No. If I wanted to be sermonized I'ld go to church.
The story itself was abdsorbing and the characters well defined. The most memorable moment was when I realized the book was not ended, but left you hanging.
The narration was excellent.
Books that are religious propaganda should be labled as such.
Good continuation from the 12th Imam. But each time Marseille became the main character, the book dragged. I fail to see what relevance she has to the plot.
Not nearly as good as the 12th Iman.
The 12th Imam
No. And not sure I'll buy the next in the series.
I rated the 12th Imam 5 stars all around.
Son. Husband. Father. Brother/Pastor. Missionary/Friend. Educator/Writer.
Loved the book and everything about it.
It was high energy, action packed with s great plot! Thank you Joel!
Over the top on religious dogma in my opinion. as I am a free thinker. Great story very relevant to the time and attitude of most western leaders seems to be a lot of Neville chamberlains out there .don't they know any history .
This is a great squeal. It answers all the questions from TTI . I'm amazed how as you listen to this book how close it comes to current headlines.
This book is a skillful blending of current events and scripture to create a scenario of what the future may look like.
Voracious reader & listener. I have a typically brutal Southern California commute so I have ample opportunity to listen (although I also listen while washing clothes or my car or other mundane chores). Currently, I have 238 titles in my Audible library. History, biographies, historical fiction, and hyper-realistic espionage are my favorite genres but I'm open to other topics & genres.
Disturbing read. With a hardcover home library of a couple thousand books and an Audible library of almost 450 titles, I must admit to never reading anything quite like this book. It's an odd mix of Christian fundamentalist doctrine (complete with long quotes from the bible), rabid Zionist Israel first doctrine and good old American 'let's go to war' jingoism. While I'm no fan of President Obama, I find the barely disguised swipes at he and his administration's preference for peace and negotiation over reactionary war both distasteful and anti-patriotic. The plots foundational premise is highly implausible, the basis of which has fundamentalist with thousands of years of built up animus united behind a pseudo-mystical fanatic with delusions of grandeur and an insatiable lust for power. The authors' prose is adequate although I found the stories' pacing a bit uneven. I'm an agnostic and while I can respectfully appreciate an authors's religious sensibilities creeping into their narrative, never before have I consumed a book with such naked, rabid proselytizing. Further, the author's knowledge of the tradecraft, tactics and strategy seem painfully lacking for a book set in the realm of espionage. There is very little action, (perhaps owing to the amount of bible versus liberally sprinkled through out) and while the primary characters seem mostly three dimensional, they do seem patently predictable in both word and deed. While the protagonist is likable enough he is very self unaware and prone to moments of gross hypocrisy. He justifies his actions using his interpretation of the bible. Behaviors which are essentially the same actions that he condemns in his enemies. Admittedly I could only make it to the third chapter from the end before gratefully deleting and quicky returning this book.
Narrator was very good. The story was one sided/far-fetched. The good things happen to the good guys and the bad things happen to the bad guys. that said, the book was interesting I like the character development in David, Eva and more. it did take a while for the book to get going.
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.