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The Twelfth Imam Audiobook

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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Jared 02-07-15
    Jared 02-07-15 Member Since 2016

    Son. Husband. Father. Brother/Pastor. Missionary/Friend. Educator/Writer.

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    "Great story!"

    Exceeded my patients. Use while I was on my way to work. Used often while I was biking. Had a great time with this.

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    Tamas Nagy 01-17-15
    Tamas Nagy 01-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "The Tea Party believer's wet dream"

    This review is for the whole series.
    I was looking for a nice spy/politics/adventure title (like Exodus or the Noble House), and this one had decent ratings. So I gave it a try. The book had a promising start with interesting characters and plot. I even liked the mystic thread, although at a point I had to realize I was not reading a spy-fiction but a "fantasy" (now I know that this genre is called Christian fiction, which was not really mentioned in the book's summary). I don't want to be completely negative, because I enjoyed several parts of the book. But if I had known that this book was a Tea Party believer's wet dream, I wouldn't have bough it.
    Let me showcase some of the elements that I didn't like much:

    - one dimensional characters (especially the women)
    - Muslims are all bad guys, and the "good Muslims" ALL convert to Christianity (LOL)
    - fanatic/stupid Iranian government
    - totally incompetent US president (of course, a democrat)
    - incompetent and overtly bureaucratic CIA
    - lots of GUNS and detailed firefights
    - every good guy becoming Christian zealots in a blink of an eye
    - women who know their place
    - women who don't know their place are easily seduced, unhappy and humiliated
    - after a point I was seriously looking forward to find some arguments against evolution, but fortunately it didn't happen

    The third book and the ending was so clicé, that I only finished it because I was curious about the ending. It did not worth it.

    Besides, Cristopher Lane's performance was superb!

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    Ryan C Coulter 01-16-15 Member Since 2013
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    "I Loved It!!"

    Definitely religious but a very good and patriotic story. This book quotes both the Bible and Koran and tries to show how suppressed the Muslim society is in the Middle East.

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    Texadian 01-02-15
    Texadian 01-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Will be reading the rest"

    Took a while to get going and grasp all the characters with the middle eastern names but soon after couldn't put it down

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    Richard 12-28-14
    Richard 12-28-14

    Likes intelligent mysteries, spy thrillers, world history, most anything Roman. Hates bad writing.

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    "More a religious tract than thriller"

    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.

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    Beverly Xenia, Ohio, United States 12-02-14
    Beverly Xenia, Ohio, United States 12-02-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a riveting book that retained my interest to the end and I was compeled to get the rest of the series. It is very believeable and relevent to today's events.


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    Grateful reader Amherst, MA USA 08-30-14
    Grateful reader Amherst, MA USA 08-30-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Anti-Islamic Christian propaganda"

    The premise of the novel is interesting- the secret development of Iran's nuclear weapons program and the U.S. efforts to stop it. However, the author's pro-Christian bias creates a plot and events that are unrealistic and preposterous. Iran's top Muslim cleric secretly converts to Christianity after reading parts of the Bible. Other Muslims also convert after seeing visions of Jesus. However, readers are supposed to believe similar visions of the 12th Imam are tricks of the devil. Further indication of this bias is in the citations at the end of the book. All sections of the Bible are properly attributed to the edition and publisher from which they came. However, the author makes no citations for the many sections of the Koran that are used within the book.

    Even putting aside the religious bias, the book is poorly written. The character's motivations are often unbelievable. For example, the main character's major life choices are driven by a one week encounter with a girl when he was 14. Another character, despite being a successful and intelligent official in the CIA ignores obvious and clear warnings given to him by his operatives. The plot is also seriously flawed. Whenever the main character is in a seemingly impossible situation, Jesus steps in and gives someone a vision or performs a miracle rather than the character working his way out of the problem. The book ends just before the climax of the plot, leaving all of the issues raised in the book unanswered. The chapters seem to end at random points. Several chapters ended in the middle of a conversation. The next chapter would start without a break in time, setting or topic.

    The narrator was decent, except that his German accent was identical to the accents of the Farsi and Arabic speaking characters.

    This book is not worth your time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Connie California 08-27-14
    Connie California 08-27-14

    Connie

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    "Christian literature, only part one"

    Don't be fooled- this is not a spy novel. This is an offensive novel about Jesus Christ appearing to folks in Iran and converting Islamists. It is disrespectful of Islam, and unsophisticated and corny in its premises. Moreover, it's only part 1, so don't hang in there hoping at least to find out what happens in the action or romance parts. I feel so cheated of the hours I spent listening! Reviews should fairly mention this Christian bent and that none of the issues will be resolved! -submitted by a Christian reader who has respect for other faiths.

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    Bill Meyer Mt. Wolf, PA United States 07-14-14
    Bill Meyer Mt. Wolf, PA United States 07-14-14 Member Since 2016
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    "A bit too much religeon"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was a good story and educational. The theme of religious-based conquest was an education as he delved into the mind, culture, and beliefs of the ever-volatile Muslim faithful.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Predictable happy ending. That doesn't make it bad...


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    As intrigued as I was about learning religion, it became a bit much at times and tied down the flow of the story from a listening standpoint.


    Could you see The Twelfth Imam being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Maybe a movie. It would be controversial for sure because of the interpretation of religion and it's effect on the world masses.


    Any additional comments?

    The story itself could be pulled right from tomorrow's headlines. But, from a listener's standpoint, the heavy mix of religion does slow down the story at times. It's not one of the books I'll pick up again for a redo down the road.

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    Melita Albany, NY, United States 06-04-14
    Melita Albany, NY, United States 06-04-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely. It's an intriguing story line and well performed.


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

    Plot is good: Personal plot, CIA plot, Biblical plot. This has it all.


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

    Excellent ability to differentiate the characters just with his performance.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes-it really drew me in. No-I wanted it to last longer!


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