What’s good about The Last Jihad (TLJ)? It is fun to read, for it moves along at a good clip. The characters are interesting and not flat. The action is exciting and even a little gory. It has some overtly Christian stuff in it, but isn’t preachy.
What’s not so good about TLJ? Rosenberg’s method of telling a story is scattered. He likes to have little soundbites (even as small as a page or less) on one part of the story, then skip to another soundbite, then again to another. This style is, to me at least, quite irritating and can be confusing. What’s more, this book (though an interesting take on politics in the Mid-East [and the US's involvement in them]) offered me no profound opening into the culture or political attitudes. It focused mostly on the Americans; it might have been far more interesting if more focus was put on the other points of view represented in the book.
So, altogether, I give TLJ three stars. It is fun, but it’s nothing too special nor worthy of the many must-read lists (Rush Limbaugh notwithstanding).