Tensions are rising in the Middle East. Iran’s president vows to annihilate the United States and Israel. Israel’s prime minister says someone must hit Iran’s nuclear sites “before it’s too late”. The American president warns against a preemptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities and says negotiations are the key to finding peace.
And amid it all, rumors are swirling throughout the region of a mysterious religious cleric claiming to be the Islamic messiah known as the Mahdi or the Twelfth Imam. Word of his miracles, healings, signs, and wonders is spreading like wildfire.
CIA operative David Shirazi was born for this moment. He is recruited and sent into Tehran with one objective: use all means necessary to disrupt Iran’s nuclear weapons program, without leaving American fingerprints and without triggering an apocalyptic new war.
But time is running out.
©2010 Joel C. Rosenberg (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
“Ripped from the headlines — next year’s headlines.” (Washington Times)
Where is the ending! It ends abruptly and leaves all story lines completely unresolved. I had to go back and check and see if I missed part of the download. If it is a series say so up front. What a waste of time.
It's good to have writers with creative imaginations who sit around and dream up these far-out scenarios that scare the heck out of readers. This book painted a scenario which was very dark and mystical, playing on real fears of Iran's nuclear ambitions, the appearance of a Muslim prophet whose presence foretells the end of times, and an American born Muslim CIA agent whose job it is to stop the world from ending anytime soon. This book was definitely written with Christian listeners in mind (multiple appearances of Jesus and many references to scripture). If you enjoyed Rosenberg's prior works you will enjoy this one too. Plus,it appears there will be more books in the series as this one left quite a few loose ends.
The book starts out very interesting and captivating, the writer obviously has it in him to write a great story.
The narration bugged me a little for the first hour (every foreigner sounds Indian) but his pace and tone are very pleasant.
The whole first half of the book is well written and gives an interesting look on Iran and the US.
The second half feels like the writer is trying to convert the listener to Christianity and does everything to show us how bad Islam is and seems to be giving a very pro Israel pitch.
I was very disappointed to have the book took such a turn while it had such potential.
I found it an intriguing take on the situation and religion (though the characters were somewhat unbelievable) but at the end I figured I'd missed the third part of the download - is that really the ending? I hope I can chalk that up to a technical glitch. I cannot imagine ending a novel like that.
Wow what a ride, emotionally supercharged, the author doesn't tell you what to think, but he sets you on the pathway of thinking. I know the book is fiction but the way it was written and read it seems tile the author and reader are telling you a true story based on current events in today's world.
Well worth the credit and the time to listen...I know I was pleased with this book
Likes intelligent mysteries, spy thrillers, world history, most anything Ancient Roman. Hates bad writing
This is not a thriller as much as a Christian religious tract. It's like calling the Left Behind series mainstream science fiction. I gave up when the standard miracles were trotted out to drive the plot.
I would have liked a better recap of the story - a warning that there is a religious agenda that may not be wanted when looking for a good espionage. It became most apparent two-thirds of the way through.
I'd like a more factually-based historical novel.
The story, characters, narration are all excellent... except for one major problem: the book ends abruptly as though the author were told to put down his pencil and was not allowed to finish the book. It's fine to string me along a little and make me anticipate a second book, but it is NOT OK to fail to resolve any of the major plot lines. I am done with this series and the author.
Guitarist with The Prudes
But Joel took a perfectly good story and two thirds of the way in dumped a load of religious weirdness on me. Having now googled the author I guess I should blame myself, I assumed it was a regular thriller not an evangelical propaganda text.
Fundies......i just don't get them.
Leave the Christian Message out of it. I thoroughly enjoyed the first half of the book. There were little hints here and there that the story would turn into a pro-Christian fairytale, but I decided to stay with it until Jesus and Mohammed showed up in Iran amongst all the political intrigue and started sorting everything out. Then...the book went away. I have nothing against Christian works, I just despise Christian faith based fiction dressed up like political thrillers.
Again, the first half seemed to be setting up nicely for a good political thriller. The main characters seemed to be well thought out and they were easy to like.
These books should be labeled as Faith based, or Christian faith books.
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