Nesbit, a former communications director to the vice president at the White House, has written a smart, globe-spanning tale of what could be, based on what already is, in world affairs today. Book one in the series "Principalities and Powers" includes characters and subplots from a secret prison camp in North Korea; a democratic movement in Iran; a fighter squadron from Israel; a soviet communist revival leader in Russia; and the office of the U.S. president, mixed into a fascinating doomsday scenario with fresh, simple twists. When Israel attacks Iran with stealth bombers purchased from the U.S., the world is on the brink, and a small group of people can save the world from destruction with two simple means of communication: a common cell and the bold strategy of talking directly to the enemy. The narration is generally crisp and realistic, though sometimes preachy and repetitive. While well researched, the book goes flat at the climax, where the author chooses summary instead of action. This novel notably and commendably resists the cardboard-cutout religious politics of many Christian fiction thrillers involving the Middle East. (Oct.)
"When Iran's nuclear program accelerates, alarmed Israelis launch stealth bombers. While fundamentalist Christians and Jews celebrate and Islamic populations rage, world leaders look for peaceful solutions. Robertson Dean handles Nesbit’s complex plot with precision. His depictions of the anxiety over peace talks aimed at permanently partitioning Jerusalem to settle the Arab-Jewish conflict capture Israelis’ genuine fears of their nation’s extinction. Dean's deft handling of diverse nationalities, dual genders, and varying ages ensures that listeners can easily keep track of characters and plot. The story’s subtle Christian perspective is portrayed through brief remarks and an occasional prayer that is essential to the story."
G.D.W. © AudioFile Portland, Maine
In his series launch, Nesbit asks, "What would happen if Israel were to attack Iran?" and imagines a terrifying world of possibilities. VERDICT This suspenseful page-turner will appeal to Christian thriller fans and readers who enjoy Stephen Coonts.