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Damascus Countdown

(The Twelfth Imam #3)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  4,128 ratings  ·  398 reviews
Israel successfully launches a first strike on Iran, taking out all of their nuclear sites and six of their nuclear warheads. American president William Jackson threatens to support a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning the Jewish State for unprovoked and unwarranted acts of aggression. And the Twelfth Imam prepares to order a genocidal retaliation.

Meanwhile, CIA o
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Amy Bradsher
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you only read one book this year - or perhaps one series - it should be this one.

Described as a 'geopolitical thriller,' I never would have picked up a Rosenberg book on my own. I'm about as political as a daisy, and trying to figure out the truth from all of the he saids/she saids that are popular in politics these days are way beyond me.

But then a friend lent me Rosenberg's first series, and I couldn't put it down.

This one is just as, or perhaps more, relevent to world events than the first
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Joel C. Rosenberg’s latest religious political thriller grabs the reader by the neck and will not let go. Picking up precisely where The Tehran Initiative finishes, Rosenberg continues the great political race against the self-described Twelfth Imam and his attempts to destroy Israel once and for all. Pitting ongoing warring factions in the Middle East against one another, an interesting American decision to speak out against Israel, and tensions between Islam and Christianity fuels the fires an ...more
Gail Welborn
Mar 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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***Don't miss this chilling portrayal of Middle East events that mirror reality...***

Joel Rosenberg announces the release of Damascus Countdown today that completes the Twelfth
Imam trilogy, a book endorsed by “…former presidential candidate, Rich Santorum and radio host, Rush Limbaugh…” Rosenberg’s realistic portrayal of the unrest and division in the Middle East, Jerusalem and the anticipated appearance of the prophetic Twelfth Imam is chilling, dramatic and
Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a book that I had been eagerly waiting to come out. Rosenberg's books are always real page turners, so I held off reading it until I could read it through to the end if I needed to. The book is 480 pages, so I didn't plan on reading it in one sitting, but that is exactly what I did.

The whole series is really, really good, but this last book beat them all. The way it ended, I assume this is the final book in the series, and it was a great conclusion to a great series. Rosenberg knows hi
Apr 03, 2013 rated it did not like it
I am commenting in two ways. First, on the novel itself. Second, on the novel as a social comment.
First, the plot is OK for the genre. It is topical and in line with what readers in this area want, i.e., techno-military with a touch of politics and intrigue. Tom Clancy lovers, you know who you are. Unfortunately, the characters are wooden and don't fit together in the plot line. Even after you've finished the book, you're wondering, "Now what the hell did that subplot have to do with anything?"
Pam Funke
Sep 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale Publishing for the purpose of review. The review is my honest opinion and I was not paid for this service.

Damascus Countdown continues where The Tehran Initiative left off. Mr. Rosenberg's writing style allows you to pick up and read and still know what is going on without having read any of the previous books. Joel Rosenberg does not shy away from end time prophecy, nor does he back off from prominently displaying the faith of his Christ
May 26, 2013 rated it did not like it
This book was a political and religious nightmare. The author clearly favored Christianity and Judaism over Islam. I think it provides a really skewed negative view of Islam, which is really unfortunate and disrespectful. I am a Christian, but from the way the author worded everything about God and Jesus, I want to become an atheist. Every time a character went on a "Jesus is my savior" rant, I wanted to close the book and run away.

Good things: The book picks up speed towards the end and becomes
Aug 22, 2016 rated it liked it
I've read several of this series and they were really good. This particular book was a little less good to me.
Jun 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Quickie Review

By now, most readers should know what to expect from Mr. Rosenberg: action and espionage seemingly ripped from tomorrow's headlines that is based on Biblical prophecy. For fans of his works--such as myself--this is great news. The writing, action, and everything else are just as great as we've come to expect from this "modern Nostradamus". Where will the series go from here? The ending--which I won't give away!--adds a whole new wrinkle to the story.

Content Concerns: Plenty of vi
Mike Parsons
Jun 13, 2013 rated it did not like it
I only read 10% of this book. It started out well, and then something seemed weird about it. I decided to read some reviews of the book and discovered that this book is a simply a thinly-veiled born again Christianity monologue. I wanted and action thriller, I didn't want to be preached to or at. I’m sorry I gave the author my money! There REALLY should be something in the book's synopsis letting you know what this book is…and is not.
It's best to read the First Book: The Twelfth Imam 1st even though this book could be read as stand-alone espionage patriotic thriller. It's a page turner, gripping story with Christian elements in it. Great story, and completely enhanced with Christopher Lane's voice performance (Audiobook) - Definitely listen to Audiobook.
Oct 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is unabashedly Christian. The gospel is presented in glaring clarity. There is lots of action and the novel is well written. I may not agree with Rosenberg's eschatology but he has written a good novel of one possible scene of the future. This is the third in a series and, while it can be read alone, it would be better to read the other two first. See my complete review at
Lisa Johnson
Feb 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Title: Damascus Countdown
Author: Joel Rosenberg
Pages: 480
Year: 2013
Publisher: Tyndale
The title is somewhat of an enigma to anyone just glancing at it, trying to discover what the book is about. The story is part mystery, suspense, thriller, and also has some intriguing puzzles. There is no one word that can be used to describe this novel, no one sentence that can encapsulate the masterpiece that is this story. I have read several books by this author, both fiction and nonfiction. God has truly
Renn Shearin
May 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
All eyes are on the Middle East. Israel has successfully launched a first strike on Iran, taking out all of their nuclear sites and six of their nuclear warheads--and causing The Twelfth Imam to order a full-scale retaliation. US President William Jackson threatens to support a UN Security Council resolution condemning the Jewish State for unprovoked and unwarranted acts of aggression.

Meanwhile, CIA operative David Shirazi has infiltrated the Iranian regime and intercepted information indicating
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Oh. My. Word.

I am saddened at how long it took me to read one of Joel's books! This was a fantastic read! As a big thriller/suspense fan, Damascus Countdown is perfect for me. My mom has always told me how good his books were, but I always shrugged it off because of other priorities. I should have listened sooner, for sure!

While this is the last in this series and I have not read the first two, I did not feel like I was missing anything or confused at all. This book is so well written that I'm t
Orbs n Rings
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Thrilling fiction that teeters on reality. Rosenberg only gets better.

After having read Rosenberg's second book The Tehran Initiative I was totally hooked on this author and his prophetic writing style. So when I was given the chance to review his third book in the series, Damascus Count Down, I was really looking forward to another breathtaking ride. Little did I know it would be an even better read, as the Damascus Count Down is a suspense filled and gripping page turner that kept me at the ed
Tom Tischler
Apr 05, 2013 rated it liked it
All eyes are on the Middle East as Israel has successfully
launched a first strike against Iran and taken out all of
their nuclear sites and six of their nuclear warheads. The
Twelfth Imam has ordered a full scale retaliation. CIA
operative David Shirazi has infiltrated the Iranian Regime
and intercepted messages indicating that two nuclear
warheads survived the attack and have been moved to a secure
location. David and his team are now in a race to find the
warheads for the Imam has vowed to destroy
Jacob Peled
Feb 25, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1-stars, _2014
This book is pure junk. Reading it as an Israeli, it was ridiculous all the way . I mean my way-which was only a third of the book. Couldn't go on any more. The plot is unbelievable. Besides, what are all the references to Jesus Christ ? Some times it's the all chapter. Is it some kind of a religious book ? At the beginning I thought that it might be emphasized on the reversed side, since the writer's father was Jewish. Later on it looked (the Christian part) more and more serious. As I mentione ...more
Mar 22, 2015 rated it did not like it
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Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
Great story, talented storyteller but the doctrine spread throughout - more heavily than in past books - is so ridiculous, tv preacher-like, it makes the whole thing soap-opera-ish and cheapens the politics and action.
Mike French
First and probably the last book from this author. By the end I was put off by the Evangical Christian rhetoric that was on every page. I would have given it 4 or 5 stars if he wasn't so adamant on trying to covert every reader !
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A dynamic book. It will make the reader think. An intriguing series. As always I'm looking forward to much more by this author. Outstanding narration.
Jacob Aitken
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Even though this is the standard spy-thriller, it’s still quite good. In terms of technical novel-writing, it succeeds at all levels. It also communicates an urgency for the gospel. And while Joel Rosenberg’s eschatology is off (and I will argue that even on pre-trib standards it doesn’t always work), he captures the “prophetic thrust” of the Middle East.

Basic plot-line: David Shirazi is an Iranian-American who is a CIA asset in Iran. In earlier books Shirazi had penetrated the Madhi’s intellige
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
loved it!
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing Thriller!!!

Amazing conclusion to this 3 book series. Sad that it's over. I read all 3 books in just 1 week. Looking forward to reading Rosenberg's other books.
ACS Book-finder
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My thoughts: Damascus is known as probably the oldest continuously settled or occupied city in existence. But is the clock ticking down? Are we now counting down the moments or days before the demise of Damascus or the world's demise? In Damascus Countdown, Joel C. Rosenberg take us deep into Syria and Iran and among the heads of state both politically, militarily, and spiritually. The Twelth Imam is foretold to be the "Messiah" of the Islamic faith and the one who will lead them into world domi ...more
Aug 14, 2013 rated it did not like it
I picked up this book, because the story described in the flap reminded me of a script a friend wrote, and I'm a fan of thrillers. However, as I plodded through the mediocre writing taking the preposterous plot at its face value, I began to suspect that I was being manipulated by an author who could very well serve as a minister of propaganda for an imaginary government department headed by the most extreme neo cons and their fundamentalist pals from the religious right. That led me to look at t ...more
Mike Gabor
Mar 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
This is the third and final book in the Twelfth Iman series. Israel has launched a premptive strike against Iran to take out their nuclear weapons however, there are still two warheads unaccounted for. CIA operative David Shirazi and his team are racing thru the Middle East trying to find and destroy them before they can be launched. This series has religious overtones but is still a quite good political thriller. The plot is very up to date and quite believable. If you are interested' I strongl ...more
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian, thriller
'Damascus Countdown' is one of the most riveting books I've read this year. The story begins with Israel launching a preemptive strike against Iran hoping to eradicate their nuclear sites before the government under the Twelfth Iman can launch a nuclear attack. All seems to go well until an undercover CIA operative discovers that only six nuclear weapons have been destroyed and two have disappeared. David Shirazi,code named Zephyr must find the weapons and neutralize them, a difficult task when ...more
Jun 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
I do not recommend this book. There were too many characters that cluttered up the pages & too few back-stories that were clearly told. This book encourages fear of Muslims, instead of encouraging Christians to pray for & witness to them. If I wanted to read doomsday hate-filled, fear-mongering propaganda, I would get online. The story is presented out-of-sync & out-of-order. People are introduced & then drop out for chapters at a time. Each chapter jumps from city-to-city and co ...more
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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

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The Twelfth Imam (3 books)
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“Well, Jesus also said, ‘Why do you call Me, “Lord, Lord,” and do not do what I say?’ I guess it’s always more important to do what Jesus says on a tactical, moment-to-moment basis, than to just do whatever you want, even if it seems like the right thing to do.” 2 likes
“There are two critically important prophecies about the future of Iran in the last days. The first is found in Jeremiah 49:35-39.” 1 likes
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