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The Last Days

(The Last Jihad #2)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  4,818 ratings  ·  285 reviews
Over 200,000 sold!
A New York Times bestseller

"An action-packed, Clancyesque political thriller." --Publishers Weekly

The thrilling follow-up to Rosenberg's groundbreaking debut, The Last Jihad!

Osama bin Laden is dead. Saddam's regime is buried. Baghdad lies in ruins. Now the eyes of the world are on Jon Bennett and Erin McCoy, two senior White House advisors, as they arrive
Paperback, 472 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published October 21st 2003)
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Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: action
Another good read from Mr. Rosenberg. If you are looking for action, a bit of romance, and some more action, this is a good series to get involved in. With a race to rebuild Iraq and Babylon, American State Department members (Jon Bennett and Erin McCoy) chasing down people trying to kill them, and the whole world “claiming” to struggle for Middle Eastern peace, this book seems like you could take it from the front pages of the NY Times or the Wall Street Journal. Mr. Rosenberg will have you sta ...more
Jacob Aitken
Simply magnificent. Imagine Left Behind without the goofiness. Imagine Clancy without the grisly scenes, yet realistic enough. Very impressed with how he weaved "God" into it without being didactic. The character Eli Mordechai is simply brilliant and offers a rather common-sense epistemology to bible prophecy.
May 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
I had difficulty remembering what happened in the last book, which made the start of this one a challenge. Jon Bennett and Erin McCoy go to meet Palestinian leaders to facilitate peace talks, with a massive joint oil project as the incentive, when all hell breaks loose. Miraculously, with everyone dying around them, they escape with the key to moving ahead with Israeli peace talks in an undisclosed location, until someone figures out where they are. There was a lot of repetition and some politic ...more
Mar 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Synopsis: Set just after the events in The Last Jihad , Presidential aides Jon Bennett and Erin McCoy witness the start of a Palestinian civil war after the assassination of Yasser Arafat.  With the lives of millions of people at stake, McCoy and Bennett work with the American government to try to bring about peace...but, with wanton terrorists intent on destroying the "Great Satan" US, who will stop at nothing to get what they want, it seems like the Last Days may be upon them.

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M.G. Edwards
Jan 16, 2012 rated it liked it
I read Joel Rosenberg’s thriller “The Last Days” to expand the range of authors I read in this genre. Two years later, I finished his book. Getting through it became a personal quest to see if I could finish what I started. I didn’t dislike the book enough to stop reading it, but it didn’t spark my interest the way that other thrillers have.

The author obviously has a deep knowledge of Arab-Israeli politics and knowledge of Middle Eastern politics that gives the book an air of realism missing fro
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May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was very exciting to read, but it is not a fast-read novel. There is a lot of political persuasion taking place trying to get leaders to modify or change their understanding of what they believe. Rosenberg does a good job of trying to keep up with the present situation in the Middle East. I recommend this book even to teens, and the language is clean (no swearing or sex involved). Of course you need to read 'The Last Jihad' before you read 'The Last Days' to keep up with current histor ...more
Jun 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
One of the most blatant omissions in TLD was any reference to the US nuclear strike. NOTHING AT ALL is if it didn't even happen. And the funny part is the suggestion that meetings/press conferences take place in Sadaam's palace. Now, first of all, the city was nuked. Secondly, concern for radioactive fallout isn't even mentioned (either regarding the targets of the nukes or the neighboring countries). Nothing along these lines is addressed. If this is a follow-up to "The Last Jiha ...more
Dec 12, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This marks my second book I've read based on the situation in Israel and Palestine in the past month. While not purposeful, it has been interesting to see how two different authors approach the issue. This book takes a much more US-centric look at the issue (the cover art gives that away), while also diving into the political elements more than the psychological aspects. This back to back timing was accidental but I think it was beneficial to the enjoyment of this book.

One element of this book w
Darla Stokes
Nov 16, 2012 rated it did not like it
Wow. I really should have read the reviews first, or at least the cover blurb. This is basically ultra-right-wing propaganda in a fiction form. From our heroine, who, despite her supposed intellectual and physical accomplishments, really should have been a model; to the Israeli bus driver whose four children all received "full-ride" scholarships to Ivy League universities in the U.S., not because they were brilliant or sports stars, but merely because they "worked hard." And of course the billio ...more
Mike Patterson
Jul 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
Unfortunately, this book had moments of electrifying terror surrounded by globs of information, as if the author had the perfect idea for a peace treaty for Israel and the Palestinians and put every detail for our reading pleasure. I almost didn't finish the book, and even when I did I wondered why I bothered. This author has a lot of difficulty writing a series smoothly without spending hours on what happened in previous books. His action parts are great. He should stick to that and develop the ...more
Sally Schueler
Jul 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
“The Last Days” by Joel Rosenberg is the second political thriller in “The Last Jihad” series. I enjoyed reading it for the most part. I wrote that the characters were a little thin in the first novel and the new characters are still thin where the ones from the first book are becoming more defined but only because they’re on every page. That aside, I’ve enjoyed seeing them interact in a crazy number of high intensity situations. There is quite a lot going on in this book and the way Rosenberg w ...more
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
After the terrific "The Last Jihad," I was surprised how boring and lackluster the follow-up "The Last Days" turned out to be. While "The Last Jihad" was cohesive and still feels timely in 2016, "The Last Days" felt like a poor retread of the first book that didn't do much to further develop the main characters from the first book. Also, there was often brutally boring backstories that bogged the book down from flowing and feeling like a thriller novel. I enjoyed the historical aspects of the fi ...more
Sep 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
"The Last Days" picks up three-and-a-half weeks after "The Last Jihad." Plans are in place to bring peace to the Middle East. Unfortunately there are many who don't want peace.

"The Last Days" was written in 2003 but reflects many current events - power struggles, civil wars, and an effort to restore Russia's former glory. Thankfully in fiction like this the good and bad tends to be clear cut (at least in its portrayal) and we know the good guys will win.

The writing in "The Last Days" improved ov
Glenn Gray
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
When the book begins with the killing of the U.S. Secretary of State, and the leader of the Palestine Authority who are among the parties arriving in the Palestinian territories to embark on peace discussions between Israel and Palestine, I asked myself how can the remainder of the novel build on this climax. It turns out that the story line of the book is more about negotiating peace in this historical hotbed of hostility and the many parties who would have vested interest in such a peace. The ...more
Ken Burkhalter
Apr 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
One of Rosenberg's early works I think. I like his books for their Christian world view and generally agree with the underlying premises. When he gets into calling military action and political intrigue, however, he is out of his element (more so on the former than the latter). That said, the books are an enjoyable if uncomplicated read. Given Rosenberg's political savvy and connections I would not be surprised to learn that some of his fiction has a basis in fact at some point in history, and s ...more
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: war, fiction
Osama bin Laden is dead. Saddam's regime is buried. Baghdad lies in ruins. Now the eyes of the world are on Jon Bennett and Erin McCoy, two senior White House advisors, as they arrive in the Middle East to offer a historic Arab-Israeli peace plan and the American president's new vision of freedom and democracy. But in the shadows lie men whose hearts are filled with evil--men for whom the prospect of peace goes against everything they believe. And soon one terrifying scheme after another begins ...more
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
'The Last Days' brings Jonathan Bennett and Erin McCoy together to attempt to bring a peace strategy between Israel and Palestine that builds bridges of respect, well-being and support between them. I felt like there was an inordinate amount of narrative spent on 'distractions', like the extremist group wanting to blow-up the Dome of the Rock and the seemingly endless energy and hype spent on finding Bennett's mother. Questions that still need to be answered include, how to bring justice to the ...more
Connie Cook
Mar 14, 2019 rated it liked it
These jihad series books are so intense! This one had me skimming a lot. There was so much information about characters from the first book, the history of Iran, Israel, Palestine, Egypt, and Iraq. The book started out slower than the first one, but then got intense when McCoy and Bennett race to a safe underground bunker in Palestine. It was very interesting to read about trying to negotiate with Israel and Palestine for peace. The new twist was oil that would make both countries rich.
Brad Carlson
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read and very fast paced! This book hits the ground running, taking over from where The Last Jihad left off, and doesn't really slow down all that much. The transition between the two books was very good. Overall, the events of the book are relatively credible, though I'm not sure the proposed "peace plan" is as credible as the rest of the events in the book. Once you begin reading this book, you will not want to put it down!
Jan Dunlap
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fast-moving and intense, these novels by Rosenberg are filled with political scenarios that are both frightening and real. After reading two in a row, though, I need a break from the violence and non-stop action - Rosenberg has the formula down, but I wonder if it will become too repetitious in future installments? His ability to write freely and give his books really unexpected twists is what will keep me reading, however.
Feb 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the 2003 printed version so hopefully the editing errors have been corrected since then. This is definitely not a thriller, but it is a good Political Fiction novel. Once I got into it, I enjoyed it. It read like an episode of the tv show 24. I haven’t read the first book in this series so I can’t compare the two. Perhaps one day I’ll read book 1.
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I truly love Rosenberg’s style. His knowledge of military, the Middle East, and politics blend to form an amazing drama. Such good revelation. I especially liked/ouch the way he described the vulnerability of Americans because we simply don’t believe evil is real, so we expect people to be good, not working actively to destroy us. Definitely an incredible story.
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alignment to Apocalypse?

This is the second in the series and I have thoroughly enjoyed both! Yes, there are many political and military terms, but the fast-paced movement of the story is captivating and very readable. I enjoy the historical and geographical information woven into the plot and find the Biblical history intriguing! Can’t wait to start #3.
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading this book for one main reason. You get to views in this book, one form the U.S. Military and the other from two friends in the middle east. they can't help but wonder if there is a God out their, and if so what is his plan. The book is Christian fiction and also a thriller.
Vivian Allen
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another nail biter.

Joel Rosenberg does a fantastic job of giving the reader a thrilling ride. I'm so grateful that he doesn't need foul language to present a heart-stopping story line. Keep them coming.
Mary Phillips
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Walter Phillips

This was another great book the author used too many pages on the negotiations some of his Briefing was policy directed and. Im sure would not be used by a third party, Hey I loved the book he can describe an action scene jus about perfectly,

Jul 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
Not often that I quit a book, but did this one. The first one was barely ok. But this is worse. The first left off with a nuclear attack under way where one would guess where the next would begin, but NO. Uncle!
Pelayo Primo de rivera
Good book to read if you do not feel like making any effort. The story is very predictable. Language is very childish. Great to incentivize young readers. Give it two stars because it gives some historical background to the Israeli- Palestinian conflict which was interesting for a newcomer.
Harry Dennison
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
The previous book left with a serious cliff-hanger that was only mentioned at a high-level in this book. Somewhat of a disapointment that. But had this book been a stand-alone it would have still done well.
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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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