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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