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Damascus Countdown [Kindle Edition]

Joel C. Rosenberg
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2014 “Christian Retailing’s Best” award finalist!
All eyes are on the Middle East. Israel has successfully launched a first strike on Iran, taking out all of their nuclear sites and six of their nuclear warheads—and causing The Twelfth Imam to order a full-scale retaliation. U.S. President William Jackson threatens to support a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning the Jewish State for unprovoked and unwarranted acts of aggression.

Meanwhile, CIA operative David Shirazi has infiltrated the Iranian regime and intercepted information indicating that two Iranian nuclear warheads survived the attack and have been moved to a secure and undisclosed location. In danger not only from the ongoing missile strikes on Iran but also from the increasingly hostile and suspicious governments of multiple countries, David and his team are in a race against time to find the remaining nuclear warheads before disaster strikes.

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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


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)|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)

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  • File Size: 3656 KB
  • Print Length: 465 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1414319703
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (March 5, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008PX1XHI
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69 of 73 people found the following review helpful
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Could Happen Today! March 5, 2013
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing March 5, 2013
By Renee K
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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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rosenberg's Best Book Yet! March 8, 2013
By m.doob
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good end to the story
This is that third book in the series and like the other 2 very well written and very good. The best part of this book and the series was the last 2 pages. Read more
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Absolutely riveting especially towards the end. Had me on the edge of my seat.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Got lost in the religious aspect
Story just a little too drawn out. Thought it would never end. And...just a little too much proselytizing for folks of other religions. Thank you.
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An outstanding book written by a very very outstanding writer. All of his books are hard to put down. I can hardly wait for the second book on Damascus Countdown... Read more
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Joel C. Rosenberg is the New York Times bestselling author of seven novels--The Last Jihad, The Last Days, The Ezekiel Option, The Copper Scroll, Dead Heat, The Twelfth Imam, and The Tehran Initiative--and five nonfiction books, Epicenter, Inside the Revolution, Implosion, Israel at War, and The Invested Life, with nearly 3 million copies sold. The Ezekiel Option received the Gold Medallion award as the "Best Novel of 2006" from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. Joel is the producer of two documentary films based on his nonfiction books - Epicenter and Inside the Revolution. He is also the founder of The Joshua Fund, a nonprofit educational and charitable organization to mobilize Christians to "bless Israel and her neighbors in the name of Jesus" with food, clothing, medical supplies, and other humanitarian relief.As a communications advisor, Joel has worked with a number of U.S. and Israeli leaders, including Steve Forbes, Rush Limbaugh, Natan Sharansky, and Benjamin Netanyahu. As an author, he has been interviewed on hundreds of radio and TV programs, including ABC's Nightline, CNN Headline News, FOX News Channel, The History Channel, MSNBC, The Rush Limbaugh Show, The Sean Hannity Show, and The Glenn Beck Show. He has been profiled by the New York Times, the Washington Times, the Jerusalem Post, and World magazine. He has addressed audiences all over the world, including those in Israel, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Russia, and the Philippines. He has also spoken at the White House, the Pentagon, and to members of Congress. In 2008, Joel designed and hosted the first Epicenter Conference in Jerusalem. The event drew two thousand Christians who wanted to "learn, pray, give, and go" to the Lord's work in Israel and the Middle East. Subsequent Epicenter Conferences have been held in San Diego (2009); Manila, Philippines (2010); Philadelphia (2010); Jerusalem (2011); and Albuquerque, New Mexico (2012). The live webcast of the Philadelphia conference drew some thirty-four thousand people from more than ninety countries to listen to speakers such as Israeli Vice Prime Minister Moshe Ya'alon; pastors from the U.S., Israel, and Iran; Lt. General (ret.) Jerry Boykin; Kay Arthur; Janet Parshall; Tony Perkins; and Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of one of the founders of Hamas who has renounced Islam and terrorism and become a follower of Jesus Christ and a friend of both Israelis and Palestinians. The son of a Jewish father and a Gentile mother, Joel is an evangelical Christian with a passion to make disciples of all nations and teach Bible prophecy. A graduate of Syracuse University with a BFA in filmmaking, he is married, has four sons, and lives near Washington, D.C. To visit Joel's weblog--or sign up for his free weekly "Flash Traffic" e-mails--please visit Please also visit these other websites: and Joel's "Epicenter Team" and the Joel C. Rosenberg public profile page on Facebook.

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