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Fuse of Armageddon [Kindle Edition]

Sigmund Brouwer , Hank Hanegraaff
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Nothing more could go wrong for maverick hostage negotiator Mulvaney Quinn. First stabbed in the hand during a failed terrorist burst, then arrested for a hate crime he didn't commit. Now Quinn must come face to face with his past in order to stop the worst terrorist threat of all time—a plot to bring about the ultimate religious uprising by destroying one of the most sacred relics in history.
But the Fuse of Armageddon has already been lit. With the clock ticking down toward a global catastrophe, Quinn must team up with the most unlikely ally of all—the woman who arrested him—to bring down an even more unlikely coalition of enemies. Facing an unholy trinity of a Jewish fanatic, a Muslim terrorist, and a “Christian” freedom fighter, only Quinn can stop them from achieving their goal. But will he be in time? Or is it already too late? Because when Armageddon is unleashed, the fate of the entire world hangs in the balance.

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From Publishers Weekly

Novelist Brouwer and Christian radio host Hanegraaff team up again (The Last Disciple) to write an absorbing thriller. Mulvaney Quinn is a hostage negotiator who specializes in Israeli-Palestinian disputes, while Kate Penner is a Nevada cop who suspects that Quinn committed a ghastly murder on her turf. She heads to Israel to extradite him, but just before the pair heads back to the U.S., Israeli intelligence begs Kate to let Mulvaney stay in Israel for just a few more days and negotiate a tricky hostage deal: a Palestinian group is holding a leading American evangelical pastor and 29 of his followers. The characters are generally well-drawn, and Kate is especially engaging (though her occasional missteps, like saying "I don't speak Israeli," strike a false note). Kate and Mulvaney's attraction to one another provides a little spice, but never overshadows the political plot. The only irksome feature is Mulvaney being a widower, a character device fast achieving the status of cliché in the Christian thriller genre. This novel is notable because several of the characters explicitly and cogently criticize the premillennial dispensationalist theology that has shaped much of evangelical America's thinking about the state of Israel. Thus, Brouwer and Hanegraaff's latest is sure to both entertain and provoke.
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About the Author

SIDMOND BROUWER grew up in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, and developed an early interest in sports like hockey, racquetball, and biking. His poor performance in high school English classes led him to receive a degree in commerce from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and not to pursue writing. When a professor in his undergraduate English course encouraged him to write, and he eventually received a degree in journalism from Carleton College in Ottawa. After publishing several articles for U.S. and Canadian magazines, he turned to writing books for kids reluctant to read.

Sigmund is married to Christian recording artist Cindy Morgan; the couple has two daughters. Spends time between family homes in Red Deer and Nashville.

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  • File Size: 1667 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (January 17, 2008)
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  • Language: English
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thinking book--4 & 3/4 stars August 5, 2007
Hostage negotiator Mulvaney Quinn understand middle east politics and what could trigger Armageddon. As Quinn works to broker the release of 30 wealthy, American, evangelical Christian hostages, from Palestinian terrorist Khaled Safady, he discovers a plot that could begin the great war. In an unlikely alliance with a Nevada cop, the two of them have to work quickly to save their lives and to stop the multiple attempts to start the final battle.

How I love books that challenge my thinking! I think it's safe to say Fuse of Armageddon was written with the intent to counter the dispensational viewpoint. While it does a good job of explaining dispensationalism and the `holes' in this view point, I would have liked to have seen more time spent presenting the author's opinion on the scriptures used to support dispensationalism. A lot of great points are made in regard to how dispensationism's natural course leads to racism and prejudice, how it begs radicals to make their own plans to rebuild the temple instead of waiting on God, and how it encourages Christians to focus on Christ's return instead of his current work. At times though, I did feel the story got a little bogged down with the repeat of similar arguments, just from different people.

I'm always impressed with how easily Sigmund Brouwer can write so many different styles seemingly with easy. I've read his slow southern approach, historical fiction, serial killer mystery, and now a fast paced, middle east thriller. If you're familiar with Brouwer, you won't be disappointed. As with previous books, Fuse of Armageddon is well written with excellent characters. From the hero Quinn to the terrorist Safady, each character is developed with a personality and a voice worth listening to.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Long "Beach" Read February 10, 2009
I read the majority of this novel while on vacation. And it went past that even. Fuse of Armageddon is a large/long novel.

In a nutshell, this the response to the Left Behind series. Where Left Behind talks about the biblical end times as if they were to happen on our lifetime, Fuse of Armageddon speaks on the idea that it has already happened a long time ago. And the people who believe Left Behind theology could actually cause much more destruction than they realize.

Mulvaney Quinn is a hostage negotiator whose wife and daughter were killed when a suicide bomber destroyed the bus they were on. He is called in to speak to the terrorist who kidnapped a group of Christians when they were touring Israel.

What Quinn doesn't know is that there are powerful men pulling the strings behind-the-scenes who want to see their vision for Israel and Palestine come true.

If their plan succeeds, life would forever change on this planet.

While not as pop culture as Left Behind was, this story does give the reader a different look on how religion plays a part in our dealings with the Middle East.

If you can get past the length, Fuse of Armageddon is a nice "beach" read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great writing inspite of my serious disagreements February 24, 2013
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Brouwer writes an engaging tale with a specific audience and intent in mind. He wishes to persuade Evangelical Christians that pre-millenial dispensationalism is critically flawed. His major argument is that God does not have a special place for ethnic Israel in the end times--that all humans are indeed equal, and that anyone who embraces the truth of Jesus gains all the promises made to Israel in the Old Testament. He suggests that all those passages in the book of Revelation that have been interpreted to relate to Israel at the end of time actually took place at the end of the first century. For knowledgeable Christians the issue is both important and urgent. For everyone else, Brouwer suggests it is still important because these Evangelicals are supporting Israel--right or wrong--and are immoral in this dismissal of the plight of the Palestinians.

While the topic is important, it largely involves politics and theology--so could be incredibly boring. Brouwer instead brings us an engaging story involving private security consultants, the CIA, IDF and Mosad, as well as radical Islamic terrorism. He gives us interesting and relatively believeable characters, most of whom come with surprising depth. So, the writing is top-notch. Also, the plot moves at a solid, suspenseful pace--with enough turns to keep many guessing.

What detracts from the book is some heavy-handed devices. The televangelist is presented as a flamboyant, insincere, milquetoast--until he makes the easy conversion in his thinking. By embracing Preterist eschatology (basically, that 'end times prophesies' ended 1900 years ago) he rapidly transforms into a compassionate, inwardly centered, brave man. His son, Brad, does not change his mind, and so is condemned to being a pawn, an idiot, and a jerk.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Major page-turner December 7, 2007
I tend to read more nonfiction than fiction, but I must say I've enjoyed all 3 books in this series. All 3 have been definite page-turners.

The plot is a little complicated at times and it can be hard to keep track of what's going on. Especially since the book keeps you guessing at a lot of characters' real intentions (which is one of the things that keeps this book so interesting). Although the book makes no effort to make the ending surprising, the characters keep you guessing and there's suspense until the very end.

One reviewer commented that this book is a bit of a Trojan horse for Hanegraaff's ideas, which is true. A few scenes were obvious devices to work the theology in, but at least the scenes were still plausible and didn't seem too out of place. As Hanegraaff often says on his radio show, ideas have consequences, and the authors try to show that here. Dispensationalism has major consequences for the Middle East and our foreign policy.

My only complaint was that this book was completely unrelated to the last two in the series. I hope the authors write another "Last Disciple" book soon so I can find out what happens to those characters too.

Overall, I'd recommend this book, both for its ideas and the story itself. It's very good on all accounts, and a very worthwhile read that will certainly entertain you and may transform your thinking while it's at it.
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Although a bit overwritten, the story arc moved well. The work was thought provoking and actually pretty scary. Hopefully it remains fiction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense, balanced view of Israel/Palestinian conflict.
This is the first balanced view of the Israel/Palestinian conflict I have ever read. Suspense, great characters, twists and turns that are not expected!
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If you know anything about the Left Behind series, you know a vast population of Christians believe that the events of Revelation are coming in the near future. Read more
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I have been an avid reader of "End time fiction" for a number of years, and have read both Christian and secular perspectives.. Read more
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Well worth the time to read. Great story and love the theology weaved in. Well worth the read. Highly recommended.
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