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The Tehran Initiative | [Joel C. Rosenberg]

The Tehran Initiative

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.
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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.

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    Susan Austin, TX, United States 10-21-11
    Susan Austin, TX, United States 10-21-11 Member Since 2004

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    "Rosenberg does it again - couldn't put it down!"

    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!

    43 of 48 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie Canfield, ON, Canada 02-02-12
    Laurie Canfield, ON, Canada 02-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Very Good Overall but...."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Did The Tehran Initiative inspire you to do anything?

    No but it did bring back memories of being in the private, religious school of my youth.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    gene brooklyn, NY, United States 11-08-11
    gene brooklyn, NY, United States 11-08-11 Member Since 2010
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    "suspenseful"

    excellent story line and performance is top notch. had me on edge for most of book.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Travelers Rest, SC, United States 03-07-12
    Nancy Travelers Rest, SC, United States 03-07-12 Member Since 2008
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    "UGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
    Would you try another book from Joel C. Rosenberg and/or Christopher Lane?

    Have read Mr. Rosenberg before and enjoyed his books, but this was more than anticipated. I did not expect or enjoy 13 hours of proselytizing. Mr. Lane was excellent.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Joel C. Rosenberg again?

    probably not


    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Las Vegas, NV, United States 12-25-11
    Stephanie Las Vegas, NV, United States 12-25-11 Member Since 2002
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    "Interesting Plot but way to much Jesus!"
    What did you like best about The Tehran Initiative? What did you like least?

    Interesting plot with present day parallels but too much Jesus in it.


    Would you recommend The Tehran Initiative to your friends? Why or why not?

    If they are a religious Christian, definitely, otherwise too preachy


    What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

    Good Narration and accents


    Could you see The Tehran Initiative being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes


    16 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    dnolin Brentwood Bay, British Columbia, Canada 02-28-12
    dnolin Brentwood Bay, British Columbia, Canada 02-28-12 Member Since 2005
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    "should be categorized as " Religious"."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A CIA agent on a covert mission discovers Jesus ,weeps and quotes the Bible.Its Jesus against the evil Muslims.The plot is sanctamonious Medievil Christian hypocracy.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not Rosenberg.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Didn't finish the book.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Good narrator.


    18 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Martinez, CA, United States 10-26-11
    Charles Martinez, CA, United States 10-26-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Great listen!"

    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!

    18 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Shirley DAVENPORT, WA, United States 12-11-11
    Shirley DAVENPORT, WA, United States 12-11-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Exciting!"

    This is so good. When our main character, David, goes back into Iran, knowing the dangers if he is found out, it is riveting. I held my breath in anticipation of what could be. I don't know if I would be that brave. I am so glad that there will be another book and can't wait to listen to it! Joel C. Rosenberg hits the nail on the head when he presents this as a war of Principalities.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sheryl Juergensen 11-11-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Loved this book"

    We listened to this book on our latest road trip and we wanted it to keep going. Can't wait for the next one!

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Lawrence Wayland, MA, United States 03-09-14
    Lawrence Wayland, MA, United States 03-09-14 Member Since 2000
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    "Sappy Religious Drivel"

    A potentially decent plot was completely destroyed by over-the-top religious babble. I am disappointed that the description of the book doesn't reveal the book's true nature.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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