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Tyndale House hopes to repeat its megasuccess with Left Behind by signing Rosenberg, an evangelical Christian from an Orthodox Jewish background, for a third apocalyptic novel. Rosenberg sets his events several years after 9/11 and picks up the plot line from his The Last Days. A coup in Russia may have left beautiful CIA agent Erin McCoy dead, even as her fiancé, presidential adviser Jon Bennett, watches his "Oil for Peace" initiative fall apart. As Russia prepares for war, Israel faces annihilation and Babylon regains its original splendor, Dr. Eliezer Mordechai, former head of the Mossad and now a Christian, reflects, "The Scriptures were coming alive." He prepares a 37-page Bible-based brief known as "The Ezekiel Option," which postulates that supernatural powers will eliminate Israel's enemies. The number of exploding vehicles and dead bodies will have a "been there, done that" feel to readers of previous Rosenberg novels, but the story turns aggressively Christian, incorporating lengthy references to scriptural prophecy and the Antichrist, as well as conversion scenes. There's some heavy violence, including a beating, an elderly woman run over by a tank and a severed finger, but the book is better written and more complex than Left Behind, to which it will inevitably be compared. (July)
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"The Ezekiel Option is an exciting, action-packed thriller based on one of the most important end-times prophecies in the Bible, Ezekiel 38-39."
- Tim LaHaye

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  • File Size: 817 KB
  • Print Length: 433 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1414303440
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (November 1, 2010)
  • Publication Date: January 7, 2005
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000SBTWM8
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Joel C. Rosenberg (www.joelrosenberg.com) is a New York Times best-selling and award-winning author of 10 novels and five non-fiction books, with more than 3 million copies sold.
He is also the Founder and Chairman of The Joshua Fund (www.joshuafund.com), a non-profit educational and charitable organization he and his wife launched in 2006 to mobilize Christians to "bless Israel and her neighbors in the name of Jesus, according to Genesis 12:1-3."
He and his wife have four sons. They made Aliyah in 2014 and now live in Israel and the United States.
Joel's books, most of which are published in numerous languages, include:
1. The Last Jihad (2002)
2. The Last Days (2003)
3. The Ezekiel Option (2005)
4. The Copper Scroll (2006)
5. Epicenter: Why The Current Rumblings In The Middle East Will Change Your Future (2006, non-fiction; an updated version, Epicenter 2.0, was released in paperback in 2008)
6. Dead Heat (2008)
7. Inside The Revolution: How the Followers of Jihad, Jefferson & Jesus are Battling To Dominate the Middle East and Transform the World (2009, non-fiction)
8. The Twelfth Imam (2010)
9. The Tehran Initiative (2011)
10. Implosion: Can America Recover From Its Economic and Spiritual Challenges In Time? (2012)
11. Israel At War: Inside The Nuclear Showdown With Iran (2012, non-fiction e-book)
12. The Invested Life: Making Disciples of All Nations One Person At A Time, written with Dr. T.E. Koshy (2012)
13. Damascus Countdown (2013)
14. The Auschwitz Escape (2014)
15. The Third Target (January 6, 2015)
He has produced two documentary films, based on two of his non-fiction books, Epicenter and Inside The Revolution.
Several of his books have won national awards.
* The Ezekiel Option was named by the ECPA as a Gold Medallion Award winner as the "Best Novel of 2006."
* He is a five-time winner of the "Retailers Choice Award" for best books of the year in fiction and non-fiction categories. These awards, presented annually by Christian Retailing magazine, are based on the voting of people working in the Christian publishing and music industries.
* In 2007, Epicenter won in the "Christian Living" category.
* In 2009, Dead Heat won in the "Fiction: Mystery & Suspense" category.
* In 2010, Inside The Revolution won in the "Social Issues" category.
* In 2011, The Twelfth Imam won in the "Fiction: Mystery & Suspense" category.
* In 2012, The Tehran Initiative won in the "Fiction: Mystery & Suspense" category.
* The Auschwitz Escape was a finalist in the 2014 GoodReads "Choice Awards" for "Best Historical Fiction," finishing in 4th place out of 21 contenders.
Several of his books have reached the top or near the top of national best-seller lists.
* The Last Jihad hit #1 on the Amazon.com best-seller list.
* Dead Heat reached #4 on the New York Times hardcover fiction best-seller list.
* The Third Target hit #4 on the Publishers Weekly hardcover fiction best-seller list, and spent two months as the #1 best-selling work of fiction in the Christian market in North America.
Before becoming an author, Joel previously worked as an aide to several U.S. and Israeli business and political leaders, including Steve Forbes, former Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Natan Sharansky, and then-former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He also worked for The Heritage Foundation, Empower America, Rush Limbaugh, and Americans For Hope, Growth & Opportunity.
He has been interviewed on hundreds of radio and TV shows, including ABC's "Nightline," CNN, CNN Headline News, C-SPAN, Fox News, MSNBC, The History Channel, the Rush Limbaugh Show, the Sean Hannity Show and the Glenn Beck Show. His articles and columns have been published by National Review, FoxNews.com, World magazine, and the Washington Times, among others. He has been profiled by the New York Times, the Washington Times and the Jerusalem Post.
He has traveled to, done research in, and/or spoken to audiences all across the U.S. and Canada and all over the world, including Israel, Iraq, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, the UAE, Turkey, Russia, Germany, France, Belgium, Italy, India, South Korea, the Philippines, Mexico and Brazil. He has addressed audiences at the White House and the Pentagon, addressed Members of Congress on Capitol Hill, Members of the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa, and addressed a conference held at the European Union Parliament in Brussels.
Joel was born in Syracuse, New York, on April 17, 1967. His father is a first-generation American from a Jewish background whose parents and grandparents emigrated from Russia and settled in Brooklyn, New York. His mother, a Gentile, was raised in Rome, New York. When Joel was two, his parents moved to a community just outside of Rochester, New York. He grew up in the small town of Fairport and graduated from Fairport High School in 1985. He attended Syracuse University (1985-1989) -- spending one semester of his junior year studying at Tel Aviv University (August 1987 to January 1988) -- and graduated from S.U. with a B.F.A. in Film Drama in May 1989.
Joel married his college sweetheart, Lynn, in June of 1990. Together, they made their home in the Washington, D.C. area for 24 years. They have four sons -- Caleb, Jacob, Jonah, and Noah -- and moved as a family to Israel in August 2014 after becoming dual U.S.-Israeli citizens.
* For more information on conferences Joel organizes, please visit www.epicenterconference.com.
* You can find his weblog at https://flashtrafficblog.wordpress.com/.
* You can sign up for his "Flash Traffic" email updates at http://www.joelrosenberg.com/flashtraffic_form.asp.
* You can follow him on Twitter @joelcrosenberg.

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Gary Turner on August 24, 2006
Format: Paperback
Joel C. Rosenberg has written an outstanding novel. Taken from today's headlines, the Middle East is unsettled due to new oil discoveries in Israel. Jon Bennett, Presidential advisor is directly impacted by a government overthrow in Russia. He consults his mentor, former Mossad agent Eliezer Mordechai. Dr. Mordechai exposes Jon to the prophecy from Ezekiel 38-39, which tells of an uprising of Middle Eastern nations along with Russia. These nations intend to attack Israel. This is so familiar that it is uncanny.
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132 of 143 people found the following review helpful By John R. Linnell on August 5, 2005
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How you view this book may well depend on how you view the world. If you are an active secularist you might as well save your money. If your politics are decidedly liberal, you will probably not like this book. However, you have an open mind on the issues of religion and Christianity or a religious bias in your life, this novel can be unsettling, scary and compelling. One thing Joel Rosenberg does not do in this book is fail to document his thesis and he also does not fail to spin another complicated and riveting story about the politics and dangers of the world we live in. There were portions of the story which I thought could have been handled better, especially the Erin McCoy - Jon Bennett saga near the end, however this book is not trash as some have suggested and does not deserve to be trashed. It deserves to be read as a thoughtful piece of writing.
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64 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Michael D. Trimble VINE VOICE on September 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Read the title of this review, if you aren't interested or don't believe biblical prophesy, then you probably won't find a lot that you like about this book. In fact this book will make you uncomfortable and your discomfort might even come out in your review as an emotional tirade (funny how that happens). So, rather than subject yourself to an uncomfortable reading experience just don't bother with the book. If on the other hand you are open to this type of thinking, this book will be enjoyable and will progress in ways that bring you comfort. Is it a great piece of literature? No, but it is interesting and suspenseful in a number of places. Does it take a leap of faith and are their places in this book that seem too incredible to believe? For some folks yes, but faith is what defines religion. I don't believe it is possible to predict the end of time, neither when or in what fashion, other than in general terms (the bible says fire). Like a thief in the night, that's what I have always been told. This book makes you think and I believe Rosenberg accomplished exactly what he had hoped when he wrote it.

Recommended to all fair minded people.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By BrightHorizon on July 4, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I'm not always a fan of Christian literature, but this was one of a few exceptions. I am not a fan of the Left Behind series, but this much different...much much better. The plot is immense, but easy to follow. From moscow to Washington, Jerusalem to ancient prophecy--the story takes us around the world and weaves a thrilling story that is easy to follow and hard to put down. It brings us to the point of judgement day...and I won't give anything else away... By the time the book turned "Christian" I didn't really care. It was brought into the story in a way that made sense, that was fluid, and I didn't feel preached at. Really, a great thriller for any reader, Christian or not.

A few other books that fall into the Christian themed thriller but crossover successfully are: Monster, The Didymus Contingency and The Oath...actually, most of Peretti's books are decent. But those three and The Ezekiel Option are the best so far...of course now I have to read all of Rosenberg's previous novels. Last Jihad and Last days here I come!
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By S. Peek VINE VOICE on August 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is an action packed thriller from start to finish. It is a very fast paced story that is very well done.

This book is an end times novel based upon Exekiel 38-39. Rosenberg has developed a plausible interpretation of those Scriptures and developed a great novel around them.

I read both of the author's previous novels, "The Last Jihad" and "The Last Days". While both were excellent, he has definitely taken this one to a new level.

Even if you are not a big reader of novels, I would recommend this one.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Cathrynn Brown on June 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Joel Rosenberg has been called a modern Nostradamus. I think he is a modern Issachar: he "understands the times" and "knows what [to] do." People who want to understand the War on Terror-who is behind it, what drives it, and how it will resolve-should read THE EZEKIEL OPTION.

Joel marches Biblical prophecy off the pages of the Bible and weaves it into in a story that informs, entertains, and mesmerizes. Joel is not a prophet (he leaves that work to Ezekiel, Daniel, and John the Revelator), but he is well versed in the Scriptures and a gifted story teller. By using fiction studded with prophetic truths from the Word of God, Joel helps arm us for battle and anticipate the victory ahead. THE EZEKIEL OPTION is fiction that is relevant. Biblical prophecies are, after all, history that is sure to happen.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Shogun TKD on July 7, 2005
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Wow, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough! The story is very fluid and fast paced. It never gets stale with over done character development but gives you enough to let your imagination take over. Obviously, the prophecies are intriguing and worth observing the world around us to see if they are true. Today, Al Qaeda bombed various stations in London during the G8 Summit and there are people hell bent on hurting others and will go to any lengths to achieve their ideals. It is plausible, then that there are people in certain governments who have completely different ideals from those of Americans or Israelis that would use their influence and stature to inflict harm. Peace in our lifetime? Not likely. Joel's books are creepy close to real events that were written BEFORE they happened. We should all perhaps take heed of the message.
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