Shiloh Bound Doc! University of Iowa graduate. Iowa Writer's Workshop fan. Hawkeye Fan! Believer. Husband. Father. Physician.
There is a reason 15% of 1.5 billion Muslims are radicalized (225 million) and fervent to "push Israel into the sea."
The reason is Islam.
Saudi Arabia money and the Mullahs teachings are that the poverty, pain, and misery of the people they rule are as a result of Israel and America--a type of blame shifting practiced by Hitler and the Nazis.
Joel Rosenberg rightly espouses that Christ Jesus (Christianity) teaches us to love the sinner but hate the sin. "The Tehran Initiative" gives us an insiders look at "that other religion."
is what I thought as I read this book.
This book is chock full of blind American patriotism, irrational unquestioning Christian dogma, and "different-is-bad" ethnocentrism (did you know that Islam is Satanic?). It left a nasty, lingering taste on my brain. Yuck.
I love listening audio books. I listen to between 20 and 25 per year while I work. Sure makes the days go fast.
Overall a good listen and a good story line. I am a Christian, but even so, thought all of the religious dialog and "recruiting" was out of place. It would have been just as good a story without about 80 percent of it.
The characters were will defined. The story, although a little towards the impossible in some places, was well worth the listen.
Christopher Lane always does a good job. His reading of this book is no exception. It actually overcame many of the shortcomings of the book. He is the reason I give an Overall rating of four stars instead of three.
There was plenty of action, but definitely, for me at least, not a "sit on the edge of the chair page turned" many books are.
I have read two other Joel Rosenberg books; "The Auschwitz Escape" and "Death on a High Floor". I liked both much better than this one, and the religious stuff was kept to a minimum.
Non Fiction Reader
This book is confounding. More than once I was tempted to chuck it and start another book. The story line is frequently interrupted with religious (Christian, Islamis and Jewish) reflections. At times it's infuriating. It's not just private musings but whole sections of the spies introspection with copious quotes from scripture, more introspection,more copious quotes of scripture and so on.
The end leaves one hanging...possibly for a sequel (and more internal ruminations). In many ways it's difficult to square a book about nuclear weapons, imminent destruction of the mid-east and a spy's reflections on biblical ad infinitum quotations and personal introspections, personal salvation while planning and killing the killing or an enemy..
I liked the reader
First, be sure you know this is the middle book in a series of three. I don't remember when I bought it but it must have been a special and I didn't know ... so it would have been helpful to have listened to the first book first, and if you want to know "the rest of the story", you'll have to buy the third book. If I had liked the book better, I would have been glad to buy both, but I didn't and I won't! I was quite enjoying the book until it got into proselytizing. It was really hard for me to finish it. Part way into the second half I even looked it up in Audible to find out if it was in the Christian category. I'm not anti-Christian, but it really took away from the book and the flow of the story for me. That's also when I found out it was the second in a series and as I said, I didn't like it enough to buy either the first or third books ... so you jump into an ongoing story and end without it being complete.
The grand finale was very disappointing. Very predictable without much suspense. Then the author instead of tying up loose ends, blatantly sets the reader up to buy the next installment. Really bush league stunt.
Spend more time tying up the loose ends and less time selling the next book.
Accents met a western's expectations of middle eastern talkers.
Pretty flat. A good book will leave you thinking - this one left me glad it was over.
I like to be entertained by fiction books and based on the introductory blurb, I expected a spy/action/thriller with a focus on the modern Middle East. Instead I felt like I was getting instruction on the importance of finding God (of course the modern Christian version at that).
There was too much focus on Christianity for me in this book. I never would have bought this had I even had an inkling that it was an attempt of a Christian missionary to gain more believers just wrapped up in a candy coating of pop fiction. Sorry, but I do not care for books that try so overtly to change my religious/ spiritual persuasion.
Performance was adequate, but even the narrator sounded bored during some of the religious introspection.
If I had been prepared for the religious overtones, it might have been different. The story sounded like it was going to be a fun and intelligent ride. Instead I felt like I was being fed a story on the bus to bible camp.
I am a Rosenberg fan... and have a relationship with Christ, But I could not rate this book as high as I would like to have because I thought it was a tad to much proselytizing which almost made me want to stop listening. It's like pouring too much gravy over mash potato's where you can't hardly taste the potatoes. A Taste is all you need. The rest of the story was fabulous and very engaging especially because of the superb narration by Lee. I do plan on listening to the next book and hope there's less gravy.