The Last Israelis: What If Iran Had Nuclear Weapons Tomorrow?

As Iran Nears Nukes, “The Last Israelis” (2nd Edition) is Released in E-Book, Paperback and Audiobook

New York, New York – May 8, 2013 – Sanctions and diplomatic pressure have failed to stop Iran’s nuclear program but author Noah Beck still hopes that releasing his updated thriller “The Last Israelis” (http://www.amazon.com/The-Last-Israelis-ebook/dp/B008HEFVI2/) in more formats could somehow make a difference.

“As Iran marches dangerously close to a nuclear weapon, world powers repeat the same words, rely on the same sanctions, wring their hands with the same impotence, and hope for the best, as this slow-motion train wreck unfolds for all to see,” Noah says. Determined to focus public attention on what he calls “the single most important issue affecting global security,” the author has been publishing editorials on the dangers of Iranian nukes and other Middle East issues.

In the preface to the second edition of his novel, Noah explains that he initially authored the 270 page book in a breathless ten weeks in order to release the novel in time for the P5+1 talks scheduled for May 24, 2012 in Baghdad.  To minimize time to market, the first edition was published only as an e-book.

Eager to influence the public debate before the Iranian regime crosses the nuclear finish line, Beck decided last January to produce a second edition, this time adding paperback and audiobook formats to maximize the potential audience for his book’s urgent message. The paperback has just been released, and the audiobook — produced last month with the voice of talented actor Jeffrey Buckner Ford — should be commercially available later this month (a free sample can be heard at: http://thelastisraelis.com/excerpts/).

Originally released last July, “The Last Israelis” depicts a doomsday scenario resulting from a nuclear-armed Iran, as experienced by 35 ethnically diverse and ideologically divided Israelis aboard the Dolphin submarine. In NY Blueprint, critic Alan Zeitlin wrote that the “novel…is gripping, chilling and…should be brought to the silver screen. It brings to mind elements of ‘Crimson Tide,’ ‘The Hunt For Red October’ and ‘U-571.'” Author and Amazon Vine Voice reviewer Alan Elsner writes that the book “imagines the unimaginable.”

Noah Beck used the second edition to include a preface about the Iranian nuclear issue and to update certain story details to reflect recent developments in Syria, Egypt, and Iran.

The Armageddon page-turner is based on extensive interviews with members of Israel’s elite and secretive submarine force, and has caught the attention of top political analysts. Middle East pundit Daniel Pipes notes that the novel “has helpfully and creatively [highlighted] that the Jewish state has the ability to strike Iran with nuclear weapons and that a mutual-assured-destruction balance is not a prospect between Iran and Israel. Beck thereby clarifies the full extent to which the mullahs’ regime threatens Israel and the world.”

Richard Baehr, Chief Political Correspondent of American Thinker, called the thriller “a great read on a subject as current as the headlines…the book poses a situation [on a submarine] where none of the choices is good or easy…The [crew is] a diverse collection of religious Jews and atheists, Druze and Christians, [and] Ethiopians…How each man [became] a member of the submarine force is part of the story, and [the] crew’s diversity serves as an explanation for the views held in [their] debates…on the proper Israeli strategy.”

In the ten months since the apocalyptic book was published, “The Last Israelis” has garnered 76 reviews on Amazon, with an average rating of four stars.

For more about Noah Beck and “The Last Israelis,” visit www.TheLastIsraelis.com.

 By Max Shaw

 Iran has been threatening to wipe Israel off the map while actively developing the nuclear means to do so. The Islamic Republic will soon enter the so-called “zone of immunity” by transferring all centrifuges and other key components of its nuclear weapons program into Fordo. This nuclear enrichment facility near Qom was built under hundreds of feet of rock and is thus highly fortified against aerial attack by Israeli fighter jets.

 

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But even the hardened Fordo facility could be vulnerable to the U.S. military’s Massive Ordnance Penetrator, a 30,000-pound, earth-penetrating bomb. So the Iranian regime is working on an ominous parallel track to prevent even the last superpower from ending its nuclear weapons quest. As the drumbeats of war get louder, the Prime Minister of Israel is suddenly hospitalized. This is the dramatic, geopolitical backdrop for “The Last Israelis” – a gripping military and psychological thriller just published this week on AmazonThe book is a work of fiction about the near future, but it’s heavily based on the facts of today.

Depicting a doomsday scenario, this cautionary tale about a nuclear Iran takes a suspense-filled

ride aboard the Dolphin submarine. The mightiest vessel in the Israeli Navy, the Dolphin provides Israel’s “second-strike” answer to the existential threat posed by a nuclear Iran. The powerful, German-made, diesel-electric submarine is armed with nuclear-tipped missiles that can strike targets 1,500 kilometers (about 930 miles) away.

Daniel, captain of the Dolphin, is abruptly ordered to cut his military drill short and bring his crew back to shore. His gut tells him that something ominous is happening, as he and the submariners under his command return for a brief visit with their loved ones, before commencing a mission that will be the most important of their careers, and one of the most important in world history.

“The Last Israelis” is full of surprises and unpredictable twists. The story has enough page-turning naval action to qualify as a military and geopolitical novel about a Middle East Armageddon, but it also entertains under the genre of psychological thrillers. The submarine space in which most of the story takes place provides a kind of social experiment that is more intense and compelling than any reality show: 35 men from completely diverse backgrounds who must survive or die together under regular and sometimes life-threatening challenges.

The Dolphin’s crew almost represents a microcosm of Israeli society: there are two descendants of Holocaust survivors; two native Arabic speakers, including a Christian and a Druze; the son of Persian Jews who escaped from the Iranian revolution of 1979; an Ethiopian who crossed Sudan by foot as a child to reach Israel; religious Jews who serve on a mostly secular crew; the Russian-speaking atheist son of a Soviet Refusenik; a submariner who holds staunchly right-wing views and another who secretly attends leftist rallies; and even a homosexual whose parents were among the Vietnamese refugee boat- people saved by Israel in 1977. How do all of these people get along through the relentless pressures of submarine life, various threats at sea, and an intensely divisive and mind-bending dilemma placed before the group of 35 men?

Added to this cauldron of complexity are the rivalry and suspicion between the captain and his deputy, and the fact that one of the submariners suffered a tragic horror as a child and quietly lives with the resulting emotional scars — psychological wounds that could blow up unpredictably at any time. With so many different characters managing so many different issues, it is a remarkable feat whenever the crew manages to function cohesively enough to meet its challenges. But conflict is inevitable. Sometimes the boiling point is reached only in a crewmember’s dream, but at other times, the situation is all too real.

In addition to all of the human drama, the novel has a deeply philosophical element that provides all of the deliberative suspense of Twelve Angry Men. The diverse submariners must struggle with the weightiest of moral questions as they vigorously debate how to make the toughest decision of their lives.

The novel is also very timely, tackling an issue that regularly dominates the headlines: the unyielding march towards a nuclear weapon by the Islamic Republic of Iran, despite six rounds of economic sanctions by the UN Security Council and almost a decade of diplomatic initiatives. The story explores in detail one of the potential nightmare scenarios that most military commentators would rather ignore because of how horrific it could be: the catastrophic conflict that could materialize the day after Iran obtains a nuclear weapon.

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