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!
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.
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.
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'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!
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
Voracious reader & listener. I have a typically brutal Southern California commute so I have ample opportunity to listen (although I also listen while washing clothes or my car or other mundane chores). Currently, I have 238 titles in my Audible library. History, biographies, historical fiction, and hyper-realistic espionage are my favorite genres but I'm open to other topics & genres.
Disturbing read. With a hardcover home library of a couple thousand books and an Audible library of almost 450 titles, I must admit to never reading anything quite like this book. It's an odd mix of Christian fundamentalist doctrine (complete with long quotes from the bible), rabid Zionist Israel first doctrine and good old American 'let's go to war' jingoism. While I'm no fan of President Obama, I find the barely disguised swipes at he and his administration's preference for peace and negotiation over reactionary war both distasteful and anti-patriotic. The plots foundational premise is highly implausible, the basis of which has fundamentalist with thousands of years of built up animus united behind a pseudo-mystical fanatic with delusions of grandeur and an insatiable lust for power. The authors' prose is adequate although I found the stories' pacing a bit uneven. I'm an agnostic and while I can respectfully appreciate an authors's religious sensibilities creeping into their narrative, never before have I consumed a book with such naked, rabid proselytizing. Further, the author's knowledge of the tradecraft, tactics and strategy seem painfully lacking for a book set in the realm of espionage. There is very little action, (perhaps owing to the amount of bible versus liberally sprinkled through out) and while the primary characters seem mostly three dimensional, they do seem patently predictable in both word and deed. While the protagonist is likable enough he is very self unaware and prone to moments of gross hypocrisy. He justifies his actions using his interpretation of the bible. Behaviors which are essentially the same actions that he condemns in his enemies. Admittedly I could only make it to the third chapter from the end before gratefully deleting and quicky returning this book.
is what I thought as I read this book.
This book is chock full of blind American patriotism, irrational unquestioning Christian dogma, and "different-is-bad" ethnocentrism (did you know that Islam is Satanic?). It left a nasty, lingering taste on my brain. Yuck.
Billing address in Texas. Home in southern Mexico for last 20 years. Mostly use Audible on my Garmin Street pilot GPS in my car while driving but also have the books in two of my phones. Also read and have both Kobo and Kindle in two phones with different books.
Such a large part of the book consisted of different people "witnessing" and their introspective monologues about religion. If I wanted that I would have purchased the bible.
It should be categorized as "Religious Material". I grew up in a very religious protestant environment but we were taught not to be too showy.
Thinly, very thinly veiled Barack Obama character in President Jackson. Islamic apologist and empowerer.
Cold Cold Ground
Interesting story line at this point in the world. A subject on most peoples mind.
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