The Jerusalem Assassin – Book Review

The Jerusalem Assassin (Marcus Ryker, #3)The Jerusalem Assassin by Joel C. Rosenberg
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The third book in the Marcus Ryker series, “The Jerusalem Assassin” picks up right where “The Persian Gamble” ends and finds our protagonist in the middle of a massive, time-sensitive manhunt for a killer intent on sabotaging a ground-breaking Middle East peace initiative.

Rosenberg is in a unique position as an author who has worked in the political arena in the U.S. and in Israel and who currently lives in Jerusalem. Rosenberg has a deep understanding of all the major players in the world political scene and he uses that understanding to create page-turning political thrillers that often feel like they’re ripped straight from the headlines.

The “Jerusalem Assassin” is no exception as the central theme of the book is a peace process in the Middle East that would seem far-fetched if it hadn’t actually happened last year. Rosenberg’s story once again, like many of his books, seems to depict real world events before they happen.

If you enjoy political thrillers, you won’t be disappointed with Rosenberg’s third installment in the Marcus Ryker series. It’s recommended, however, that you read this book after reading the first two books in the series, “The Kremlin Conspiracy” (NOTE: the Kindle version is currently free with Prime Membership) followed by “The Persian Gamble”.

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The Persian Gamble – Book Review

The Persian GambleThe Persian Gamble by Joel C. Rosenberg
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When reviewing one of Joel Rosenberg’s books, I can almost cut and paste previous reviews and just change the title, because much of the same things apply – it’s a political thriller, a page turner, action-packed, interesting characters, etc.

Joel Rosenberg is an author who has an immense understanding of the geo-political landscape and it comes out in his novels.

Marcus Ryker is his latest character and “The Persian Gamble” is the second book in a series which features this character.

Rosenberg has a penchant for creating characters who are both real and conflicted. Rosenberg gives you all the back story to help you understand what makes his characters tick and where their faults come from.

Beyond the characters, Rosenberg has a high command of world events and he has an amazing ability to weave these events and political regimes into his stories.

So even though Russia, Iran, North Korea and the United States are all real countries led by fictional characters, it’s amazing how much those fictional characters actually resemble the real-life leaders of those countries.

As I’ve noted in previous reviews, Rosenberg’s faith often comes out in his novels and in his characters but it’s not overly preachy.

Don’t read this book if you’re limited on time because once you get started, you won’t be able to put the book down!

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The Kremlin Conspiracy – Book Review

The Kremlin ConspiracyThe Kremlin Conspiracy by Joel C. Rosenberg
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Rosenberg is at it again….this time introducing a new character in a new political theater – Russia. Rosenberg delicately weaves the backstory of the principal characters while slowly creating a tense geo-political scenario that could easily be mistaken for current headlines.

Rosenberg understands the world’s political landscape, and it comes out in his novels, which are addictive page-turners.

I blame Rosenberg for keeping me up late last night, reading page after page to see how it all ends.

SPOILER ALERT: Readers will have to read the next book in the series to see how the story unfolds!

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Without Warning – Book Review

Without Warning (J. B. Collins, #3)Without Warning by Joel C. Rosenberg
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The third and final installment of Joel Rosenberg’s J.B. Collins trilogy does not disappoint.

Without Warning lives up to its name with unexpected plot twists and turns that keep the reader engaged right up until the very end.

Packed with drama, intrigue and plenty of action, Rosenberg once again weaves together a story that includes themes of redemption, forgiveness, justice, love and sacrifice. Like many of Rosenberg’s novels, the characters and story-line are fictional, but the political climate and circumstances seem so current and real that the reader is left to sift through what is fictional and what isn’t.

Rosenberg is gifted in writing political thrillers that mirror our current political environment, and his knowledge and understanding of the Middle East political climate is once again on display.

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The First Hostage – Book Review

The First Hostage (J.B. Collins, #2)The First Hostage by Joel C. Rosenberg
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The First Hostage is the second in a trilogy of political thrillers by author Joel Rosenberg involving JB Collins, an international journalist for the New York Times.

Collins finds himself in the middle of a massive manhunt as American and Middle Eastern forces align themselves in a race against the clock to prevent an Isis-initiated jihadist Armageddon.

Rosenberg once again weaves a tale that mixes current affairs in the middle east with fictional scenarios that, a few years from now, might seem like historical narrative.

For example, given the current political climate in the Middle East, it’s not hard to imagine a joint military operation between Israel and neighboring Jordan. After all, these neighbors, once enemies, are now allies and have been allies for a number of years.

But who would imagine a joint Israeli-UAE military campaign? Nobody but Rosenberg. Yet, in just the last few weeks, we’ve learned that these two nations, long opposed to one another, have formally announced diplomatic relations.

If you read any of Rosenberg’s books, you’ll find that he often appears to be clairvoyant, including political details in his stories which seem far-fetched at the time yet often seem to develop not long afterwards in real life.

The First Hostage will keep you glued to the page and, as is the case with many of Rosenberg’s books, when the last page is turned, your next step will be to search when and where you can get the next book in the series!

The First Hostage is available on Amazon and other book sellers’ websites.

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The Third Target – Book Review

The Third Target (J.B. Collins, #1)The Third Target by Joel C. Rosenberg
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Third Target is the first in a series of political thrillers by Joel Rosenberg with journalist JB Collins as his central character.

Rosenberg draws on his years in the political arena and his extensive understanding of the current Middle East political climate as he weaves a story that draws on historical facts to create a possible modern scenario that is plausibly believable, emotionally engaging and action packed.

Rosenberg is an evangelical Christian whose novels often contain spiritual elements without being overly preachy or dogmatic. His characters are real. Rosenberg doesn’t give you the James Bond or Jack Bauer type, which you might think is required for a political spy thriller novel. Instead, he gives you characters who experience the kind of emotions you might experience if you were faced with the scenarios created in the story. His characters are faced with moral dilemmas and they think about deeper issues of identity, meaning and purpose.

Rosenberg continues to churn out novels that are a mix of modern day politics coupled with intrigue, action and suspense. The Third Target will keep you engaged and glued to the pages until the final page, at which point you will be shaking your fist at Rosenberg for creating a scenario that forces you to reach for the next book in the series!

You can find The Third Target on Amazon and other book seller websites.

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The Lowedown on “The Auschwitz Escape” by Joel Rosenberg

The Lowedown on “The Auschwitz Escape” – my Goodreads review of Joel Rosenberg’s historical fiction thriller.

The Auschwitz EscapeThe Auschwitz Escape by Joel C. Rosenberg
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A slight departure from Rosenberg’s normal political thrillers, this work of historical fiction contains the same riveting style that fans of Rosenberg have come to expect. Characters are vivid and real. Rosenberg has a way of helping you get into the minds and hearts of his characters and his descriptions of the conditions during this time frame are descriptive and emotional.

It is hard to imagine the pure evil that was exercised on humanity at Auschwitz. I’ve never been there and I’m certainly not an historian but I feel like I got a small taste of the atrocities and the horror from reading this book.

I felt a few of the scenes were kind of predictable but I still found myself glued to the pages and anxious to see what happened next. Through his characters and their interactions, Rosenberg deftly introduces the ethical and moral dilemmas that prisoners and citizens alike must’ve encountered during these harrowing conditions.

Overall, it was a good read and I’d recommend it, especially if you’re a fan of Rosenberg, but also if you have an interest in WW2 history and specifically the Holocaust and the plight of the Jewish people during that time period.

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