It began well enough with some pretty good characters which could have been developed a bit better. But the CIA recuiting a 16 year old!! OH PLUEEZZZZZZZZZ! However, since I had never read any thing by this author before, I thought 'ok, give the guy a chance'. I did and was rewarded by a bunch of quotes from the Quran and spy thriller that went "poof". I am a Christian and if I had wanted a Christian novel I would not have looked in the Espionage section to find it. This was not money well spent.
It's not just that I want my Audible credit back -- I want the hours back I wasted in listening to this vile book. I am embarrassed to say I made it through to the bitter end, but in my defense, I kept hoping something would be resolved and at least we'd get a good story. I can't figure out if the author intended this to be a Christian tract or if he just threw in Jesus' and the Mahdi's appearances (Jesus in a big flash of light no less) to explain away implausible plot developments. How did they know to leave the city before the earthquake hit? Well Jesus told them to go, silly. And, how did the nuclear scientist and the spy manage to hook up in a city full of millions of people? Jesus again. Don't even get me started on the 3-day puppy love affair that forms the basis for all subsequent action and hours of boring whining and yearning on the part of the protaganist. The narrator was OK, but some of his Persian accents sounded vaguely Chinese. I don't really need my money back and I can live with the wasted hours (I multi-tasked), but I really don't want my dollars going to enrich this author or his likely causes. If this review can stop just one person from making the same mistake, I will be partially vindicated.
This novel started out interesting and evolved into the Christians are the good guys and the Islams are the bad guys. I'm so tired of that theme.
wow, what a terrible book. Actually for most of it, the story is reasonably compelling. Character development is good. But the psycho-religous babble is awful. I tried to tell myself to buy into it and go on, but the ending was just unbelievable. i don't think I've read a book that is such a cop out for an ending. It would have been bettter if he had ended by say..."but it was just a dream".
The book begins with some interesting premises and characters, and devolves into a poisonous anti Muslim pro Jesus tract. To add insult to injury, the author has not even wrapped up the story and is probably positioning himself for another book. Don't expect to see me buying it.
The story starts out well enough: Iran is about to complete a Nuclear bomb making project. Israel is about to take a preemptive strike. Americans are trying to understand what is going on. And rumors abound about a mysterious twelfth Imam, who is the Islamic version of the Messiah...
But the book simply ends in the middle of the story. What happened? Tensions are rising, it is getting interesting, and suddenly, with no warning, it simply ends. What a let down!
Also, spare me with the Jesus is good Islam is bad storyline. Things are just not that simple.
The book is like being on a nice date. Things are going well. You are having fun. You begin to feel your date up, getting ready to get a kiss, and then, suddenly, out of nowhere, your date just gets up, smiles, and leaves!
The fast pace and interesting characters as well as the subject matter.
Other Joel C Rosenberg novels, Left Behind Series, Dan Brown Novels.
Hard to pick one. The opener is very interesting as the Main Character's parents assist an American to escape Iran in the 80's.
No but books don't generally effect me in this way. It was very thought provoking as well as a page turner. I was hooked until it finished.
It ranks #1 along with The Tehran Initiave (#2) and Damascus Countdown.(#3)
Yes, It did! Joel's writing style is that of creativity and fluidity. Someone who knows what he's talking about it. And of events that could and are happening now as we speak. I love Joel's books!
Number one fact of audiobook success and thats the NARRATOR! He brought the very esssence to Joel's writing and captured every emotion and authenticity of the Middle Eastern culture. Brought to life! His is a great vocal talent and I really appreciated that. Made these books all the more intense and enjoyable to listen to on my long commute to and from work everyday! Im sad its over:(
Off the top of my head right now i would have to say the intricate details of CIA operatives. Going under cover and risking their lives for the good of all "good" mankind. I love spy novels especially when there's a bit of truth to the plot and background of these kinds of stories. I believe all 3 of these books are a huge possibility. If anyone follows Joel's website as well as his Epicenter conferences and his Joshua Fund foundation...they will get these books and understand they are not altogether fiction but rather a foretelling of what lies ahead if we dont wake up and demand justice for our allies in Israel not to mention US as well as...the United States.
I suppose from how Book #3 (Damascus Countdown) ended there wont be a Book #4 in the works. But I truly felt those characters he created and I miss them already. hopefully he brings them back for another possible scenario later:)
Good character development and plot. Timely. Exciting and fast paced. I like the different viewpoints presented.