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The Twelfth Imam

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2011 Retailers Choice Award winner!
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

Oct 04, 2010 – Bestseller Rosenberg (The Last Jihad) has carved out a deep niche in conservative political fiction, vividly sweeping from 1979 Iran during the hostage crisis to a world-threatening crisis in the present day. When a prophecy of the coming Mahdi, or 12th imam, is believed to have been fulfilled through a Muslim prophet, a nuclear attack is threatened by Iran against Israel to bring the end of days. Iranian-American CIA operative David Shirazi must infiltrate the Iranian government without leaving American fingerprints and stop the ultimate disaster that would certainly escalate into international conflict. Filled with Islamic culture and history, this story of an Iranian family and an American one trying to understand one another is coupled with an emerging love story that will no doubt play out in coming books, since the ending is left open for more. Readers must keep track of many characters, but the author has provided a character list. Toeing the Christian conservative line while still writing sympathetic Muslim characters, Rosenberg is a go-to novelist for Christian political fiction.

Customer Reviews

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!

Great read

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.

Good research

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

Thank you

The Twelfth Imam
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  • $11.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Religious
  • Published: Nov 21, 2011
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
  • Seller: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Print Length: 512 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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