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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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    Richard Pace New York, NY USA 12-22-10
    Richard Pace New York, NY USA 12-22-10
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    "Offensive book with no ending (in sight)"

    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.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mark brooklyn, NY, United States 11-26-10
    Mark brooklyn, NY, United States 11-26-10
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    "What happened to the ending?"

    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!

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    TIMOTHY GLEN BURNIE, MD, United States 11-04-10
    TIMOTHY GLEN BURNIE, MD, United States 11-04-10
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    "THE TWELFTH IMAM"

    THE NARRATOR WAS WAY BELOW MUNDANE AND THE WRITER LEFT OFF THE FINAL CHAPTER

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    David 11-14-11
    David 11-14-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Interesting Story action, fiction and escatology"
    What made the experience of listening to The Twelfth Imam the most enjoyable?

    The fast pace and interesting characters as well as the subject matter.


    What other book might you compare The Twelfth Imam to and why?

    Other Joel C Rosenberg novels, Left Behind Series, Dan Brown Novels.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jenna Lacey, WA, United States 03-25-13
    Jenna Lacey, WA, United States 03-25-13
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    "The Best "Could Easily Happen" Scenario Ever Told!"
    Where does The Twelfth Imam rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks #1 along with The Tehran Initiave (#2) and Damascus Countdown.(#3)


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    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!


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

    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:(


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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:)

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    Raku Rudy Melbourne, FL USA 03-05-13
    Raku Rudy Melbourne, FL USA 03-05-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Great story with interesting characters."

    Good character development and plot. Timely. Exciting and fast paced. I like the different viewpoints presented.

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    Stumblein 02-11-13
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    "Didn't want to stop the car!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare The Twelfth Imam to and why?

    It is classified as historical fiction, but it reminds me of listening to No Easy Day, minus the colorful language.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Sandra 10-11-12
    Sandra 10-11-12 Member Since 2012

    I was educated into oblivion but have overcome it and am having a wonderful life

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    The plot did keep me wondering and anticipating. I look forward to a sequel... please


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    Lewis Weston, CT, United States 10-01-12
    Lewis Weston, CT, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2010
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely would recommend this book. Total escapism with current world issues making it more meaningful.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Narration was excellent. Story kept your interest. And very current!


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

    He made every word exciting and meaningful.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    NO


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    Saltwateranglin 09-29-12
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    "This could soon be more fact than fiction"
    If you could sum up The Twelfth Imam in three words, what would they be?

    Rosenberg really sucked me in on this one....had trouble getting anything done because I had to listen to this book. This could easily be occurring right now. I can't imagine what we will do if something like this happens with Obama in charge.

    After finishing I immediately downloaded The Tehran Initiative. Hope it is just as captivating.


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