'The Kremlin Conspiracy'
By Ryan Steck (therealbookspy.com)
latest thriller is burning up the charts entering the Christian Bookseller's
Top 50 list this month at #2. His 2017 best seller, Without Warning,
the third in the J.B. Collins series, has also re-entered the
Suspense/Mystery list at #4.
Kremlin Conspiracy opens in 1999. A young Russian lawyer named Oleg
Kraskin plans to ask the father of his longtime girlfriend, Marina, for his
permission to propose to his daughter.
There's just one problem. . .
Marina's father is Aleksander Luganov, the former head of the Russian
Federal Security Service, current prime minister, and the man chosen to be
the next president of Russia.
Jumping forward a few years, twenty-one-year-old Marcus Ryker, a student
at the University of Northern Colorado, finds himself in jail - put there
for defending his mother against an abusive man who'd beaten her on more
than one occasion. Having acted in self-defense, Marcus eventually walks
free, but the sobering moment alters the trajectory of his life forever.
After graduation, Marcus abandons his original plans and joins the Marines,
something he hadn't previously considered.
Though a world apart, Rosenberg masterfully develops both Marcus and
Oleg, skillfully detailing their backgrounds and careers.
Russian President Luganov granted Oleg's request, hosted a great
wedding for his daughter and new son-in-law, and then welcomed Oleg into the
family business by making him an aid in the Kremlin. Marcus, meanwhile, who
experienced war first-hand on the battlefields in Afghanistan, got out of
the military, married a beautiful woman, started a family, and then joined
the United States Secret Service. Oleg, too, had a child and similarly
climbed the career ladder.
Eventually, both men find themselves at the peak of their professions.
Marcus is on the president's security detail, while Oleg (after proving his
loyalty) is promoted to senior aid, working directly under his powerful
As readers follow both characters, Rosenberg slowly reveals an evil force
lurking behind the scenes. Realizing the time to strike is now, while the
American president is distracted by the events unfolding in Iran and North
Korea, a czar rising within the Kremlin develops a plan to invade several
NATO countries just ahead of October 25th, the anniversary of the Russian
Revolution - a move that could trigger a major war with the United States.
Suddenly, the lives of Marcus and Oleg, two men on opposites sides of a
dangerous conflict, collide in full force as Rosenberg cranks up the
suspense, delivering his most stunning, high-stakes thriller yet.
Called a "modern-day Nostradamus" by U.S. News & World
Report after his first novel, The Last Jihad, came out in 2002,
Rosenberg has been known to write headline-beating thrillers. After writing
that five-book series and two back-to-back trilogies about the threat of
radical Islamic terrorism, Rosenberg has shifted his attention to Russia.
needed a new challenge and wanted to focus on a different part of the world,
different enemies. In this case, I kept finding myself drawn to Russia,"
Rosenberg told The Real Book Spy back in July of 2017.
"Moscow was once known as the seat of the 'Evil Empire' and I
believe it is once again emerging as the center of the most dangerous
government on the planet. Remember, Iran, al Qaeda, and ISIS just dream of
having nuclear weapons. Moscow not only has them but also has the long-range
ballistic missiles to hit every city in NATO and the United States. If they
reemerge not simply as a geopolitical challenge but an aggressive enemy, the
world will be headed down a very dark road."
Aspiring authors should take note of Rosenberg's deftly plotted story and
first-rate character development - he puts on a clinic for how to introduce
and bring along new characters. Some readers, especially early on, may find
the plot moving a tad slower than his past books, but that's clearly by
design. Rosenberg meticulously builds the necessary foundation for later on,
and, when you least expect it, he yanks the rug out from underneath you.
This is Joel C. Rosenberg at his absolute best, proving yet again that he's
one of the premier novelists working in the genre today.
With his knack for writing prophetic fiction, those who want an early
glimpse at what the world might look like in the very near future should
pick up Joel Rosenberg's latest thriller... Strap in and hold on tight,
The Kremlin Conspiracy is a high-octane thriller that will stun readers
and stay with them long after they turn the final page.
Joel C. Rosenberg
Rosenberg is a New York Times bestselling author of 13 novels and five
nonfiction books, with nearly 5 million copies in print.
He has been interviewed on hundreds of radio and TV shows, including
ABC's Nightline, CNN, CNN Headline News, C-SPAN, Fox News, MSNBC, The
History Channel, The Rush Limbaugh Show, The Sean Hannity Show, and The
Glenn Beck Show.
His articles and columns have been published by National
Review,FoxNews.com, CNN.com, the Jerusalem Post, World magazine, and the
Washington Times, among others. He has been profiled by the New York Times,
the Washington Times, and the Jerusalem Post.
Joel has spoken to audiences and met with religious and government
leaders all across the U.S. and Canada and around the world, including
Israel, Iraq, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, the UAE, Turkey, Afghanistan, Russia,
Germany, France, Belgium, Italy, India, South Korea, and the Philippines.
also addressed audiences at the White House and the Pentagon, addressed
members of Congress on Capitol Hill, members of the Canadian Parliament in
Ottawa, and a conference held at the European Union Parliament in Brussels.
Joel is the founder and chairman of The Joshua Fund (www.joshuafund.com),
a nonprofit educational and charitable organization he and his wife launched
in 2006 to mobilize Christians to "bless Israel and her neighbors in the
name of Jesus, according to Genesis 12:1-3."