A good and timely read given current events. More character development might have earned an extra star. There is a clear good and evil that I wish he would have blurred a bit more by going more into the motivations of the 'bad guys.'
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.
I don't think anything could have made this a 4 or 5-star production. Although Mr. Rosenberg can certainly spin a tale, the quality of the writing is pretty pedestrian. This is a pretty fair example of the chewing-gum-for-the-brain novel. And that's fine, because sometimes we want exactly that, and there is room for all kinds of writing. However, the repetitive insertion of the author's religious views was about as welcome as that knock on the front door by the ubiquitous dark-suited gentlemen who want to know if we have heard the "good news" about Jesus! He is entitled to his views, but it is possible to tell a story without imposing them on the reader in such an overt manner.
I would never read another of Mr. Rosenberg's productions. It seems as though the story is merely a device for right-wing religious proselytizing. I have read and whole-heartedly enjoyed books written by authors of many different faiths and backgrounds without feeling that I am being preached to.
Christopher Lane is a good narrator, and at times his narration can be quite moving. Once in a while the challenge of giving voice to each character takes him into a cartoon-like delivery, but since the book presents a fairly high number of characters, it's hard to hold that against him.
This book annoyed me for all of the reasons I have expressed. I don't give a hoot about this author's (or anyone else's) personal religious views, but I don't expect to be bombarded with them. Even the fact that the main protagonist is represented as a Muslim would seem to be a clumsy device to forestall criticism of the inherent bigotry in this book. It fools no one, and is an insult to the intelligence of the reader.
I'm so glad that I purchased this book on sale rather than at full price!
For a lot of this book I was thinking "Oh WOW." I was very involved emotionally pretty much from the start. There are a couple of things you will want to know about it before you read it however. First, it is the first book in a series. This book does not have a satisfying ending. It seems to stop in mid-air. I am so glad I knew that before I finished the book. Second, if you are offended by Jesus Christ, don't read it, as He does make an appearance, small as it is. For me, it was dramatic, a little startling, and it made perfect sense in the context of the story. I can't wait to read the sequel.
Christopher Lane is a topnotch narrator. He really brought the story to life.
Don't listen to the other reviews where they say don't buy this book. This book is awesome. I can't wait to read the sequel. This author brings what is happening in the world right to you and is so right on, that you come away with an understanding of what is really happening in our world. Great read!
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!
An irresponsible, dangerous misrepresentation of history, religion, and politics.
Certainly as much blood has been shed in the name of Christ as in the name of Mohamed.
It's certainly not true that Muslims are converting to Christianity en masse. This is pure fiction. It is also a profound confusion to express that the Christian god is the real god, and that the world's problems would be solved if everyone just changed one set of beliefs for another.
God is a concept, a thought, a mental experience. All thoughts are just thoughts. Self-righteous clinging to thoughts -- "my thoughts are right, yours are wrong" -- is at the root of all the pain and violence in the history of the world.
When will this self-evident truth be understood? When will the fundamental hypocrisy of Theism and its supposed glory be exposed?
This book was nothing like what I expected when I started it. I was thinking CIA agent infiltrating Iran’s nuclear program and I eventually realized that this was just an interesting sub-plot to the main event. It is not often that I find a book that throws me a complete curveball, but The Twelfth Imam threw it right past my head (we are close enough to Opening Day for Baseball to get away with that phrase). Beyond the suspenseful and surprising storyline, the writing by Rosenberg is top notch. This is a novelty in this Genre of books. The conclusion was a bit of a surprise in that it suggested more of a sequel rather than a wrap-up for this book. Although I was a bit disappointed at the finish, I am also looking forward to the next installment. I give the Twelfth Imam a good read.
This is an excellent read. Full of action, flowing and easy to follow. It addresses every aspect of the battle that we are facing today. We are in a spiritual battle but this is not a book focusing on supernatural warfare. From reading some of the reviews I expected an abrupt ending leaving one hanging. This is not the case. There is room to continue the theme if the author wishes but this work is complete. I recommend it if you are looking for a way to have 13+ hours of your day whiz by!!