now I have never seen El
Jun 13, 2013 Bethany rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biblical-fiction
This is the first book I have read by Joel C Rosenberg. I do wish I had taken the time to read The Last Jihad and The Last Days as they are a continuing story.
First of all I have to say I thought this was going to be another Left Behind story, or more accurately an apocalyptic adventure novel. I was actually very pleasantly surprised.
I could not believe how understandable and exciting he made such a complex prophecy as is found in Ezekiel! I learned SO much about Biblical prophecies and also an
R Frederick Riddle
Mar 17, 2015 R Frederick Riddle rated it really liked it
This was a very interesting and enjoyable novel. It was almost prophetic.
Substitute Putin for Gogolov and the story suddenly becomes very current.

Because the story was written in 2005 I at first was correcting history, but as it went forward I realized that while some elements have changed the basic facts remain. Russia is rebuilding its empire and remains an enemy of Israel.

In fact, there is a rising tide of antisemitism around the world. So while names change, the essential truths remain. With
Sandi Powell
Dec 21, 2008 Sandi Powell rated it really liked it
My first Joel Rosenberg book although he has written many others. A book of fiction based on the prophesy of Ezekiel (37, 38,39). I couldn't put it down. He brings to life how events could actually take place, how political bonds could form between the countries mentioned in Ezekiel in these last days. It has been amazing to actually see some of his ideas as to how it will look politically ...coming true. He takes the time to trace how the lineage of Noah's sons moved across the lands and ...more
Aug 27, 2011 Barbara rated it it was ok
The last book in Rosenberg's trilogy reads like a Tom Clancy novel ghostwritten by Oral Roberts. The fact that the book deals with religious subjects should be obvious to anyone who's picked it up; the title includes the title of a biblical book, Ezekiel, parts of which are quoted in several chapters. That the book's luminous back-cover praise comes from Tim LaHaye, Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh should also be a clue.

However, the book starts off as a decent political thriller with a terrific op
Merv Jersak
Dec 17, 2014 Merv Jersak rated it it was amazing
Picking up from where “The Last Days”, left off, “The Ezekiel Option” begins with a hi-jacked Russian airliner that is about to be flown into the U.S. capitol. The airliner is shot down, and this becomes the source of worldwide propaganda against the U.S. At the same time, the Palestinian Prime Minister and one of the participants in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, Dr. Ibrahim Sa’id, is assassinated. His friend and former Mossad head, Dr. Eliezer Mordechai, uncovers a plot for a major ...more
As a political and spiritual apocalyptic thriller I found this story to be pretty engaging. I don't follow politics and world events as much as I probably should but this book definitely got me wondering if the events portrayed could really come about in the same way.

The pacing of the story starts off incredibly fast with a hijacked plane on target to crash in to the US Capitol building. From there the political back-story begins to take shape (this is a bit slow at times) while mirroring Biblic
Brent Soderstrum
The third of the Last Jihad series deals with the War of Gog and Magog which is described in Ezekiel 38 and 39. In this novel Russia, Iran and Germany prepare to attack Israel after Israel ignores a UN proposal that they disarm themselves of nuclear weapons. The US abstains from the vote on the UN resolution. Thus Israel is left alone to face the rest of the world.

I really enjoy Roesnberg combining biblical prophecy of the end of times with what is going on in our world today. He has been uncann
Ronda Watts
Mar 17, 2014 Ronda Watts rated it it was amazing
I could not stop reading! This book kept me excited and I couldn't put it down. A thrill ride from one page to the next! My mistake was picking it up to read on a work night. I had to finally force myself to go to bed at 2:30am. Joel Rosenberg is my new favorite author cannot wait to read more of his books. Good use of reading time.
Oct 20, 2014 Marlo rated it really liked it
This isn't my typical genre. I knew going into the story that it would have many references to prayer and Scripture, so that wasn't a turn-off as it might be for some wishing for a political thriller without a religious message. I found it intriguing, and it definitely has me motivated to study the prophetic passages relating to the End Times. A page-turner!
Jul 07, 2009 Tstultz69 rated it it was ok
I am not a fan of "Wrath of God" books. There was just too much religious "facts" for me to absorb. And it made the book drag on.
Feb 08, 2010 Sarah rated it did not like it
Interesting story, but way too pro-Christian. I felt like the author was trying to "save" me.
Sep 14, 2016 Marie rated it it was amazing
I am loving every minute of this series. Powerful writing.
John Breznau
Oct 31, 2016 John Breznau rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eye opening

Great story, seems to capture current events. Action packed ending, Joel Rosenberg does not disappoint with this third book in the series.
Oct 11, 2016 Nicole rated it it was amazing

This was my favorite book in the series! I feel like it had the best balance of action, information and characters development. I love how it incorporates the history of nations, it helps clarify why the Bible names of nations the way it does. This whole series had the feel of '24', but much better, for this series points you to God as the one who truly is in control of the nations. I don't want to give away too much, but this one is a keeper I plan on rereading.
Oct 15, 2016 Gregory rated it it was amazing
Loved this entire series!!!
Pete Thomas
ongoing story line and informative perspective.
Feb 06, 2011 Ray rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Fans of Christian fiction, bible prophesy
When I selected this book to read, I knew something of Rosenberg's background, being a former political advisor, a born again Christian, a former researcher for Rush Limbaugh, his Jews for Jesus connection, etc. but those things were neither a draw nor a drawback to me. I was just interested in a good story. So as I began the book, the religious influence in the book was fine. Dan Brown sold millions of books using religious themes, and I enjoyed his books. So it wasn't the religious emphasis ...more
Mark Easter
Jul 19, 2015 Mark Easter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

When Russia's richest oil baron is killed, Moscow suddenly teeters on the verge of political chaos. Tehran races to complete its nuclear arsenal. Washington finds herself dangerously divided from her European allies. A new evil looms on the horizon. A dictator is rising in Russia. Iran is feverishly building nuclear weapons. A new axis of evil is emerging, led by Moscow and Tehran. And Jon Bennett and Erin McCoy, two senior White House advisors, find themselves facing the most chilling question

Carl Alves
Mar 17, 2015 Carl Alves rated it liked it
The Ezekiel Option is a political thriller with heavy religious overtones. It starts off with a Russian oligarch oil baron getting killed in a hijacked airplane that the Americans shoot down prior to it hitting Washington DC. This causes Cold War era hostility between the US and Russia. Shortly thereafter, a coup occurs in Russia, and the president is overthrown. The new Russian dictator has big ambitions, striking alliances with Iran and most of Europe in an attempt to control the world’s oil ...more
Sep 15, 2016 Carol rated it it was amazing
It's a fictional read, but the author intertwines the prophecies of Ezekiel through out. You find out who Gog and Magog are. It is fast paced and so interesting. The author did such great research for this book. I loved it.
Joseph M. O'Connor

Certainly a different perspective. Using biblical prophesy to outline the plot for your novel isn't a new approach, but it has worked before. Indeed, Mr Rosenberg has used it before and, undoubtedly, will use it again. The proselytizing authors, like Rosenberg and Lahaye are one-trick ponies; you know that their books will, at some point, devolve into a sermon letting you know that Jesus H. Christ himself is the ONLY path to salvation. Never mind that more than one-half of the people o
Oct 08, 2008 DWGibb rated it liked it
The characters of this tale are all denizens of upper strata of international power. The love interest is a presidential adviser and a CIA agent. Then we also have the U.S. President, the Prime Minister of Israel, a self-imposed czar of Russia, etc. These are all people who, when it comes to international politics, are in a position to see an entire building and not just the bricks.

The story is a compelling tale of international intrigue and global power play, with ultimately dire consequences.
Mar 26, 2012 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
The Ezekiel Option is a very good thriller with a twist. This could actually be called a Christian thriller as the author uses Biblical reference to flesh out his stories. Still, filled with enough action to keep readers of most political thrillers satisfied. The use of the Biblical references in this installment, the third in the series, may turn some readers away as it's use is a bit heavier than previous novels in the series. My thought on that is if you have not figured this guy out by the ...more
This book was intended to be an end of the world apocalyptic continuation of the series. I have not read a lot of these types of books, so I don't have much to compare it to. I found that this book jumped off the mainstream political thriller shelf and onto the religious fanatic shelf. There was way too much religious discussion, argument, and reasoning by characters who I had grown to enjoy. I feel that the publisher's intent with the first two books--which I found interesting and well ...more
Oct 31, 2008 George rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Highly recommend
Recommended to George by: I was following research for my next novel.
I've just spent the last four days visiting England and decided to take the book to read at the airports but instead found myself not wanting to put the book down. It's a great action piece though some of the faith stuff maybe a little cheesy for some folks and the characters take a little time to fully develop. However, the pace speeds up towards the end and I loved the weaving of political intrigue with the Christian material.

In this current world this book won't please everyone one but it sh
Sep 21, 2010 Daniel rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this, couldn't put it down and had it read within 2 days.

While I am agnostic, I have a deep interest in religions in general and especially a fascination with the bible and it's prophecies. The book of Ezekiel is full of prophecies were were to have their fulfillment thousands of years later - in our time, many believe. That is the premise of this book.

While some may scoff at the idea of another 'Left Behind' type of book in the thriller meets biblical vein, I had no problem wit
Paul Curcione
Aug 03, 2013 Paul Curcione rated it it was amazing
I LOVED LOVED LOVED this book so much. I'm a huge fan of the author so no surprise, but this one lays out a scenario that is so plausible to cause chill bumps.
I've studied Bible Prophecy for years, and this research is so right on, I'm sure those who have eyes to see will see the truth. I've wondered how will radical Muslim go away, believing it will, and this book showed me one possibility- a real one at that. Also, watching how Russia and Iran are becoming great bed partners today- it's happe
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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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“In that instant, Gogolov feared death. He could feel himself falling through the dark void of space. He was flailing and terrified and utterly alone. He braced for impact, but it never came. He cried for mercy he would never see. He felt the searing heat and the demons ripping at his eyes and face with claws like razors. And then, in a terrifying flash of clarity, he realized it would never end.” 2 likes
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