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The Twelfth Imam Audiobook

The Twelfth Imam: A Novel

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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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    j Wilson Chicago 11-03-11
    j Wilson Chicago 11-03-11 Member Since 2017
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    "Entertaining, but...."

    The author knows how to write and does a great job on the character development. The narrator also does a very good job. My issues are with the plot and ending (or lack thereof). This novel mixes in the supernatural, which provides for all sorts of "leaps of logic". The protagonist's successes are not due to his acts, insights, or intellect; but rather due to supernatural revelations. Further nothing ends in this book; you have to read the sequel I guess, which I'm not going to. I think the author focused too much on preaching his religious views, and the storyline came in second. Now if you're looking for a Christian Triller then you will probably like this book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Austin, TX, United States 11-01-10
    Susan Austin, TX, United States 11-01-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Anything's Possible but hopefully not this"

    It's good to have writers with creative imaginations who sit around and dream up these far-out scenarios that scare the heck out of readers. This book painted a scenario which was very dark and mystical, playing on real fears of Iran's nuclear ambitions, the appearance of a Muslim prophet whose presence foretells the end of times, and an American born Muslim CIA agent whose job it is to stop the world from ending anytime soon. This book was definitely written with Christian listeners in mind (multiple appearances of Jesus and many references to scripture). If you enjoyed Rosenberg's prior works you will enjoy this one too. Plus,it appears there will be more books in the series as this one left quite a few loose ends.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Ramon 11-04-10
    Ramon 11-04-10
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    "Good 1st half, Terrible 2nd"

    The book starts out very interesting and captivating, the writer obviously has it in him to write a great story.
    The narration bugged me a little for the first hour (every foreigner sounds Indian) but his pace and tone are very pleasant.
    The whole first half of the book is well written and gives an interesting look on Iran and the US.

    The second half feels like the writer is trying to convert the listener to Christianity and does everything to show us how bad Islam is and seems to be giving a very pro Israel pitch.

    I was very disappointed to have the book took such a turn while it had such potential.

    30 of 42 people found this review helpful
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    Dam Duck 09-16-14
    Dam Duck 09-16-14 Member Since 2012
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    What did you like best about The Twelfth Imam? What did you like least?

    The reader was fantastic.

    The near constant talk (book 2 and especially book 3) about Jesus just killed it though. Also, this should not have been 3 books. It should have been 1 long one. When one ends it seems as though it's at a random place in the story.


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

    No. I can only assume his writing will always revolve around Jesus. I've been preached to enough.


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

    He's a great reader. Good with pacing, accents, volume, so on and so forth.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No because it would certainly be directed by Mel Gibson.


    Any additional comments?

    The first book isn't too bad with the preaching but it gets over the top by book three. If you're a Muslim, you're gonna have a bad time because he characterizes your religion in a very negative way. If you're an atheist, like me (*gasp*), you might roll your eyes out of your head by the third book with the constant Jesus talk. Plus, I notice the author doesn't swear in the book but, in some cases, has no problem going into detail with the torture scenes.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Chris R. 10-31-10
    Chris R. 10-31-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Are we missing the third part?"

    I found it an intriguing take on the situation and religion (though the characters were somewhat unbelievable) but at the end I figured I'd missed the third part of the download - is that really the ending? I hope I can chalk that up to a technical glitch. I cannot imagine ending a novel like that.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Allen Anthony 11-09-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Highway to Hell, Stairway to Heaven."

    Wow what a ride, emotionally supercharged, the author doesn't tell you what to think, but he sets you on the pathway of thinking. I know the book is fiction but the way it was written and read it seems tile the author and reader are telling you a true story based on current events in today's world.
    Well worth the credit and the time to listen...I know I was pleased with this book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Wheeler 08-24-14
    J. Wheeler 08-24-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Needs "Warning, contains Religious BS" disclaimer"
    Any additional comments?

    The story starts off well and progresses till the listener is assaulted with a religious fantasy that features both the Muslim and Christian Messiahs making appearances and Jesus clearly occupies the moral high ground. The entire premise of the story boils down to American = Christian = Good vs. Muslim = Religious Fanatic = Bad. The problems in the Middle East are complex and are not made any less so by reducing the discourse to a simple matter of conversion to Christianity solving the problems.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Chicago, IL, United States 12-26-13
    Brian Chicago, IL, United States 12-26-13
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    "Good story; Horrible ending"

    The story, characters, narration are all excellent... except for one major problem: the book ends abruptly as though the author were told to put down his pencil and was not allowed to finish the book. It's fine to string me along a little and make me anticipate a second book, but it is NOT OK to fail to resolve any of the major plot lines. I am done with this series and the author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael J. Shields Plymouth, MA 10-27-11
    Michael J. Shields Plymouth, MA 10-27-11 Member Since 2007
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    "A evangelical christians wet dream"

    I had no idea the author was a christian fanatic until I was more than half way through the book. It was a great disappointment because it is well written and had my attention. I simply have to give hims that. But unless you are a zealot for his cause, you will find yourself as I did, rolling your eyes as the evil Muslim spirits appear leading up to triumphant return of Jesus Christ to thwart them. The story doesn't assume that Christ is the only or god just that the Muslim god is all evil and the christian god all good.. It's amazing to me that many will read this and think - yes - this could be so. When Jesus makes his appearance in what was to that a point a compelling narrative, you will then know that you are reading a piece of propaganda.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    espiridion santa ana, CA, United States 11-07-10
    espiridion santa ana, CA, United States 11-07-10 Member Since 2015
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    "What Happened ????"

    The book was a great listen............I anticipated the ending...and yet, there WAS NO ENDING !!!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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