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Damascus Countdown (David Shirazi, Book 3) Hardcover – March 5, 2013
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Joel is a stalwart and faithful friend of Isreal and a great writer. He understands the grave dangers posed by Iran and Syria, and he's been a bold and courageous voice for true peace and security in the Middle East. If you haven't read his works yet, I hope you will" - Danny Ayalon, Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister
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"Joel Rosenberg is unsurpassed as the writer of fiction thrillers, they have a ring of truth that eerily echoes the news headlines. Sometimes I have to remind myself to breathe as I read one of his novels, because I find myself holding my breath in suspense as I turn the pages."--Anne Graham Lotz, speaker and bestselling author of Just Give Me Jesus
Damascus Countdown is fantastic - intense action, blistering pace, and eerie how close it is to real events in the Mideast, espeically with Iran so close to the Bomb and Syria melting down! Rosenberg always keeps me riveted.- Rush Limbaugh, Radio Host
Damascus Countdown will be the most chilling, pulse-pounding thriller you read this year. Joel is a great writer and spot on, he paints an eerie, terrifying, page-turning picture of a worst-case scenario coming to pass. You have to read this book, and then pray it never happens.- Former Senator Rick Santorum, author of American Patriots: Answering the Call to Freedom
Joel Rosenberg is unsurpassed as the writer of fiction thrillers! Sometimes I have to remind myself to breathe as I read one of his novels, because I find myself holding my breath in suspense as I turn the pages. Because his story lines are based on Biblical prophecy, they have a ring of truth that eerily echoes the news headlines. So I can't wait to read his latest novel that has just arrived, Damascus Countdown. Thank you, Joel, for novels that provide hours of reading pleasure . . . and that pack a meaningful punch! (Anne Graham Lotz, author and speaker)
Joel Rosenberg is one of the most knowledgeable people writing about the Middle East that I’ve had the honor to meet. He has a particularly clear understanding of what is going on in today’s Iran and Syria and the grave threat these two countries pose to the rest of the world. His is an important voice in a sea of misdirected and erroneous information that distorts the truth about the realities of these countries’ intentions. (Reza Kahlili, former CIA operative in Iran and best-selling author of A Time to Betray)
Damascus Countdown is fantastic―intense action, blistering pace, and eerie how close it is to real events in the Mideast, especially with Iran so close to the Bomb and Syria melting down! Rosenberg always keeps me riveted. (Rush Limbaugh)
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Each book is capable of standing on their own; however, the first one is really just an introduction to Books 2 and 3. Damascus Countdown had the most action and kept my interest. The books as well as the series makes you think about the ongoing situation in the Middle East and though conditions and events are always changing; it was fun to think about the "What ifs" that can always happen.
My issues were there with each of the stories. David became a Christian in Book 2, as a sort of Muslim he has zero understanding of Christianity and yet in Book 3 he is using the standard church style jargon to lead others to Christ. I wish that the author had had him talk in a way that would have been more like how a new believer might have communicated his new found faith without sounding like he had been sitting in the pews for decades. It needed more originality and less stuffiness.
Book 3 does not explain the relationship between Marseilles and David that well. The depth of their relationship as teenagers (for one week) and how they immediately as adults fall in love is a little strange at times since really throughout Books 1, 2 and 3 they spend about one hour together and a couple phone calls. It's mostly about their separation and thinking of each other. If you are looking for a bit of romance and the development of a relationship, it's not in this story.
Now that I think about it, there were a lot of questions about the relationships in David's family that were left unexplained throughout the series that bothered me too. David's brothers were basically estranged from their parents and I kept wondering why. Why have that as part of the plot and yet not explain how that came about? it was a distraction to the core of the story.
President Jackson comes off as kind of a pseudo President Obama. He is portrayed as so extremely unwilling to do anything militarily and somehow thinks that "If we just talk, we can all be friends" kind of diplomacy, it reminds me of Neville Chamberlain who tried to appease Hitler. It kind of confused me as to whether the author was leading up to the guy just being an idiot or if he was league with the Muslim world.
In each of the books the conclusion wasn't much of a conclusion and there were many little pieces of the story that were left unfinished. I wish that there had been a real chapter that went beyond the obvious romantic conclusion and tied up a few of those story lines regarding other characters, the president, and various governments. An enjoyable read, but not necessarily one that I will read again or make me want to read any of the author's other books.
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Non stop action
Wish the plot seemed more real