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)
I like mysteries, thrillers and spy novels. helps me take my mind of my more serious work.
well written and narrated
vary much so, keeps you into the story!!
this is a great end of times religious/political thriller
I do like to listen to books while I am working and even if I want to follow along with the printed version, the audio helps to bring the story alive.
very much so
I would rather listen...sometimes films make things to intense and also limit our own imagination.
see above comment
focused more on the espionage aspect and less on converting the masses
disappointment and tedium
Since you can review the story elsewhere whether this book should be read! The book starts out ok but then becomes a seriously slow paced, boring story. The last half or so . The pace really picks up & we start to see different plot lines coming together. However, what & who the "12th" Imam is or wher he came from & what he is , surely is not reveled. On top of this we have Jesus appearing to some people. Real, figment of their imagination & how this fits with the "12th" Imam will have to wait until the next book. Which I doubt I will read
Yes, it was a great listen
About an hour to go I was wondering how this could possibly end. The end just drops you forcing the purchase of the next book. I just purchased so hope to get some answers, but I suspect the answers won't come until the 3rd book.
A story of the CIA commitment to protect America. The book incorporates many real world events to set the stage for the story.
On the edge of my seat
Keeps you not wanting to get out of the car
If you fast forward through the proselytizing and Bible reading, the story is pretty good. Granted, he stops the book before revealing the end so you'll have to buy his next book, but up until that part and omitting the preaching parts, not a bad book.
Either stop preaching or classify the book as Christian fiction.
I really want to understand more about the Muslim faith and culture and so I chose this book. Go for Alec Berensen instead - no preaching, no Bible reading, no proselytizing.
I don't think anything could have made this a 4 or 5-star production. Although Mr. Rosenberg can certainly spin a tale, the quality of the writing is pretty pedestrian. This is a pretty fair example of the chewing-gum-for-the-brain novel. And that's fine, because sometimes we want exactly that, and there is room for all kinds of writing. However, the repetitive insertion of the author's religious views was about as welcome as that knock on the front door by the ubiquitous dark-suited gentlemen who want to know if we have heard the "good news" about Jesus! He is entitled to his views, but it is possible to tell a story without imposing them on the reader in such an overt manner.
I would never read another of Mr. Rosenberg's productions. It seems as though the story is merely a device for right-wing religious proselytizing. I have read and whole-heartedly enjoyed books written by authors of many different faiths and backgrounds without feeling that I am being preached to.
Christopher Lane is a good narrator, and at times his narration can be quite moving. Once in a while the challenge of giving voice to each character takes him into a cartoon-like delivery, but since the book presents a fairly high number of characters, it's hard to hold that against him.
This book annoyed me for all of the reasons I have expressed. I don't give a hoot about this author's (or anyone else's) personal religious views, but I don't expect to be bombarded with them. Even the fact that the main protagonist is represented as a Muslim would seem to be a clumsy device to forestall criticism of the inherent bigotry in this book. It fools no one, and is an insult to the intelligence of the reader.
I'm so glad that I purchased this book on sale rather than at full price!
I am now getting book two of the series. With any luck it will pick up where book one left off. The ending is more like the end of a chapter then of a book..... Very disappointing...
A fast paced, can't put it down book. I started to read the sequel, the Tehran Initiative, then discovered this is the first book in the series. I wish Audible (and Amazon) would make it clearer if a book is part of a series.The third book is due to be released shortly.
The characters are well developed, the background well researched - I must admit that I learned much about the Middle east from reading this book.
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