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The Last Israelis - an Apocalyptic, Military Thriller about an Israeli Submarine and a Nuclear Iran Kindle Edition
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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
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.
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.
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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WORST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ, NOTHING HAPPENS.I WAS GLAD TO FINISH IT!!!!!Published 10 months ago by Mr. Mark A. Parker
A pathetically unbelievable and soppy book. Yes it is about an Israeli nuclear sub on what turns out to be a retaliatory strike against Iran following the devastation of Israel. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Chris Lee
What a waste of time. The first 50% of the book reviews the crews bio/cv's. The second 50% is given over to the crew debating the philosophy of a retaliatory strike. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Swansea Jack
Not the best written book but a must read. The content of it is frightening and all too close to what could happen. Fingers crossed its fiction not a prophecy.Published 15 months ago by Jonathan Simpson
Scary, but it gets you thinking - very punchy and well put together, especially given that it's a comparatively short story.Published 16 months ago by Mr. Derek L. Williams