Saturday, October 1, 2011

Twelth Imam by Joel Rosenberg

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"As the apocalyptic leaders of Iran call for the annihilation of Israel and the U.S., CIA operative David Shirazi is sent into Tehran with one objective: use all means necessary to disrupt Iran’s nuclear weapons program, without leaving American fingerprints and without triggering a regional war. At extreme personal risk, Shirazi executes his plan.
A native Farsi speaker whose family escaped from Iran in 1979, he couldn’t be better prepared for the mission. But none of his training has prepared Shirazi for what will happen next. An obscure religious cleric is suddenly hailed throughout the region as the Islamic messiah known as the Mahdi or the Twelfth Imam. News of his miracles, healings, signs, and wonders spreads like wildfire, as do rumors of a new and horrific war.
With the prophecy of the Twelfth Imam seemingly fulfilled, Iran’s military prepares to strike Israel and bring about the End of Days. Shirazi must take action to save his country and the world, but the clock is ticking
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   This book was a wonderful change of genre from my usual Historical Romance reads. The story drew me in right away and Rosenberg's descriptive writing is so vivid. The plot seemed "ripped from tomorrow's headlines." I was intrigued by the explanations of Shia end-time theology and felt that I learned a lot from this book concerning the Middle East and the Muslim religion- all from a Biblical perspective, of course.

   There was a scene that seemed somewhat unnecessary, although it did serve a purpose later on in the story. Other than that, this book was a clean, Christ-centered, and insightful read. It causes readers to consider how the world could be with a nuclear-armed, fanatic-Muslim Iran (Middle East).

   This book was an excellent read with many twists and turns and even a touch of romance. I would highly recommend it for those who are interested in current-events. It can be bought at Amazon.com, Christianbook.com, etc..... If anyone is inspired to read this book because of this review, let me know. I would enjoy sharing in your reading experience:-)

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