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The Twelfth Imam: A Novel | [Joel C. Rosenberg]

The Twelfth Imam: A Novel

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.
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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.

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    Ramon Oakland, CA, United States 11-04-10
    Ramon Oakland, CA, United States 11-04-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Good 1st half, Terrible 2nd"

    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.

    29 of 41 people found this review helpful
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    Chris R. New Hampshire 10-31-10
    Chris R. New Hampshire 10-31-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Are we missing the third part?"

    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.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Craig Penny 09-16-14
    Craig Penny 09-16-14

    Say something about yourself!

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    What did you like best about The Twelfth Imam? What did you like least?

    The reader was fantastic.

    The near constant talk (book 2 and especially book 3) about Jesus just killed it though. Also, this should not have been 3 books. It should have been 1 long one. When one ends it seems as though it's at a random place in the story.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Joel C. Rosenberg? Why or why not?

    No. I can only assume his writing will always revolve around Jesus. I've been preached to enough.


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

    He's a great reader. Good with pacing, accents, volume, so on and so forth.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No because it would certainly be directed by Mel Gibson.


    Any additional comments?

    The first book isn't too bad with the preaching but it gets over the top by book three. If you're a Muslim, you're gonna have a bad time because he characterizes your religion in a very negative way. If you're an atheist, like me (*gasp*), you might roll your eyes out of your head by the third book with the constant Jesus talk. Plus, I notice the author doesn't swear in the book but, in some cases, has no problem going into detail with the torture scenes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Wheeler 08-24-14
    J. Wheeler 08-24-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Needs "Warning, contains Religious BS" disclaimer"
    Any additional comments?

    The story starts off well and progresses till the listener is assaulted with a religious fantasy that features both the Muslim and Christian Messiahs making appearances and Jesus clearly occupies the moral high ground. The entire premise of the story boils down to American = Christian = Good vs. Muslim = Religious Fanatic = Bad. The problems in the Middle East are complex and are not made any less so by reducing the discourse to a simple matter of conversion to Christianity solving the problems.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Geneva, IL, United States 07-24-14
    Karen Geneva, IL, United States 07-24-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Surprise religious message!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


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

    I'd like a more factually-based historical novel.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Chicago, IL, United States 12-26-13
    Brian Chicago, IL, United States 12-26-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story; Horrible ending"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul New York, NY, United States 09-17-13
    Paul New York, NY, United States 09-17-13 Member Since 2007

    Guitarist with The Prudes

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    "I so wanted to like it -"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    russell Tampa, FL, United States 08-11-13
    russell Tampa, FL, United States 08-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Beware...Theology Ahead"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    Has The Twelfth Imam turned you off from other books in this genre?

    YES


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Nothing


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    These books should be labeled as Faith based, or Christian faith books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    espiridion santa ana, CA, United States 11-07-10
    espiridion santa ana, CA, United States 11-07-10 Member Since 2014
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    "What Happened ????"

    The book was a great listen............I anticipated the ending...and yet, there WAS NO ENDING !!!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Angelyn Lynn Haven, FL, United States 10-29-10
    Angelyn Lynn Haven, FL, United States 10-29-10 Member Since 2008
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    "I hope there is a sequel"

    This audiobook was entertaining and fast paced. I learned a good deal about Islam. Rosenberg is highly knowledgeable about the middle east and his characters reflect that knowledge. The book's scenario, based on a nuclear Iran, is all too real. The ending is so sudden it left you hanging in mid-air. I will certainly be disappointed if there is not a sequel!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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