The world is on the brink of disaster. Iran has just conducted its first atomic weapons test. Millions of Muslims around the world are convinced their messiah — known as the Twelfth Imam — has arrived on earth. Israeli leaders fear Tehran, under the Twelfth Imam’s spell, will soon launch a nuclear attack that could bring about a second Holocaust and the annihilation of Israel. The White House fears Jerusalem will strike first, launching a massive preemptive attack against Iran’s nuclear facilities that could cause the entire Middle East to go up in flames, oil prices to skyrocket, and the global economy to collapse. With the stakes high and few viable options left, the president of the United States orders CIA operative David Shirazi and his team to track down and sabotage Iran’s nuclear warheads before Iran or Israel can launch a devastating first strike. But will they be too late?
©2011 Joel C. Rosenberg (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I've listened to all of Rosenberg's political fiction and have enjoyed every book. If you haven't listened toThe Twelfth Imam, I recommend that you get it first as this one is a sequel, continuing the adventures of CIA asset David Shirazi. Shirazi, born in the US to Iranian parents who fled the revolution, infliltrates Iran at the highest levels and uncovers a terrible plot which he works hard to subvert. The Twelfth Imam, or Madi (sp.) has formed a caliphate consisting of most middle eastern countries. While posing as a religious figure, it's obvious he has nothing but evil on his mind, including the destruction of Israel and western society. This book, like other Rosenberg thrillers will hold your attention and make it difficult to get any sleep as you won't want to stop listening....The narrator was very good, using different accents and handling male and female voices equally well. Get it now!
Since I was not warned before I started reading I will do you the favor now...
WARNING: Do not begin reading if you have other things needing attention. Once started, it will be impossible to put down until the final page is read.
This is the third book in the series. I put off reading for a while thinking it couldn't possibly be as good as the previous two, but it wraps up all the loose ends from the previous books and does so in an exciting and believable way.
The author has a very good inside understanding of what is going on in the Middle East, and how Biblical prophecy is playing out in today's world. The scenarios depicted in the book could well be the way things end up. It is exciting but frightening at the same time.
I would but with a warning. It got a bit too deep into religious discussion for my liking. I understand explaining the thoughts behind the various Middle Eastern religions because there are many things I may not have known, but the preaching about the Christian faith was too much preaching to the choir.
I always listen before I buy because I have to like the person reading. He handled all of the various accents well and made the book more pleasurable in my opinion.
No but it did bring back memories of being in the private, religious school of my youth.
It was a very interesting study of the mindset of the regions portrayed and the thought process before various actions. It was a thought provoking book but as mentioned before, too much religion for my liking. I did like the way it ended - it wasn't a pat, expected way to end.
I've really enjoyed this listen. The performance is top notch! Yes, I was concerned when the quotes from various scriptures started showing up, but I found the author using them to broaden my understanding of some of the characters and their motivations. Whether I like it or not, this is real life, and it is unusual to capture this spiritual essense of characters in a novel.
The reader puts this book over the top. Not only does he attempt various international accents, but his characters's tone and inflection are almost always spot on.
Christian fiction? Way to good a story for that box.
This was my first "political suspense" listen, and I'll be looking for more, especially with this reader!
Right Wing Christians
The book was well read, I enjoyed his performance.
I kept expecting the heavy handed, endlessly repeated Christian message to make some sense and work into the plot in some way but it did not. It was just proselytizing, and so pointless.
Interesting plot with present day parallels but too much Jesus in it.
If they are a religious Christian, definitely, otherwise too preachy
Good Narration and accents
Glad to be part of the audible community and I hope that my reviews help to choose the right book and share my love of reading.
Joel Rosenberg skillfully weaves the feelings, complexities and insights of Christianity and Muslims into an exciting, cutting-edge political thriller. The characters are believable and the story has a interesting underlying love story. I recommend this book if you want to learn a bit more about the Middle East and what "could" be going on.
Yes, it was energizing.
Well narrated, he added depth to the story.
Even though I have previously listened to (and enjoyed) Rosenberg's work, and even though I am an evangelical (and therefore would likely be the target market for the book), I too was disappointed that this was Christian fiction after not having been billed as such. If I wanted to hear prayer and scripture references, I would have bought books on the subjects (as I often do). But that's not what I thought I was getting. I gave this one several chances, and it just couldn't hook me...while at the same time pushing the Christian angle very hard. This felt like Christian fiction written with a Hal Lindsey mindset. Just not something I was interested in. Disappointed.
would have closed the book and never finished it.
bought this book as a spy and terroist novel. but the story is just backround! This is a religous tome and nothing else. I believe in God but don't like driving down the road being lectured about GOD!
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