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Joel C. Rosenberg is an American-Israeli communications strategist, non-profit executive, and a New York Times bestselling author of thriller books.

Born near Rochester, New York, he went to work as a research assistant for Rush Limbaugh after completing his studies at Syracuse University.

Rosenberg also worked as a campaign advisor for U.S. presidential candidate Steve Forbes.

Since switching his career from politics to writing, Rosenberg has drawn an elusive list of readers that include: Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, former President George W. Bush, former CIA Director Porter Goss, former Delta Force Commander General Jerry Boykin, former senior White House advisor Jason Greenblatt, Jordan’s King Abdullah II, and many more.

He runs a non-profit educational and charitable organization named The Joshua Fund, which has channeled over $50 million towards offering humanitarian relief to Holocaust survivors since its founding in 2006.

Joel currently lives in Jerusalem with his beloved wife Lynn.

More about Joel C. Rosenberg

Genre: Thriller

Born: 1967

United States

Website: https://joelrosenberg.com/

Non Series

  • The Auschwitz Escape (2014)

David Shirazi

  1. The Twelfth Imam (2010)
  2. The Tehran Initiative (2011)
  3. Damascus Countdown (2013)

J. B. Collins

  1. The Third Target (2015)
  2. The First Hostage (2015)
  3. Without Warning (2017)

Marcus Ryker

  1. The Kremlin Conspiracy (2018)
  2. The Persian Gamble (2019)
  3. The Jerusalem Assassin (2020)
  4. The Beirut Protocol (2021)

Political Thrillers

  1. The Last Jihad (2002)
  2. The Last Days (2003)
  3. The Ezekiel Option (2005)
  4. The Copper Scroll (2006)
  5. Dead Heat (2008)

Detailed book overview

Non Series

The Auschwitz Escape

Evil, unchecked, is the prelude to genocide.

As the Nazi war machine rolls across Europe, young Jacob Weisz is forced to flee his beloved Germany and join an underground resistance group in Belgium. But when a rescue operation goes horribly wrong, Jacob finds himself trapped in a crowded cattle car headed to southern Poland.

Sentenced to hard labor in the Auschwitz labor camp, Jacob forms an unlikely alliance with Jean-Luc Leclerc, a former assistant pastor who was imprisoned for helping Jews. They’ve been chosen for one of the most daring and dangerous feats imaginable―escape from Auschwitz.

With no regard for their own safety, they must make it to the West and alert the Allies to the awful truth of what is happening in Poland before Fascism overtakes all of Europe. The fate of millions hangs in the balance.

Author: Joel C. Rosenberg
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-1414336251
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers

David Shirazi

The Twelfth Imam

Tensions are rising in the Middle East. Iran’s president vows to annihilate the United States and Israel. Israel’s prime minister says someone must hit Iran’s nuclear sites “before it’s too late.” The American president warns against a preemptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities and says negotiations are the key to finding peace.

And amid it all, rumors are swirling throughout the region of a mysterious religious cleric claiming to be the Islamic messiah known as the Mahdi or the Twelfth Imam. Word of his miracles, healings, signs, and wonders is spreading like wildfire.

CIA operative David Shirazi was born for this moment. He is recruited and sent into Tehran with one objective: use all means necessary to disrupt Iran’s nuclear weapons program, without leaving American fingerprints and without triggering an apocalyptic new war.

A native Farsi speaker whose family escaped from Iran in 1979, he couldn’t be better prepared for the mission. But none of his training has prepared Shirazi for what will happen next.

Author: Joel C. Rosenberg
First Release: 2010
ISBN: 978-1414311647
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
The Tehran Initiative

Is it fiction, or is it real?

The world is on the brink of disaster. Iran has just conducted its first atomic weapons test. Millions of Muslims around the world are convinced their messiah―known as the Twelfth Imam―has just arrived on earth. Israeli leaders fear Tehran, under the Twelfth Imam’s spell, will soon launch a nuclear attack that could bring about a second Holocaust and the annihilation of Israel.

The White House fears Jerusalem will strike first, launching a massive preemptive attack against Iran’s nuclear facilities that could cause the entire Middle East to go up in flames, oil prices to skyrocket, and the global economy to collapse.

With the stakes high and few viable options left, the president of the United States orders CIA operative David Shirazi and his team to track down and sabotage Iran’s nuclear warheads before Iran or Israel can launch a devastating first strike. But will they be too late?

Author: Joel C. Rosenberg
First Release: 2011
ISBN: 978-1414319360
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Damascus Countdown

This time, all eyes are not just on Iran, but on Syria as well.

Israel has successfully launched a first strike on Iran, taking out all of their nuclear sites and six of their nuclear warheads―and causing The Twelfth Imam to order a full-scale retaliation. U.S. President William Jackson threatens to support a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning the Jewish State for unprovoked and unwarranted acts of aggression. Meanwhile, CIA operative David Shirazi has infiltrated the Iranian regime and intercepted information indicating that two Iranian nuclear warheads survived the attack and have been moved to a secure and undisclosed location.

In danger not only from the ongoing missile strikes on Iran but also from the increasingly hostile and suspicious governments of multiple countries, David and his team are in a race against time to find the remaining nuclear warheads before disaster strikes.

Author: Joel C. Rosenberg
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-1414319711
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers

J. B. Collins

The Third Target

When New York Times foreign correspondent J. B. Collins hears rumors that an al-Qaeda splinter cell―ISIS―has captured a cache of chemical weapons inside Syria, he knows this is a story he must pursue at all costs.

Does the commander of the jihadist faction really have weapons of mass destruction? If so, who is the intended target? The U.S.? Israel? Or someone else?

With tensions already high, the impending visit of the American president to the region could prove to be the spark that sets off an explosion of horrendous proportions. Knowing that terrorist forces are already trying to bring down two Arab governments in the region―Iraq and Syria―can Collins uncover the truth before it’s too late? Or will the terrorists succeed in setting their sights on the third target and achieving genocide?

Author: Joel C. Rosenberg
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-1414336282
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
The First Hostage

The president of the United States is missing.

Three years before Clinton and Patterson, another New York Times bestselling author of thirteen international thrillers, Joel C. Rosenberg, posed this chilling scenario: What if the Islamic State captured the most valuable hostage in history?

Award-winning journalist J. B. Collins, reporting from the scene of a devastating attack by ISIS terrorists in Amman, Jordan, puts the entire world on high alert―the U.S. president is missing and presumed captured.

With Israeli and Palestinian leaders critically injured and Jordan’s king fighting for his life, the allies are reeling and hopes for the peace process are dashed. As the U.S. government faces a constitutional crisis and Jordan battles for its very existence, Collins must do his best to keep the world informed while working to convince the FBI that his stories are not responsible for the terror attack on the Jordanian capital. And ISIS still has chemical weapons.

Struggling to clear his name, Collins works frantically with the Secret Service to locate and rescue the leader of the free world before ISIS’s threats become a catastrophic reality.

Author: Joel C. Rosenberg
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-1496406194
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Without Warning

As he prepares to deliver the State of the Union address, the president of the United States is convinced the Islamic State is on the run, about to be crushed by American forces once and for all. But New York Times foreign correspondent J. B. Collins tells the president he’s dead wrong.

With the Middle East on fire, the Israeli prime minister dead, and Amman in ruins, Collins fears a catastrophic attack inside the American homeland is imminent. He argues that only an all-out manhunt to capture or kill Abu Kahlif―the leader of ISIS―can stop the attack and save American lives. But will the president listen and take decisive action before it’s too late?

Author: Joel C. Rosenberg
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-1496406200
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers

Marcus Ryker

The Kremlin Conspiracy

Everything he learned to protect our president, he must use to take out theirs.

With an American president distracted by growing tensions in North Korea and Iran, an ominous new threat is emerging in Moscow.

A czar is rising in the Kremlin, a Russian president feverishly consolidating power, silencing his opposition, and plotting a brazen and lightning-fast military strike that could rupture the NATO alliance and bring Washington and Moscow to the brink of nuclear war.

But in his blind spot is former U.S. Secret Service agent Marcus Ryker, trained to protect but ready to kill to save his country.

Author: Joel C. Rosenberg
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-1496406217
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
The Persian Gamble

A terrifying nuclear alliance among three world powers―Russia, Iran, and North Korea.

A deadly mission former US Secret Service Agent Marcus Ryker must risk to halt their deadly strategy.

Shot out of the air in enemy territory in the middle of the greatest international crisis since the end of the Cold War, former U.S. Secret Service agent Marcus Ryker finds himself facing an impossible task.

Not only does he have to somehow elude detection and capture by Russian special forces, but he must convince his own government to grant safe harbor to the one man responsible for the global mayhem―Russian double agent and assassin Oleg Kraskin.

While frantically negotiating with his contacts in the White House, Marcus learns that the unstable North Korean regime plans to use the international chaos as a smokescreen to sell nuclear weapons to Iran. With the fate of the entire free world on the line, Marcus makes a deal with the U.S. government―he will go back to work as an international operative and track down the WMDs before they end up in the hands of those with the determination and the means to use them.

Marcus and Oleg worked together once before to avert a world war. Can they now find a way to stop world destruction?

Author: Joel C. Rosenberg
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1496406224
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
The Jerusalem Assassin

The enemy is invisible and moving fast. The body count is rising. And time is running out.

Marcus Ryker has spent his entire career studying killers. One thing he knows for sure: a peace summit is the ultimate stage for an assassination.

President Andrew Clarke is determined to announce his historic peace plan from the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. But when senior American officials who support the plan begin violently dying, Clarke orders Ryker and his team of CIA operatives to hunt down those responsible and bring the killing spree to an end.

When the Palestinians denounce the American plan, the Saudis signal they may be ready to forge a historic treaty with Israel. Could the Saudi king’s support be the missing ingredient that will lead to peace at long last?

Ryker soon uncovers a chilling plot to kill the American president. A well-resourced international alliance is dead set against the peace plan. They will stop at nothing to strike a blow against the Americans and seize leadership of the Muslim world.

With all eyes on Jerusalem and the president in the crosshairs, it’s up to Ryker to eliminate the terrible evil that’s been set in motion. The fate of the region depends on his success. He has 48 hours.

Author: Joel C. Rosenberg
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-1496437853
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
The Beirut Protocol

A game-changing peace treaty between Israel and the Saudis is nearly done. The secretary of state is headed to the region to seal the deal. And Special Agent Marcus Ryker is leading an advance trip along the Israel-Lebanon border, ahead of the secretary’s arrival.

But when Ryker and his team are ambushed by Hezbollah forces, a nightmare scenario begins to unfold. The last thing the White House can afford is a new war in the Mideast that could derail the treaty and set the region ablaze. U.S. and Israeli forces are mobilizing to find the hostages and get them home, but Ryker knows the clock is ticking.

When Hezbollah realizes who they’ve captured, no amount of ransom will save them―they’ll be transferred to Beirut and then to Tehran to be executed on live television.

In the fourth installment of Rosenberg’s gripping new series, Marcus Ryker finds himself in the most dangerous situation he has ever faced―captured, brutalized, and dragged deep behind enemy lines.

Should he wait to be rescued? Or try to escape? How? And what if his colleagues are too wounded to run?

This is the CIA’s most valuable operative as you have never seen him before.

Author: Joel C. Rosenberg
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-1496437907
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers

Political Thrillers

The Last Jihad

Jon Bennett and Erin McCoy are two of the shrewdest strategists on Wall Street and close friends of the president of the United States. Their secret project: a billion-dollar oil deal off the coast of Tel Aviv and Gaza that could form the basis of a historic peace treaty and bring enormous wealth to every Israeli and Palestinian. But nothing has prepared Jon or Erin for the terror that lies ahead.

Terrorists hijack a jet plane and fly a kamikaze mission into an American city

Israeli commandos foil a nuclear attack but find evidence that the next targets could be Washington and New York

And suddenly the United States finds itself in a war in the Middle East over terrorism and weapons of mass destruction that forever changes the course of human history

As the plot unfolds, White House advisors Jon Bennett and Erin McCoy are under attack in Jerusalem as the U.S. goes to war with Iraq over weapons of mass destruction―but The Last Jihad was published four months before the actual Iraq war began.

Author: Joel C. Rosenberg
First Release: 2002
ISBN: 978-1414312729
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
The Last Days

Osama bin Laden is dead. Saddam’s regime is buried. Baghdad lies in ruins. Now the eyes of the world are on Jon Bennett and Erin McCoy, two senior White House advisors, as they arrive in the Middle East to offer a historic Arab-Israeli peace plan and the American president’s new vision of freedom and democracy.

But in the shadows lie men whose hearts are filled with evil―men for whom the prospect of peace goes against everything they believe. And soon one terrifying scheme after another begins to unfold:

An Iranian plot to send suicide bombers into the U.S.

A terrorist plot to assassinate the prime minister of Israel

A Jewish plot to blow up the Dome of the Rock

As Jon and Erin face a battle for control of Jerusalem and the Holy Land and an Iraqi plan to rebuild ancient Babylon, they can’t help but wonder: are such signs evidence that they are living in the last days before the return of Christ?

Author: Joel C. Rosenberg
First Release: 2003
ISBN: 978-1414312736
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
The Ezekiel Option

What if the end is closer than you think?

Saddam Hussein is gone. Yasser Arafat is dead. An American president is trying to spread freedom and democracy throughout the Middle East. But suddenly new evils loom on the horizon. A dictator is rising in Russia. Iran is feverishly building nuclear weapons.

A new Axis of Evil is emerging, led by Moscow and Tehran. And Jon Bennett and Erin McCoy―two senior White House advisors―find themselves facing the most chilling question of their lives: Is the world rushing to the brink of an apocalypse prophesied more than 2,500 years ago?

Author: Joel C. Rosenberg
First Release: 2005
ISBN: 978-1414303444
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
The Copper Scroll

In 1956, a scroll was uncovered that shocked the world.

The world is about to be shocked again.

On June 1, 1956, the New York Times broke a story that captured the imagination of the world. Another Dead Sea Scroll had been found, unlike any before it, describing unimaginable treasures worth untold billions buried in the hills east of Jerusalem and under the Holy City itself.

In the years that followed, some scholars came to believe the Copper Scroll could be history’s greatest treasure map, one that could lead to the discovery of the Second Temple treasures and the building of the Third Jewish Temple.

But the scroll’s code has never been broken, and experts from all sides warn that any effort by Israel to rebuild their Temple in Jerusalem would undoubtedly unleash a war of biblical proportions.

Now, more than fifty years after the Copper Scroll was unveiled, New York Times bestselling author Joel C. Rosenberg takes you on his most exciting and heart-pounding ride yet.

Saddam Hussein is gone.

Yasser Arafat is dead.

A new Iraq is rising.

But so, too, is a new evil, and now White House advisors Jon Bennett and Erin McCoy find themselves facing a terrifying new threat triggered by an ancient mystery.

Author: Joel C. Rosenberg
First Release: 2006
ISBN: 978-1414303475
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Dead Heat

The stage is set for war:

Oil prices are surging to record highs.

A new dictator is rising in Iraq.

China is threatening Taiwan.

North Korean forces are ready to strike south.

Israel is feverishly trying to complete the Third Temple.

And in the midst of a world ready to explode, American president James MacPherson’s second term is ending. The battle to succeed him is heating up into the most fiercely contested presidential election in American history. Who will lead a bitterly divided country over the next four years? And just what role―if any―does the US play in history’s last days?

As the presidential campaign narrows to a dead heat, the Secret Service learns of a catastrophic terrorist plot to assassinate one of the candidates―but which one? Whom do they want dead? And can US forces stop the terrorists before millions lose their lives?

Author: Joel C. Rosenberg
First Release: 2008
ISBN: 978-1414311623
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers