Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Author: Joel C. Rosenberg
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Some time ago a friend began telling me about a series of books by Joel Rosenberg. I had some trouble getting my head around it as I knew Joel Rosenberg and could not imagine him writing in this genre. Long story short: wrong Joel Rosenberg. I know the science fiction writer, not the political thriller writer.
None the less, I avoided the recommendation as uninteresting and too familiar. This past week, however, surrounded with so many Filipinos that English was seldom heard and needing something to read I picked up Joel "C" Rosenberg's The Ezekiel Option for a quick read.
Today, having finished the book I went to look at Amazon's review (see below) and found it most unfortunate. It is most misleading to compare Rosenberg's books with the Left Behind series. While the subject matter may be similar the approach is completely different. Amazon's comparison is like comparing a corner store with Microsoft. Both are businesses but that is where the comparison ends. So it is with comparing Rosenberg with LaHaye.
This is a fast paced, political action thriller woven around the prophecies found in the book of Ezekiel and before you write them off as absurdities, you might wish to have a quick study. It is quite eerie how much of our current world scene lines up with ancient Bible prophecies.
One of those things that make you go, "Hmmmmm."
"Tyndale House hopes to repeat its megasuccess with Left Behind by signing Rosenberg, an evangelical Christian from an Orthodox Jewish background, for a third apocalyptic novel. Rosenberg sets his events several years after 9/11 and picks up the plot line from his The Last Days. A coup in Russia may have left beautiful CIA agent Erin McCoy dead, even as her fiancé, presidential adviser Jon Bennett, watches his "Oil for Peace" initiative fall apart. As Russia prepares for war, Israel faces annihilation and Babylon regains its original splendor, Dr. Eliezer Mordechai, former head of the Mossad and now a Christian, reflects, "The Scriptures were coming alive." He prepares a 37-page Bible-based brief known as "The Ezekiel Option," which postulates that supernatural powers will eliminate Israel's enemies. The number of exploding vehicles and dead bodies will have a "been there, done that" feel to readers of previous Rosenberg novels, but the story turns aggressively Christian, incorporating lengthy references to scriptural prophecy and the Antichrist, as well as conversion scenes. There's some heavy violence, including a beating, an elderly woman run over by a tank and a severed finger, but the book is better written and more complex than Left Behind, to which it will inevitably be compared."
(Originally posted to Multiply December 29, 2008)