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The Libyan Diversion

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Another fast-paced thriller from Joel C. Rosenberg! Continuing the series featuring Marcus Ryker, The Libyan Diversion kept me on the edge of my seat. I always appreciate how Rosenberg weaves in real perspectives on the dynamics, tensions, and challenges that exist between key countries and political regions around the world. While his novels don’t seem intended to be politics or history lessons, they do shed light on current events in a helpful way.

I enjoyed the insights into the softer side of Ryker in this novel. I am looking forward to the next in the series.

I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for a review.

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Marcus Ryker's 5th installment is Rosenberg's best yet!

Can Marcus ever catch a break?

Marcus is a DSS agent (Diplomatic Security Service). In the previous book, the poor guy was captured by Hezbollah while on duty trying to protect American and foreign dignitaries. He escaped and fought his way back to our allies, and OMG, he got fired in The Libyan Diversion amid misinformation?!

But Marcus is too good. Once the agencies figured out they've been played and there's a creditable threat on American soil, the WH soon needs him back.

Rosenberg is a master at weaving geopolitical events and nail-biting action. The Libyan Diversion was so intense and riveting, that I think my heart skipped a beat.

The Libyan Diversion is not only a political/terrorism thriller but also a Christian thriller. Faith and prayers are to be expected but not overwhelmingly so.

I paused reading this novel due to personal reasons, but once I picked it up again I was unable to put it down and finished it in two days and I'll tell you, I'm a slow reader. I love everything about this thriller! It was extremely fast-paced and such a rollercoaster, my heart ached from the very first chapter and it was a wild ride until the finale.

My heartfelt thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for the DRC.

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Once again Rosenberg has written a real winner.. it drew me in right from the beginning and kept me engaged to the very end. I am just wondering what he will write next to out do this one.

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In my experience, Joel C. Rosenberg is the go-to author for sound interpretation of the present day geopolitical environment of the Middle East. Mr. Rosenberg has a relationship with political and religious leaders in many of the countries there and has a thorough understanding of the ongoing struggles to attain peace in the region. This is the fifth installment of the Marcus Ryker series, and we follow Marcus as he recommends a drone strike to kill the world’s most wanted terrorist, Abu Nakba, the leader of Kairos. The recommendation was based on supposedly reliable information and meticulously laid out before the decision was made to strike. But, what if the information was wrong?

This book is fast-paced and has some surprising twists as Ryker tries to stop the terrorists from striking on U.S. soil while being forced to become persona non grata for his own protection.

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This book was so good! I was drawn in from the first page and didn't want to put it down. I love how well it was written and how well researched it seemed to be.

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The Libyan Diversion is an action novel written by Joel C. Rosenberg. It is book five in the Marcus Ryker series, and I would recommend reading all of the books in order as there is just too much backstory you would miss otherwise.

Summary: Marcus Ryker has been tasked with hunting down Abu Nakba and destroying the terrorist network Kairos-once and for all.

But Marcus’ decisions have been called into question, and now he’s being blamed for taking innocent lives.

Can he clear his name?

And can he find the rest of the Kairos cells before they execute another attack?

My Thoughts: This book is amazing. In fact, the whole series is one of my all-time favorites.

I actually took the time to re-read the entire series so that I could remember just how much has happened to Marcus Ryker. And it’s A LOT.

This book is no exception. There is non-stop action and adventure, mystery and suspense, and the character dynamics in this series are out of this world.

The author does such an amazing job of creating story lines that fit so well with what is actually happening in the world today (and could happen in the near future), that you can’t help but be drawn into the story.

I love this series, and highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys action/suspense/political thrillers.

This is another great book, and worth buying!

I would like to thank Tyndale House Publishers for providing me with a free digital copy of this book in exchange for my review. Thank you!

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Joel C. Rosenberg
The Libyan Diversion

Before I start this review, I would like to thank Net Galley and Tyndale House Publishers for allowing me to read and review this book. I will give it my honest opinion.

Spoiler Alerts
Abu Nakba, the man responsible for lethal attacks in Washington, D.C., London, and Jerusalem is finally dead.


With that one word MAYBE, Joel C. Rosenberg has created the basis for another first-rate thriller.
Marcus Ryker has been tasked with hunting down and destroying what’s left of the terror group Kairos. However, but before Ryker can organize new team to deal with their new assignment, a report from Libya suggests all may not be as it seems. The U.S. bombing that should have taken out Nakba’s headquarters now appears to have been a disastrous mistake and Ryker himself may be responsible.

With time running out Ryker is sidelined, and Kairos terror cells are already on American soil. He has to battle a lack of support from his closest allies in the White House to clear his name..

To find out the outcome, Take the day off from work, Buy and read the book!!! I it is well worth it.

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The Libyan Diversion by Joel C. Rosenberg gives readers more Marcus Ryker! This is a fabulous series, one of my favorites, and I recommend starting with the Kremlin Conspiracy, because there are a lot of characters to keep track of and it helps to read in order (not required, but highly recommended.)

Marcus is on the hunt for terrorists. A radical terrorist cell is killing Americans, but it’s all smoke and mirrors. They are plotting a big attack on American soil, and it’s up to Marcus to convince the president of the danger. But Marcus is being blamed for a bombing that didn’t go right, one where innocent people were killed.

This novel is nail biting intense. Of course, it always comes down to the wire as Marcus tries to save the country. I love that this series is on par with Jack Ryan or Jack Reacher – one lone man takes on the toughest most vile terrorists to defend the innocent. I hope the series continues.

I received an ebook review copy of this book. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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This is the 5th book in the Marcus Ryker series and it is fabulous! This whole series should be the new "Jack Reacher" type show or movie. They're so well written. I could hardly put it down...needing to know what was going to happen.

Marcus knows an attack is imminent, the likes of which we haven't seen since 9/11. However, because of some precursor missions that seem to have gone dreadfully wrong, Marcus is sidelined and must work to clear his own name so he can get back in the game. He won't be able to live with himself if something happens that he could have prevented.

This book is action packed from beginning to end. It's a great read. I would highly recommend this book but feel it's even better if you can start with book one and make your way through the whole series. I can't wait to see what happens next!

Thank you to Tyndale House for providing me with a free e-copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

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I've read several books by Joel C. Rosenberg and have always found them to be fast paced, interesting and hard to put down. This one was no different. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.

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In the book The Libyan Diversion, author Joel Rosenberg brings us more adventures from agent Marcus Ryker. Abu Nakb is dead. Or is he? After a strike on the compound where Abu Nakb was suppose to be, evidence is found that his organization Kairos is planning an attack in the United States. But where? And is the Pope’s visit to the United States a target?
This was an excellent story and plot with many twists and turns. I would highly recommend this book. I received a copy of this e-book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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This is such a thrilling read! This geopolitical thriller has a little of everything. The action and suspense work hand-in-hand with the fact pace and non-stop twists to really bring readers on an unforgettable thrill ride of a story! I loved the twists and drama in this one!

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Non-stop action! Just when you think all is lost, there is hope. Once you think there is hope, the bottom falls out. Joel C. Rosenberg puts his characters and his readers through the wringer, but readers can't help but love it! Terrorists are once again posing a significant threat on American soil. Marcus Ryker and his team are the country's best hope of thwarting that threat, but sometimes the same government that he is working so hard to protect is the one that is tying his hands.

I give this book five stars and am very grateful to have received a complimentary copy from Tyndale House Publishers via NetGalley without obligation. All opinions expressed here are my own.

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This is another must read by Joel Rosenberg. Evidence points to the location of the world’s most wanted terrorist. Marcus Ryker’s recommendation for an immediate strike is accepted by the president and the compound is destroyed. Before Ryker and his team can follow up the attack with a search for the remaining members of the terrorist cell, evidence emerges that his evidence was faulty and the compound actually housed civilians. The attack is used as justification for the terrorists to retaliate with a major strike against the United States. Further evidence vindicates Ryker, but with an attack imminent his team must race to identify the target and stop the attack.

America is anticipating a papal visit, with appearances in four major cities. Each appearance will draw thousands of people, making each one a potential target. The failing health of the president, the question of succession and the kidnapping of three American health workers in Yemen all serve as a diversion from the coming disaster. Tensions mount as Ryker and his team race from city to city attempting to locate the terrorists and anticipate their next move, culminating in a showdown that will have you on the edge of your seat.

Rosenberg’s Libyan Diversion presents a scenario that is all too real. He takes you behind the scenes at the White House and the CIA to witness the decision making and activities that take place in a crisis and provides a roller coaster of a ride for his readers. Marcus Ryker is a character who will appeal to fans of Brad Thor’s Scot Harvath and Brad Taylor’s Pike Logan. I would like to thank NetGalley and Tyndale House Publishers for providing this book for my review.

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**4.5/5 Stars**

First and foremost, I am going to be honest and say I have read a few novels between finishing The Libyan Diversion by Joel C. Rosenburg and writing this review. With that in mind, certain details regarding Rosenburg’s latest novel are a little…fuzzy. I read the book—and several others—when I was recovering from a medical procedure, and I couldn’t begin to type or write a word even if I had felt up to it. But now that I am cleared to type, I can try to put my thoughts together.

I was thrilled to see Marcus Ryker again, along with his team of colleagues and friends. As a big Mitch Rapp/Scot Harvath fan, Ryker serves as a breath of fresh air from the foul language I typically experience in spy thrillers. Rosenburg’s Marcus Ryker series should be considered by everyone who enjoys the genre, not just Christian novel readers. It has the same stakes. The same intensity. The same emotions. The same believability, but it lacks the language or sexual references. The Libyan Diversion is a fantastic addition to the Marcus Ryker series, and it is quite possibly my favorite.

Why? It demonstrates the power of the media and the danger of jumping to conclusions. The media can be your greatest asset or your greatest liability; I have learned that firsthand with my career in public service. Even just recently, we dealt with a chemical incident. An elected official was asking us questions based off what she heard in media reports rather than waiting for our accurate information from the scene. It was a complicated and exhausting situation. The Libyan Diversion depicts some of these real-life struggles.

I did, however, struggle with some believability issues with The Libyan Diversion by Joel C. Rosenburg. Things made me raise my brows and mutter, “I don’t think it works like that.” But did my skepticism take anything away from the novel? No, absolutely not. The Libyan Diversion was everything I needed and so much more. Riveting, thought-provoking, and entertaining, Joel C. Rosenburg’s newest novel is marvelous. I hope to see Marcus Ryker again!

Note: I received a free copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All views are my own.

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The Libyan Diversion by Joel Rosenberg – Un-Putdownable and Will Keep You Awake at Night

Joel Rosenberg is one of my favorite authors. When he writes a new book, I want to read it. On May 16, 2023, The Libyan Diversion, the fifth book in the Marcus Ryker series will be released.

Joel Rosenberg is a compelling writer. From the get-go I was all in and didn’t want to put this book down. The Libyan Diversion’s storyline could have been ripped from today’s headline news. As horrifying as some of the scenarios are, unfortunately they are believable in today’s world.

Marcus Ryker is back in the United States and has no time to mend before he is called to present information to President Clark and his cabinet members. Marcus and his team have done a thorough investigation and it appears that Abu Nakba, man behind the recent Kairos terrorist strikes around the world, is within reach and can be taken down. Abu Nakba and his network.

When news breaks that the authorized strike may have hit the wrong target, the job for Marcus and his team just got a whole lot more complicated. In addition to the fallout from the strike, there is a concern about another planned Kairos strike in the United States with four possible targets.

I enjoyed reading this book. I like the characters, the fast pace and action. I appreciate the clarity between good and evil. Marcus and several of the other characters are Christians and faith was a small part of the story. I would like to have seen that element further developed. I liked Marcus and his team and their dedication to do whatever it takes to stop the terrorists. The Libyan Diversion keeps the action going until the very end.

Joel Rosenberg’s The Libyan Diversion will keep you up late at night. It’s un-putdownable.

If you like geo-political thrillers, intrigue, and action, you will want to get The Libyan Diversion by Joel Rosenberg. I highly recommend it. If you haven’t read the earlier books in this series, I recommend you get those too.

I would like to thank Tyndale House Publishers and NetGalley for the opportunity to read a complementary copy of The Libyan Diversion by Joel Rosenberg. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.

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I will forever be in awe of Joel Rosenberg's books. Reading them feeling like I am watching a movie. If 10 stars were possible, I'd give this book.

I love the way he handles hard topics with faith. It is astounding. I admire some of the characters who were believing Christian doing jobs one would think it's not possible for them to do if. I love how their faith guides them even in such career. The action is thrilling, palpable in fact. The book has a very easy pace to follow.

Lovers of international espionage, action, suspense would love this book.

I received a copy of this book and this is my honest opinion

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Another outstanding novel by Joel Rosenberg is found with his latest installment in the Marcus Ryker series, The Libyan Diversion. And what a terrific diversion this book was from the world in which we now live. Both his novel and our world have plenty of excitement, but at least we can pretend that his is mostly fiction.

I wasn't very far into this book before having to stop and just say, "Wow, this is truly a great read." And that was before the REALLY thrilling parts of the story began.

In other words ---- Plenty of action, great story.

Others have already discussed the story line and there isn't much more to be said there without issuing spoiler alerts, however, it is worth mentioning that I am left wondering whether we've seen the last of the American who was dealt with fairly early on --- but was that permanent? He seemed to still have too much potential as an exceptionally evil character to not get to enjoy disliking him immensely in a future Marcus Ryker novel.

One more thing - Mr. Rosenberg has not embraced the trend in this genre (and others) over the past several decades of including sex and profanity in their books. Kudos to him for a clean read. Much appreciated.

Thank-you to Tyndale House Publishers, and Joel Rosenberg for providing me with a complimentary copy of The Libyan Diversion in exchange for my unbiased review.

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I have not met a Joel Rosenberg book I didn't like!!!! The Libyan Diversion was action packed from the get-go. Even with all the action and intrigue, this book had lots or character building and relationship building between the characters. Joel Rosenberg has such insight into the world at large that his books are true to life, keep you up late reading, and telling yourself these events could be happening at any time. Thoroughly enjoyed this latest Marcus Ryker adventure and waiting not very patiently for the next book!!
Thank you, Net Galley, for the opportunity to read and review this book.

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The Libyan Diversion, by Joel C. Rosenberg, is the fifth book in the Marcus Ryker series. It is a fast paced, action packed suspenseful military and political thriller. I really enjoy this story. It is intense and kept me reading just to see what would happen next. I enjoy reading Rosenberg’s stories as they are well thought out and gives the reader a look into the dangers the military person, and their families, endure for the sake of our country.

I enjoyed reading the intense preparation that needed to take place for the Pope to make a visit. I also enjoyed how realistic the story is with Ryker and the supposed mistake in the strike against Nakba’s headquarters. The story not only shows the threats from foreign soil but also the hostilities from others within our own country. This is just such a good story to read.

I voluntarily received a complimentary copy of this story from NetGalley and Tyndale House Publishing. This is my honest review.

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