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The Twelfth Imam: A Novel (The Twelfth Imam #1)

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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 executes his plan.


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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
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Peter
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
Kammera
Jan 31, 2011 Kammera rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
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Nikole Hahn
Oct 25, 2010 Nikole Hahn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“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
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[Name Redacted]
This was...an 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
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Kara Hunt
Oct 19, 2010 Kara Hunt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Mike (the Paladin)
Aug 23, 2011 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it
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
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Alana
Nov 02, 2011 Alana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Bob W
Jun 13, 2012 Bob W rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever had the experience of sitting in a commuter train and, immediately after the conductor closes the doors, the seemingly normal person in the seat opposite you stands and begins to deliver a most passionate fire-and-brimstone speech, denouncing the evils of sin and the worship of false gods, and imploring you to accept Jesus Christ as your personal savior or be forever damned in the eternal flames of hell? If only you had known before the doors had shut that you would soon be a capti ...more
Laura
Dec 03, 2010 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Stephen
Apr 28, 2013 Stephen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, religion
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
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Saima
Oct 02, 2012 Saima rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lololita
Nov 24, 2010 Lololita rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Total bait & switch. Easy, fast-paced suspenseful thriller that turns in to a Christianity, end-of-days preachfest. Also ends in major cliffhanger. Boooooooo.
Rod
Oct 12, 2014 Rod rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a crazy romp through a possible end-times scenario. (apparently I have 2 more books to read to see how this Islamic chaos plays out). Oh, I will read them - I'm addicted now.

This tale is kind of like the Left Behind Series. But focuses totally on Islam and it's 12th Prophet type Messiah BUTTHEAD. Sound ludicrous??? Not to many of the Muslims I have chatted with: they are totally looking forward to a religious world leader who will FORCE the rest of the planet to embrace Islam...or we at lea
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Cathy
Nov 08, 2010 Cathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Brad
Feb 22, 2011 Brad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a fan of thriller fiction, this was one that I couldn't put down and placed on my row of favorites once the last page was read.

As a Christian, this is one that I can read time and time again. The accuracy of the details regarding both Judeo-Christian and Islamic eschatology was incredible and Rosenberg should be commended for that alone. The end times prophecy points were woven seamlessly into a story that was both highly entertaining and frighteningly plausible considering the nature of the
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Dan Cooley
Apr 10, 2015 Dan Cooley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Iran Nuclear Deal Predicted.

In 2010, author Joel Rosenberg wrote a fiction work, The Twelfth Iman, about a nuclear deal between the USA, its allies, and Iran. Sound familiar? And, for my “less conservative” Canadian friends, you will like it. Don’t assume because Rosenberg is an American believer in the Bible, that he follows the typical conservative views or storyline. He probably doesn’t even own a Glock, which makes me wonder about his salvation.

The Good: Rosenberg can write. He won the Gold
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Sandra Stiles
Oct 31, 2010 Sandra Stiles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian, adult
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
Elyse
Mar 18, 2011 Elyse rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Colleen
Feb 27, 2011 Colleen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Rosenberg is a genius for manipulation and marketing, at any rate, although not much of a writer. So: the book appears to be a near-future spy thriller about Iran. Awesome. Except it's not. There's nothing thrilling about Jesus doing everything for the lame non-hero who's supposed to be a spy but is actually just some guy who buys cellphones a lot. There's also nothing thrilling about cliffhangers that scream 'now that I've finally let something interesting happen in this book... I would like yo ...more
Giovanni Gelati
Oct 27, 2010 Giovanni Gelati rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Hermien
It started as a very pro-America anti-muslim young adult thriller but became utterly unbelievable towards the end with a highly Christian slant. I was very disappointed and only finished it because I was stuck on a plane.
John
Feb 23, 2013 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!"
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Gail Welborn
Feb 24, 2011 Gail Welborn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
The Twelfth Imam, by Joel C Rosenberg, Hardcover, First Edition, Tyndale House Publishers, October 19, 2010, 512 Pages, ISBN-13: 978-1414311630, $26.99

Ten-year-old Roya hid on the upper stairway and overheard the black-turbaned cleric speak to her parents below. "Allah has sent me to your home to heal little Roya."

She couldn't see her parent's face but imagined they were stunned like she was. Then she heard the man tell what her family had done yesterday, from the flight to Qom for her birthday,
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Nate Bagley
As an espionage novel, this book is very well-written and creative. It definitely doesn't waste any time getting moving. It's very fast-paced and dialoge intensive, which pulled me into the story.

Some things I didn't enjoy:
- Most of the book took place over widely-spaced gaps of time, literally decades apart. It was hard to remember when and where events were taking place in some chapters.

-Many major events and conversations were glossed over for, what I can imagine to be, one of two reasons. 1)
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Holly
Sep 25, 2012 Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Luana Ehrlich
Aug 30, 2014 Luana Ehrlich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Salim Garami
Jul 03, 2013 Salim Garami rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It's very rare that I find an author so banal, so narrow-minded, so eager to scapegoat anyone in the name of his own self-righteous, so libelous and slanderous, so xenophobic and so intolerant to the point that I do not want to meet him at all in the fear that I will verbally tear him one.

Joel C. Rosenberg is that kind of guy. He claims to be learned on the Islamic religion and (probably deliberately) misquotes the Qur'an and uses stereotypes to provide a very unrealistic scenario in the name of
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John Hanscom
Jun 04, 2013 John Hanscom rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DO NOT READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!! It is fake; it is phony. It bills itself as a thriller, it is nothing more than an extended religious pamphlet. The first 2/3 of the book is OK, as it seems to be a story of two people, one Muslim and one Christian, trying to stop a nuclear apocalypse. Suddenly, I kid you not, Jesus and Satan appear. Satan, of course, is Muslim, and everybody "good" is converted to Christianity. The author takes a radical sect of a sect in one of the divisions of Islam, and pretends ...more
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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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