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Peace Paperback – October 1, 2010
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From Publishers Weekly
Nesbit, a former communications director to the vice president at the White House, has written a smart, globe-spanning tale of what could be, based on what already is, in world affairs today. Book one in the series "Principalities and Powers" includes characters and subplots from a secret prison camp in North Korea; a democratic movement in Iran; a fighter squadron from Israel; a soviet communist revival leader in Russia; and the office of the U.S. president, mixed into a fascinating doomsday scenario with fresh, simple twists. When Israel attacks Iran with stealth bombers purchased from the U.S., the world is on the brink, and a small group of people can save the world from destruction with two simple means of communication: a common cell and the bold strategy of talking directly to the enemy. The narration is generally crisp and realistic, though sometimes preachy and repetitive. While well researched, the book goes flat at the climax, where the author chooses summary instead of action. This novel notably and commendably resists the cardboard-cutout religious politics of many Christian fiction thrillers involving the Middle East. (Oct.)
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The author says, "At no other time in history have the stakes been so high. Individuals and nations-states contend for power and control of the earth, and Israel is at the very center struggle." Jeff Nesbit has been a national journalist for many years. Who better to write Peace and give us an insight through eyes that have been in similar situations. Jeff pens a master chess match with very powerful pieces on this board of life, playing a dangerous game, with all its members racing to take over the world. There is no "do-over" button in this game...only massive destruction.
Jeff Nesbit answers questions such as "Is a Fisson-Fusion-Fission Doomsday bomb like the one in the novel built by North Korea - really possible?" Unfortunately, it is possible.....
"Is Iran, in fact, building secret uranium-enrichment facilities inside revolutionary guard compounds throughout Iran?" Yes, in at least one instance....
"Is it really possible to develop a world wide text-message network with data bases, media and messaging that work even in repressive, totalitarian countries?" Yes, absolutely....
"Would Israel really consider the use of tactical nuclear weapons to destroy Iran's nuclear weapons plants bunkered inside Iran's revolutionary guards' compounds?" According to published reports in the Times of London...Israel has drawn up plans to use tactical nuclear weapons...
When I looked at the map inside the book I'm amazed at the small size of Israel and the fighting that's gone on over that country. Alas, this is a Holy war and the fight is against principalities and powers, not flesh and blood! It's a fascinating and scary read when you realize most of the information in this book is real and/or close to happening.
You can't rush through reading Peace or you'll be lost. The author marks the top of each chapter with the location, so the reader knows where this chapter will take place. I had to stay focused in order to grasp all the author had to share. I'm not a history buff nor do I daily keep up with current events, so I struggled a little and consulted my husband, who is on top of current affairs, to verify many points in this book that didn't seem real to me. But to my dismay, they were. Jeff Nesbit was a national journalist and the director of public affairs in Washington, D.C. He sees and understands the global picture, has seen and experienced far more than he's put in this book I'm sure and explains the big picture of world events in a very unique and interesting way. This is the first book in the series...oh, my, buckle up your seat belt and get ready for his second book. I'm sure it will prove to be just as enlightening and make the reader realize that through technology the planet is a very small place; there are eyes and ears tracking information everywhere! It also reminded me that we need to pray for those in authority. Pray that they can decipher this information and determine what is "real". That is the rub!
The Book Club Network [...]
A page-turner that blends a geo-political-techno thriller with human interest and spiritual introspection, "Peace" offers a realistic look at the fragility of the Middle Eastern balance of power, if it can be considered a balance. Sound dry? Oh my, no!
What carries Mr. Nesbit's work beyond a scholarly treatise in "Foreign Affairs" is a gripping storyline that spans the gamut from the pristine Oval Office to a squalid covert prison camp in North Korea, the ornate halls of the Kremlin to a dusty tribal village in Malawi. What's surprising in that lopsided contrast is just who exerts more influence the outcome of the story.
If you like international thrillers that take you through scenarios seemingly impossible to resolve--but plausible to conceive--drenched in suspense and intrigue, you've got a treat in store for you in the pages of "Peace".
Nash Lee is the creater of mVillage, the worldwide communication network that functions through cell phones. Nash is able to communicate with oppressed leaders in Iran and North Korea to get the truth out. Kim Grace is an imprisoned North Korean who holds a deadly secret. Anshel Gould is the chief of staff for the US president, and has a bold idea for peace in the middle east. Adom Camara, is the closet-smoking, family loving, young, idealist US president. There are several other characters that resemble their real world counterparts. I would say all the characters are patterned after real life people, except for Camara. While he has the background and family life of President Obama, he isn't universally loved or successful like Camara is.
Nesbit creates a frightenly realistic scenario for another World War. I found the grand scope of the novel to be enjoyable. However, a novel like this actually needs to be longer to be able to go into the detail necessary to cover the scope of the novel. Since its only 360 pages, passages are filled with the author describing what has happened instead of showing us.
More interesting to me is the how a reader looks at this novel. Christians obviously have different ideas about Israel and the end of the world (Left Behind series) than non-Christians. So, your belief in Biblical prophesy will probably change how you view this book.
In the end, this book was too distant for me to love, but I still enjoyed it. The characters and scenarios were interesting, but the novel lacked the depth to truly pull me in.
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