The Resource The last jihad : a novel, Joel C. Rosenberg

The last jihad : a novel, Joel C. Rosenberg

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The last jihad : a novel
Title
The last jihad
Title remainder
a novel
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Joel C. Rosenberg
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eng
Summary
In this fictionalized account, Saddam Hussein plans to launch a nuclear attack against the Western world and can only be stopped by an Arab-Israeli coalition. Jon Bennett, a senior White House Advisor, is drawn into the fray and must summon all his stealth and savvy to save himself--and the world--from absolute destruction. Jon Bennett is a top Wall Street strategist turned senior White House advisor. But nothing has prepared him for the terror that he will face. Saddam Hussein dispatches his top hit men to assassinate the President of the United States. Iraqi terrorists spread carnage throughout London, Paris, and Riyadh ... and the Butcher of Baghdad has a nuclear ace in his hand that he has not yet played. Only a solid Arab-Israeli coalition against Iraq can keep the U.S.--and other Western nations--from certain devastation. And only Bennett and his beautiful partner, Erin McCoy, can make that happen. Their secret project--a billion-dollar oil deal off the coast of Gaza--could be the basis for an historic peace treaty and enormous wealth for every Israeli and Palestinian. But just before a treaty can be signed, Israeli commandos foil an Iraqi Scud missile launch, recovering a nuclear warhead and evidence that the next attack will level Washington, New York and Tel Aviv. Now, the Israeli Prime Minister gives the American President an ultimatum: Melt down Baghdad within one hour ... or Israel will do it herself. From Jerusalem, Bennett and McCoy must summon
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  • This new novel from a Washington, D.C., communications expert scores big on timeliness. It’s the very-near future, and the U.S. president has won a midterm election, succeeding George W. Bush. Saddam Hussein has sent assassins to gun down the newly elected president. Meanwhile, Iraqi terrorists attack the leaders of U.S.-allied countries. America sees one hope for the Western world: an Israeli-Arab alliance with the single goal of stopping Hussein. Only two people can make the alliance happen: Jon Bennett, a Wall Street strategist, and his partner, the lovely Erin McCoy. Can our plucky heroes orchestrate the giant business deal necessary to forge the alliance and save the free world? In today’s get-Hussein political climate, the novel is sure to find an audience, but some readers may not find the book as exciting as expected. While Rosenberg works a couple of genuinely surprising plot twists into his story, and his grasp of international politics and terrorism seems solid, his prose style is, at best, adequate. Although fans of Robert Ludlum and Tom Clancy will no doubt enjoy it, readers who like their narratives elegant and their characters more than paper-thin may be somewhat disappointed. (Reviewed November 15, 2002) -- David Pitt
  • Timeliness adds considerable juice to Rosenberg's frenzied political thriller, set a couple of years in the future. In the wake of September 11, popular American president James MacPherson has spearheaded an international effort to destroy terrorist training camps in the Middle East and North Africa. Osama bin Laden has been killed, but Saddam Hussein continues to plot against the West. The novel opens with a coordinated international terrorist attack, in which Paris and London and several sites in the United States are bombed. Quick-thinking agents deflect an assassination attempt on the president, but MacPherson is gravely wounded. The reader follows the crisis through the eyes of Jon Bennett, a Wall Street strategist putting together a stock deal in Israel when the terrorists strike. Bennett once worked closely with MacPherson on Wall Street. After a tortuous interrogation at the Jerusalem airport on his way back to the U.S., Bennett passes out, expecting to be killed. When he awakes, he finds that he has passed a crucial test and is now a member of President MacPherson's inner circle of advisers. So far, Rosenberg (Not Quite Scaramouche , etc.) keeps a lot of narrative balls in the air with lean writing and breakneck pacing, but at this midway point the novel loses focus and urgency. Rosenberg's failure to give the characters dimension is exposed when the story slows down and moves away from dramatic scenes of action. Intelligence reports indicate that Saddam may be planning a nuclear attack, and the advisers engage in a lengthy heated discussion about a first strike. Though the characters in this debate come off like talking heads, the energy and scope of the dispute breathes new life into the last half of the novel and hints at greater things from the author. (Nov.) --Staff (Reviewed November 25, 2002) (Publishers Weekly, vol 249, issue 47, p44)
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071246
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1967-
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Rosenberg, Joel C.
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3618.O832
LC item number
L37 2002
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Political Thrillers
Series volume
1
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  • Petroleum industry and trade
  • Terrorism
  • International relations
  • Middle East
  • Political fiction
  • International relations
  • Petroleum industry and trade
  • Political fiction
  • Terrorism
  • Middle East
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The last jihad : a novel, Joel C. Rosenberg
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"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
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rdacarrier
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text
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ocm50583585
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st hardcover ed.
Extent
352 pages
Isbn
9781414312729
Lccn
2002014312
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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(OCoLC)50583585
Label
The last jihad : a novel, Joel C. Rosenberg
Publication
Note
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm50583585
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st hardcover ed.
Extent
352 pages
Isbn
9781414312729
Lccn
2002014312
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)50583585

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