The book starts out very interesting and captivating, the writer obviously has it in him to write a great story.
The narration bugged me a little for the first hour (every foreigner sounds Indian) but his pace and tone are very pleasant.
The whole first half of the book is well written and gives an interesting look on Iran and the US.
The second half feels like the writer is trying to convert the listener to Christianity and does everything to show us how bad Islam is and seems to be giving a very pro Israel pitch.
I was very disappointed to have the book took such a turn while it had such potential.
I found it an intriguing take on the situation and religion (though the characters were somewhat unbelievable) but at the end I figured I'd missed the third part of the download - is that really the ending? I hope I can chalk that up to a technical glitch. I cannot imagine ending a novel like that.
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The reader was fantastic.
The near constant talk (book 2 and especially book 3) about Jesus just killed it though. Also, this should not have been 3 books. It should have been 1 long one. When one ends it seems as though it's at a random place in the story.
No. I can only assume his writing will always revolve around Jesus. I've been preached to enough.
He's a great reader. Good with pacing, accents, volume, so on and so forth.
No because it would certainly be directed by Mel Gibson.
The first book isn't too bad with the preaching but it gets over the top by book three. If you're a Muslim, you're gonna have a bad time because he characterizes your religion in a very negative way. If you're an atheist, like me (*gasp*), you might roll your eyes out of your head by the third book with the constant Jesus talk. Plus, I notice the author doesn't swear in the book but, in some cases, has no problem going into detail with the torture scenes.
The story starts off well and progresses till the listener is assaulted with a religious fantasy that features both the Muslim and Christian Messiahs making appearances and Jesus clearly occupies the moral high ground. The entire premise of the story boils down to American = Christian = Good vs. Muslim = Religious Fanatic = Bad. The problems in the Middle East are complex and are not made any less so by reducing the discourse to a simple matter of conversion to Christianity solving the problems.
I would have liked a better recap of the story - a warning that there is a religious agenda that may not be wanted when looking for a good espionage. It became most apparent two-thirds of the way through.
I'd like a more factually-based historical novel.
The story, characters, narration are all excellent... except for one major problem: the book ends abruptly as though the author were told to put down his pencil and was not allowed to finish the book. It's fine to string me along a little and make me anticipate a second book, but it is NOT OK to fail to resolve any of the major plot lines. I am done with this series and the author.
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But Joel took a perfectly good story and two thirds of the way in dumped a load of religious weirdness on me. Having now googled the author I guess I should blame myself, I assumed it was a regular thriller not an evangelical propaganda text.
Fundies......i just don't get them.
Leave the Christian Message out of it. I thoroughly enjoyed the first half of the book. There were little hints here and there that the story would turn into a pro-Christian fairytale, but I decided to stay with it until Jesus and Mohammed showed up in Iran amongst all the political intrigue and started sorting everything out. Then...the book went away. I have nothing against Christian works, I just despise Christian faith based fiction dressed up like political thrillers.
Again, the first half seemed to be setting up nicely for a good political thriller. The main characters seemed to be well thought out and they were easy to like.
These books should be labeled as Faith based, or Christian faith books.
The book was a great listen............I anticipated the ending...and yet, there WAS NO ENDING !!!
This audiobook was entertaining and fast paced. I learned a good deal about Islam. Rosenberg is highly knowledgeable about the middle east and his characters reflect that knowledge. The book's scenario, based on a nuclear Iran, is all too real. The ending is so sudden it left you hanging in mid-air. I will certainly be disappointed if there is not a sequel!