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“They are evil, they have a voice, and we understand them — they seek our annihilation,” he says. “And yet there are too many in Washington and London with a modern, secularist mind-set, that don’t believe in the existence of evil, and they risk being blindsided by them.
“I’m an evangelical Christian from an Orthodox Jewish background. My grandparents escaped the pogroms in Russia,” he added. “Because of my personal faith and family background, I know there is evil in the world. And I believe a new evil is rising in Iran right now.”
A willingness to ignore the reality of evil has historic roots, Mr. Rosenberg says.
“It’s a very American tradition to hope that a murderous ideology will not affect us,” he says. “We didn’t grasp this with Hitler or Stalin early on, and we ignored radical Islam for most of the 1990s, even as they were escalating attacks on us.”
Unlike some other thrillers, Mr. Rosenberg’s books don’t have any sex scenes or foul language. “The Ezekiel Option” is marketed by Tyndale House, a major Christian publisher.
He sees the books as serving an educational function for many Americans who, he says, are “anxious about the future of the Middle East” and want to learn more, but aren’t interested in slogging through “900-page history books” to do so.
Mr. Rosenberg describes his novel-writing success as an opportunity.
“Conservatives have a chance to connect with the culture through fiction,” he said, noting that others on the right, including William F. Buckley Jr. and Oliver North have written novels, while evangelical authors Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins scored a megahit with their “Left Behind” series of apocalyptic fiction. Other conservatives, including World magazine editor Marvin Olasky, are working on political thrillers of their own, Mr. Rosenberg added.
His three novels have sold a combined 1 million copies, but Mr. Rosenberg says his writing has received relatively little press attention.
“What’s interesting is how strong sales have been without much in the way of reviews or coverage in the ‘mainstream media,’” he said. After all, he asks, “How many Jewish believers in Jesus are New York Times best-selling novelists?”
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Mark A. Kellner is a religion columnist for The Washington Times. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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