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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    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.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Martin Mt.Kisco, NY, United States 08-08-12
    Martin Mt.Kisco, NY, United States 08-08-12 Member Since 2007
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    Would you try another book from Joel C. Rosenberg and/or Christopher Lane?

    no


    Has The Tehran Initiative turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


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

    would have closed the book and never finished it.


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    KEITH Canyon Country, CA, United States 08-04-12
    KEITH Canyon Country, CA, United States 08-04-12 Member Since 2010

    I have been listening to books on tape for over 20 years. Starting with audio tapes, then CD's and now downloads.

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    "a Christian book with an agenda"
    Would you try another book from Joel C. Rosenberg and/or Christopher Lane?

    No, I wish the reviews would have mentioned that the author was a strong christian with their agenda


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Didn't get that far


    Would you be willing to try another one of Christopher Lane’s performances?

    No


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Tehran Initiative?

    The relationship with the girlfriend and the blatant religious agenda


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Patti Bolton, MA, United States 08-01-12
    Patti Bolton, MA, United States 08-01-12 Member Since 2014

    i buy at least one hundred books a year. of all types. just want a good story with a good reader. not so complicated.

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    What would have made The Tehran Initiative better?

    It was fine in the beginning but the more Christian proselytizing the worse it was. Wish it was in another category so that I didn't waste my credit.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Do not know. But I do know that I will not look at the number of stars. I WILL read the reviews. I would have been tipped off and saved the time and money.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    R. Williams Overland Park, Ks United States 03-10-12
    R. Williams Overland Park, Ks United States 03-10-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Religion over the top"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Doubt it


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

    Develop the characters (both good and bad) and don't play to all of the stereotypes.


    Have you listened to any of Christopher Lane’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, my first one


    Was The Tehran Initiative worth the listening time?

    Yes and no. The story itself was entertaining, but honestly left too many loose ends for my taste. The hard core Christians good, Islam wrong/evil view was over the top. I know many good people that are not Christian, including Muslems. Dumping all that believe in Islam into a big bucket and basically seeing them all as evil is not realistic. Plays right into the stereotypes way too much and it detracts from the story. Rarely are a group of people all one way or another.


    Any additional comments?

    Narrator did a great job with an average story.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy 03-07-12
    Nancy 03-07-12
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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


    9 of 13 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 13 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
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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.


    22 of 33 people found this review helpful
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    Jada Robitaille 08-24-12 Member Since 2012
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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.

    4 of 6 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 2013
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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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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