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.
It moved well and kept moving; had a good mix of intrigue with the right amount of romance and family sprinkled into an almost impossible situation.
So close to current events it really grabbed my attention.
Inflection of his voice was well done, definitely not boring.
The whole series moved me but some parts definitely had me holding my breath until resolved.
Portrayal of "President Jackson" made me nuts, I actually got so frustrated that he could be so blind in such an important crisis.
"The Tehran Initiative" lives up to the high quality standards set by Joel C. Rosenberg in his earlier novels. The characters, action, and plot kept me gripped throughout.
The viewpoint that people are correct to defend themselves against aggressors is very important to promote today, particularly since most Americans have shifted to a pro-appeasement outlook. The novel is therefore controversial as it goes against mainstream opinion.
The only weakness I see in Rosenberg's work is his effort to make this into a religious question. In fact, this is a matter of pure scientific rationality. If you don't defend yourself, you will die.
The quality of the narration was excellent. There was a bit of dramatization, but not too much.
John Christmas, author of "Democracy Society"
The story seemed good, but all of the religion thrown in was annoying. Had this been a print book, I would have skipped all of the religious stuff. It seemed like prosyletizing more than story telling. I felt this a little less about the author's other books. I think I will skip this author from now on.
The description of bombing of the nuclear facilities was thrilling.
Don't the reader's check their pronounciation? Every time I heard the name "Naftali" as Nafta-LIE, I cringed (He used this name a lot). It should have been Nafta-LEE. Shouldn't the reader and/or the director check names and pronunciations?
I couldn't finish the book because of the authors continuous, and obvious intent to persuade the reader to believe that Jesus and the gospels are the only chance of salvation.
Tone down the attempts to convert the reader to his beliefs or at least put the fact into the book description so the reader knows what is coming.
Job well done.
I am disappointed in Audible for not telling potential buyers what the theme of this book is, to bring them to Jesus.