Damascus Countdown was 5th bestselling novel of 2013, reports Christian bookstore chain.

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The geopolitical thriller, Damascus Countdown was the fifth bestselling Christian novel of 2013 in one of the nation’s largest Christian bookstore chains, reports LifeWay.

This was the third and final novel in my trilogy about a nuclear showdown between Israel, Iran and Syria. It was released in hardcover in March 2013, and released in the Fall in softcover. It is also available as an audio book.

LifeWay Christian Resources is “one of the world’s largest providers of Christian products and services, including Bibles, Bible studies, research, church music and supplies, and digital services. The company owns and operates more than 180 LifeWay Christian Stores across the nation.”

The paperback edition is currently #18 on the ECPA’s “Christian Fiction Bestseller List” for December.

Thanks so much to all of you who have read, and reviewed, and blogged, and Tweeted about Damascus Countdown this year. I deeply appreciate your support.

In January, I’ll begin to tell you more about my next novel, which is scheduled to be released in the Spring.


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NETANYAHU WARNS IRAN LED BY “APOCALYPTIC CULT.” What does Shia eschatology teach? What do Bible prophecies teach about the future of Iran, Syria & Israel? “Damascus Countdown,” now out in paperback & audio formats, explores these very questions.

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>> NETANYAHU WARNS IRAN LED BY “APOCALYPTIC CULT…WILD IN ITS AMBITIONS”

Who is the Twelfth Imam? Do Iran’s leaders believe in the coming of a Shia Muslim “messiah” that will annihilate Israel and the United States and establish a global Islamic caliphate? What is the eschatology of the Iranian regime?

Meanwhile, what does Biblical eschatology teach? What do the ancient prophecies of Isaiah 17 & Jeremiah 49 say about the future of Damascus, and the future of Israel? What does the prophecies of Jeremiah 49 and Ezekiel 38-39 teach about the future of Iran?

Have these prophecies already come to pass, or are they yet to be fulfilled? If they are still ahead of us, how might they transpire?

With the future of Iran, Syria and Israel dominating headlines — and dominating the United Nations General Assembly’s Fall opening session — Tyndale House Publishers and I are excited to announce that Damascus Countdown released nationwide this week in paperback. The New York Times best-selling international political thriller is also available in hardcover, audio, and e-book formats.

Damascus Countdown is a novel that explores these very questions, and envisions one scenario of how some of these ancient texts could come to a cataclysmic conclusion.

What do you think? How do you see the prophecies, and do you think this novel offers a realistic scenario? 

I’d love to your feedback — the good, bad and the ugly. Please post your review via our “Epicenter Team Page” on Facebook or via Twitter, or on the Amazon and Barnes & Noble websites. For those of you who haven’t yet had a chance to read the novel, I hope you’ll have a chance to this Fall, and then please post your review as well.

Every author needs input from his or her readers, and I enjoy hearing from readers, even when they strongly disagree with me. Unfortunately, I don’t have the ability to respond personally to every letter, email, Tweet and Facebook post that comes in because of the volume. But I do try to read it all, as time permits. To me it’s an honor that you would not only read my books, but want to share your thoughts with me. I value such feedback, especially as I map out a new series and think about what is moving — and not moving — people intellectually, emotionally and spiritually.

Meanwhile, here are what some leaders have said about the novel in recent months:

Porter Goss, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency: “Whenever I see a new Joel Rosenberg book coming out, I know I need to clear time on my calendar. His penetrating knowledge of all things Mid-eastern — coupled with his intuitive knack for high stakes intrigue — demand attention. I’ve read them all, and been richly rewarded. I’m especially looking forward to Damascus Countdown.”

Danny Ayalon, Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister: “I’ve loved reading Joel Rosenberg’s books in the past — Epicenter especially comes to mind — and I can’t wait to read this new one, Damascus Countdown. Joel is a stalwart and faithful friend of the State of Israel. He’s a good personal friend. And he’s a great writer. He understands the grave dangers posed by Iran and Syria, and he’s been a bold and courageous voice for true peace and security in the Middle East. If you haven’t read his work yet, I hope you will.”

Lt.-General (ret.) Jerry Boykin, former commander of Delta Force and former U.S. Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence: “Joel Rosenberg is the most knowledgeable and well-rounded author in America today regarding the realities of current events in the Mideast, North Africa, and the Persian Gulf. In fact, Joel is a true authority on the geopolitics and history of those regions, and speaks extensively about the serious threats that the Radical elements of Islam present to America and our close ally, Israel….Joel has an incredible ability to write both fiction and non-fiction in a way that the reader senses that they are part of the plot and often, on the front line. If you want to get a better understanding of what is unfolding in the ‘epicenter’ of today’s world, let Joel take you on an incredible and exciting journey.”

Rick Santorum, former U.S. Senator and presidential candidate:Damascus Countdown will be the most chilling, pulse-pounding thriller you read this year. It will be banned and burned in Tehran and Damascus, but it should be required reading in Washington and Jerusalem. Joel Rosenberg is a good friend and a great writer and he is spot on. Nothing threatens our national security more than the mullahs of Iran and the tyrants in Syria building and deploying weapons of mass annihilation, and an American President who doesn’t have the wisdom or courage to stop them in time. I’ve warned about this for years. Now Joel paints an eerie, terrifying, page-turning picture of a worst-case scenario coming to pass. You have to read this book, and then pray it never happens.”

Steve Forbes, editor in chief of Forbes magazine: “If there were a Forbes 400 list of great current novelists, Joel Rosenberg would be among the top ten.  More than a decade ago we kicked off one of his masterpieces, The Last Jihad, at a book party at the Forbes Media headquarters. Today millions see what we saw then, one of the most entertaining and intriguing authors of international political thrillers in the country. No wonder Joel has sold nearly three million copies – his novels are un-put-downable including his new one, Damascus Countdown!”

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Senior Israeli minister: Iran is on course to develop a nuclear bomb in 6 months: Does that mean Israel is preparing to strike? (Listen to “Damascus Countdown” as an audiobook.)

damascuscountdown-audiobook>> Senior Israeli minister: Iran is on course to develop a nuclear bomb in 6 months

(Washington, D.C.) — With the eyes of the world riveted on Syria, Iran and Israel — and interest in the current crisis, the prospect of a possible coming larger war, and the prophecies of Isaiah 17 & Jeremiah 49 concerning the future of Damascus growing — I’m getting emails, Facebook comments and Tweets asking me many questions about my recent novel, Damascus Countdown. It’s encouraging to see people so engaged in the book and the scenario it portrays, and curious about what the future really holds.

That said, not everyone who is interested in such things has the time to sit down read a work of fiction given their already busy lives.

So I’m very grateful to Brilliance Audio for producing Damascus Countdown — and all of my works of fiction and non-fiction — as audiobooks.

These audiobooks are available in abridged and unabridged formats, on CD, on MP3, and versions that can be immediately downloaded onto your iPod, or into iPhone, Android or other smart phones.

I love listening to all kinds of audio books, fiction and non-fiction, on my phone, whether I’m doing errands, driving long distances, on an airplanes (and I do a lot of flying), or on vacation.

If you haven’t listened to one of my books on audio yet, Damascus Countdown might be a good place to start.

You can find my audio books — produced by Brilliance — at your favorite local book retailer, and/or online through retailers such as:

>> Podcast #8: Joel addresses Iran Alive Ministries Banquet in Dallas, TX, on Jeremiah 49:34-39 and the future of Iran (9/13/13).


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Listen to “Damascus Countdown” as an audiobook.

damascuscountdown-audiobook(Washington, D.C.) — With the eyes of the world riveted on Syria, Iran and Israel — and interest in the current crisis, the prospect of a possible coming larger war, and the prophecies of Isaiah 17 & Jeremiah 49 concerning the future of Damascus growing — I’m getting emails, Facebook comments and Tweets asking me many questions about my recent novel, Damascus Countdown. It’s encouraging to see people so engaged in the book and the scenario it portrays, and curious about what the future really holds.

That said, not everyone who is interested in such things has the time to sit down read a work of fiction given their already busy lives.

So I’m very grateful to Brilliance Audio for producing Damascus Countdown — and all of my works of fiction and non-fiction — as audiobooks.

These audiobooks are available in abridged and unabridged formats, on CD, on MP3, and versions that can be immediately downloaded onto your iPod, or into iPhone, Android or other smart phones.

I love listening to all kinds of audio books on my phone — whether I’m doing errands, or driving long distances, or on an airplanes (and I do a lot of flying), or on vacation.

If you haven’t listened to one of my books on audio yet, I’d encourage you to do so — Damascus Countdown might be a good place to start.

You can find my audio books — produced by Brilliance — at your favorite local book retailer, and/or online through retailers such as:


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Colbert Report pokes fun at Bible prophecy & “Damascus Countdown.”

colbertreport-Sept2013(Washington, D.C.) — Last night, comedian Stephen Colbert poked fun at the interview Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto recently did with me, and my novel, Damascus Countdown, in a segment entitled, ”Syria conflict & End Times Prophecy.”

I didn’t actually see the show, but friends emailed me the link to the video on the Colbert Nation homepage.

In case you’re interested, you can watch it by clicking here.


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