The Twelfth Imam, The Twelfth Imam Series #1   -     By: Joel C. Rosenberg
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The Twelfth Imam, The Twelfth Imam Series #1

Tyndale House / 2011 / Paperback

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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?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1414311648
ISBN-13: 9781414311647
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Series: Twelfth Imam

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2011 Retailers Choice Award winner!
As the apocalyptic leaders of Iran call for the annihilation of Israel and the U.S., CIA operative David Shirazi is sent 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. At extreme personal risk, Shirazi undertakes his assignment.
A native Farsi speaker whose family escaped from Iran in 1979, he couldn’t be better prepared for the mission. But none of his training has prepared Shirazi for what will happen next. An obscure religious cleric is suddenly hailed throughout the region as 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 Twelfth Imam seemingly fulfilled, Iran’s leaders prepare to strike Israel and bring about the End of Days. Shirazi must take action, but the clock is ticking.

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The Twelfth Imam by Joel Rosenberg flawlessly combines the best elements of a Tom Clancy political thriller with the spiritual warfare of Left Behind. Set in modern Iran, the book follows a wide cast ranging from Iranian Christians and CIA operatives to radical Muslims and Iranian nuclear scientists. Readers find themselves guessing at every turn, trying to unravel an intricate web of deception, alliances, and hidden agendas as the Iranian government works feverishly to develop weapons of mass destruction. Rosenberg has outdone himself with this novel. The action-packed plot sprints forward from the opening paragraph, and loses none of its intense drama and emotion as it continues. The book focuses primarily on David Shirazi, a Muslim-turned-agnostic who hunts terrorist leaders for the CIA. Undercover in Iran, he finds himself struggling to outwit and outgun a host of Iranian loyalists. Creating antagonists is where Rosenberg shines the most. He explores their motivations perfectly, showing an alien, distinctly Islamic culture while engaging the reader’s sympathy. As the nuclear tension rises, the longing to see these characters safe and forgiven grows almost unbearable. Even while crafting a realistic threat of annihilation, Rosenberg manages to keep the spiritual lives of his characters paramount.

Rather than rely solely upon imagination, Rosenberg brings elements of the real world into the plot. The frequent, factual prayers and references by Iranian leaders to the titular “Twelfth Imam” grow throughout the book from an interesting rumor into a thought-provoking reality. What would happen if this Islamic messiah actually appeared? Rosenberg is true to Jesus’ promise in Matthew 24:5 that “many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am the Christ,' and will deceive many.” Yet, opposite this, there are additional reality-based themes including the massive, underground revival of the Iranian church. This sets off a chain of events that makes this novel as much a spiritual thriller as a political one. Characters race to discover the exact nature of the religious and militaristic threats facing them. The book’s climactic finale answers just enough questions to leave the reader satisfied, yet inwardly starving for the future books in the series.

The diverse characters in this novel cannot be justly summarized in only a few sentences. Individual lives are not perfect; rather, they experience all the physical, mental, and spiritual agonies of tragic lives. Nor is there any delusion that conversion will prevent pain. Their suffering is intense, deeply personal, and cuts sharply to the heart of the reader in unparalleled fashion. While Christian virtues are often ignored, there is a profound sadness when they are, as if the reader were experiencing the mind of Christ. Equally, there is an unparalleled lifting of the spirit when characters are moved by Jesus’ example.

The Twelfth Imam well deserves praise. Like Joel Rosenberg’s other novels, it reads like a narrative account of current events and is as educational as a nonfiction book. While it is moderately violent and contains a brief, suggestive scene, these elements are not graphic or distracting. For fans of thrillers, politics, current events, religion, or even novels in general, The Twelfth Imam cannot be missed! – Ryan Dennison, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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    Compelling Story Which Ties in with Current Events - It Could Happen!
    August 15, 2014
    Runoutoftime
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I could not put this book down after getting to a certain point in the story! This book is a must read for all people as it informs well about the Islamic beliefs while tied into prophecy. It was the first time I've read any Q'uran quotes which are very devasting to Christians and Jews. We have a chance to avoid calamity if we choose. The story really ties in with current events. I can see where Israel would not trust any other country intelligence and act on its' own. Trust between governments is very challenging, as conveyed by the author. Israel is so much closer to the situation. I could picture this story actually happening. Other books by Joel Rosenberg are equally compelling.
  2. Eric Smith
    Rochester, NY
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Exciting read; Action, suspense, and insights
    September 14, 2013
    Eric Smith
    Rochester, NY
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Joel has written a fast paced action pack novel about the Muslim life, the threat from Iran, the truth about the expecting coming of the Twelfth Imam in a novel about a CIA spy working to stop the Iranian threat while searching for his identity among a personal relationship he can't forget and a cultural background he must embrace in some ways to do his job. And in the midst of it all comes the salvation of Jesus Christ to some Muslims while the coming of the Imam is on the horizon. Of course, this is a series, so the story is incomplete and leaves you hanging for the next books, but that's ok, start this one and go along for the ride.
  3. JaniceEB
    Alabama
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent series
    July 12, 2013
    JaniceEB
    Alabama
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Thoroughly enjoyed experiencing Joel Rosenberg's adventure with David Shirazi and all the cast of characters in this series. From the very first sentence on the very first page of "The Twelfth Imam", throughout "The Tehran Initiative", to the very last sentence on the very last page of "The Damascus Countdown" I was captivated. Excellent, thought-provoking, captivating writing.
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    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    April 3, 2013
    Mimi
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Unputdownable from the first to the last page! Also makes you become more aware of the what is going on in the Middle East at the moment despite being fiction. Brilliant novel!
  5. Hoff
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    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Part of a great series
    March 17, 2013
    Hoff
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    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    First of a Trilogy by Joel Rosenberg that is the start of a riveting series of fiction mirroring reality. Really well done and exciting reading.
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