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The Jerusalem Assassin–deadly peace proposal

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The Jerusalem Assassin

by Joel C. Rosenberg

The Jerusalem AssassinNot every book is a good match for every reader. I think that may have been the case for me and Joel C. Rosenberg’s The Jerusalem Assassin which is a Christian political thriller. Most of this book is the setup for a very convoluted assassination plot involving groups of high level leaders and secret operatives from seven countries as well as a terrorist group.

It becomes apparent to world leaders that the president of the Palestinian Authority “doesn’t want to go down in history as the man who made peace. He wants to be remembered as the man who refused to surrender to the ‘criminal Zionists’…” In response, the leaders of the United States, Saudi Arabia, and Israel decide to meet on the Temple Mount and announce a peace proposal. Unfortunately, that opens the door for a targeted attack on the leaders of those countries.

Without the included Cast of Characters, I would have been lost. Instead, I was able to follow plot development by continual back and forth referencing of unfamiliar names, slowing the reading down considerably. I can’t say I actually enjoyed the book until the final fourth when the action played out.

The main character is Marcus Ryker who is ostensibly working for the Diplomatic Security Service, but is actually a special operative for the Central Intelligence Agency. Highly trained, efficient, and trusted, he uses his many connections to obtain critical information. He is a caring Christian, but his job puts him and those he loves in danger. I learned a lot about the daily physical and weapon training for agents and also the complicated logistics involved in setting up security for a U.S. president for a special event abroad.

Although the scenario of world conflict and years of attempts at a Middle East peace settlement are real, the details of the book’s plot and the people involved are fictional providing the author with much flexibility in creating his story. The results are deadly for many of the characters.

I would like to extend my thanks to NetGalley and to Tyndale House Publishers for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 3/5

Category: General Fiction (Adult), Mystery and Thriller

Notes: 1. #3 in the Marcus Ryker Series, but this book did not appear to rely on very much background from other books. 

  2. This author has written many books, both fiction and nonfiction, that focus on the Middle East.

Publication:   March 17, 2020—Tyndale House Publishers

Memorable Lines:

They were coming, and he knew they were coming, and he knew why—they were coming to kill him and to kill the president and to kill anyone else who got in their way. They were coming to settle scores.

…he and his son-in-law “must have undergone a Vulcan mind meld at some point, so unified are their views on theology and politics and even where in the Old City to buy the best baklava.”

Mahdi, the long-awaited Promised One…when that savior came, he would finally judge the Jews, the Christians, the atheists, the agnostics, and the pagans. Indeed, the Mahdi would judge every infidel and do so with fire and fury such as the world had never seen nor imagined.


  1. Cozynookbks says:

    Great review, Linda. Although, “Christian political” sounds like an oxymoron to me. Sorry this one didn’t work for you until nearly the end.

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    • lghiggins says:

      When I posted my review on Amazon, I saw that it had 85% five star rating and a five star average. I’m in the minority with this one. I guess there is a following for political thrillers. It just didn’t do it for me. I see your point with “Christian political” as an oxymoron in this time so fraught with political discord. The protagonist is a Christian, and there is an underlying Christian theme especially with the Temple Mount backdrop.

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      • Cozynookbks says:

        Ohh..I was referring to Jesus as being politically neutral and in favor of his father’s kingdom and not any of the political governments. He never got involved in the world’s politics and never encouraged his followers to do so. He taught them to show respect for the superior authorities, but to be “no part of the world.” This gives them freedom of speech to preach to anyone, never being on the side of one party. That’s why I thought it an oxymoron.

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      • lghiggins says:

        I’m glad you clarified as I obviously took it the wrong way. You, of course, are correct in Jesus being a role model for us with regard to the political arena.


  2. Thanks for your review. Too bad it wasn’t a fit for you but I can see why.

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  3. Thanks for another honest review, this one does not appeal, there’s too much real things we’re currently worried about to add it to our leisure time!

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