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.
Rosenberg puts together another page turner but intertwined in the espionage, bombs and intrigue are too many personal stories of characters finding Jesus. I don't know if he's trying to broaden his appeal or just doesn't realize how these ill fitting, forced and interruptive these subplots are to the story.
One of the first where I was disappointed #4 wasn't there to read right away.
The first two of this series. Usually you guess how it's going to end. This one left me begging for the ANSWER.
The scenes of the Messiah appearing. Are there more? Which one is he going to choose? I want the next book right away. Love this series more than any other. Hurry and write it.
No, I think the title is perfect.
Hope next book comes out soon and really don't want it to draw out. I want a good ending and hope it's what I would like but could be a big surprise.
The story was suspenseful, the subplots meshed together very well, and the narrator was quite good. But the story was spoiled to some extent by a heavy dose of religious fervor which permeated the story, and seemed inappropriate for this kind of thriller. Several parts seemed way too maudlin, like the part where CIA spies rushed to intercept an A-bomb and found time to embrace Jesus.
The story line starts full of action and details, but after chapter 11 the true purpose of the book is reveal. The author political and religious views and the event horizon and true purpose, hidden with a techno-thriller theme. He becomes extremely verbose for the purpose and in support of his personal Christian belief. The story line suffers from this as the author continue to interrupt with his religious and political overtures that add nothing but distraction to the novel.
Extract this and it's an average book...
The detail of tactics and technology. Additionally, the deep understanding of both Christian and Islam historical past.
Fan-freaking-tastic narration with enough suspense in his inflections. One of the very best narrations!!!
No...but I'm still a techno thriller , political tactical war fan.
...next book for the author should caution the reader of his intent...
What can I say - this was, hands down, one of my favorite series of books! It is rare to find a collection of Christian stories so captivating & thought provoking! I have read some of the other reviews & am surprised about some complaints of too much Christianity in the story! I did not find this to be so & was absolutely inspired by those parts in which the thoughts or discussions were centered on and around Christ. To think of the courage & conviction a person must have in a country where Christians are so severely persecuted is tough, to say the least! Made me so very thankful to live in a society whose core is built around freedom of religion & speech!