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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,638 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joel C. Rosenberg Narrator: Christopher Lane Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2011 ISBN:
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At the beginning of The Tehran Initiative, world governments are teetering on a tedious cliff. Iran has developed and tested nuclear weapons. At the same time, millions of Muslims worldwide have come to believe their messiah has arrived to save them.

Political and military watchdogs fear a nuclear strike driven by religious hysteria will destroy Israel and start the second Holocaust. A pre-emptive strike by Israel might be even worse, collapsing global economies because of the oil trade and starting World War III.

The Tehran Initiative is a sequel to The Twelfth Imam, which showcases the adventures of CIA operative David Shirazi. Shirazi was raised by Iranian parents in the United States. This past allows him infiltrate the Iranian government and military leadership in a way most could not. This is why it is Shirazi who is called when the President of the United States and the CIA are out of options. Shirazi receives an assignment to deal with the crisis in Iran and prevent a strike on Israel by any method possible, preferably by sabotaging Iran's nuclear program.

The book is packed with religious discussion, and can be categorized as Christian fiction paired with political suspense. Each decision or move made can be traced back to the religious mindset of the characters, with Christianity playing the role of good and the Middle Eastern religions typically driving evil deeds.

Author Joel C. Rosenberg is known for his Christian writing, and is an authority on Biblical prophecy and current events. His catalog includes five books relating modern religious terrorism to Bible prophecy as well as two books about current events and prophecy. His Last Jihad series of novels was also inspired by his Evangelical Christian beliefs. The Tehran Initiative was published in April 2012.

The world is on the brink of disaster. Iran has just conducted its first atomic weapons test. Millions of Muslims around the world are convinced their messiah known as the Twelfth Imam has arrived on earth. Israeli leaders fear Tehran, under the Twelfth Imam's spell, will soon launch a nuclear attack that could bring about a second Holocaust and the annihilation of Israel. The White House fears Jerusalem will strike first, launching a massive preemptive attack against Iran's nuclear facilities that could cause the entire Middle East to go up in flames, oil prices to skyrocket, and the global economy to collapse. With the stakes high and few viable options left, the president of the United States orders CIA operative David Shirazi and his team to track down and sabotage Iran's nuclear warheads before Iran or Israel can launch a devastating first strike. But will they be too late?

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 2/9/2014

    " So incredibley enjoyable and informative. Joel Rosenberg is a must read in this day and age. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam Schut | 2/2/2014

    " A great story and written in a way that made me have to keep turning into the next chapter to see what happens. Few books make me keep turning like this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angi614c | 2/1/2014

    " Can't wait for the next book!!!! This book was just as good as the first!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Skybirdsmom | 1/29/2014

    " The sequel to The Twelfth Imam was as good as the first--exciting, intriguing, edge-of-your-seat situations. Middle East tensions and the Muslim desire to eliminate Jews or all Zionists, including Americans, is central to the plot. Hard to put down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sean Dhaliwal | 1/25/2014

    " I started out really loving this book, but I slowly ended up getting frustrated with it. I haven't read the prequel and didn't really know much about the author before getting into this, but a lot would have made more sense if I had. Rosenberg is basically an evangelical who is on a recruitment drive. You can see it in the plot itself. Now, I have to say, this book is great on a spy thriller level. The action is great and the intrigue is even better. The geopolitical backdrop of the Iran-Israel conflict is fascinating (something that I take a real-world interest in), especially when you add a character like the 12th Imam in there. The Mahdi angle is great. From those standpoints, the book really is a pageturner. However, as you read further in, you notice some odd things. Such as religious eschatology. The book gets very preachy. And you can see Rosenberg's bias clearly. In this world, the Judeo-Christian West wants peace and is presented as the clear good guy, whereas the Islamic world is portrayed as a cunning and warmongering player. It just felt too black and white, good vs evil for me. This is because the real issue of the current West vs Iran problem is much more complicated than the whitewashed version Rosenberg presents. Having studied the issue, the way it is presented here seems clumsy and disingenuous. The weird supernatural stuff that happens just left me scratching my head. And don't get me started on the preaching. The author makes it seem like all Muslims are either A) pure evil or B) closet Christians. It seemed way too ridiculous for me. The segments with characters like Marseille and Malik had me rolling my eyes and I would often have to skim past their pontificating parts. I really liked the main character, David, especially since Rosenberg decides to use an actual Iranian-American, but he too gets bitten by the preaching bug, which is a damn shame considering that his segments are really exciting to read. I'm giving this book 3 stars only because of the interesting backdrop and the pageturning suspense, but the overly simplistic view of the issue and the tedious sermons prevent it from being a 5 star read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda Bailey | 1/13/2014

    " I liked this book better than the Twelfth Iman. Enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy | 12/31/2013

    " Wow. What an incredible book.....this stuff is happening today in the real world. The last 100 pages fly by as the tension is unbelievable. I urge anyone to read the previous book and this book in this series. I cannot wait until next fall when the conclusion comes out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Opa | 11/30/2013

    " This is another exciting, extremely well written novel that I would highly recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 11/24/2013

    " very good series. if you like fiction that is related to end times theology you will love this series. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alex Nagler | 11/23/2013

    " Merde "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dostalik | 11/11/2013

    " Remarkably today..... What more could Rosenberg know???? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheldon Lehman | 11/10/2013

    " Another spell-binding installment in the series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 10/29/2013

    " Once again. Creepily prophetic and couldn't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William | 8/20/2013

    " Lots of action. Scary in that it portrays a plausible set of events that could effect America "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 7/2/2013

    " Fast moving and interesting. I read this one on an e-reader from our library. Don't know if the digital version is different from the print version. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 5/19/2013

    " The plot was pretty fascinating and thought provoking. Honestly, the only thing that bugged me was the extreme Christianity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael Hillman | 5/8/2013

    " Was a good fast and exciting read. I could of liked better without the proselytizing though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 2/10/2013

    " A fascinating story of what may soon come to pass in the middle east. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanie | 7/19/2012

    " Right from the headlines, the book will grab you. It does share the gospel and the differences of Muslim and the Christian Faith. I think Rosenberg does a wonderful job of putting this into fiction. It's interesting how much of it will reveal itself as truth in the days ahead. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 6/28/2012

    " Good book, of course; really like the series that seems like it could be happening right now, much like Clancy used to be, highly recommend "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 5/18/2012

    " Just finished reading the next book in this series. It was excellent and great page turner. Makes you wonder if the things that happen could and maybe will happened. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jasonb | 11/3/2011

    " Miserable book. I should have know it would be bad if I had noticed the only blurb on the jacket was a ringing endorsement from Rush Limbaugh. I figured it cost me a dollar at Half Price Books so I'm not out much except a week of my life reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frank | 11/2/2011

    " An interesting tale of what could come. The author paints a picture of the way that part of the world thinks and how under the crisis that occurs how our government reacts or doesn’t react. Great story line , but for me a little preachy. Give it a try. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 10/30/2011

    " Almost done. 90% on Kindle. Love this author. Have read everything he has written on the Middle East. Scary stuff. Hope in this latest book none of it comes to pass. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashe | 10/24/2011

    " One more book by Joel Rosenburg that I wasn't able to put down! The story this book tells could literally be tomorrows headline with its thought provoking insights into the Middle East and the politics of today. "

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