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The Twelfth Imam (The Twelfth Imam #1)

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  3,831 ratings  ·  504 reviews
Tensions are rising in the Middle East. Iran’s president vows to annihilate the United States and Israel. Israel’s prime minister says someone must hit Iran’s nuclear sites “before it’s too late.” The American president warns against a preemptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities and says negotiations are the key to finding peace.

And amid it all, rumors are swirling thro...more
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Kammera Rice
This was a terrific read. Started out slow and picked up the pace until..BAM a frustrating cliff hangar at the end! I was so astonished, I think i was searching for hidden pages at the end!
It puts me in mind of the Left behind Series, BUT I liked the authors writing style way better. Also, the view point was from the Islamic "end times" point of view and how people of that culture interpret their world around them based on the coming belief of a Holy twelfth Imam and of course their belief on Al...more
Henri Moreaux
I picked up this book because the blurb made it sound like an interesting thriller coming from a unique aspect.

This impression was correct for the first half of the book; it was well written, good plot line, mix of mystery, questions and answers to keep the pages turning then all of a sudden it's like the author is trying to convert you to Christianity and combining this with a thesis on Islam being a false religion & the product of satan. Add in numerous excerpts of scripture and the book g...more
I am going to go out on a limb and muse aloud about how Muslims deal with Rosenberg...he is an evangelical christian thriller writer and makes no bones about how he feels about Islam and the Islamist threat to America and the world. The is the first in a series of novels putting the end of times belief on the part of some Shia Muslims in The Twelfth Iman at the heart of a nuclear threat being launched in the world. There are some intriguing conversion stories at the heart of this story and a bol...more
Mike (the Paladin)
First let me say be aware that this is a Christian novel. It's not Tom Clancy or Vince Flynn and while there are some action and thrills in the book it's not what I'd call action adventure or techno-thriller, there are elements of each in it, but neither is it's primary focus.

Now this is no problem for me as I'm a Christian and have only a few arguments with the book. I just wanted readers to know what they are picking up, not that you'd miss it and I'm sure most non-Christians will/would enjoy...more
[Name Redacted]
This interesting read.

It was recommended to me by my ex-girlfriend's grandfather, so I had no idea it would turn out to be a work of evangelical fiction; he tends to be secularist, so I assumed it would be one of those disposable thrillers, the sort of thing James Patterson and his ilk write. And for the first half, it was. The writing is crisp and the pacing is good; the characters are well-drawn and the plotting makes sense; the author even had some excellent insights on the nature of...more
Nikole Hahn
“When the apartment was quiet, Najjar would stare out the window into the moonlight, meditating on the Ayatollah’s words and on his fiery insistence that a Muslim’s duty was to perform jihad—holy war—against the infidels. It wasn’t exactly the stuff of childhood dreams, but it stirred something deep within Najjar’s heart.

“Surely those who believe, those who wage jihad in God’s cause—they are the ones who may hope for the mercy of God,” the Ayatollah would declare, citing Sura 2:218 from the Qu...more
If you are familiar with Joel Rosenberg, than you know his novels can be somewhat prophetic. In The Twelfth Imam, Rosenberg's latest offering, the author has done a remarkable job of taking current news and creating a plausible story that is once again, all too prophetic.

It starts during the Iran hostage crisis back in the 70's and follows real news events, mixed in with fiction, leading up to a future point in time, which in this reviewers opinion could be now. In this new series, CIA operative...more
Kara Hunt
Oct 19, 2010 Kara Hunt rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
This was my first time reading a novel by Mr. Rosenberg. On the back cover it is listed as Fiction/Suspense, which is one of my favorite genres to read, but I tend to tread cautiously - not wanting to get expectations too high, only to be disappointed by a “Suspense” novel, that was about as suspenseful as reading yesterday’s news. However, this was not the case with The Twelfth Imam.

From the very first page I was drawn into the political unrest of 1979 Iran and the siege on the American Embassy...more
The most stupid book I ever read. It's full of lies. Imam Mehdi ll not be a Shia Imam. He ll not say that he is a prophet. He ll not say that he is "maseeh" or Jesus. He ll be a pious Muslim man from the lineage and blood of Prophet Muhammad, he ll lead Muslims in very difficult time, the war ll thrust by "anti Christ" against muslim, he ll fight just against anti Christ, he ll pray that may The Lord send Jesus who can and ll win the war against anti Christ. I wonder and want to ask from all the...more
DISAPPOINTING: a very promising plot is ruined by the author's religious beliefs trumping those of his characters. For example, in reality, highly-educated Muslims would struggle greatly if someone who claims to be Jesus was contradicting Islamic beliefs about Al-Mahdi (aka the twelfth Imam), because of Islamic warnings against a fake Messiah. In the book, every single Muslim who saw Jesus, easily converted to Christianity. They naively trusted the Bible's warning against a fake Messiah, and dis...more
Josh Hopping
Over the past decade, author and former political consult Joel C. Rosenberg has been amassing a huge following with multiple New York Times best sellers. Drawing off his as a consult for Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Natan Sharansky and then-former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Rosenberg’s books tend to focus on Middle Eastern politics and terrorism (think CIA and State Department thrillers).

A good chuck of Rosenberg’s fame comes from his uncanny ability to ‘predict’ real-life events within...more
This is an action packed book about a spy named David Shirazi, an American born of Iranian parents who left Iran when the Shah's government fell. David has to infiltrate the communication system of Iran so that the CIA can monitor their calls. On the one hand you have the Israeli PM calling for a preemptive strike on Iran's nuclear facilities while the POTUS says negotiations are the key to finding peace. In the middle of all this cloak and dagger stuff a mysterious religious cleric claiming to...more
Here's what I like about this book:

(1) It is exciting and the author moves things along in an interesting manner, a real page-turner.
(2) It draws on current events which gives it a contemporary feel of reality.
(3) The author is not afraid to deal with religious themes, Islamic, Jewish, and Christian.
(4) It isn't full of gratuitous sex and foul language.

Here's what I don't like about the book:

(1) The non-ending. When the last page is over the book isn't finished. My reaction to this was, "What!"...more
This is a must read! If you believe in Mormon eschatology (revelations on events occurring in the last days), then you will love this book which reveals the Islamic Shia eschatology. Rosenberg, whose father was Jewish and mother was gentile,cleverly weaves the twin stories of an Iranian-American CIA operative searching for his roots in Islam with that of an Iranian scientist deeply rooted in the teachings of Islam searching for a more peaceful way in Christianity. As the CIA agent tries to get c...more
Giovanni Gelati
This author has over 2 million copies in print and I haven’t read one of them. The novels that I have missed to date are: The Last Jihad, The Last Days, The Ezekiel Option, The Copper Scroll, Epicenter, and Inside the Revolution. I will back track eventually but for now I had to stay focused on The Twelfth Imam. The novel has so many plots and sub plots one need’s a score card; it is all good stuff though.
Here is the synopsis from the inside jacket of the cover: “Tensions are rising in the Middl...more
The Twelfth Imam
© 2010 Joel Rosenberg
512 pages

Who’s up for the Apocalypse? Israel stands ready for a preemptive strike against Iran, whose concealed nuclear program is on the verge of being able to produce warheads. Considering that both Iran’s Supreme Muckety-Muck and president subscribe to a cult within Islam that believes the end and salvation of the world can be brought about only through a war of annihilation against Iran’s foes (namely, Israel and the United States), Tel Aviv just may have...more
The Twelfth Imam is well written, but it's a bit hard to get into unless you're seriously into Bible prophecy and can deal with... oh, how shall I say this without spoiling it? ...unless you can deal with prophets appearing to people and telling them what to do. I don't mean people who think some higher power is guiding them or someone who thinks they saw something in a dream. I mean people from the Bible (or Koran) appearing before them and having conversations with them and/or doing miracles.

Sandra Stiles
The CIA knows a lot that’s going on. Israel faces threats every day from Iran and other nations who want to destroy them because they are God’s chosen people. I enjoyed the way the story got the point across in narrative that Russia and Iran is working together to accomplish their goal even though they neither like, or trust each other. The idea that the story so closely follows current events was wonderful. I especially like it because it’s based on prophesy that we can see happening every day...more
Loved this book! I enjoy learning about Middle Eastern Religion and this book does not disappoint. It is an interesting story as some character believe in Allah, some who believed in Allah have converted to Christianity, and some continue on their own spiritual journey. The world politics involving Iran and their nuclear development are also quite intriguing, and a little scary. This book has a great balance of intrigue, world politics, and personal stories, which drew me in and hooked me from t...more
Luana Ehrlich
The Twelfth Imam is the first in a series of new books by noted author Joel Rosenberg, whose previous works were also geopolitical thrillers and prophetic in scope. In this book, he introduces David Shirazi, a CIA operative, who is sent undercover into Iran to discover more about Iran’s nuclear capabilities. David’s ancestry is Iranian, and the beginning of the book describes how his family escaped from Iran in 1979 during the Islamic uprising. Because of his ability to speak Farsi fluently, and...more
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Similar to a book by Dan Brown it is VERY fast passed and draws reality into the fiction of the plot. It has a strong christian perspective throughout the book even to the point where Jesus Christ Himself appears to various characters.

It the first in a series of three which is relieving because the end is frustratingly abrupt. If one enjoys a fast paced read filled with CIA, radical Islam, and plots to destroy the world you will enjoy this book.
Dina Rae
I loved this book! Joel does an incredible job researching the Muslim Mahdti, introducing elements of the Muslim faith, and setting up a first rate end-of-days thriller! As a Christian, I especially loved his angle. Terrific action and characters. He ends it at the perfect time, making me want more!
It's a fun read, but gets to be a bit preachy. I would not have anticipated an author quoting Bible verses in an action novel, particularly written as though the character was speaking the words as his own.
The author appears to be writing his own version of Armageddon.
I didn't realize when I borrowed this library book that it was published by Tyndale House Publishers. Much more conservative than my religious, political, and metapolitical beliefs. I tried to hang on, but finally put it down halfway through.
Mis-labelled as a "political thriller/fiction/suspense" in reality it is preachy, christian, fear mongering. The book doesn't deserve the 1 star that I have to give it. Disgraceful.
Candace Simar
there were some good parts but the ending left me hanging. it was as if he got tired of writing and so just quit. i loved the research he has done about Islamic end-time theology.
A promising start to a new series.

Rosenberg once again shows some great insight into politics, both religious and otherwise, and crafts an exciting book around it. His knowledge of various religions is obvious, and it is intriguing to see certain scenarios play out.

The characters are very interesting. Starting the story when they are children and showing several key moments of their lives is a good move, and he shows us the motivations of people on both sides.

My main complaint is the ending o...more
Total bait & switch. Easy, fast-paced suspenseful thriller that turns in to a Christianity, end-of-days preachfest. Also ends in major cliffhanger. Boooooooo.
I always love a good political thriller, and this was no exception. What is fantastic about Rosenberg is that he extensively researches the topic on hand regarding the Middle East and the scriptures. It is refreshing to read an intense book and not have the bad language or sexual references that often occur in books involving an under cover American agent. However, I will say that some parts of the book require a little skimming as they get a little too preachy and there were some scenes where J...more
Natali Bruce
If you liked the Left Behind books then you will like this one. If you didn't, avoid it.
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Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.
Note: This is a different person than the fantasy author, Joel Rosenberg

Joel C. Rosenberg is the founder of The Joshua Fund and the New York Times best-selling author of THE LAST JIHAD (2002), THE LAST DAYS (2003), THE EZEKIEL OPTION (2005), THE COPPER SCROLL (2006), EPICENTER (2006) and DEAD HEAT (2008) with m...more
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