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The Tehran Initiative Paperback – May 1, 2012
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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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I've rated the writing "good" because sometimes the author comes across as if he is trying to slip more Bible verses into the narrative than is entirely appropriate. I'm a practicing Christian so am not averse to Bible verses in principle, but others who are less religiously inclined than I am may find it intrusive. Since the fundamental plotlines include foiling terror attacks it's inevitable that there is a degree of violence mentioned but it certainly doesn't read like a horror story.
Overall I enjoyed the book, although it does ideally want to be read in conjunction with its predecessor (The Twelfth Imam).
The book is based on prophecies from the Bible and provides a fictionalized story based on these prophecies. The hero, a young American/Iranian named David Shirazi, has joined the CIA and is working as a field agent in Iran. This is a continuation of the story first presented in an earlier Rosenberg book, "The Twelfth Imam." This book advances the story but does not end the story; it is evident a sequel is in the works; things are really beginning to heat up when the book is over. I'm sure all of Joel Rosenberg's fans are looking forward to the next installment.
As is usual with the writer, the book sets a fast pace and never slows down; I would classify it as a page-turner and feel sure fans of Joel Rosenberg will not be disappointed with this one.
"The Twelfth Imam." the first book in this series, begins with the Iranian revolution in 1979 in then moves rapidly to this very day, the times we are now living. It is really our story as both books are really set in our current history and there is a literal sense that this is all real, very real indeed.
There is a secret Iranian nuclear program (its really not all that secret) in Iran to develop the Islamic Bomb to destabilize the region, build the Caliphate,(Muslim state),and destroy the little and big Satan, Israel and the U.S. Does any of this sound familiar?
David Shirazi is an undercover operative for the CIA sent into Iran to build human intelligence and penetrate Iran's communication system. He is Persian by birth and speaks the language Farsi like a native. This book is largely a tale of his adventures along with a romantic interlude with his childhood sweet heart.
Asher Naphtali is Israel's Prime Minister. He is a realist and has a clear vision of the dire circumstances unfolding for his country. Israel is surrounded by enemies who say to anyone who listens that they want to destrot every living Jew. His character is well-developed and he reminds me very much of Benjamin Netanyahu.
Naphtali seeks intervention from U.S. President William Jackson. As portrayed in this book, Jackson is arrogant, indecisive and weak all at the same time. He is up for re-election in a year and very willing to throw Israel & Naphtali under the bus; He wants peace in the Middle East at any cost, even Israel being nuked by an Islamic bomb. In this book his secret service code name is renegade. This is currently the Secret Service Code name for President Obama. A Coincidence? I think not.
There is also an element of the supernatural as the 12th Imam returns to set up his Islamic Caliphate. He is the Shia Muslim Messiah who will, according to Islamic eschatology, return to bring peace, justice and harmony to the Earth. The 12 Imam, or Mahdi, can work miracles.
This is a brief summary of the story. If you want to know how it all works out, well, read the book. It is a real page turner.