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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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    J. Guy Muse Guayaquil Ecuador 07-21-13
    J. Guy Muse Guayaquil Ecuador 07-21-13 Member Since 2008

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    "This book should come with a warning"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mick Baton Rouge, LA, United States 03-17-13
    Mick Baton Rouge, LA, United States 03-17-13 Member Since 2002
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    "lame, no ending, it just stopped, don't bother"

    very weak offering. this book just stopped. there was no real ending, if it was setting up for the next installment, it did a lame job of that too. stay away...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Denise United States 12-26-12
    Denise United States 12-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "WARNING this is a CHRISTIAN novel"
    Any additional comments?

    I am annoyed that this book was NOT listed as a Christian novel and I have wasted my money and time being tortured by it. The story seemed interesting but the preachy long winded biblical quotes became painful and I simply could not endure any more of this religious drivel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tom irvine, CA, USA 08-24-12
    Tom irvine, CA, USA 08-24-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Not a spy thriller. This is an Islamophobic rant."
    Would you try another book from Joel C. Rosenberg and/or Christopher Lane?

    If you loved the Left Behind series, this is for you. Otherwise look elsewhere.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    If your world spins "Christians good, Moslems bad" this is up your alley. But it is a dark alley indeed.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Patt jacksonville, FL, USA 08-20-12
    Patt jacksonville, FL, USA 08-20-12 Member Since 2006
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    "A Neocon Screed"
    Would you try another book from Joel C. Rosenberg and/or Christopher Lane?

    no


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    predictability


    Any additional comments?

    If you like right wing ramblings and neocon paranoia dig right in. If objective factual reality is your preference, find something else.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    C. Brown Columbus, OH USA 08-12-12
    C. Brown Columbus, OH USA 08-12-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Couldn't finish it"

    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.

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    William S Winters 08-07-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Too Much Christian Dogma."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The plot was interesting enough and the book was well-read by Christopher Lane but Rosenberg's unrelenting attempts to convert the reader to Christianity were transparent, annoying and quite frankly insulting especially to agnostics readers and readers of other faiths. I will never order a book by this author again.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Terry Granville, NY 08-06-12
    Terry Granville, NY 08-06-12 Member Since 2009
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    "A good story ruined by blatant proselytizing"
    What disappointed you about The Tehran Initiative?

    I couldn't finish the book because of the authors continuous, and obvious intent to persuade the reader to believe that Jesus and the gospels are the only chance of salvation.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Tone down the attempts to convert the reader to his beliefs or at least put the fact into the book description so the reader knows what is coming.


    What does Christopher Lane bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Job well done.


    Any additional comments?

    I am disappointed in Audible for not telling potential buyers what the theme of this book is, to bring them to Jesus.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eliot New York, NY, United States 08-06-12
    Eliot New York, NY, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Religion all over again"

    I'm starting to feel uncomfortable buying American publications. Why all this concentration on religion? In this case it not just the Iranian imam. Each one of the main characters is going through mental self-torture with his/her religious conflicts. In reality, not every human being is religiously nuts! Enough of it! The funniest part was the author's description of the Israeli prime minister praying to a god during his government meeting. This never happened and will never take place. The basic Israeli does not pray. They must be on a higher level than we are!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    10-31-11
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    "Why is this not classified as a religious text????"

    The 3 stars is being generous......

    I am incredibly disappointed by the "preachy" nature of this book. It would have been nice to know in advance it would be on par with most materials handed out by the "door knockers" when it comes to the level of proselytizing. All this gab has little to do with the story and more to do with the selling of a point!

    As a person of faith I am not against the message, but I do think this book has been misrepresented by the author at the very least. It was my understanding this was a spy/military/thriller, not a biblical text.

    I am just over 3 hours into this story and I find it at best slow, and I may not actually finish it if it continues at the same droning pace. Being completely candid - I consider it far from a "must listen" or a "can't put down" book. All in all it is below average and I doubt I will purchase another by this author. I would advise more action and less fill, not to mention preaching, in future publications.

    16 of 25 people found this review helpful
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