New York Times Best-selling Author Set To Release New Political Thriller, The Persian Gamble, Closely Mirroring Current Events In The Middle East

Joel C. Rosenberg’s Forthcoming Novel Portrays the Terrifying National Threat of a North Korea, Iran and Russia Nuclear Alliance


CAROL STREAM, Ill., Nov. 13, 2018 New York Times best-selling author Joel C. Rosenberg will deliver the next page-turning adventure of former U.S. Secret Service agent Marcus Ryker in his newest and perhaps most chilling and ambitious novel to date, The Persian Gamble, on March 12, 2019 (Tyndale House Publishers, hardcover, $27.99, ISBN 978-1-4964-0618-7).


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As countering the Iran nuclear threat increasingly dominates the real-life national security agendas of President Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other world leaders, Rosenberg takes readers on a high-speed, high-stakes, spell-binding fictional journey that feels like it could be ripped out of tomorrow’s headlines.


Rosenberg has repeatedly proven his ability to foreshadow geopolitical realities, marking his place as a leader in fact-based fiction. As such, he has sold millions of books and garnered high-powered fans ranging from presidents, prime ministers and kings to CIA directors and dozens of members of the U.S. House and Senate. 


“My novels are about worst-case scenarios, terrible events that could happen in the near future though we pray they do not. My goal isn’t to write what’s in the headlines today but what could be coming, God forbid, in a few years,” said Rosenberg. “What I loved about writing The Persian Gamble was tying the fate of three enemy powers — Russia, Iran, and North Korea — into one chilling scenario and putting my hero, Marcus Ryker, in the vortex of the danger. Most people see these three countries as threats. But they don’t necessarily see them as allies, actively working together and plotting catastrophic attacks against the West. But that’s what I fear is happening and that’s where I take Ryker and his team.” 


The Persian Gamble follows the success of Rosenberg’s 2018 novel, The Kremlin Conspiracy, which portrayed the growing tensions between Russia and the U.S. and placed Ryker at the tip of the spear in stopping a possible nuclear war brought on by the plotting of a fictional President of the Russian Federation.

In The Persian Gamble, readers once again follow Ryker as he finds himself facing an impossible task, having been shot out of the air in enemy territory in the middle of the greatest international crisis since the end of the Cold War. Not only does he have to elude detection and capture by Russian Special Forces, but he must also convince his own government to grant safe harbor to Russian double agent and assassin Oleg Kraskin. While frantically negotiating with his White House contacts, Marcus explains that the unstable North Korean regime plans to use the international chaos as a smokescreen to sell operational nuclear weapons to Iran.


With the fate of the entire free world on the line, Marcus makes a deal with the U.S. 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?


Rosenberg does an extraordinary amount of research to make his thrillers as realistic and timely as possible, including making trips to the West Wing of the White House, the Kremlin in Moscow, the tunnels under the DMZ between North and South Korea, the presidential palace in Cairo, the royal palace in Amman, and the brutal streets of Kabul, Afghanistan. 


“The Persian leaders in Tehran are among the most dangerous terrorists on the face of the earth,” Rosenberg said. “Most people don’t realize how closely they are working with the Russians and the North Koreans to develop their nuclear capacities. In so doing, the Iranians are gambling with the security of the United States, Israel and our Arab allies. They’re also gambling with their own fate. This novel imagines just how dangerous this gamble could turn out to be.”


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Joel C. Rosenberg is a New York Times best-selling author of 14 novels and five nonfiction books, with nearly 5 million copies sold. He has been interviewed by, or written articles for, hundreds of media outlets and has been profiled by The New York Times, The Washington Times and The Jerusalem Post. A graduate of Syracuse University with a BFA in filmmaking, he is married and lives with his family in Israel.


Tyndale House Publishers, founded in 1962, is the world’s largest privately held Christian publisher of books, Bibles, and digital media. Tyndale products include many New York Times best-sellers, including the popular Left Behind fiction series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, novels by Francine Rivers, Karen Kingsbury and Rosenberg, plus numerous nonfiction works.