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Is it fiction, or is it real?
The world is on the brink of disaster. Iran has just conducted its first atomic weapons test. Millions of Muslims around the world are convinced their messiah―known as the Twelfth Imam―has arrived on earth. Israeli leaders fear Tehran, under the Twelfth Imam’s spell, will soon launch a nuclear attack that could bring about a second Holocaust and the annihilation of Israel. The White House fears Jerusalem will strike first, launching a massive preemptive attack against Iran’s nuclear facilities that could cause the entire Middle East to go up in flames, oil prices to skyrocket, and the global economy to collapse. With the stakes high and few viable options left, the president of the United States orders CIA operative David Shirazi and his team to track down and sabotage Iran’s nuclear warheads before Iran or Israel can launch a devastating first strike. But will they be too late? --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Is it fiction, or is it real?
The world is on the brink of disaster. Iran has just conducted its first atomic weapons test. Millions of Muslims around the world are convinced their messiah―known as the Twelfth Imam―has just arrived on earth. Israeli leaders fear Tehran, under the Twelfth Imam’s spell, will soon launch a nuclear attack that could bring about a second Holocaust and the annihilation of Israel. The White House fears Jerusalem will strike first, launching a massive preemptive attack against Iran’s nuclear facilities that could cause the entire Middle East to go up in flames, oil prices to skyrocket, and the global economy to collapse. With the stakes high and few viable options left, the president of the United States orders CIA operative David Shirazi and his team to track down and sabotage Iran’s nuclear warheads before Iran or Israel can launch a devastating first strike. But will they be too late?

New York Times bestselling author Joel C. Rosenberg returns with his most exhilarating political thriller to date―a pulse-pounding tale of international intrigue that will keep you on the edge of your seat and wondering . . . what if this worst-case scenario comes true?
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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; 3/20/12 edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414319363
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414319360
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (894 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Deborah M. Allen on October 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Called by some a 'modern-day Nostradamus', Joel C. Rosenberg's latest novel, The Tehran Initiative, has been making headlines even before its release. The reason? The author's almost uncanny ability to write about events that become headlines.

Recent events involving Iran, like the country's growing ability to produce nuclear weapons, and seeming involvement in assassination attempts are some of the issues Rosenberg addresses in The Tehran Initiative. What intrigues the media outlets is that he wrote the novel many months ago.

My review:
Rosenberg's seventh novel, like the previous ones, is fast-paced, suspenseful, and above all believable. It's easy to tell he's knowledgeable about the topics, the cultures, and the places, as the reader travels the world with the main character.

David Shirazi is an American CIA operative of Iranian descent. His looks and language allow him to penetrate the Iranian infrastructure and become friends with prominent Iranians, the most important of which is an Iranian physicist, a secret Christian. Shirazi must get the physicist out of Iran and destroy the nuclear weapons being built.

If you like gripping novels with espionage, world travel, and politics, this is the one for you.
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After really getting into dystopian novels like the edgy Gods of Ruin and earlier classics, I was eager for the latest Rosenberg thriller which focuses on the conflicts in the Middle East. The dystopian aspects of this one are clear and immediately know: the mahdi from the last Rosenberg book is starting a new caliphate set to annihilate Israel and who has its sights set on attacking the U.S. down the road. Basically, it's the new cold war about to blow up into the hottest war ever because, of course, Iran just tested their very own nuclear bomb.

Rosenberg produces top-notch, fast-paced geo-political thrillers with a Christian bent (don't let his name trip you up) and his latest is a great representation of his great plots. From the description, you can tell that the author is well versed in actual international politics and the story follows almost like a documentary of actual events rather that fiction.

So, if you enjoy getting into heated topics about current events, if you like prognosticating with thoughtful pundits about the state of the world, and if you enjoy a thrill ride when you pick up a book, you'll be very happy with Tehran Initiative.
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Iran has the bomb. The Twelfth Imam, Muhammad Ibn Hasan Ibn Ali has arrived and is in the process of establishing the Caliphate. American leadership is listening to the peace talk of the Twelfth Imam and Israel seems to stand alone against the rising tide. Welcome to the world of The Tehran Initiative.

With the second book of the trilogy, the first being The Twelfth Imam, Joel C. Rosenberg is showing once again why he is one of the greatest writers of Christian Political Thrillers in our time.

In The Tehran Initiative Rosenberg picks up sixty seconds after the ending of The Twelfth Imam and within the first few chapters the reader is taken on a action packed car chase in Iran, the attempted assassination of the American President, the Egyptian President and the Israeli Prime Minister, and plenty of political intrigue. If you like action and are intrigued by the inner workings of international politics, then you will love this book!

Action is not the only facet of this story however. There are very tender moments in Rosenberg's story centering on family and friendship, and there is a healthy dose of faith thrown in. This book is Christian fiction and as such there are plenty of references to the Christian faith. I personally am a follower of Christ and welcome the showing of faith in such a refreshing way by Rosenberg. There are plenty of prophecy references, not only from the Christian perspective, but also from the Muslim perspective. After reading this book, I can firmly attest that Rosenberg does not denigrate those of the Muslim faith, but instead simply tells it like it is.

Although this book can be read on its own, it is the second book of a trilogy and should be read after reading the first book, The Twelfth Imam.
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I haven't read a book like The Tehran Initiative for a long time,but it was an interesting book to read. Here's an exerpt from the cover of the book:

The world is on the brink of disaster and the clock is ticking. Iran has just conducted its first atomic weapons test. Millions of Muslims around the world are convinced their messiah--known as "the Twelfth Imam"--has just arrived on earth. Israeli leaders fear Tehran, under the Twelfth Imam's spell, will soon launch a nuclear attack that could bring about a second holocaust and the annihilation of Israel. The White House fears Jerusalem will strike first, launching a preemptive attack against Iran's nuclear facilities that could cause the entire Middle East to go up in flames, oil prices to skyrocket, and the global economy to collapse. With the stakes high and few viable options left, the president of the United States orders CIA operative David Shirazi and his team to track down and sabotage Iran's nuclear warheads before Iran or Israel can launch a devastating first strike.

That summary/intro gives you a feel for the tone of the book. It was an interesting read. . .kind of reminiscent of a Tom Clancy book. I enjoyed reading it. The reason I said at the start that it was not the sort of book I usually read is that as a mom I don't often read books so long and involved as this one. I used to read a lot of books of this type, and in reading it I found that I miss the type of challenging read such as this which really engages your mind. You have to read it with care, following the details, for the story to make sense to you.

I enjoyed the way the book was written, little segments in which different characters of the story are in the first person mode, in different geographical locations.
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