The Twelfth Imam
Joel C. 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.
Publishers Weekly Review
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I couldn't put it down
A great read and I was sad when i got to the end. Hurry with the follow-up please!
This book cost me several hours of sleep, two nights in a row, the only chance I get to read :) I couldn't put it down. Intriguing , nice flow, the author makes it very easy to visualize the places and people.
Its astonishing how the level of depth particularly for me living in the middle east has made me think that i was reading a non fiction historic book just before i finished reading half of the book. But the transformation into fiction was so abrupt and shocking especially when people started seeing visions of messiahs.
I did not like how there was an angle of religious comparison or preference. I felt that it was childish somehow to see attract an argument of who is a (better, stronger or more real) god
Now knowing that i was reading fiction i would say that the amount of detailed research that built up the story and its characters, does not deserve that kind of ending. It kept me feeling that the author was rushed to finish the book.
Although i admired the details, i was left with a sour taste with a rushed ending