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Author Joel C. Rosenberg has written the first series of political thrillers about ISIS,
and it is resonating with readers

CAROL STREAM, ILL. (January 19, 2016)—Bestselling author Joel C. Rosenberg (@joelcrosenberg) recently released his newest novel, The First Hostage, and the book, which tells an account of a fictional president of the United States being kidnapped by the Islamic State (ISIS), is resonating with readers.

The First Hostage, which released on December 29, 2015, debuted at No. 13 on the Publishers Weekly bestsellers list two weeks later. It was the top-selling debut hardcover fiction title in the country that week, according to Nielsen BookScan, which Publishers Weekly uses to compile its list. On January 18, 2016, The First Hostage rose to No. 9 on the PW list and shared a spot in the top 10 with a “who’s who” list of authors that included Stephen King, David Baldacci, James Patterson, Nicholas Sparks, and John Grisham. The book was published by Tyndale House Publishers (@tyndalehouse).

In The First Hostage, Rosenberg weaves in elements of ancient Islamic End Times prophecies that are motivating ISIS leaders, a subject about which many Americans and government officials are not well-informed.

“Apocalyptic Islam doesn’t want to simply attack us; it wants to annihilate us,” Rosenberg told FOX News’s Todd Starnes during a recent interview on his podcast (full article here: opinion/2016/01/18/could- obamas-nuke-deal-unleash- irans-apocalyptic-muslims.html ). “Apocalyptic Muslims—like the leaders of Iran and the leaders of the Islamic State—believe that we are living in the End Times and that it’s their mission from Allah to bring about the end of the world as we know it. They want to establish their global Islamic kingdom where everybody has to follow Islam. That is a significantly different and much more dangerous form of radical Islam than even Al Qaeda and Hamas and the Taliban.”

Rosenberg (, who earlier in his career served as a writer for Rush Limbaugh and as deputy campaign manager for presidential candidate Steve Forbes, has caught the attention of numerous politicians, including several who are currently running for president. Joel has met personally with a number of interested politicians to discuss the threat of apocalyptic Islam. Joel has also made the media rounds, appearing with, among others, Kathie Lee and Hoda on NBC’s Today, Stuart Varney on FOX Business’s Varney & Co., Shannon Bream on FOX News’s America’s News Headquarters, and CBN’s 700 Club(all videos available at videos/).

Rosenberg started garnering national attention more than a decade ago when he wrote a novel that opened with Islamic terrorists hijacking a plane and flying a suicide attack into an American city, leading to a war between the United States and Iraq over terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. Media especially were intrigued that Rosenberg had begun writing nine months before 9/11 and had finished the book before any of it had ever happened for real. Rosenberg now has more than ten fiction and nonfiction national bestsellers under his belt, many of which seemed to foretell events that ultimately came to fruition.

Rosenberg has two public events this week, both in Texas. He will speak at Life Austin Church in Austin on Thursday, Jan. 21 ( upcoming-events/) and Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano on Jan. 23 and 24 ( about/news-events/news-details/2016/01/15/joel- rosenberg).

New York Times best-selling author Joel C. Rosenberg has written more than a dozen books, selling more than 3 million copies. His novels, mostly political thrillers, seamlessly combine current events in the Middle East with biblical prophecy. 

Tyndale House Publishers (, founded in 1962, is the world’s largest privately held Christian publisher of books, Bibles, and digital media. Tyndale has published many New York Times bestsellers. The largest portion of its profit goes to the nonprofit Tyndale House Foundation, which makes grants to help meet the physical and spiritual needs of people around the world. Tyndale was founded to publish Living Letters, which later comprised part of The Living Bible, a contemporary paraphrase of the Bible that became a global publishing phenomenon. Tyndale now publishes the Holy Bible, New Living Translation (NLT), the translation of choice for millions of people.