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The Last Israelis - an Apocalyptic, Military Thriller about an Israeli Submarine and a Nuclear Iran
 
 

The Last Israelis - an Apocalyptic, Military Thriller about an Israeli Submarine and a Nuclear Iran [Kindle Edition]

Noah Beck
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Apocalyptic military fiction with a powerful message. Iran has nukes. Israel’s leader is hospitalized. History is now up to 35 Israelis. Ethnically diverse. Ideologically divided. On a nuclear-armed submarine.
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In this gripping doomsday thriller "ripped from the headlines," Iran has threatened to destroy Israel while developing the nuclear capability to do so.

Struck by a medical emergency, Israel’s Prime Minister falls unconscious just as military action is needed to stop Iran’s nukes.

History is now up to 35 Israelis aboard the Dolphin – a powerful submarine armed with nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles.

Ship unity is crucial to mission success, but deep conflicts rise to the surface among crewmembers who are ethnically diverse and ideologically divided.

Tensions boil further from the rivalry between the captain and his deputy, and a childhood tragedy that quietly haunts a younger sailor whose psychological wounds could explode at any time.

Thus, in addition to the naval action and plot twists found in military thrillers and war fiction, character study and psychological suspense also feature prominently in the novel.

On their suspenseful voyage to Armageddon, the submariners must confront each other -- and pulse-pounding threats at sea -- before facing an unthinkable dilemma.

It will be the toughest decision of their lives – and it will determine the fate of the Middle East.
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GENRES: apocalyptic fiction, apocalyptic novel, apocalyptic thriller, nuclear thriller, submarine thriller, submarine fiction, submarine stories, submarine warfare, naval thriller, psychological thriller, geopolitical thriller, military thriller, war fiction, war thriller, Armageddon fiction, Armageddon novel, doomsday fiction, doomsday novel, Israel fiction

About the Author

Noah Beck has been telling stories and writing creatively since he was a child growing up on the West Coast of the USA. Despite early literary leanings, his two Ivy League degrees (or, more precisely, the debt that accompanied them) diverted him to over a decade of corporate jobs. He kept his sanity with extensive journaling and globetrotting to over fifty countries, while maintaining a large collection of story ideas waiting to be developed when he finally decided to turn his real passion into a career. In 2012, world events provided the final catalyst that Noah needed to start writing full-time. As a news junkie concerned about the many dangers of a nuclear-armed Iran, Noah worried that time was running out for a solution to be found. With effective sanctions in place far too late and Iran skillfully manipulating diplomatic discussions to continue its nuclear enrichment activities, he feared that the international community might actually fail to stop the threat. Thus, Noah decided to drop everything, quit his job, and write a cautionary tale that highlights the perils of a nuclear Iran, in the hope of contributing to and influencing the public debate. The result of that effort is the military and psychological thriller titled “The Last Israelis.”

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 460 KB
  • Print Length: 271 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1482774372
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008HEFVI2
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Coming Apocalypse? 14 July 2012
By Ctwink
Format:Kindle Edition
I was privileged to receive an advance copy of "The Last Israelis" and it was every bit as engaging as promised. When the Israeli Prime Minister awakens to receive intelligence that a nuclear Iran is only days away, he is left with a choice - what to do to safeguard his small nation when a Muslim nation that has vowed to destroy Israel can carry out the threat with just a push of a button. As the world's powers are sidelined by bickering and backroom deals, it appears that Israel is, as usual, alone.

Accentuating Israel's cultural history, which through immigration is much the same as the US' own "melting pot", the crew of the nuclear submarine Dolphin nevertheless share a love for their country (adopted or not) that is stronger than their differences. However, even family disagrees. Faced with the continual "first-strike" threats of Iran's leadership, will the crew of the Dolphin be able to come together to perform the ultimate "second-strike" duties should the unthinkable happen?

One part "Crimson Tide" and another part "Twelve Angry Men", the final third of the book is some of the fastest paced and most gripping literature I have ever read and I would hold it up against the writing of even the most established writers of political/military thrillers. Life on a claustrophic submarine is tough enough during peace time, but life on the Dolphin is made all the more tense when thoughts of family and old psychological scars rear their heads to mix with the stress of real-world ops.

At a time, when Israel's very existence is being threatened by the impending doom of a their belligerent Muslim neighbors, this book is not only hard hitting, but topical. Will the US come to the rescue of Israel or will they be forced to "go it alone" as has repeatedly happened throughout their history because of the rest of the world's entanglements with the oil-rich Middle East. A must read for everyone who loves this nation - no matter where they live.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is soooo realistic!! 1 Aug 2012
By A Customer
Format:Kindle Edition
The book amazing, I couldn't put it down! It was frightening to think that so many of the things in the book could come true so easily and so soon. I never even thought of the possibility that Iran can just buy nukes from Pakistan, I wouldn't be surprised if they do! I also really liked how the author portrayed Israeli society. So many people forget that 20% of Israeli citizens are Arab and the importance he places on that portion of the society is highly realistic and it is so great that he shows ARabs who are loyal to the State of Israel! Fantastic read!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Current "history." 24 July 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This Work of historical fiction is happening now. You will discover what is proceeding currently in the Middle East.

The first 20% of the book is foundational. You will get to know the characters. The strategy, tactics, and submarine operation that follow are fascinating.

This is a well-produced book. It has a great cover and the text is flawless. The book is well written and well edited.

This book will appeal to anyone interested in the Middle East, Israel, and/or naval warfare.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Read 7 Aug 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The Last Israelis shows the threat of Iran to global security. Israel must fight against all odds for the sake of her very existence and "the last Israelis" of the novel indirectly raise the question: when has a country truly survived and when has it been destroyed? This is a fascinating read that uniquely combines geo-politics, war, psychology, and culture.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It could easily happen 23 July 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
It could easily happen.

What if your country was about to be attacked, possibly annihilated, what if you held your nation's last means of defense, its final means of retaliation, and what if you are isolated, cut off, with no way to confirm the orders that you are given, and even those orders are confusing and contradictory.

This premise was made into a movie, Crimson Tide, with Gene Hackman and Denzel Washington. There is just one major difference: You country is too small to survive a concerted nuclear, chemical and conventional attack.

In fact, there is no country left for you to defend.

What then?

This is an amazing thriller that doesn't fit neatly into categories. It could be a techno-thriller but it does not have the emphasis on weapons systems that characterizes the genre. It is also a drama, with a deep philosophical undertone, and deep political meaning inside, all of it wrapped around a riveting story that will keep you turning pages, either paper or electronic ones.

I cannot wait for more books by Mr. Beck.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This book is a great read for political and news junkies like me who follow geopolitical issues and enjoy a page-turning drama. The first third of the novel gives readers a close look at the men who will ultimately be called on to make the toughest decisions of their lives. It all seemed very realistic to me, and I can only imagine how such a scenario could play out in the disturbing reality that is today's Middle East...

I loved how the beginning and the ending tied together so well and in such an unpredictable way...The book kept me guessing about how all of the suspense was going to climax...The language is also fairly sophisticated -- extremely well written with advanced vocabulary but still very readable.

Overall, a highly recommended book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular Account 16 July 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Let's see. How do you talk about a story like this without spoiling the plot. It's not easy.

This book was amazing. I am an American and a Gentile (Christian). I'm ashamed to admit that my knowledge of modern day Israel is very limited. After our post-9/11 military presence in the Mideast, hopefully most Americans have become much more informed about the region. I certainly try to keep informed, but I'm the first to admit that there are still big gaps in my understanding of the region and all of the players involved.

This book was very enlightening for me. I've been following the developments as Iran continues to build their nuclear arms program. Frankly I've been tensed every day, expecting Iran to move against Israel or Israel to preemptively strike Iran. As much as I hope neither of these outcomes occurs, it feels like that's that track we're on and one of these possible outcomes becomes more inevitable every day.

This story does an amazing job of exploring this precise situation. The characters in this story discuss the background of the problem and argue the pros and cons of Israel's possible options. All of these points are wrapped within a work of fiction. The story plays out as well as any Tom Clancy novel. As an avid Clancy reader, I couldn't put down Noah Beck's story, except that it felt much more real and therefore much sadder than Clancy's novels.

Whatever your opinion of Israel and whatever your current level of understanding, I highly recommend this book. The subject is timely and relevant. As Iran moves closer to becoming a nuclear armed state, we owe it to ourselves to personally consider this subject and evaluate our own positions vis-a-vis our longtime ally. In Beck's story, America behaved badly. Hopefully we will display more honor in real life.

I was provided this book for review.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, story line is very intriguing and probably ...
Excellent book, story line is very intriguing and probably has a great deal of truth contained within it. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Peter Williams
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor
Frankly this book just does not make the grade as a thriller and seemed to me to be a collection of conversations. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Stewart Rothwell
4.0 out of 5 stars If you prick us, do we not bleed?
Just before he orders a pre-emptive strike on Iran's nuclear facilities, the Israeli PM collapses with a brain tumour. Read more
Published 19 days ago by jacw2000
3.0 out of 5 stars This is indeed a good book. However
This is indeed a good book. However, I found it slow from the off set and although I knew most of the characters intimately, it was lacking in action. Still a good read though.
Published 24 days ago by S . Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
gripping story well written
Published 1 month ago by Dr. M. Seltzer
1.0 out of 5 stars rubbish
Not worth it. Would give 0 out of 5 if I could
Bot worth it. Would give 0out of 5
Published 3 months ago by T Nuttall
1.0 out of 5 stars All talk and no action
Whilst the premise of the book was good it was a great disappointment. Instead of an action packed military thriller all I got was detailed descriptions of the crew of a submarine... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Telford44
1.0 out of 5 stars All talk no action
This is the most boring book I have read in the Military Thriller section Back to realiable authers such as Stephan Coonts

All talk no action !!!
Published 5 months ago by David Soderberg
1.0 out of 5 stars Hopeless
The worst submarine book I've ever read. You keep thinking "this has to improve soon" - but it starts badly and "submerges" from there. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Tedious. Definitely not a thriller.
Although I agree with his thoughts about Iran I was bored with all the dialog. It was a political statement disguised as a military thriller.
Published 6 months ago by Terry B.
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