Sales of Apocalyptic Novel “The Last Israelis” Soar 2,000% After Iran Elects Rouhani President; Fear of Iranian Nukes Cited

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After Hassan Rouhani won the Iranian presidential election, there was a 2,000% surge in sales of “The Last Israelis,” an apocalyptic novel warning about Iranian nukes. By the third day following Rouhani’s election, the previously obscure military thriller had sold over 2,100 copies just from Amazon and Barnes & Noble; author Noah Beck thinks that the skyrocketing sales may be explained by skepticism about Rouhani and growing concern over Iran’s nuclear program.

The Last Israelis -- a military and psychological thriller about Israel's Dolphin submarine and Iran's nukes

The reading public seems to be reacting to current events and is perhaps skeptical about the new Iranian president’s nuclear policy.

A 2,000% surge in sales of “The Last Israelis,” an apocalyptic novel warning about Iranian nukes, followed the June 15 announcement that Hassan Rouhani was elected Iran’s next president.

On June 16, the doomsday book jumped from obscurity to a rank of 76th out of all paid Kindle books, 3rd in the Kindle “war” genre fiction category, and 24th in the Kindle “thriller” category. The novel also ranked 3rd out of all books on Amazon in the “war” category. On Barnes & Noble, the submarine thriller ranked 2nd out of all Nook Books in the “war and military fiction” category and on June 17 ranked 34th out of all Barnes & Noble books.

The day after Rouhani's election victory, over 1,300 copies of “The Last Israelis” were sold just by Amazon and Barnes & Noble (sales reports from other audiobook, paperback and e-book retailers, including iTunes, Audible, Kobo, and Sony, are not yet available).

By the third day following Rouhani’s election, the apocalyptic novel had sold over 2,100 copies just from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The book’s sales represented an increase over the previous month of about 2,655% for Nook sales, and about 1,925% for Kindle sales, or a weighted average increase of about 2,029% overall.

Author Noah Beck thinks that the skyrocketing sales could mean that readers are growing concerned about Iran’s nuclear program. “The reading public seems to be reacting to current events and is maybe skeptical about the new Iranian president’s nuclear policy. Rouhani skillfully played for time when he led Iran’s nuclear negotiations from 2003 to 2005, so maybe his election actually helps Iran gets nukes, which leads to the kind of Armageddon my book depicts. I don’t know but I’ve never seen sales like this before.”

The second edition of the novel was released in paperback, audiobook, and e-book formats last April and May. The novel has 88 reviews on Amazon, with an average rating of four stars. As part of his research when writing the cautionary tale, Noah Beck interviewed veterans of Israel's elite and secretive submarine force.

The story follows 35 ideologically divided and ethnically diverse Israelis aboard the Dolphin submarine, after Iran acquires nuclear weapons. The Dolphin is the most powerful vessel in the Israeli Navy, and Israel’s “second-strike” answer to the existential threat posed by a nuclear Iran.

For more information about Noah Beck and “The Last Israelis” visit: http://www.TheLastIsraelis.com.
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