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Damascus Countdown (David Shirazi, Book 3) Hardcover – March 5, 2013

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Joel is a stalwart and faithful friend of Isreal and a great writer.  He understands the grave dangers posed by Iran and Syria, and he's been a bold and courageous voice for true peace and security in the Middle East.  If you haven't read his works yet, I hope you will" - Danny Ayalon, Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister

"Joel C. Rosenberg is one of the most knowledgable people writing about the Middle East, he has a clear understanding of what is going on in today's Iran and Syria and the grave threat these two countries post to the rest of the world." - Reza Kahlili, former CIA operative in Iran and bestselling author of A Time to Betray: The Astonishing Double Life of a CIA Agent Inside the Revolutionary Guards of Iran.

"Joel Rosenberg is unsurpassed as the writer of fiction thrillers, they have a ring of truth that eerily echoes the news headlines.  Sometimes I have to remind myself to breathe as I read one of his novels, because I find myself holding my breath in suspense as I turn the pages."--Anne Graham Lotz, speaker and bestselling author of Just Give Me Jesus

Damascus Countdown is fantastic - intense action, blistering pace, and eerie how close it is to real events in the Mideast, espeically with Iran so close to the Bomb and Syria melting down!  Rosenberg always keeps me riveted.- Rush Limbaugh, Radio Host

Damascus Countdown will be the most chilling, pulse-pounding thriller you read this year.  Joel is a great writer and spot on, he paints an eerie, terrifying, page-turning picture of a worst-case scenario coming to pass.  You have to read this book, and then pray it never happens.- Former Senator Rick Santorum, author of American Patriots: Answering the Call to Freedom


Joel Rosenberg is unsurpassed as the writer of fiction thrillers! Sometimes I have to remind myself to breathe as I read one of his novels, because I find myself holding my breath in suspense as I turn the pages. Because his story lines are based on Biblical prophecy, they have a ring of truth that eerily echoes the news headlines. So I can't wait to read his latest novel that has just arrived, Damascus Countdown. Thank you, Joel, for novels that provide hours of reading pleasure . . . and that pack a meaningful punch! (Anne Graham Lotz, author and speaker)|Joel Rosenberg is one of the most knowledgeable people writing about the Middle East that I’ve had the honor to meet. He has a particularly clear understanding of what is going on in today’s Iran and Syria and the grave threat these two countries pose to the rest of the world. His is an important voice in a sea of misdirected and erroneous information that distorts the truth about the realities of these countries’ intentions. (Reza Kahlili, former CIA operative in Iran and best-selling author of A Time to Betray)|Damascus Countdown is fantastic―intense action, blistering pace, and eerie how close it is to real events in the Mideast, especially with Iran so close to the Bomb and Syria melting down! Rosenberg always keeps me riveted. (Rush Limbaugh)

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; First Edition edition (March 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414319703
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414319704
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,849 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joel C. Rosenberg ( is a New York Times best-selling and award-winning author of 10 novels and five non-fiction books, with more than 3 million copies sold.
He is also the Founder and Chairman of The Joshua Fund (, a non-profit educational and charitable organization he and his wife launched in 2006 to mobilize Christians to "bless Israel and her neighbors in the name of Jesus, according to Genesis 12:1-3."
He and his wife have four sons. They made Aliyah in 2014 and now live in Israel and the United States.
Joel's books, most of which are published in numerous languages, include:
1. The Last Jihad (2002)
2. The Last Days (2003)
3. The Ezekiel Option (2005)
4. The Copper Scroll (2006)
5. Epicenter: Why The Current Rumblings In The Middle East Will Change Your Future (2006, non-fiction; an updated version, Epicenter 2.0, was released in paperback in 2008)
6. Dead Heat (2008)
7. Inside The Revolution: How the Followers of Jihad, Jefferson & Jesus are Battling To Dominate the Middle East and Transform the World (2009, non-fiction)
8. The Twelfth Imam (2010)
9. The Tehran Initiative (2011)
10. Implosion: Can America Recover From Its Economic and Spiritual Challenges In Time? (2012)
11. Israel At War: Inside The Nuclear Showdown With Iran (2012, non-fiction e-book)
12. The Invested Life: Making Disciples of All Nations One Person At A Time, written with Dr. T.E. Koshy (2012)
13. Damascus Countdown (2013)
14. The Auschwitz Escape (2014)
15. The Third Target (January 6, 2015)
He has produced two documentary films, based on two of his non-fiction books, Epicenter and Inside The Revolution.
Several of his books have won national awards.
* The Ezekiel Option was named by the ECPA as a Gold Medallion Award winner as the "Best Novel of 2006."
* He is a five-time winner of the "Retailers Choice Award" for best books of the year in fiction and non-fiction categories. These awards, presented annually by Christian Retailing magazine, are based on the voting of people working in the Christian publishing and music industries.
* In 2007, Epicenter won in the "Christian Living" category.
* In 2009, Dead Heat won in the "Fiction: Mystery & Suspense" category.
* In 2010, Inside The Revolution won in the "Social Issues" category.
* In 2011, The Twelfth Imam won in the "Fiction: Mystery & Suspense" category.
* In 2012, The Tehran Initiative won in the "Fiction: Mystery & Suspense" category.
* The Auschwitz Escape was a finalist in the 2014 GoodReads "Choice Awards" for "Best Historical Fiction," finishing in 4th place out of 21 contenders.
Several of his books have reached the top or near the top of national best-seller lists.
* The Last Jihad hit #1 on the best-seller list.
* Dead Heat reached #4 on the New York Times hardcover fiction best-seller list.
* The Third Target hit #4 on the Publishers Weekly hardcover fiction best-seller list, and spent two months as the #1 best-selling work of fiction in the Christian market in North America.
Before becoming an author, Joel previously worked as an aide to several U.S. and Israeli business and political leaders, including Steve Forbes, former Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Natan Sharansky, and then-former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He also worked for The Heritage Foundation, Empower America, Rush Limbaugh, and Americans For Hope, Growth & Opportunity.
He has been interviewed on hundreds of radio and TV shows, including ABC's "Nightline," CNN, CNN Headline News, C-SPAN, Fox News, MSNBC, The History Channel, the Rush Limbaugh Show, the Sean Hannity Show and the Glenn Beck Show. His articles and columns have been published by National Review,, World magazine, and the Washington Times, among others. He has been profiled by the New York Times, the Washington Times and the Jerusalem Post.
He has traveled to, done research in, and/or spoken to audiences all across the U.S. and Canada and all over the world, including Israel, Iraq, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, the UAE, Turkey, Russia, Germany, France, Belgium, Italy, India, South Korea, the Philippines, Mexico and Brazil. He has addressed audiences at the White House and the Pentagon, addressed Members of Congress on Capitol Hill, Members of the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa, and addressed a conference held at the European Union Parliament in Brussels.
Joel was born in Syracuse, New York, on April 17, 1967. His father is a first-generation American from a Jewish background whose parents and grandparents emigrated from Russia and settled in Brooklyn, New York. His mother, a Gentile, was raised in Rome, New York. When Joel was two, his parents moved to a community just outside of Rochester, New York. He grew up in the small town of Fairport and graduated from Fairport High School in 1985. He attended Syracuse University (1985-1989) -- spending one semester of his junior year studying at Tel Aviv University (August 1987 to January 1988) -- and graduated from S.U. with a B.F.A. in Film Drama in May 1989.
Joel married his college sweetheart, Lynn, in June of 1990. Together, they made their home in the Washington, D.C. area for 24 years. They have four sons -- Caleb, Jacob, Jonah, and Noah -- and moved as a family to Israel in August 2014 after becoming dual U.S.-Israeli citizens.
* For more information on conferences Joel organizes, please visit
* You can find his weblog at
* You can sign up for his "Flash Traffic" email updates at
* You can follow him on Twitter @joelcrosenberg.

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71 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Edwards on March 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
CIA operative, David Shirazi, has proven himself a trustworthy follower of the Twelfth Imam - a man who is the self proclaimed Messiah of the Muslim world. His apparent eagerness to please has put him in a position to draw close to the leaders of the Arab world who have given their allegiance to the Imam.

But now David is on the run, with his team of special operatives, to locate missing nuclear warheads - playing a lethal shell game hoping to find to the nukes before Israel is incinerated in a fanatic-fueled firestorm.

Joel Rosenberg's Damascus Countdown takes up where The Tehran Initiative left off, with Agent Shirazi rubbing shoulders with the Arab elite while trying to get information on the extremely dangerous plans of the mysterious Twelfth Imam. While Shirazi meets with a top aide of the Imam at the Jamkaran Mosque, the Israeli's strike, determined to take out the nuclear threat to their safety. An all out war has started in the Middle East, and Shirazi is in the center of it.

Rosenberg presents of view of Middle East politics liberally dosed with Muslim fanaticism that is truly hair raising. And believable. He knows his stuff. It would not be a stretch to close the cover of Damascus Countdown and see similar events unfold on a CNN broadcast.

Eschatology, both Muslim and Christian, is woven throughout this thriller with a validity that not only drives the plot forward but gives credibility to the spiritual aspects of the events that play out. Rosenberg does not shy away from end time prophecy, nor does he back off from prominently displaying the faith of his Christian characters - especially David Shirazi, a recent convert to Christianity, who is not afraid to share his faith with the men with whom he is facing death.
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73 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Conny on March 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Title: Damascus Countdown
Author: Joel C. Rosenberg
Publisher: Tyndale
ISBN: 978-1-4143-1970-4

"Our new mission - and this comes straight from the top - is to find both those warheads and destroy them before they leave Iran," David explains in Joel C. "Rosenberg's Damascus Countdown." "The good news: we're authorized to use any force necessary to accomplish our mission. The bad news: we have no leads, no sources, and very little time."

At four hundred and seventy pages, this hardbound novel is the next international political thriller of bestselling author Rosenberg that could well be a true scenario in our everyday lives. With no profanity but situations of war-time killing, multinational intrigue, Biblical references and prophecies, it is geared to both adult Christian and Jewish readers who have an interest and loyalty to the State of Israel. A cast of American, Iranian, Israeli, Pakistani and Syrian characters at the beginning of the book is a helpful supportive reference tool. This reader wishes all pronouns about God were capitalized for reverence.

In this fast moving tome, David Shirazi is a top non-official cover agent for the CIA who has infiltrated the Iranian regime when Israel initiates a preemptive strike on Qom, Iran, destroying six of their eight nuclear warheads. He and his small technical team are asked to seek and destroy the two missing bombs.
Mahdi, the Twelfth Imam, is ready to take over the Middle East region with the support of Iran, Pakistan and Syria as head of the Caliphate, whose main goal is to annihilate the Zionists by detonating the two genocidal missiles in Israel from Damascus, Syria.
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Renee K on March 5, 2013
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If you haven't read any of Joel Rosenberg's books then you are missing out. This is the third and the last book in this series. I am almost sad to see it come to an end. I would recommend that you read the books in the series in order. You would miss so much if you skip them. Not that you couldn't read this one first. It really builds up in each series to the climax in Damascus Countdown.

The characters are amazing. I really enjoyed CIA agent David Shirazi character. His faith as a new believer in this environment is intriguing.

I couldn't put this book down. The suspense, action is non-stop. Rosenberg captures your imagination of just one possible end time scenario. A lot of scripture is used throughout this novel. I look forward to more books by Rosenberg.

Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book. In no way was I asked to give a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By m.doob on March 8, 2013
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I love Joel Rosenberg's books! I've read many other authors of the same genre, but doubt there are any better than Rosenberg. He weaves fact and fiction together seamlessly, along with great characters and mind-boggling action.
The 'Damascus Countdown' is possibly Joel's best fiction work to date, and I've read every one of his books.
I pre-ordered the 'real' book on Amazon, even though I have a Kindle, because it's easier for me to go back and look for certain passages and context. It arrived on the release date, and I read it in two sittings, finishing at 3AM today. There was no way I could put it down...
This is a well written, realistic, and action-filled thriller!
Five stars doesn't do this book justice!
Thanks Joel, you are not only a gifted writer, but your insights into the middle east
situation are compelling.
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