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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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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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“Ripped from the headlines — next year’s headlines.” (Washington Times)

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    JACOB 07-15-13
    JACOB 07-15-13
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    "JESUS VS MOHAMED...WINNER TAKE ALL"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Religious zealots...


    What could Joel C. Rosenberg have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    focused more on the espionage aspect and less on converting the masses


    Which character – as performed by Christopher Lane – was your favorite?

    David


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment and tedium


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer North Palm Beach,Fl 05-26-13
    Amazon Customer North Palm Beach,Fl 05-26-13
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    "Mideast Time"

    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    rent house guy Tulsa, OK 05-25-13
    rent house guy Tulsa, OK 05-25-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Forced to buy the next book"
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, it was a great listen


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Schillville Oklahoma 05-21-13
    Schillville Oklahoma 05-21-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Very entertaining"
    If you could sum up The Twelfth Imam in three words, what would they be?

    A story of the CIA commitment to protect America. The book incorporates many real world events to set the stage for the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    David


    Which character – as performed by Christopher Lane – was your favorite?

    David


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

    On the edge of my seat


    Any additional comments?

    Keeps you not wanting to get out of the car

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne 05-09-13
    Suzanne 05-09-13
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    "Christian Fiction"
    What did you like best about The Twelfth Imam? What did you like least?

    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.


    What could Joel C. Rosenberg have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Either stop preaching or classify the book as Christian fiction.


    Did The Twelfth Imam inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Claire 05-04-13
    Claire 05-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "G*D-awful!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


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

    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.


    What aspect of Christopher Lane’s performance would you have changed?

    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.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm so glad that I purchased this book on sale rather than at full price!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas 03-15-13
    Thomas 03-15-13
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    "Great story - ending??? What was that?"

    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...

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    Joseph Valley Stream, NY, United States 02-21-13
    Joseph Valley Stream, NY, United States 02-21-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Couldn't wait for my commute so I could listen!"

    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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    Donald 02-04-13
    Donald 02-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "There is no ending"
    What disappointed you about The Twelfth Imam?

    There is no ending to this story. It is like the author just ran out of paper.


    What could Joel C. Rosenberg have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Given us a conclusion.


    What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

    Performance was good, not great,just good


    What character would you cut from The Twelfth Imam?

    The 12th Imam, Allah and Jesus Christ


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Judith Clay, MI, United States 01-30-13
    Judith Clay, MI, United States 01-30-13 Member Since 2014
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    "First immersion reading...first audio ever."
    Would you listen to The Twelfth Imam again? Why?

    So many books, so little time. Doubt that I will but not for lack of enjoying it.


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

    The pronunciation of names and places unfamiliar, the dialect...makes everything so real


    Any additional comments?

    I have a problem reading... my mind is a busy place and frequently wanders. The immersion experience kept me focused and was more like watching a film, but better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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