• The Persian Gamble

  • A Markus Ryker Novel, Book 2
  • By: Joel C. Rosenberg
  • Narrated by: Adam Grupper
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (3,087 ratings)

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The instant New York Times, USA TODAY, and Publishers Weekly bestseller!

“Joel C. Rosenberg continues to mix his unique blend of prophetic fiction and nonstop action unlike anyone else working today.” - The Real Book Spy on The Persian Gamble

“The plot is intriguing. The pace just keeps accelerating. A must read!” - Porter Goss, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency on The Persian Gamble

In the follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Kremlin Conspiracy, Rosenberg’s international thriller tracks a terrifying nuclear alliance among three world powers - Russia, Iran, and North Korea - and the deadly mission former US Secret Service Agent Marcus Ryker must risk to halt their deadly strategy.

Shot out of the air in enemy territory in the middle of the greatest international crisis since the end of the Cold War, former US Secret Service agent Marcus Ryker finds himself facing an impossible task. Not only does he have to somehow elude detection and capture by Russian special forces, but he must convince his own government to grant safe harbor to the one man responsible for the global mayhem - Russian double agent and assassin Oleg Kraskin. While frantically negotiating with his contacts in the White House, Marcus learns that the unstable North Korean regime plans to use the international chaos as a smokescreen to sell nuclear weapons to Iran. With the fate of the entire free world on the line, Marcus makes a deal with the US government - he will go back to work as an international operative and track down the WMDs before they end up in the hands of those with the determination and the means to use them. Marcus and Oleg worked together once before to avert a world war. Can they now find a way to stop world destruction?

©2019 by Joel C. Rosenberg (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Decent story marred by clumsy bible thumping

The headline for the review largely says it all. Decent plot, But excessive Christian pontification. Almost stopped listening at one point as a function of the overt nature of the author's agenda. If that doesn't bother you, rock on.

But I will not be buying any further titles from this author. There are simply too many other choices out there that don't whack me over the head with someone's religious agenda.

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Ugh...not good.

I’m a Christian too — but this was just a bait and switch religious propaganda nonsense, disguised as a thriller.

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Should be listed under Christian literature

I am 2/3 through the book and I quit. The story, while a bit disjointed, is okay. The reader is terrific. But the author, for no literary reason that I can understand, inserts multiple references to his Christian beliefs. These references were unnecessary for the story. If I want Christian theology, I will go to church. But in an action packed spy thriller, I feel don't want it shoved in my face. If you are a Christian, you will like it. If not, be warned that you will try to be converted. We are so very lucky to live in a country that allows freedom of expression and religion. This book just wasn't for me. After listening to over 1000 books, this was the first one that I haven't finished.

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Rosenberg is Back & My Jaw Hurts

Other than the Iranian and Jewish characters sounding more German then their nationalities, I love this book. This one was much better than the first one. The first book had too much backstory with no adrenaline excitement.
This book, with all of its Adrenaline Rush action from beginning to end is the Joel Rosenberg of old.
And I for one like it. My jaw still hurts from the clenching that I have been doing the last hour.

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very simple

The obvious was made to be revelations instead of being the obvious.
Christianity was pushed hard. Along with Amerucan political view points was used as moral ground to kill, deceive, and lie. when morality is the first casualty of espionage.

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Explosive 🧨 Exciting

Nothing like a page burner of an action story that isn’t afraid to include God in the story. Is there any author besides JR who could write such a bestseller.
I have been savoring this book like a fine wine where you are afraid to take a drink for fear that it will be gone too soon. Instead you sip a little bit and savor each and every drop. I am now down to the last minutes as I move into the final hour of this excitement.
I will have to take time and think about it but I think this might very well be his best book.


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exciting

fast moving, couldn't put the book down, a lot of action without foul language, outstanding

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Little God

Good story but way too much proselytizing. My God is much bigger than this author’s. There are many paths to the mountaintop.

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Thrilling

A thrilling, fast-paced story with quality character development. Rosenberg does it again, I didn't want to stop once I started. I finished the book the dsy I started it.

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One of his best yet

Joel Rosenberg does not disappoint. Another very plausible political thriller with a nonstop plot that will keep you reading way past your bedtime!

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