The Kremlin Conspiracy by Joel C. Rosenberg

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. Tyndale House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.

The Kremlin Conspiracy by Joel C. Rosenberg

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Marcus Ryker, a U.S. military veteran and former Secret Service agent, is dead set on preventing what is likely to become nuclear war in The Kremlin Conspiracy, a novel by author Joel C. Rosenberg.

So. This is the third thriller I’ve read by this author, and given that I see a needed sequel in this one’s future, I’m not ready to say too much about what’s in it. Indeed, I’m barely even ready to exhale, after the ride this novel took me on.

I finished it in much less time than it usually takes me to read books of this length, but that’s happened with me and a Rosenberg read before. I almost didn’t like how “on edge” I was through a good deal of this one, as there were times when I practically balked at turning a page, not feeling ready to see what would happen next. But, of course, I couldn’t hold out for long. Had to keep turning pages.

I will say this, though. The storylines of two key players (Marcus, along with Oleg Kraskin, a senior aide of the Russian president) progress simultaneously through the years in this book, and I somewhat prefer Oleg’s storyline, considering how it develops/affects his character. Marcus’s storyline, though it even went so far as to make me cry in the middle of it, seems to suffer a bit more from the chunks of years that pass. The story briefly brushes over what must be some major turning points in his family and spiritual life, and it does so after the fact, more than once.

But on the whole, this thriller had me all in. Now I’m waiting to see what more must be coming…

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Here are my thoughts on the second Marcus Ryker novel, The Persian Gamble.

 

Without Warning by Joel C. Rosenberg

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. Tyndale House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.

Without Warning by Joel C. Rosenberg

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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The president of the United States, Harrison Taylor, is about to deliver the State of the Union address, all set to assure the American people that their greatest foreign threat is being squelched. New York Times national security correspondent J.B. Collins adamantly disagrees, beginning to fear that the president won’t take necessary action before it’s too late in Without Warning, a novel by author Joel C. Rosenberg.

Well. Even as riveted as I was to the J.B. Collins novel that precedes this one, The First Hostage, I don’t think a thriller has ever left me at such a level of shaken speechlessness when it finished. Not a thriller–not until now. And though I don’t altogether like having to snap out of speechlessness to come up with words for a book review, I can’t say I’d have it any other way, after being punched in the soul by this novel.

No, I’m not much of a political or doomsday kind of person, but this fiction lover appreciates being stretched by this type of reading. I’m not a big fan of sermons in novels or when a character seems to adopt some “church speak” at an unnatural speed, as I feel happens in this book. And I found J.B.’s thoughts to be redundant in places, as if he didn’t fully trust me to remember or understand the magnitude of what was happening.

But his story had me inhaling the pages in notably fewer sittings than I’d normally take for a novel of this length. And I’d highly recommend it to any other fans of ChristFic thrillers who can stand a solid punch in the soul.

Gee. Nothing like being punched in the soul by love.

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Here’s my review of the preceding novel, The First Hostage.

 

The First Hostage by Joel C. Rosenberg

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Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. Tyndale House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.

The First Hostage by Joel C. Rosenberg

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

(Click the title to find the book description/blurb.)

After scrambling for his life from a deadly scene in Jordan, New York Times journalist J.B. Collins is caught up in a mission to save the now missing U.S. president in The First Hostage by author Joel C. Rosenberg.

I stepped into the action of this high-stakes thriller without any knowledge of what happened in the novel that precedes it, but the story didn’t leave me feeling lost, and by a quarter of the way through, I was engrossed.

The first-person narration is rather conversational, which I hadn’t expected. The hero addresses the reader as “you” here and there, and his style keeps his story down to earth. I couldn’t help but to feel claustrophobic and unnerved by heights along with him, and particular disturbing and devastating scenes he comes across aren’t merely sensational, when seen through his eyes. Instead, the devastation can’t help but to pull on one’s compassion. Then, the story ends with enough of a conclusion to let you breathe (no jarring cliffhangers) but enough of an opening to leave you in anticipation for more.

The genre is still fairly new territory for me, but I’ve little doubt that this novel has much that will keep other thriller fans on the edge of their seats–or on their toes, as I was.

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Here’s my review of the next J.B. Collins novel, Without Warning.

Without Warning