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The Last Israelis

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  430 ratings  ·  64 reviews
Apocalyptic military fiction with a powerful message. Iran has nukes. Israel’s leader is hospitalized. History is now up to 35 Israelis. Ethnically diverse. Ideologically divided. On a nuclear-armed submarine.

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In this gripping doomsday thrill
Kindle Edition, Second, 263 pages
Published April 29th 2013 by Noah Beck Books (first published July 2nd 2012)
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Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What's in this book is what Benjamin Netanyahu is thinking about. Right now.

This nuclear thriller couldn't be more timely, what with Iran getting closer to the bomb and escalating its smack talk against Israel, which meanwhile must try to remain in step with a United States tired of war, its leaders dreaming instead of making nice with the Muslim world.

The book follows the crew of a nuclear-armed Israeli submarine dispatched abruptly as Iran tensions dramatically escalate. A sister sub has been
Joyce Shaughnessy
Aug 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
A Timely Thriller by a Great Author!

The Last Israelis is a book I would never have picked up if not recommended by a fellow author. I'm glad that I read it. If you are interested in the military implications of Iranian nuclear capabilities in a politically unstable region, it is a must read.

Author Noah Beck stages his book in an unique way as told through the eyes of an Israelis nuclear submarine crew. It is a military thriller which is less concerned with dramatic twists and turns of a typical
Jennifer (JC-S)
Jul 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
‘You are the last Israelis. You are what is left. But you have no home. You must go somewhere else.’

In this novel, Iran has threatened to destroy Israel – and is on the brink of having the nuclear means to make this threat a reality. Israel’s Prime Minister, acutely aware of the threat and attempting to manage it, is suddenly hospitalized. Israel’s ‘Dolphin’ submarine is suddenly recalled from a drill, and advised that it will be resupplied to commence a mission immediately.

The Captain of the ‘D
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm not a big fan of techno-thrillers, so I wasn't sure I would like this book. However, it turned out to be quite different from what I expected. While there was a lot of technical information about the submarine and the weapons systems, it was mostly presented in describing situations the submarine crew encountered--not just to show off the technical attributes. Although the story is about an apocalyptic event, it's not strictly action-adventure. There is a lot of telling versus showing, but t ...more
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it

Reminiscent of Tom Clancy in excitement and technical explanation, with a touch of Nevil Shute perhaps, and a thoroughly modern, Jewish worldview, Noah Beck invites his readers onto an Israeli attack submarine in a time of sickness and unrest. But first there’s the “picnic before doomsday” where family reunions provide a platform for endearing conversations and fascinating backstories, building relationships between reader and character that add depth and pathos to the novel.

The submarine feels
Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Last Israelis shows the threat of Iran to global security. Israel must fight against all odds for the sake of her very existence and "the last Israelis" of the novel indirectly raise the question: when has a country truly survived and when has it been destroyed? This is a fascinating read that uniquely combines geo-politics, war, psychology, and culture. ...more
Thomas Herd
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read very life like and a possibility.
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My favorite fiction book I have read in the last year. Imagine you are one of the last 30 israelis alive with a nuke in your possession after Iran destroys your country. Do you retaliate or move on?
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Provocative end-of-the-world-sorta novel that is disturbingly close to reality. Comparable to On The Beach in tension and tone. A great submarine suspense-thriller with a needful message. The Last Israelis is the story of an Israeli Defence Force nuclear armed submarine called the Dolphin (based on a real IDF submarine of the same make, model and German origin) sent on a rendezvous with destiny as the final retaliatory weapon of vengeance following what the crew believes (but is never sure until ...more
Andy Phillips
Israel's prime minister is taken ill at the time when Iran makes changes to their nuclear weapons programme, to make it invulnerable to air strikes. Iran begins to make threats about attacking Israel with nuclear weapons, so The Dolphin, an Israeli submarine that is itself armed with nuclear missiles, is sent to sea as a countermeasure.

The majority of the rest of the book follows the crew of the submarine as they try to determine if an attack has occurred, and what they will do about it if it ha
P Dreadful
Mar 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopia
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If you’re looking for an action-packed thriller with lots of naval warfare tactics, then you will be sorely disappointed. This book would’ve fared better if the author had made it a non-fiction work because the dialogues are unnatural and the characters are either annoying or forgettable. There is a submarine too, but that has been inserted just to keep things from getting boring. The whole point of this book is to explain the fragile
Travis L. Neill
Oct 06, 2018 rated it liked it
More philosophy than action!

While I learned some interesting things about Israel and submarines; I learned way too much about some of the relative insignificant characters. Also the book is rather disjointed; ie does not read smoothly from chapter to chapter and sometimes with paragraphs. Close to the ending, a critical problem occurs with the sub. But the book ends without telling how this key problem was resolved.
I don't really enjoy apocalyptic books, so maybe this is reflected in my review.
Dec 29, 2019 rated it did not like it
Couldn’t even finish it after two tries

This is just a thinly disguised vehicle for the author to lecture on Mideast politics and history. With a decided pro Israel bias. When he describes the conversation over a poker game where every card played is described, I couldn’t press on.
Rob Roy
Feb 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: action-adventure
There is an excellent story here, but it is drowned by Israeli propaganda. The author in the preface says his purpose was to influence the worlds actions towards Iran, and that he failed. There is much good here, and it asked some very difficult questions.
Bryan Gardner
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well written book about a nightmare situation based on current politics as well as racial hatreds. Hard to put down!
kay keller
Dec 31, 2018 rated it liked it

The story is based on the reality that mutual destruction is inevitable if the governments of the world do not control each other.
I have it three stars because it is wordy and overwritten
Nikole Hahn
Jun 16, 2013 rated it liked it
The Last Israelis by Noah Beck was reviewed via audio book through Audible. This is my first review of an audio book and I found it difficult to follow with all the different characters. I don’t think this is an issue with the author, but with me as the reviewer.

Even now, I am having trouble following the story so forgive me if my details are off. I have no page numbers or anything to refer to in my review; nothing to bookmark. I spent all day Saturday and some of Sunday sitting and listening to
Kevin Joseph
Aug 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Last Israelis is unlike any thriller I've read before, and I mean that in a (mostly) good way. Its basic setting and concept call to mind military thrillers like The Hunt for Red October, but Noah Beck approaches the storytelling craft in a unique way. Beck is less interested in penning intricate plot twists and pulse-pounding action scenes than he is in creating a plausible doomsday scenario that highlights the contemporary threat that Iran's nuclear ambitions pose to the State of Israel. T ...more
Anne Monteith
May 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing

**Does not contain any significant spoilers.**

"And it's not that the world didn't know this might happen, "Michael added. "I mean, Iran has been threatening to destroy Israel for over a decade."

Iran is working very hard to develop nuclear weapons. What will we do as they bring their plans to realization? Will we try the talks and sanctions that have failed in Iraq, North Korea and elsewhere while the Iranians complete their work and there is no chance that we can
Chris Kruschke
Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was privileged to receive an advance copy of "The Last Israelis" and it was every bit as engaging as promised. When the Israeli Prime Minister awakens to receive intelligence that a nuclear Iran is only days away, he is left with a choice - what to do to safeguard his small nation when a Muslim nation that has vowed to destroy Israel can carry out the threat with just a push of a button. As the world's powers are sidelined by bickering and backroom deals, it appears that Israel is, as usual, a ...more
Aug 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
The Last Israelis by Noah Beck is a short novel tak­ing place mostly on a sub­ma­rine. The dooms­day sce­nario, a threat to the State of Israel, is the “ripped from the head­lines” type of novel.

The Cap­tain of the Israeli Dol­phin sub­ma­rine car­ry­ing nuclear mis­siles, Daniel Zion, knows some­thing is wrong when they are called ashore for a brief reunion with fam­ily and friends before their mis­sion com­mences. Zion’s crew is diverse and rep­re­sents much of the Israeli makeup.

Dur­ing their
Agnes Hilario
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
On The Last Israelis by Noah Beck

Buried amid all the seemingly urgent hyperbole of current events over the antics of ISIS, Hamas, and a myriad other Islamic players and the reactions they illicit on the global stage; is the slow, persistent yet aggressive march of IRAN towards realizing FULL NUCLEAR WEAPONS CAPABILITY.

While the world’s media and general population are kept breathless and preoccupied by “always fresh” reports of bombings and beheadings; IRAN has gradually recovered most of its mo
Oct 12, 2012 rated it liked it
I enjoy a good high-tech thriller as much as the next person. In fact, I'm a rather ardent fan of Stephen Coonts. So, when I was offered the opportunity to review The Last Israelis, I was more than happy to accept.

This is the story of a 35-member Israeli submarine team, whom we initially meet during a company picnic of sorts. That picnic is disrupted by an emergency return to duty. We see some aspects of each crew member's character during the early parts of the book, including bits about their
Aug 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Let me start off by saying that if you're a fan of Joel Rosenberg's books like me then you'll really enjoy this book! I literally had a hard time putting this book down even while reading it sick. Mr. Beck writes about a scenario that can soon become all too real if something is not done about Iran's nuclear program. I don't want to go into too much detail about the story because I don't want to give anything away! You can definitely tell that the author did his research. The characters weren't ...more
Wendy Hines
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
With the Prime Minister of Israel hospitalized, it's a perfect time for Iran to make good on their threat of taking care of Israel once and for all with their nuclear weapons that are almost complete. That's when the Dolphin, an Islraelis submarine, is called back to reassemble for a mission of their own.

Daniel Zion, who is captain, and thirty-four other men, all from different walks of life, become the crew of the sub. All of the men have their own beliefs and thoughts of what is happening and
Jul 02, 2013 rated it liked it
This book was an interesting look into what could happen to the nation of Israel if Iran is left to continue building its nuclear capacities.
At the beginning of each of the three sections, Beck begins with a scripture from the book of Daniel in the Old Testament. The first is a prophetic scripture of a ram that is moving in all directions and cannot be stopped. The 2nd scripture is from the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego--where they refuse to worship the idols of Nebuchadnezzar. The th
Andrew Pessin
Jul 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The book begins with what seems to be a slower pace -- you get to know the crew members through a brief shore-leave picnic, and at first there isn't a lot of action. But then you realize that this is deliberately done, so that when the action and the tension begin, about a third of the way through, you are experiencing them through the lenses of the different characters, whom you know well by this point. Amongst the novel's strengths is its great ability to give you different perspectives on the ...more
May 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
"humanity is all we have and all that illuminates an otherwise dark world"

"The Last Israelis" is a different sort of post-apocalyptic novel. It is a too-real story, no, make that treatise, on Israeli/Iranian relations and the imminent threat of nuclear and chemical warfare between the two countries.

I could tell this is a subject very close to the author's heart. In some ways that's good as it shows in the passion he shows for the subject. In some ways that's not so great - this is a novel and no
Fran Wilkins
Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, thriller
Israel exists due to the unarguably despicable behavior of Western Europeans. In Noah Beck’s debut thriller the continued existence of Israel is now threatened by the nuclear capability and contemptible rhetoric that emanates from Iran; a very real threat that is ripped from today’s headlines. The Last Israelis explores in depth the ethical and moral decisions involved in the engagement of war and Beck skillfully draws the reader into the characters backgrounds and their divergent ideologies. Pr ...more
Jul 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Elaborating on the far side of the conflict between Israel and Iran

This book touches on the moral conflicts an Israeli Naval crew is undergoing in a submarine which was heading to nuke the most vital cities and critical installations developing the Iran nuclear program, the time to act has just arrived but with a certain degree of uncertainty about a prior massive attack that might have destroyed Israel, that is why is called "The last Israelis". It is divided into three parts the first two act
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