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THE TWELFTH IMAM

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.

THE TEHRAN INITIATIVE

The world is on the brink of disaster. Iran has just conducted its first atomic weapons test. Millions of Muslims around the world are convinced their messiah - known as the Twelfth Imam - has arrived on earth. Israeli leaders fear Tehran, under the Twelfth Imam's spell, will soon launch a nuclear attack that could bring about a second Holocaust and the annihilation of Israel. The White House fears Jerusalem will strike first, launching a massive preemptive attack against Iran's nuclear facilities that could cause the entire Middle East to go up in flames, oil prices to skyrocket, and the global economy to collapse. With the stakes high and few viable options left, the president of the United States orders CIA operative David Shirazi and his team to track down and sabotage Iran's nuclear warheads before Iran or Israel can launch a devastating first strike. But will they be too late?

DAMASCUS COUTDOWN

Israel successfully launches a first strike on Iran, taking out all of their nuclear sites and six of their nuclear warheads. American president William Jackson threatens to support a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning the Jewish State for unprovoked and unwarranted acts of aggression. And the Twelfth Imam prepares to order a genocidal retaliation.

Meanwhile, CIA operative David Shirazi has infiltrated the Iranian regime and intercepted top secret intelligence indicating that two Iranian nuclear warheads survived the attack and have been moved to a secure and undisclosed location. In danger not only from the ongoing war between Israel and Iran but also from the increasingly hostile governments in multiple countries, Shirazi and his team are in a race against time to find the remaining nuclear warheads before the most cataclysmic event in the history of the Middle East comes to pass.

©2010, 2011, 2013 Joel C. Rosenberg (P)2010, 2011, 2012 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Lengthy, yet it held my attention

Characters were thoroughly developed. Most surprising was the fact that the story line and setting were successfully conveyed without profanity. How nice! Other books in this genre use language (which is most likely realistic to true life). Which isn't necessary.
Finally, I wasn't expecting all of the Christian conversions in the book complete with Bible quotes. Wow! That was wonderful. Thank you to the author for stepping out of mainstream CIA stories to develop a thought-provoking story line.
An enjoyable story!

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Riveting Story of Apocalyptic Prophesies

Author Joel C Rosenberg does it again, using his knowledge of Israel and Islamic customs to bring this fictional Apocalyptic Story to life It is so riveting, as it could easily be the Top Story of the day on the Nightly News. The Narrator Christopher Lane brings the characters to life in this series of Love, Loss, and to ultimately finding ones purpose in life. The Story takes you from the Beirut Conflict of the late 70's through 9/11 to the Apocalyptic End Times prophesies of the Bible as the Middle East is on the brink of the Nuclear Holocaust between Iran and it's growing list of Allies and the ultimate Jihad against the Great Satan's - Israel & the United States.
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Very preachy

Listened to the full trilogy. The first book was excellent a four star out of five, but the next two books progressively got more and more and more preachy. I listened to the full trilogy. The first book was excellent a four star out of five, but the next two books progressively got more and more and more preachy. Might as well have just been reading a religious book than a work of fiction. Don’t remember seeing that is such a overwhelming significant part in the synopsis.

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Completely Unexpected

When I picked this series up it was a bit out of desperation, I wanted something that was a good action/thriller but was tired of the over the top violence, blood, guts and foul language. I mean, really, how many times do you really need to use an f-bomb? Is it supposed to be a sign that it’s a “grown up” novel?

Anyway, what I got was great writing, fantastic research, some brilliant scenarios, some pretty darn good thinking points on Middle East politics and a good story. And, wow, it was a FAST listen- I mean through all three of the books. This is one of the best deals you’ll get for a credit!

Well done and worth the time.

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Captivating

Pertinent for today's world !!! Very insightful in Bible prophecy for the Middle Eastern region.

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How moving a story

You must read the entire story. Although somewhat long at times, it is well written and read with emotion and a conviction not often found in audio books!
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Couldn't put it down.

Exciting stuff. It made me look at current events in a new light, i.e., it made sense of current events in the Middle East. You can have peace with your enemies. The choices are reconciliation or annihilation. Iran speaks peace and we Westerners think "reconciliation"; but they really mean "annihilation." I was especially intrigued with the fate of Damascus.

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3 Book Series is Outstanding and Frightening

The purchase of three book series is no longer available on Audible, and its a shame. But still SO worth it to buy each one individually. Joel C. Rosenberg is an excellent end-times fictional writer, and each book is a stand-alone great listen. Although it takes some time to listen to all three, I can truthfully say that my husband and I loved them . . . prophetic, biblically correct and like a voice in the wilderness, warning those who will listen to heed . . . what I found most astounding is that, true to our Lord's character and promises, He shows up when you might least expect it, when things look the darkest, and when we, as humans, believe that all hope is lost . . . we will certainly listen/read more of Joel Rosenberg's books . . .

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Excellent Book

This is book 3 of three. I can’t not put these books down!
The plot is so believable. The characters are well described. The excitement builds as you continue reading. I was captivated during the start of the war. The wording made me feel like I was right there with the characters!
The author well researched the subject material. Even though the dates are dated for now, (2015 ish) it is also a very likely futuristic books. He describes very well the role The Mahdi will play in future world of Islam. To the Christian He will be the Anti-Christ, most likely. The author goes into great detail as to why the Islamic faith are even now looking for their “messiah”, where as Christians are looking for the return of their Messiah.
I highly suggest this book. It has espionage, loyalty, betrayal, excitement and fully entertains you as you read it.
The man who reads it on Audio is EXCELLENT. His voice changed well and effortlessly with each character.

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wow

wow if I could narrator a 10 wow so awesome and fabulous story a must read

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