THE BEIRUT PROTOCOL by Joel C. Rosenberg

A Marcus Ryker Series Political and Military Action Thriller, Book 4

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From the New York TimesUSA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author!

A game-changing peace treaty between Israel and the Saudis is nearly done.

The secretary of state is headed to the region to seal the deal.

And Special Agent Marcus Ryker is leading an advance trip along the Israeli-Lebanon border, ahead of the secretary’s arrival.

But when Ryker and his team are ambushed by Hezbollah forces, a nightmare scenario begins to unfold. The last thing the White House can afford is a new war in the Mideast that could derail the treaty and set the region ablaze. U.S. and Israeli forces are mobilizing to find the hostages and get them home, but Ryker knows the clock is ticking.

When Hezbollah realizes who they’ve captured, no amount of ransom will save them―they’ll be transferred to Beirut and then to Tehran to be executed on live television.

In the fourth installment of Rosenberg’s gripping new series, Marcus Ryker finds himself in the most dangerous situation he has ever faced―captured, brutalized, and dragged deep behind enemy lines.

Should he wait to be rescued? Or try to escape? How? And what if his colleagues are too wounded to run?

This is the CIA’s most valuable operative as you have never seen him before.


Joel C. Rosenberg is the author of 16 novels, the majority set in a Middle East background.  He has an uncanny knack of hitting upon situations in that region that that are in the process of occurring or shortly do take place. His current novel, although published with the situation in place was undoubtedly written prior to the epic signing of peace agreements between Israel and previous enemies of theirs. These accords are, therefore, prophetic in nature although certainly based on the author’s close knowledge of regional shifts.     

Marcus Ryker is the main protagonist in the novel, and an individual that has appeared previously in four of Rosenberg’s books. The story opens with Ryker leading a small force out of Israel reconnoitering the border with Lebanon in preparation for the forthcoming visit of the U.S. president’s envoy in order to take part in the signing of the negotiated peace accords.  They have not crossed the border out of Israel but are attacked by a contingent of Hezbollah soldiers coming from Lebanon. Most of the accompanying Israeli troops are killed in the attack and Marcus, his assistant, and an Israeli minor officer are taken prisoner. The attack and the abductions are seemingly without reason with both the Israelis and Lebanese authorities blindsided by the attack and the kidnappings.     

By coincidence at the same time as the attack the supreme leader of Iran passes away from the cancer he has been fighting with infighting among the ruling committee beginning to shape up to name the successor. What does Iran and it’s changing of rulers have to do with the kidnapping is a basic part of the reasons for that happening. Other factors involved in the unfolding events are first that Marcus’ assistant is a female and certainly in danger of being raped and the Israeli minor official is the nephew of the Prime Minister. And there is another coincidence involved when one of the Hezbollah soldiers taking part in the raid turns out to be the younger brother of one of the main officers of that group.     

Marcus and his two companions are subjected to beatings and torture to obtain any information they may have. Certainly, if Hezbollah knew of Marcus’ true identify they would publicly execute him or even sell him to Iran for their public trial and subsequent execution.  And bringing the Israeli Prime Minister to a trial would be devastating for that country. The group was prepared for these eventualities and had false IDs ready. The Hezbollah are led to believe that they have three Americans in their hands all employees of the State Department.  Thinking possibly to have sold their captives as Israelis the price goes up when it is thought that they now have three Americans to barter.     

Rosenberg has given his readers one continuous adrenaline rush from the start with the capture by terrorists to an ending which clearly sets up the next book by the author. An all-night read – of course how could it be anything but.

4/2021 Paul Lane

THE BEIRUT PROTOCOL by Joel C. Rosenberg. Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (March 9, 2021). ISBN: 978-1496437891. 364 pages.

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