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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?

©2011 Joel C. Rosenberg (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Shameful religious sham

The book has an obvious religious message that the author attempts to deliver through the story of a mid east nuclear crisis. If you want to read about miracles and visions in the midst of pending war, this book is for you. The problem is that the story line is lame and exists only to allow the author to preach. A horrible book.

7 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Story is overly religious

What did you like best about The Tehran Initiative? What did you like least?

The plot had great potential. The Shite's Sixth Imam arriving at the same time Iran sucessfully tests it's first nuclear bomb. Unfortunately, the hero's

Would you ever listen to anything by Joel C. Rosenberg again?

No. There is too much religion. The good Christians defeat the bad Muslims.

4 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Great Premise Left Unfulfilled

Storyline is torn from current headlines and is very well developed. So it's a good read. However, the religious subplot, pitting Islam versus Christianity, seems contrived and the conversions that take place not credible. In addition many loose ends remain unresolved at the book's conclusion. Not a bad novel, just one that could have been crafted better.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Superbly narrated!!

Would you listen to The Tehran Initiative again? Why?

I am so impressed with the political intrigue and drama as it directly relates to today's world. Joel Rosenberg is a master at telling a story but also at presenting Biblical truths through believable characters. This book will not only inspire you but will educate you in a way that you least expect to be educated; through story-telling. I couldn't wait to get to the next chapter!

What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

Christopher Lane has got to be, without a doubt, one of the most fabulous audio story tellers out there. Everyone of his characters comes alive through his voice. It is hard to believe that he can create all of those voices and make each one sound unique! Amazing narration!

Any additional comments?

I plan on giving this book to all of my friends and family to listen to! Thank you audible and Joel Rosenberg!

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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A superb novel

What did you love best about The Tehran Initiative?

The best of Joel Rosenberg's books! And then he released "Dead Heat!"

What other book might you compare The Tehran Initiative to and why?

See first comment above

What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

Excellent reading. A smooth, stimulating performance

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

Gave chills and elevates the heart rate

Any additional comments?

Read all Joel's books in order of their release dates

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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A thrilling page-turner.

What did you love best about The Tehran Initiative?

It was a realistic description of biblical end-time prophecy, with characters that engaged the emotions. There was violence, and empathy for both Iran, Israel and the United States.
He developed motives and weaknesses of the principals involved.

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

Superb plot development, with chapters switching between characters at cliff-hanging moments.

Which scene was your favorite?

Israeli Prime Minister, Naphatali, making the final decision to attack Iran's nuclear facilities, in spite of the USA, and world leaders condemning the action. The courage with which he made his decision based on the survival of his people, and refusing to allow another destruction of six million Jews.

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

Yes, it was impossible to put down.

Any additional comments?

The narrator, Christopher Lane, was superb in switching the accents of the different characters, and there seemed to be a cast of actors instead of one person reading the dialogue.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • jackie
  • LAS VEGAS, NV, United States
  • 04-17-12

Loved this book!

I really enjoyed this book! I liked the subject matter and it all seemed believable to me. Very suspenseful.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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I Loved it!

What a timely story. I loved the suspense and the people. This story could be in the news in the near future, you need to listen to this book. You will agree!

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Greg B.
  • Spencer, OH, United States
  • 04-05-12

Excellent book

Would you listen to The Tehran Initiative again? Why?

Yes, I would. the action was so fast that I feel I may have missed somethings. I want to listen to it again especially given the times we live in. The book is very relavent to these days.

Have you listened to any of Christopher Lane’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I believe he is the same performer who did many of Joel Rosenberg's other books. He does an excellent job with this book too.

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

This book opens your eyes to what is going on in the world today, especially in the Middle East. It is a sobering look at the world events before us.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Move over Cussler & Patterson.

Where does The Tehran Initiative rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In historical spy fiction, and espionage, this ranks #1 with the 12th Imam. It is part of a series. This is a Great listen.

What other book might you compare The Tehran Initiative to and why?

Cussler's

What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

He is great at differentiating the different characters. The only thing I regret is that Joel, himself, couldn't read the book (his work puts high demands on him).

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

The whole book is one roller coaster ride from beginning to end, but what got me was when Iran was ready to attack Israel, and Prime Minister Naphtali asked for aid from President Jackson (0bama?), Jackson refuses, get angry at the CIA for waking him up,


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and then after Israel defends themselves, Jackson threatens Israel, and the CIA. Jackson is clearly a very weak, yet narcissistic leader.

Any additional comments?

Liberals will not like this book. Also, Muslims will probably not like this book. Conservatives, Christians, and Jews (especially Messianic) will love it. If you are liberal, or Islamic, you must read the book with an open mind. Also, it's best if you read / listen to

2 of 5 people found this review helpful