A good follow-up to the earlier books and one I enjoyed more than Book 2. Joel Rosenberg is not a top level writer, say, in the class of Daniel Silva, but he still has an important role to play in the writing firmament. Daniel Silva can subtly work in information from earlier books that you need to know but Joel Rosenberg doesn't have that talent. So, sometimes you are a bit confused about who the people are and that takes away from the current book. Also, a really talented writer can make a book in a series stand alone through working in what you need to know and that isn't there in this book. These books are better read in the series of 3.
Having said that, the story is amazingly close to events in the world and is worthwhile for that alone. It's a good story and the characters seem believable and people who you care about. I like the Christian backdrop as a refreshing change to the dominant view permeating everything else and I don't find it overdone. The narrator was amazing, with a huge range of accents to pull off and I found myself beginning to visualize the characters based on his voices. So, great stuff and I'd be happy to read Book 4 in the series if there ever is such a thing. Since the world doesn't end in this one (spoiler alert), why not?
At or near the top. However I am still a novice to audiobooks.
The final scenes in Syria, both at the airbase and the race to get there on time.
He captured the emotions of the moment, especially during the hospital raid scenes, the action at the airbase in Syria, and the convoy from Iran to Syria.
I believe near the end when the Seals gave their all, the learned scholar and the "Mole" sacrificed themselves to prevent a nuclear event.
I wish I had read the first two books before reading this one.
Truth and Love should always be found together and when I read I look for that.
It was the full package, the performance was awesome and the story was totally unpredictable. Though the life and death, dooms day scenarios might be a bit much for some readers to accept there was nothing cheesy about it. Quite the opposite in fact, you are sitting on pens and needles while your mind is racing and your heart is pounding.
The story was strong and well developed as you clung to the hope that the characters you love will survive the day of reckoning. The best part is how unpredictable the plot is with the exception that the prophecies do come true, but the how constantly plagues you.
Once again the performance is astounding, every character's voice is distinguishable and their rhythms are consistent. I can not say enough about how amazing of a job he does.
There are several moments that moved me but if I share them I will soil it for the next reader. I will say this, I cried and cheered several times in this book. I also gasped a lot!
I am hoping there are more booking coming in this series, the first three books were amazing. These should be movies!!!!!!
Yes I would listen to it again. You can always learn more the second time.
David was my favorite character, although I liked several. It is intriguing how he always survived every situation with God's help.
Probably the destruction of Damascus.
Probably the teacher (cannot remember how to spell his name).
I believe everyone should take this story seriously and try to bring as many people as possible with them to heaven before it is too late. I believe it is later than most people think.
Yes, I would change some of the reading style.
Yes. He added accents to different people and between the various characters.
No. Too depressing.
A lot of what was in the book was familiar to me. Some of it was drawn from biblical prophesy. There was some conjecture and I guess that is why it is a fictional tale.
A good story wrapped around a religious message that was designed to convert non-Christians to Christians. Why did the author have to dilute the story?
Religious pontification is not what I wanted, it wrecked the whole effort from start to finish
I read Rosenberg's The Twelfth Imam because I was intrigued by the idea of mixing current events, espionage, and end time prophecy in one story. Turns out it was only the start, followed first by The Tehran Initiative and most recently the third volume, Damascus Count Down. All good and taken as a whole an extremely enjoyable series full of details of life inside the Iranian power elite. Rosenberg's obvious familiarity with the current geopolitical scene, his ability to depict world leaders who you will recognize as the current role players by another name add credibility and realism, and well crafted espionage plotting and intrigue put his writing on par with the best.
But those characteristics can be found in many books by many authors. What sets Rosenberg apart is his knowledgeable exploration of Islamic and Christian world views and end time prophecy, and the unabashed evangelistic tone and purpose of the stories. It does not hurt that he has a penchant (is that really all it is?) for prophesying in his own right (see The Last Jihad for one notable example). Let's hope his latest is not as accurate.
Good stuff here. Well crafted and written with a unique purpose. An eye opener for those who believe men alone decide their fate.
It it a relevant and all-to-likely story line. If you haven't read any of Rosenbergs works before, I suggest you read the Ezekiel option first, then read the Twelfth Imam series in whole. Joel is an end-times scholar who has a remarkable grasp of Biblical prophesy. It is amazing to see how many aspects of his previous novels have actually come to pass. I'm almost afraid to know what parts of this will actually happen in our lifetime. Then again, as a Christian, its not something to worry about. If you're offended by God and the Bible, these books are not for you unless you are interested in knowing what will happen in the End Times.
It explains so much of current events...
No, but I am amazed at how well he makes each character unique
It ranks TOP on the list.
The action and the truth behind the scenes.
He does great voices.
Well, the end of course. I got the ending I desired!
Joel is very gifted as an author and a great Man of God. A very likeable speaker and presenter.