This book was a great listen. i would highly recommend. a little religious for my taste but the story is awesome. Third installment comes out in march 13... cant wait!
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 started out very well. The information was palatable, informative & presented in an entertaining way. But as it moved on, the descriptions of the goresh truth about the use of children to de mine fields in Iran was unbearable. I have yet to find the courage to finish this book. Whilst I'm sure the author found a way to come to a conclusion that made sense, to me I simply couldn't put myself through it. I can't watch horror movies for the same reason. I know there is truth in what we are capable of, I just can not tolerate it. In a world so full of the examples of our darkest selves, I have to choose to look for our Light in order to find the hope for humanity.
I had never read/heard any of Mr. Rosenberg's books (or even heard of him) before, but I love a good mystery and the title, The Twelfth Imam, seemed interesting enough that I purchased it. I am SO glad I did. It certainly wasn't what I expected, but as a Christian I had been hearing both first person accounts and eyewitness accounts of some of the things that occur in this book. Thus, I wasn't astonished at some of the events, but I was amazed at them being in a "mainline" book! The story kept me listening all night because I just HAD to know what was next. The only reason I did not give the story 5 stars is that while I don't agree completely with some of those who say there was NO ending, I do agree that the ending could have been tied up a little neater. Of course I see that there is a sequel (which I am downloading today, and will probably spend another sleepless night listening to!), and hopefully all the loose ends will be addressed. I want to know more about the 12th Imam, I want to know more about the CIA operative, and his long lost, re-discovered love.
Mr. Rosenberg has an easy way of putting a person's religious beliefs (Christian, Muslim, and Jewish) in a book without seeming to force it. I find it very irritating when people write in such a way that it crams religion or political beliefs down one's throat. When we Christians share our faith like Jesus did, we can allow people to question it, accept it, doubt it, reject it, ignore it, embrace it...whatever, but it's never forced. The author included the beliefs of various religions (both pro and con: an agnostic who befriends and saves Muslims but after 9/11 despises them, Muslims who love their families and their countries and hate terrorists, fanatical Muslims, both wishy-washy Christians and Muslims; he also quoted the Quran and the Bible various times). In my opinion, Mr. Rosenberg incorporated the religious beliefs of the various sides in a very creative, suspenseful way (after all it IS because of religious differences that the terrorists want to destroy Christians and Jews--well actually anyone who is not their brand of Muslim is considered an infidel, and their jihad [holy war] is out to destroy all infidels, and they don't mind shedding innocent Muslim blood either!). He doesn't give the US government a pass on the things it did very wrong in the Middle East, or how naive many Americans are about the cultures and customs of other countries. However, if you happen to be a person that is turned off by any type of religious writings (whether fiction or non-fiction) then you might want to skip this book.
BUT, if you just like a good mystery, and lots of nail-chompin' suspense, then this IS a book you will enjoy. After I listen to the sequel, I'm pretty sure I'll go right back and re-listen to them both to see what I missed.
Drives a Semi-truck with my wife and we drive all over the country. We both listen to books while we drive. We like takes Cruises and visiting New York City.
You bet and I would get the chills again when the man iin white appears.
I was worried that our CIA would find a way to mess up but so far it is working.
good vs evil
want to take a look at what our furture could be. want to see there is a God and there is a Devil.
The author knows how to write and does a great job on the character development. The narrator also does a very good job. My issues are with the plot and ending (or lack thereof). This novel mixes in the supernatural, which provides for all sorts of "leaps of logic". The protagonist's successes are not due to his acts, insights, or intellect; but rather due to supernatural revelations. Further nothing ends in this book; you have to read the sequel I guess, which I'm not going to. I think the author focused too much on preaching his religious views, and the storyline came in second. Now if you're looking for a Christian Triller then you will probably like this book.
There should be a disclaimer that Jesus Christ is an actual character in this supposed modern political "thriller". I thought "Deus Ex Machina" went out with the Middle Ages. Besides that, it's only half a book. Unless you have an incredible ability to suspend your disbelief, don't bother.
The degree to which you enjoy this book will be in direct proportion to how conservative your political and religious views are. It may have been ghost written by Glenn Beck.
Not what I expected and then it just seemed to end without any conclusion. I understand that any book in a series should leave you wanting to hear more, but not because the story is just getting started. Though I wouldn't give this book my recommendation, I will most likely get the next book in the series. Guess I got suckered.
Most of the book was pretty good but I did not like how the ending rapped up so abruptly. I think JR could have done a better ending even though a sequel is evident. It's interesting to learn more about the premise of the Islamic faith. As a Christian, I appreciated much of what was written. The narration was superb by Christopher Lane.