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The Last Israelis - an Apocalyptic, Military Thriller about an Israeli Submarine and a Nuclear Iran by [Beck, Noah]
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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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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 70 customer reviews
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I will limit myself to one issue, namely the quality of the moral discourse in the book on whether to launch the nuclear missions. But recognizing its nature as a novel I upgrade it to three starts.

In terms of moral reasoning the discourse is bad. It ignores the nature of a negative decision as a choice just as a positive decision. Therefore the requirement of a special majority for deciding to attack introduces an anti-launch bias which prejudices the choice. A simple majority for either launching or not launching the missiles is the morally correct decision rule.

Also the reasoning ignores the value of retributive justice, which would require Iran as a society being destroyed, as Israel was. And, most serious of all, it does not develop consequential argumentation, with launching the missiles and directing them at proportionally destroying Iran serving to deter other countries from first nuclear strike, thus helping to prevent future mass-killings.

Furthermore, the launch at Iran as a whjole is likely to stimulate global control of nuclear weapons. In other words, however paradoxical it may seem, launching the missiles serves the cause of future global non-use of nuclear weapons (as well as of other emerging mass-killing weapons, such as mutated viruses synthesized in “kitchen laboratories,” as discussed in my most recent book).

Thus the central part of the book is a gross failure.

Professor Yehezkel Dror
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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The author even writes in his prologue that he wrote the book with the intention to change world opinion and the political minds of the world powers. He failed. He also failed to write a good book with a flowing narrative and gripping story line.

The plot is nothing new, in fact I wonder if the author wrote the main premise of the book after watching Crimson Tide. The two plots are way too similar to be a coincidence.

The story is completely character focused. Normally this would be a good thing, but in this case it was to the deterrent of the plot. The characters were in fact boring and superfluous to the story. The author spends so much time going through the back story of the sub crew that I ended up skipping the vast majority of the dialogue to get to the plot line. The characters in the book are a mess and it seems as if they were picked to ensure every ethnicity was accounted for. Dull, boring, or at least in the case of how the author wrote them anyway.

Unsurprisingly I won't be rushing out to read the authors next book.
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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 and how their families got to Israel in the first place. I rarely give up on a book without completing it but this one defeat me.
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I found this novel dramatic and potentially all to plausible. There were many things which either could have been or actually are straight from the pages of the newspapers. The scenes of the submarine are, as the should be very claustrophobic. And although familiar the conflict between the captain and his deputy was treated in a new way.
I also liked that we were introduced to the sub-mariners and their families, which really makes us care about what happens. The sailors also cover the wide-range of Israeli society.

A gripping and new take on the classic submarine armed with atomic weapons and one moreover that is very contemporary and all to realistic.

It gets off to a relatively slow start but the tension builds though out the whole, and I read it in one sitting, which did mean I was very tired for the following day.
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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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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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