Persian Betrayal by Terry Brennan – Book Review & Giveaway

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If you have read any of my husband’s reviews over the past several years, then you know he’s a huge Terry Brennan fan. Since the release of Ishmael Covenant – the first book in the new Empires Of Armageddon Series – he’s been counting down the days until the release of the next book in the series.

When I surprised him with a copy of Persian Betrayal, he couldn’t wait to delve into the book. Are you wondering what he thinks of the latest installment from his favorite Christian end times author? Read on for his latest review!

Persian Betrayal by Terry Brennan – Book Review

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Ever since we are young and we hear our first bedtime story, we have an innate desire to surround ourselves with engaging books that captivate us and take us outside of our ordinary lives and immerse us in a different reality. One of the reasons I enjoy Terry Brennan’s novels is that he has refined that skill into an art form.

Terry’s latest book, Persian Betrayal, is the second book in the Empires Of Armageddon Series, and it begins where Ishmael Covenant left off. At the end of Book 1, everything is in disarray. The Hurva Synagogue has been bombed by a secret group called the Disciples and lies in ruin. The Disciples are directed by a nefarious character named The Turk, an entity who is more demonic than human. The Turk’s goal – under the direction of Satan himself – is to destroy the second prophecy of the Vilna Gaon that was given centuries ago in order to thwart its fulfillment and God’s plans.

In Persian Betrayal, Terry weaves an intricate tapestry of human and ungodly forces in the Middle East who are for power and influence. The book depicts several struggles. Three ancient empires – the Arabs (the sons of Ishmael), the Persians (modern day Iran and its neighbors) and the Turks (formerly known as the Ottoman Empire) – are battling for the same real estate, hoping to survive the ever-changing landscape of the Middle East. In addition, there is a group who hopes to usher in the Mahadi, a redeemer-like figure in Islam, who will rule the world under Sharia Law.

The plot of the story is fascinating, but it’s the characters who really help this book shine in new ways. In Persian Betrayal, the characters are more nuanced. In the midst of this action-packed story, there are plenty of places of Selah – pause – where we get an intimate and close look at the personal challenges of those called by God, regardless of their roles in the book.

It is in the Selah that we see the nature of the human condition, the frayed relationships, the self-doubts, the sense of duty versus faith and a whole host of other jumbled feelings, thoughts and actions. For instance, we see our protagonist Brian Mullaney, the DSS Regional Security agent, struggle with doubt and his commitment to duty (which seems to directly conflict with his commitment to his family and in some ways with the call of God on his life.) If that sounds familiar, it should, for it is the very essence of what those of us face who are called to submit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

Joseph Atticus Cleveland, the Ambassador to Israel, is also torn between his duty to the United States and His duty to God, as revealed in Scripture. While he may be more mature in his faith, his struggles are not any less challenging to him. Anyone who seeks to take up his cross daily and follow Christ will be faced with similar challenges, even if they are different in their expression. When Terry hits pause – Selah – and allows us to see the hearts of these servants of the King, the book shines.

The spiritual struggles and battles are real. Satan know his time is short, and this wonderful eschatological story shows that he will do everything in his power to resist the prophecies of God, knowing that if even one fails, the rest are meaningless.

So how does this Persian Betrayal end? Climb aboard and watch the forces of evil marshal themselves against God, His people and His purposes. Enjoy the ride. Not even an earthquake or two can stop God’s plan!

As a post script of this review, have you ever doubted or questioned what the Bible says about Jesus Christ – who He is and what He has done? If so, read Chapter 31, where Terry discusses the odds of one man fulfilling just eight of the hundreds of the Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah. It’s an eye-opening experience!

I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.

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5 Responses to “Persian Betrayal by Terry Brennan – Book Review & Giveaway”

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  1. Kathy Johnson says:

    What a great Review! You Really Got Me interested

  2. Brian Frum says:

    That really was a great review, the book sounds really good. When I saw your post title I thought it was a book about Persian cats. Hope you got the email I sent you with the Tsunami memorial badge.

    • That was SO sweet Terry but for some reason I never received the e-mail.
      Could you resend?
      I just wrote you so if you do a reply, maybe that will make it easier for it to come through.

      Thanks and glad you enjoyed the review (the Persian Cat comment put a smile on my face –
      you know you’re a cat person when you hear the word Persian and that’s the first thing that comes to mind! 🙂


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