- Hardcover: 512 pages
- Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers; 1st edition (October 19, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 141431163X
- ISBN-13: 978-1414311630
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,373 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly
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.
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Rosenberg, author of the Last Jihad series of political thrillers, strikes out in a (slightly) new direction. David Shirazi is a CIA agent tasked with disabling Iran’s nuclear-weapons capability without leaving behind any trace of American involvement. When he learns of a prophet called the Twelfth Imam, who is proclaiming himself a messiah, Shirazi begins to worry that a war of apocalyptic proportions may be in the offing. Rosenberg laces his political speculation with evangelical Christian themes, which will bother those who like their thrillers unencumbered by the author’spolitical and religious beliefs. Rosenberg’s fans, though, should find this one very much to their liking. --David Pitt
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Knowing he is a Christian author I was impressed with how he avoided some cliché story elements. In general it seemed to be the story he wanted to tell as opposed to the story he had to alter here and there to make sure he was a good Christian writer. Props to him for that. I will also say the ending of the book was quite frustrating, but, after reflection, I must confess it was probably the best way to end it.
I would certainly recommend the book, but with the caution that elements of the story will remove the reader from it. Or if someone wants to learn more about Shia eschatology, but they don't enjoy non-fiction I would gladly recommend this as a starting point.
Rosenberg makes the story come to life. I have listened to the series on my commutes to and from work twice (and will again), often hesitating to get out of the car because the they are so good. I've told co-workers (many who also have long drive times) about the series, bought a set for the company library so they can check them out, and bought sets for family. There is much that can be learned about theology, redemption, struggle, defeat and victory that are very relevant at this time in history. Though fiction, non fiction also exists through out the series. An uplifting read (or listen), this is by far my favorite series (out of dozens and dozens of books). Rosenberg is simply gifted and an outstanding author. Must follow the twelfth with "The Tehran Initiative" and "Countdown to Damascus".