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The Last Days (The Last Jihad #2)

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Osama bin Laden is dead. Saddam Hussein is buried. Baghdad lies in ruins.

Now the eyes of the world are on Jerusalem as Jon Bennett--a Wall Street strategist turned senior White House advisor--his beautiful CIA partner Erin McCoy and the U.S. Secretary of State arrive in the Middle East to meet with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

On the table: a dramatic and potentially h

Hardcover, 384 pages
Published October 21st 2003 by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
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May 02, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Mar 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

My Review: This
M.G. Edwards
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
Aug 22, 2009 rated it it was ok
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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  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
“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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Mart-Jaap Van leeuwen
Zo'n beetje dezelfde mening over deel te 2 uit de serie 'de laatste Jihad' als over het eerste boek. Als ontspanning leest het lekker weg. Er zijn spannende en goed geschreven acties, maar de ingevlochten christelijke toon komt onrealistisch over, wat voor mij echt afbreuk doet aan het boek.
Toch zal ik zeker de overige delen uit de serie ook gaan lezen, omdat het soms heerlijk is je te verliezen in een verhaal, zelfs als het niet helemaal realistisch is.
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.
Peggy Langgle
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A story that could be ripped from today's headlines

Tense, dramatic, fast - paced. The action is non - stop. I cannot wait to read the next in the series!
Craig Polucha
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nonstop action

Loved it.couldn't put it down. Not far fetched by any means.
It grabs you immediately and immerses you into the challenges of achieving a mideast peace solution.
Kim Sharpton
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this series
Mar 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall I like Rosenbergs books. But I get very overwhelmed with the number of characters that are introduced and I think he slows down the plot too much when including 2-3 pages of "back story" when a new person is introduced. Yet it doesn't seem like the main characters have enough character development. So I can't say I love them - but I do like them enough to continue reading the series.
Merv Jersak
Dec 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Following the events of “The Last Jihad”, author Joel Rosenberg appears to rip another thriller out of the headlines of current events before they even happen in real life. The book opens with terrorists planning an assassination of a world leader. Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein are dead. Al-Qaeda and the Taliban are obliterated. Jon Bennett, wealthy investment strategist and now senior advisor to U.S. President James MacPherson, and Erin McCoy, CIA operative, are in Palestine to broker an I ...more
Mark Easter
Mar 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Osama bin Laden is dead. Saddam Hussein is buried. Baghdad lies in ruins.Now the eyes of the world are on Jerusalem as Jon Bennett--a Wall Street strategist turned senior White House advisor--his beautiful CIA partner Erin McCoy and the U.S. Secretary of State arrive in the Middle East to meet with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.On the table: a dramatic and potentially historic Arab-Israeli peace plan, of which Bennett is the chief architect. At the heart of the proposed treaty is the discover

Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More of what you come to expect from Rosenberg, brilliance

Continuing the story of Jon Bennett, Rosenberg weaves matters of faith brilliantly into his geopolitical thrillers. You won't be disappointed.
Rachel M.
I would really give this a 3.5 star rating...this one is not as good as the first one because it has some fluff...lots of repetition of who's who within this book...the same descriptors and stories are used more than once and Rosenberg "cheats" and describes a dream that later becomes a reality so when the actual event happens, Rosenberg just copies and pastes the dream description into the novel again...also a lot of this is a bit unrealistic...these people wouldn't have survived all this stuff ...more
As solid as the first in the series ("The Last Jihad") in terms of pacing, plotting, and thought-provoking commentary on the Middle East. I appreciated the reasonably nuanced view of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in particular: he avoids painting either side as entirely black or white, and brings up quite a few points of which I was quite unaware.
Dialog and character development remain his Achilles heel, though, and as he's trying to create some romance between his two leads as well as an ev
George Canning, Sr.
I liked this book. It's a good political thriller. The hero of the story, Jon Bennett is sent by the president to hash out a peace deal between the Palestinians and Israelis that will allow both people to become rich on oil from the Mediterranean Sea. However, more sinister forces are at play to make sure this doesn't happen.

This book was written before the war in Iraq so it is neat to see Rosenberg's assumptions in this book and how they have played out today. Israel now does have access to sea
I have to admit that I had a difficult time getting through this book. Rosenberg's research and perceptions and/or knowledge of politics is astounding; yet, this is what I had such a difficult time with. This second book in his Jihad series was so full of politics and descriptions that my mind was reeling to get through it all. Don't get me wrong: it was great writing, but so flush with descriptions of people and their titles, etc., in certain areas and descriptions of what was going on at the t ...more
Jun 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-misc
With a thrill a minute, this book never stops, nor does the intensity taper off. Instead of all the action being draining, the reader is aided by the history lessons that are embedded in the dialogue. Far from being a drag, these history lessons save the book from being just another thrill-a-minute action story, and propel it to a higher plane. This book is billed as a Christian book, though the Christian message certainly isn't front and center. Instead, it takes side-stage status and is most n ...more
"The Last Days" is a Christian fiction book which follows "The Last Jihad." It's a political thriller which was set slightly in the future when it was written a few years ago.

Jon Bennett and Erin McCoy are working on a peace agreement in the Middle East. But, of course, things do not go smoothly! There is danger lurking everywhere.

The action scenes are wonderful! They keep me quickly turning my digital pages. However, I did get very tired of reading about all of the duties of the proposed peac
Brent Soderstrum
Jul 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Volume 2 of the Last Jihad series starts after Iraq has been defeated and Sadam Hussien has been killed. This book starts out with a bang. The Secretary of State is killed along with Yasar Arafat and his top aide as a result of a suicide bombing. Who will take over the PLO? A massive civil war erupts in the Palestine occupied territory. Will Israel involve itself? What will happen if they do?

Good book to examine the idea of a Palestine state and the effects that would have on Israel and the rest
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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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Other Books in the Series

The Last Jihad (5 books)
  • The Last Jihad (The Last Jihad, #1)
  • The Ezekiel Option (The Last Jihad, #3)
  • The Copper Scroll (The Last Jihad, #4)
  • Dead Heat (The Last Jihad, #5)