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)
wow, what a terrible book. Actually for most of it, the story is reasonably compelling. Character development is good. But the psycho-religous babble is awful. I tried to tell myself to buy into it and go on, but the ending was just unbelievable. i don't think I've read a book that is such a cop out for an ending. It would have been bettter if he had ended by say..."but it was just a dream".
The book begins with some interesting premises and characters, and devolves into a poisonous anti Muslim pro Jesus tract. To add insult to injury, the author has not even wrapped up the story and is probably positioning himself for another book. Don't expect to see me buying it.
The story starts out well enough: Iran is about to complete a Nuclear bomb making project. Israel is about to take a preemptive strike. Americans are trying to understand what is going on. And rumors abound about a mysterious twelfth Imam, who is the Islamic version of the Messiah...
But the book simply ends in the middle of the story. What happened? Tensions are rising, it is getting interesting, and suddenly, with no warning, it simply ends. What a let down!
Also, spare me with the Jesus is good Islam is bad storyline. Things are just not that simple.
The book is like being on a nice date. Things are going well. You are having fun. You begin to feel your date up, getting ready to get a kiss, and then, suddenly, out of nowhere, your date just gets up, smiles, and leaves!
The fast pace and interesting characters as well as the subject matter.
Other Joel C Rosenberg novels, Left Behind Series, Dan Brown Novels.
Hard to pick one. The opener is very interesting as the Main Character's parents assist an American to escape Iran in the 80's.
No but books don't generally effect me in this way. It was very thought provoking as well as a page turner. I was hooked until it finished.
It ranks #1 along with The Tehran Initiave (#2) and Damascus Countdown.(#3)
Yes, It did! Joel's writing style is that of creativity and fluidity. Someone who knows what he's talking about it. And of events that could and are happening now as we speak. I love Joel's books!
Number one fact of audiobook success and thats the NARRATOR! He brought the very esssence to Joel's writing and captured every emotion and authenticity of the Middle Eastern culture. Brought to life! His is a great vocal talent and I really appreciated that. Made these books all the more intense and enjoyable to listen to on my long commute to and from work everyday! Im sad its over:(
Off the top of my head right now i would have to say the intricate details of CIA operatives. Going under cover and risking their lives for the good of all "good" mankind. I love spy novels especially when there's a bit of truth to the plot and background of these kinds of stories. I believe all 3 of these books are a huge possibility. If anyone follows Joel's website as well as his Epicenter conferences and his Joshua Fund foundation...they will get these books and understand they are not altogether fiction but rather a foretelling of what lies ahead if we dont wake up and demand justice for our allies in Israel not to mention US as well as...the United States.
I suppose from how Book #3 (Damascus Countdown) ended there wont be a Book #4 in the works. But I truly felt those characters he created and I miss them already. hopefully he brings them back for another possible scenario later:)
Good character development and plot. Timely. Exciting and fast paced. I like the different viewpoints presented.
Absolutely! This follows the actual events around the new movie, Argo, which I've not seen yet. The reader's accents were amazing and the pace kept the story moving. My husband and I didn't want to stop driving while listening on a long trip. He weaves the historical events while developing the characters, making them very believable with a Christian perspective.
It is classified as historical fiction, but it reminds me of listening to No Easy Day, minus the colorful language.
The author has a great understanding of the the Middle East, Islam and Christianity, and the religious and political influences in the cultures, revealing the challenges that apply to current events.
I was educated into oblivion but have overcome it and am having a wonderful life
The plot did keep me wondering and anticipating. I look forward to a sequel... please
Absolutely would recommend this book. Total escapism with current world issues making it more meaningful.
Narration was excellent. Story kept your interest. And very current!
He made every word exciting and meaningful.
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