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 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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