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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
on August 24, 2006
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
on August 5, 2005
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
VINE VOICEon September 22, 2005
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
on July 4, 2005
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
VINE VOICEon August 25, 2005
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
on June 22, 2005
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
on July 7, 2005
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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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on July 1, 2005
I heard Joel Rosenberg talking on the radio about this book and decided to buy it. Very happy I did. Strong story based on biblical prophecy and very relevant in the current tumultuous political landscape that we presently live in. Rosenebergs' past novels have all been released before what he writes about happens in the real world (i.e. 9/11 and Iraq war). Hopefully, for our sake, he is not on target with this one. Good character development, strong plot and interesting subject matter make this book very difficult to put down.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on June 30, 2005
I confess that I found the LEFT BEHIND series to be an embarrassment to Christians and the Church. As a Christian, I think it's important that Christian fiction be at least as intelligently written (if not far better) than secular fiction. With THE EZEKIEL OPTION, Mr. Rosenberg has given us something that Christians can be proud of. For an equally good read, I recommend James BeauSeigneur's CHRIST CLONE TRILOGY.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on July 6, 2005
Just when you think he can't improve on his last action-packed thriller, Rosenberg shifts into high gear. And to think that the old prophet Ezekiel saw this coming thousands of years ago. Makes me think I'd better dust off the Good Book and see what else I should know about.....before it's too late or before the next Rosenberg thriller. If you don't enjoy this book, check your pulse.

Caution: Don't read this book without a seatbelt. I'm still trying to catch my breath.
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