Today I’m happy to review The Twelfth Imam by Joel C. Rosenberg.
The Back Cover: As the apocalyptic leaders of Iran call for the annihilation of Israel and the United States, CIA operative David Shirazi ships into Tehran with one objective: use all means necessary to disrupt Iran’s nuclear weapons program – without leaving American fingerprints and without triggering a regional war.
As David begins to infiltrate Iranian government circles, news spreads throughout the region of a mysterious cleric claiming to be the Islamic messiah known as the Mahdi or the Twelfth Imam. News of his miracles, healings, signs and wonders spread like wildfire, as do rumors of a new and horrific war.
With the prophecy of the Twlfth Imam seemingly fulfilled, Iran’s miltary prepares a final strike that will bring about the End of Days. Shirazi must take action to save his country and the world, but the clock is ticking.
My Review: Having read the Left Behind series, I was a little skeptical about this book, yet intrigued by the reputation of the author. I must admit the first part was a slow read for me, yet as the author brings us into the current time, the foundation he laid in the first section was critical. It helped bring into perspective the different characters and how their role is important in the current time.
The characters are strong and believable. To watch our CIA operative, David Shirazi, grow up from an awkward kid into a skilled, quick thinking operative was fun but also a little heart wrenching. Especially as he deals with family and past relationships. All the characters we meet in this story add a dimension to either the storyline or help develop another character.
Beyond the entertainment factor of this story I found it very educational in understanding not only the Muslim faith, but the dynamics between Iran and Iraq.
This is a wonderful book, that was well worth reading. The most frustrating thing about this book was realizing it is book one of a series. I can hardly wait to continue this story and see where the author takes us next with David and the conflict in the Middle East.
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By Joel C. Rosenberg / Tyndale House
CIA operative David Shirazi’s mission is to disrupt Iran’s nuclear weapons program—without triggering a war. But when an obscure religious cleric is suddenly hailed as the Islamic messiah, Iran’s military prepares to strike Israel. Can David save the world—even as a dark secret from his past threatens to change his life forever? 384 pages, hardcover from Tyndale.