I've rarely read a book with such realistic situations portrayed for the Christian in today's world. I had only put this down for a week when I was reading a shocking article about mass killings of Christians in Iraq while the world is distracted with what is happening in Gaza. It had an almost erie feeling to it as it echoes one of the sub-stories in the book related to Syria. Needless to say, it was fascinating to get a perspective on the end-times prophecies of the Bible. The only reason I'm giving it four stars instead of five is that I was missing a few components, having not read the previous books related to this series. But, I will definitely search those out now!
Damascus Countdown is a fictionalized account of a war between Israel and much of the rest of the Middle East, which has banded together to form an alliance called the Caliphate. Eerily, it could very well be telling the story of todays conflict as much as a fictional future conflict, as it deals with the issues of the justice of preemptive strikes and civilian injuries and casualties, and the reaction of non-involved countries and their dilemma of joining a war thats not their own. But when a significant part of the world is at war, can any other caring nation claim to be noninvolved?
This is the 3rd and final installment of series of international thrillers by this author, but I had no difficulty jumping in at the end and understanding the story. There are about a half-dozen storylines, one from each country, running simultaneously, but they are well headlined to avoid confusion. The characters were wonderfully detailed, even in brief scenarios, so that they were very relatable (in some places, in a detestable way). This was a compelling, hard-to-put-down read that kept me on the edge of my seat to the very end. A must-read!
Damascus Countdown was just an average read for me. There was lots of action but to me it was just too much action. There was a lot of jumping around locations and characters that I couldn't keep up what going on and often found myself confused. I loved other novels by this author, but this one was not a good fit for me.