Action, suspense, danger and intrigue fill the pages of this book, along with a lot of historical context. The Fuse of Armageddon by Sigmund Brouwer and Hank Hanegraaff (The Bible Answer Man) is quite a book!
The description from Amazon: Nothing more could go wrong for maverick hostage negotiator Mulvaney Quinn. First stabbed in the hand during a failed terrorist burst, then arrested for a hate crime he didn’t commit. Now Quinn must come face to face with his past in order to stop the worst terrorist threat of all time—a plot to bring about the ultimate religious uprising by destroying one of the most sacred relics in history.
But the Fuse of Armageddon has already been lit. With the clock ticking down toward a global catastrophe, Quinn must team up with the most unlikely ally of all—the woman who arrested him—to bring down an even more unlikely coalition of enemies. Facing an unholy trinity of a Jewish fanatic, a Muslim terrorist, and a “Christian” freedom fighter, only Quinn can stop them from achieving their goal. But will he be in time? Or is it already too late? Because when Armageddon is unleashed, the fate of the entire world hangs in the balance.
My review: If you know anything about the Left Behind series, you know a vast population of Christians believe that the events of Revelation are coming in the near future. This book, by contrast, puts forth the reasoning behind why some believe many of the events happened hundreds of years ago.
The historial information included in the dialogue sometimes felt forced, but I found it necessary for my own information. Explanations and details that put the current Israeli/Palestinian conflict into perspective helped me better understand some of the deeper issues inherent in the tensions. I’m sure I would not have understood some of the events within the novel without this additional information.
I also appreciated the glimpse into the thinking of those on the Palestinian side, as well as the obvious conflict within the main character as he tried to follow his faith without trampling on those many feel are completely in the wrong. The balance of sympathetic and infuriating characters on both sides of these events was well done.
Overall, this book is action-packed and kept me guessing until near the end on who was really the “bad” guy (besides the obvious terrorist). It also made me think about some things that I don’t often spend much time thinking about, which I love to find in fiction.
If you love learning history from fiction or need a good action-suspense novel, this might be the perfect book for you!
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