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!
I am now getting book two of the series. With any luck it will pick up where book one left off. The ending is more like the end of a chapter then of a book..... Very disappointing...
A fast paced, can't put it down book. I started to read the sequel, the Tehran Initiative, then discovered this is the first book in the series. I wish Audible (and Amazon) would make it clearer if a book is part of a series.The third book is due to be released shortly.
The characters are well developed, the background well researched - I must admit that I learned much about the Middle east from reading this book.
There is no ending to this story. It is like the author just ran out of paper.
Given us a conclusion.
Performance was good, not great,just good
The 12th Imam, Allah and Jesus Christ
So many books, so little time. Doubt that I will but not for lack of enjoying it.
The pronunciation of names and places unfamiliar, the dialect...makes everything so real
I have a problem reading... my mind is a busy place and frequently wanders. The immersion experience kept me focused and was more like watching a film, but better.
Joel Rosenberg has a very conservative Christian outlook. Only those that believe in Christ will be saved. Muslins are being fooled by an Anti-Christ. End time tribulations are coming and only the hero of the book can save Jews and Christians. OK book if you can ignor some of the religion.
The book leaves you hanging. Need to read the next book to complete the story.
Too much religion and visions of Christ for me. Prefer my fantasy to be more realistic - like Lord of the Rings.
Retired, 66 years old. Audible books are great for those of us who too lazy to read, but enjoy a great book. Sorry , in my review I misspelled scene.
I have the audio version. I felt as if I were next to each character in every seen.
It would be David. That was one tough individual.My mother died from cancer and there would have been no person, not even a President, that would have kept me from being by her side at the end. He would have to come to where I was, end of subject.
Satan. Scared the hell out of me.
Yes, when he lost the love of his life. They could write a squel, that is if the World was not destroyed.
They should make a movie of this if they haven't. Would win best picture of the year hands down. Would love to be present when they select the actors.
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.