- Paperback: 270 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (May 6, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1482774372
- ISBN-13: 978-1482774375
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (506 customer reviews)
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The Last Israelis: an Apocalyptic Military Thriller about an Israeli Submarine and a Nuclear Iran Paperback – May 6, 2013
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Gripping, chilling...brings to mind...“Crimson Tide,” “The Hunt For Red October” and “U-571.” You’ll feel like you’re on the sub with the world on the brink of disaster. No matter what political side you're on, it's a must-read.
...Don’t start reading this novel if you have somewhere to be. You’ll probably miss your appointment.
--Alan Zeitlin, in NY Blueprint
"The Last Israelis" is full of surprises and unpredictable twists. The story has enough page-turning naval action to qualify as a military and geopolitical novel about a Middle East Armageddon, but it also entertains under the genre of psychological thrillers. The submarine space in which most of the story takes place provides a kind of social experiment that is more intense and compelling than any reality show: 35 men from completely diverse backgrounds who must survive or die together under regular and sometimes life-threatening challenges.
In addition to all of the human drama, the novel has a deeply philosophical element that provides all of the deliberative suspense of "Twelve Angry Men." The diverse submariners must struggle with the weightiest of moral questions as they vigorously debate how to make the toughest decision of their lives.
--Max Shaw in Israel National News
The book provides a picture of Israelis at work in one of the most claustrophobic and intense environments in the world -- weeks at a time in a submerged submarine in hostile waters...How each man got to be a member of the submarine force is part of the story, and [the] crew's diversity serves as an explanation for the views held in [their] debates on...the proper Israeli strategy.
"The Last Israelis" is a great read on a subject as current as the headlines, and the book poses a situation where none of the choices are good or easy.
--Richard Baehr in American Thinker
[The novel paints] a frightening picture of what the world could look like after Iran goes nuclear: a doomed Middle East with a nightmare scenario that hopefully never leaves the realm of fiction.
Most of the Armageddon thriller takes place aboard the Dolphin submarine, Israel’s "second-strike" answer to the existential threat posed by a nuclear Iran...The Dolphin’s crew members – and their discussions – are fascinating because they reflect the complexity and diversity of Israeli society.
There are descendants of Holocaust survivors; native Arabic speakers (one Christian and one Druze); the son of Persian Jews who escaped from the Iranian revolution of 1979; an Ethiopian who crossed Sudan by foot as a child to reach Israel; religious Jews who serve on a mostly secular crew; the atheist son of a Soviet Refusenik; a submariner who holds staunchly right-wing views and another who secretly attends leftist rallies; and a homosexual whose parents were among the Vietnamese refugee boat-people saved by Israel in 1977.
How do all of these people get along during months away from home, living in close quarters, facing deadly threats at sea? Their voyage has enough naval action and drama to rival the suspense of a Tom Clancy novel.
But the book is also an intellectual thriller, featuring some riveting debates about war, ethics, geopolitics, religion, and the protection of minorities. The author does an excellent job of giving voice to every political and philosophical perspective, and thereby shows the depth, diversity, and nuance of the Israeli body politic.
--Karen Brown in "Israel Today"
About the Author
Noah Beck has been telling stories and writing creatively since he was a child growing up on the West Coast of the USA. Despite early literary leanings, his two Ivy League degrees (or, more precisely, the debt that accompanied them) diverted him to over a decade of corporate jobs. He kept his sanity with extensive journaling and globetrotting to over fifty countries, while maintaining a large collection of story ideas waiting to be developed when he finally decided to turn his real passion into a career. In 2012, world events provided the final catalyst that Noah needed to start writing full-time. As a news junkie concerned about the many dangers of a nuclear-armed Iran, Noah worried that time was running out for a solution to be found. With effective sanctions in place far too late and Iran skillfully manipulating diplomatic discussions to continue its nuclear enrichment activities, he feared that the international community might actually fail to stop the threat. Thus, Noah decided to drop everything, quit his job, and write a cautionary tale that highlights the perils of a nuclear Iran, in the hope of contributing to and influencing the public debate. The result of that effort is the military and psychological thriller titled “The Last Israelis.”
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Top Customer Reviews
Beck is at the front edge, rather than the middle or the late/mature chapter, of his career as a novelist. His characters are sometimes thin, even brittle, but this does not keep him from telling a riveting tale.
His characters manage to exemplify many features of contemporary Israeli demographics, and to underscore reductive myths about what 'Israel' and 'Israelis' are like. Exhibit A: Israeli submariners of divergent origins cite their rabbis an debate that runs for and against preemptively annihilating their Persian foes.
The fact that serious people live with the fears that motivate this novel should be enough to give THE LAST ISRAELIS a toehold on your reading list. The fact that it's a page-turner of a read might get it up and over the hump.
Buried amid all the seemingly urgent hyperbole of current events over the antics of ISIS, Hamas, and a myriad other Islamic players and the reactions they illicit on the global stage; is the slow, persistent yet aggressive march of IRAN towards realizing FULL NUCLEAR WEAPONS CAPABILITY.
While the world’s media and general population are kept breathless and preoccupied by “always fresh” reports of bombings and beheadings; IRAN is successfully able to release much money once held by sanctions. It has also managed to delay nuclear disarmament talks repeatedly.
Their smokescreen is working!
The Last Israelis by Noah Beck may be a work of fiction but, as I monitor the simultaneous events spanning the globe, it eerily edges closer to reality.
In my youth I enjoyed and savored the science fiction, short stories of Ray Bradbury. Who would have known that almost everything he wrote about would become so ubiquitous in our day, just a few decades on?
I shudder to think that what Noah Beck wrote as a warning to our world leaders would go unheeded and we would awake one day realizing it has become non-fiction.
Noah Beck writes intuitively but with a firm grasp of current events and human nature.
There are many lessons about choices and the far-reaching effects of our decisions that we can learn from The Last Israelis…time will be well served if we read it; if only to make sure that it does stay a work of fiction.