Updated: Without Warning 50% off for pre-orders on Amazon Kindle. Countdown to launch. Latest details.

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(Washington, D.C.) — First of all let me say Happy Purim and Chag Sameach to all my Jewish friends back in Israel, here in the U.S. and around the world! What a special holiday when we remember how the Lord saved us from total annihilation at the hands of an evil Persian tyrant, and when we remember the power of prayer and fasting.

Well, I’m really excited about launching Without Warning —  hope you are, too. We’re seeing some great TV and radio interviews lining up, including Fox News and CBN. More details on the timing of those soon — and for all the latest updates on interviews, please follow me on Twitter and on the Epicenter Team page on Facebook. That’s where I’ll be posting the media alerts and changes (especially on Twitter).

It’s been a great week here in the nation’s capital, preparing for the launch. I’ve been meeting with Members of the House and Senate, Congressional staff, Mideast experts, and good friends, briefing them on the exclusive poll we’re going to release next week and giving them advance copies of the novel.

I wanted to alert you to the fact that we’re seeing great discounts for pre-orders of the hardcover, e-book and audio versions in all kinds of major bookstores and big box superstores such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, CBD, Lifeway, Target, and Walmart. You can also go into your favorite independent, general market or Christian book store and pre-order it this weekend. If you haven’t read them already, there’s still time to pick up and read The Third Target and The First Hostage, the first two novels in this trilogy, before Without Warning hits the shelves on Tuesday.

The biggest discount I’ve seen so far is on Amazon Kindle — 65% off the retail price.  Wow! Not sure how long that will last, but it’s the pre-order price today. Wanted to make sure you all knew about it while it lasted.

[Update: As of Sunday morning, it’s now 50% off].

That said, let me simply add that I’m deeply grateful to all of you who have been emailing and Facebooking and Tweeting me from all over the world in anticipation of this release. Your notes have been very encouraging and I really appreciate them. I think you’re going to like this one. It may be the fastest moving novel of the twelve I’ve written.

Thanks, too, for  your prayers for me and my family while I’m away from them in Israel for so long — that’s very kind (and we need them!)

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A Shia Muslim country that backs the US, opposes Iranian aggression, and is friends with Israel? Sounds like fiction. But welcome to Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijan-Ambassdor-mtg(Washington, D.C.) — In this crazy, chaotic world of ours, could there really be a Shia Muslim nation that strongly backs the U.S., opposes Iranian terrorism and regional aggression, and is not only a friend and ally of Israel but recently welcomed Israel’s Prime Minister for a state visit?

Sounds like fiction, I know. But it really exists — Azerbaijan.

Yesterday, I had the honor of a two-hour meeting with Ambassador Elin Sulaymanov at Azerbaijan’s Embassy in Washington. While our conversation was off the record, it was certainly fascinating. I gave the Ambassador an advance copy of WITHOUT WARNING, and he invited me to visit Baku.

Some facts about the country:

  • 9.8 million people
  • 97% Shia Muslim, 3% Christian, but with a fairly secular government
  • “Oil-rich Azerbaijan has redefined itself over the past two decades from a struggling newly independent state to a major regional energy player,” notes the BBC.
  • A former Soviet republic which became independent on August 30, 1991, just before the formal dissolution of the USSR
  • Located in a tough neighborhood, with Russian President Vladimir Putin to the north, Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to the south, and Armenia to the west which wrested control of some 20% of Azerbaijan (the Nagorno-Karabakh region) after a period of war and separatist uprisings during the late 1980s and early 1990s.
  • Criticized by some internationally for an authoritarian government
  • Working closely with the U.S. and the West on regional energy and security issues

Some articles worth reading about the country:

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“Without Warning” releases next week — here’s the book tour schedule & details about the launch. (Pre-order now for 48% off.)

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>> Pre-order Without Warning for up to 48% off — available in hardcover, e-book and audio formats from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Lifeway, CBD, and every general market and Christian bookstore. The novel officially releases on March 14th.

(Washington, D.C.) — It’s great to be back in the U.S., preparing for next week’s launch of Without Warning. On Saturday, I landed at Washington Dulles fresh from Israel and am working my way through jetlag and eager to get started.

The novel — which focuses on an ISIS plot to launch a series of catastrophic terrorist attacks inside the American homeland — is the third and final installment in the trilogy that began with The Third Target and The First Hostage, and it may be fastest moving of the series.

People are asking me if they need to have read the first two novels to understand Without Warning. The answer is no, not necessarily. I’ve written this one to work as a stand alone for readers who are finding my work for the first time. That said, I do think you’ll enjoy it more if you pick up the paperbacks of the first two and read them first, or listen on audio.

A few exciting developments worth noting:

  • Next week as the novel releases, we also plan to release the results of an exclusive national poll we’ve commissioned.
  • The survey examines how Americans view the threat of the Islamic State, and how the American people view the war against ISIS. I think  you’ll find it very interesting.
  • This week, I’m meeting with Members of Congress and various Mideast experts to brief them on the poll results prior to releasing the numbers publicly.
  • During the book tour, we’ll also release various fact sheets about the ISIS threat, the threat of the Islamic State, and the threat of Radical Islam.

Also, we’ve just posted two new videos in which I talk about the process of writing this series — I hope you’ll take a few minutes to watch them and feel free to share them.

Finally, here’s the book tour schedule — I hope to see you on the road!

Monday, March 13 — VIRGINIA BEACH

  • 9:00am – Live interview on the Christian Broadcasting Network (700 Club)
  • Additional interviews at CBN headquarters

Monday through Friday, March 13-17 — WASHINGTON/NEW YORK CITY

  • Media interviews

Sunday, March 19 — SPARTANBURG, SOUTH CAROLINA

  • 9:00am/10:30am – Speaking at both morning services at First Baptist Spartanburg – 250 East Main Street, Spartanburg, SC. Book signings between services and then after last service. Open to the public. http://www.fbs.org/  

Monday through Friday, March 20-24 — DALLAS, TEXAS

  • Media interviews
  • Speaking at private event at Prestonwood Baptist Church.

Sunday, March 26 — TYLER, TEXAS

  • 9:00/10:30am – Speaking at both morning services at Green Acres Baptist Church,1607 Troup Hwy, Tyler, TX. Book signing after 2nd service. Open to the public.
  • 5:15pm – Book signing before evening event at Green Acres Baptist Church.
  • 6:00pm – Speaking at special event – Green Acres Baptist Church. Open to the public. Book signing afterwards. https://www.gabc.org/

Tuesday, March 28 — NAPLES, FLORIDA

  • 6:30pm – Speaking at First Baptist Naples special event — 3000 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples, FL, Book signing after. Open to public. http://fbcn.org/

Thursday, March 30 through Saturday, April 1

  • Attending board meetings for The Joshua Fund (no book-related activities)

Monday through Friday, April 3-7 — WASHINGTON, D.C.

  • Media interviews

President Trump should invite Egyptian President el-Sisi to visit Washington. In the fight against terrorism, Cairo is a critically important ally. [My new column in the Jerusalem Post]

Trump-el-Sisi(Washington, D.C.) — Several weeks ago on this blog, I called on the Trump-Pence administration to urgently begin rebuilding America’s alliance with Egypt.

Today, in my new column in the Jerusalem Post, I make the case that President Trump should immediately send his Secretaries of State and Defense to Cairo, and invite Egyptian President el-Sisi to Washington for high-level meetings.

Here are a few excerpts from the column:

As the Trump administration develops plans to confront Iran, destroy the Islamic State (ISIS) and strengthen US-Israel relations, it’s critical that it also rebuild America’s ties with Egypt, the leader of the Sunni Arab world.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi was often disrespected if not ignored by president Barack Obama. This serious mistake should be promptly corrected.

The American secretaries of state and defense should visit Cairo immediately to map out ways to work together.

President Donald Trump should then invite the Egyptian leader to visit him in Washington soon, following up on successful recent meetings with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jordan’s King Abdullah.

Sisi came to power amid the most catastrophic meltdown of Egypt’s social, economic and political order in living memory. He has made mistakes. But he’s making progress, and he needs help.

Here are six big things the Egyptian leader is doing right….

[To read the full column, please click here]

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Fruits of peace? Israel has started exporting natural gas to Jordan. Also developing export deals with Egypt, Greece, Cyprus & Turkey. Here’s the latest.

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(Central Israel) — It’s not just talk. If you look closely, there are actually tangible signs of peace and economic cooperation between Israel and her neighbors.

Taken Jordan, for example. The Hashemite Kingdom signed a peace treaty with the Jewish State in 1994. While there remain many political sensitivities in the relationship, the two countries continue to develop ever closer security and economic ties. This week, we’re learning how the quiet cooperation between the two countries has taken another important step.

“An Israeli company said Thursday it has started exporting gas from an offshore field to Jordan, marking the country’s first ever exports of natural gas,” reported the Times of Israel. “The exports to Jordan began in January, Delek Drilling — part of a consortium leading the development of Israel’s offshore gas reserves.”

With almost no oil or gas resources of its own, Jordan currently imports 97% of its energy needs. I’m encouraged that the Israeli government and the Israeli and American companies drilling for natural gas off the Mediterranean coast were willing to make their first export deal with Jordan, a good neighbor and partner for peace.

I’m also encouraged by the fact that the leaders of Jordan want to cooperate with Israel on such an important energy project, despite some political opposition.

But Jordan isn’t the only story.

  • For many years since the 1979 Camp David accords, Egypt has been selling natural gas from the Sinai to Israel. Recent reports indicate Israel and Egypt are looking for new ways to explore for more gas and cooperate in exporting natural gas.
  • Israel and Turkey are also working on a natural gas deal that could be finalized in 2017.
  • Israel, Greece and Cyprus are reportedly developing plans for a natural gas pipeline.

Let’s keep praying for peace — but let’s also be grateful for the tangible progress that has been made already.

Excerpts from the Times of Israel article:

  • There was no formal announcement at the time but it is the first time Israel has ever exported natural gas, a company spokeswoman said.
  • Jordanian firms Arab Potash and Jordan Bromine signed a deal in 2014 to import 2 billion cubic metres (around 70 billion cubic feet) of gas from Israel’s Tamar field over 15 years….
  • Jordan is one of only two Arab countries to have a peace deal with Israel but the 1994 agreement is unpopular among Jordanians — almost half of whom are of Palestinian origin.
  • Detractors of the gas deal, including Jordan’s main opposition Islamist party, reject any cooperation with a country they regard as an enemy….
  • In September 2016, a larger deal worth an estimated $10 billion was signed to export gas from the Leviathan offshore field to Jordan.
  • In the face of protests, Jordanian Information Minister Mohamed Momani defended the deal, telling state television it would cut $600 million a year from the state’s energy bill. Deliveries from Leviathan are expected to begin in 2019.

More coverage:

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President vows to defeat ISIS, defend nation from”radical Islamic terrorism,” work with Israel, Muslim allies and NATO. [Read/watch his first Joint Address to Congress.]

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In his first address to a Joint Session of Congress and to the nation since his Inaugural, President Trump focused primary on rebuilding  and reigniting the lackluster American economy and creating millions of new jobs.

But he also devoted important time to his foreign policy and national security goals. Among them:

  • Protect the nation from the threat of “radical Islamic terrorism.”
  • Attack and defeat the forces of the Islamic State, which he described as “a network of lawless savages that have slaughtered Muslims and Christians, and men, and women, and children of all faiths and all beliefs.”
  • Protect America’s borders from illegal infiltrations.
  • Strengthen America’s alliance with the State of Israel.
  • Work closely with “our Muslim friends and alliances” to advance security and peace.
  • Support and work with our NATO allies, while encouraging each NATO ally to pay its full 2% of their GDP as agreed to in the alliance’s charter.
  • Invest heavily in rebuilding the U.S. military.
  • To his credit, the President also opened his speech by denouncing anti-Semitism and other hate crimes, including “recent threats targeting Jewish community centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week’s shooting in Kansas City.”

The speech was well written, quite well delivered, and stunningly well received.

I was especially encouraged to see the President vow to work closely with Israel, Muslims and NATO to defeat ISIS — he struck a balanced and helpful tone.

As CNN reported:”President Donald Trump’s first address to Congress received largely positive reviews from viewers, with 57% who tuned in saying they had a very positive reaction to the speech, according to a new CNN/ORC poll of speech-watchers.”

In case you missed it, here are key national security excerpts worth reading or watching:

To any in Congress who do not believe we should enforce our laws, I would ask you this one question:  What would you say to the American family that loses their jobs, their income, or their loved one because America refused to uphold its laws and defend its borders?

Our obligation is to serve, protect, and defend the citizens of the United States.  

We are also taking strong measures to protect our nation from radical Islamic terrorism. 

According to data provided by the Department of Justice, the vast majority of individuals convicted of terrorism and terrorism-related offenses since 9/11 came here from outside of our country.  

We have seen the attacks at home — from Boston to San Bernardino to the Pentagon, and, yes, even the World Trade Center.

We have seen the attacks in France, in Belgium, in Germany, and all over the world.  

It is not compassionate, but reckless to allow uncontrolled entry from places where proper vetting cannot occur. Those given the high honor of admission to the United States should support this country and love its people and its values.  We cannot allow a beachhead of terrorism to form inside America.  We cannot allow our nation to become a sanctuary for extremists.

That is why my administration has been working on improved vetting procedures, and we will shortly take new steps to keep our nation safe and to keep out those out who will do us harm. 

As promised, I directed the Department of Defense to develop a plan to demolish and destroy ISIS — a network of lawless savages that have slaughtered Muslims and Christians, and men, and women, and children of all faiths and all beliefs.  

We will work with our allies, including our friends and allies in the Muslim world, to extinguish this vile enemy from our planet.

I have also imposed new sanctions on entities and individuals who support Iran’s ballistic missile program, and reaffirmed our unbreakable alliance with the State of Israel….

To those allies who wonder what kind of a friend America will be, look no further than the heroes who wear our uniform.  Our foreign policy calls for a direct, robust and meaningful engagement with the world.  It is American leadership based on vital security interests that we share with our allies all across the globe.

We strongly support NATO, an alliance forged through the bonds of two world wars that dethroned fascism, and a Cold War, and defeated communism.  (Applause.)

But our partners must meet their financial obligations.  And now, based on our very strong and frank discussions, they are beginning to do just that.  In fact, I can tell you, the money is pouring in.  Very nice.  (Applause.)  We expect our partners — whether in NATO, the Middle East, or in the Pacific — to take a direct and meaningful role in both strategic and military operations, and pay their fair share of the cost.

Let’s be praying for the President and his national security and foreign policy advisors that they can effective in achieving these goals. Let’s also be praying for the President, the Vice President and their families and staff for wisdom, discernment and strength as they face so many domestic and international challenges.

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