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Fuse of Armageddon by [Brouwer, Sigmund, Hanegraaff, Hank]
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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.


Product Details

  • File Size: 1667 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (January 17, 2008)
  • Publication Date: January 17, 2008
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000VLYOJQ
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By Melissa VINE VOICE on August 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
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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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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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. This book, by contrast, puts forth the reasoning behind why some believe many of the events happened hundreds of years ago.

The historial information included in the dialogue sometimes felt forced, but I found it necessary for my own information. Explanations and details that put the current Israeli/Palestinian conflict into perspective helped me better understand some of the deeper issues inherent in the tensions. I'm sure I would not have understood some of the events within the novel without this additional information.

I also appreciated the glimpse into the thinking of those on the Palestinian side, as well as the obvious conflict within the main character as he tried to follow his faith without trampling on those many feel are completely in the wrong. The balance of sympathetic and infuriating characters on both sides of these events was well done.

Overall, this book is action-packed and kept me guessing until near the end on who was really the "bad" guy (besides the obvious terrorist). It also made me think about some things that I don't often spend much time thinking about, which I love to find in fiction.

If you love learning history from fiction or need a good action-suspense novel, this might be the perfect book for you!
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Well written, interesting story, with a point not so suttle. Explains in fair detail how the typical endtime scenario that has been interpreted from the Bible and presented as the way it will happen could be mistaken. Also makes the point that all people are basically the same and worthwhile regardless of race or geographic location.... And that you will find examples of the negative in all cultures as well. Blanket generalizations of entire countries and peoples is gona lead to trouble and mistakes.
This will challenge your long held beliefs.
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