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I guess in conclusion I am torn as to what I think about the books… on one hand there were good pop-corn reads with plenty of action coupled with some good thinking points. However, they do seem to promote a theological view and stereotype that I dislike… can I say 2 or 2. Apr 28, Stephen rated it did not like it Shelves: Israel stands ready for a preemptive strike against Iran, whose concealed nuclear program is on the verge of being able to produce warheads. The book quickly proves to be much more along the lines of Left Behind; this is an apocalyptic novel in its truest sense, because the religious prophecies drive the plot, and not merely as motivation for the characters; instead, supernatural forces and creatures are active elements within the plot, making it light fantasy and…well, somewhat silly.

I say silly because while I started reading Left Behind knowing it would have fantastical elements, The Twelfth Imam began with a more sober setup which is derailed by them. It is perfectly believable to anyone that Iran could be led by religious lunatics, because it is; it is perfectly believable that Israel could be aggressively wary, because it is; it is perfectly believable that a man could claim to be the messiah and create a following for himself, complete with magic tricks and illusions.

And the premise is outstandingly interesting: The Jews call this figure the moschiah; the Muslims, the Mahdi. Christians believe that Jesus will be this figure when he returns, but a minority the Left Behind readers believe that fake messiah, the Antichrist, will emerge as a popular and powerful figure, and create a world empire of scum and villainy. The Twelfth Imam combines two views of the messiah: Done well, readers could have been treated to the story of 'good' characters who put their trust in a leader promising and apparently delivering great things, who are later agonized when his intentions prove to be malevolent, and who undergo crises of confidence -- like The Good German.

Worship me, and the world is yours. There are no sympathetic Muslims here: In one scene, a Muslim father drives his kids across town and cheerfully quizzes them on how the Koran instructs them to hate Jews and delight in slaughter. Then he drops them off so they can become human minesweepers. This is the part where I started giggling, where the tenseness of the spy novel became a farce. Rosenberg has managed to write quite a few novels without being schooled on the meaning of Deus ex machina, apparently: Here the fantasy elements take the plot off the rails by physically picking them up and plonking them down wherever: Oh, good, Jesus just told that guy in the supermarket to give it to you.

Jesus is your GPS: Unfortunately, the novel becomes increasingly ridiculous as it wears on: It stands apart for having a far more interesting premise and being somewhat better done than the Jenkins-LaHaye novels. For what it's worth, I've also read the sequel, The Tehran Initiative, which is mildly better but still has absurd situations like Satan worrying if his cellphone is secure.

Oct 02, Saima rated it did not like it. 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 The most stupid book I ever read. I wonder and want to ask from all the people's who claim that they love Jesus, you all befriends with the people who ll be with anti Christ. The things which are stated in this book that Imam Mehdi ll do such horrible things, anti Christ ll do all these. Jesus ll come and ll defeat anti Christ, Imam Mehdi ll be with Jesus.

I don't know how you live and justify your own selves with so many lies. This book changed the whole truth, everything that is told in this book about Imam Mehdi he ll be opposite of all this. In the start he even won't accept the leadership, Muslim scholars ll insist to him to do so. Imam Mehdi ll fill the earth with justice and peace. All the people who claim that they love Jesus listen carefully, The Lord ll ask from Jesus on the day of judgment that Qur'an 5: Allah will say "O Jesus the son of Mary!

Had I said such a thing Thou wouldst indeed have known it. Thou knowest what is in my heart though I know not what is in Thine. For Thou knowest in full all that is hidden. Allah well-pleased with them and they with Allah: To Allah doth belong the dominion of the heavens and the earth and all that is therein and it is He who hath power over all things. View all 4 comments. Nov 24, Lololita rated it did not like it.

Easy, fast-paced suspenseful thriller that turns in to a Christianity, end-of-days preachfest. Also ends in major cliffhanger. Oct 21, Rebekah rated it really liked it Shelves: I can't wait to get my hands on the 2nd book. Oct 12, Rod rated it really liked it Shelves: What a crazy romp through a possible end-times scenario.

Oh, I will read them - I'm addicted now. This tale is kind of like the Left Behind Series. Not to many of the Muslims I have chatted with: Rosenberg isn't just pulling this stuff out of his Alphabet breakfast cereal.

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But on to the good stuff, This is obviously a Christian novel with a few Christian heroes thrown in for GREAT measure, there's probably an atheist or two - but they get killed by the Muslims. Why would any woman want to be a Muslim? You are barely a minor character in your own history. Here's a bit of advice: Even your men get sexual Houris in paradise next to the flowing river of wine that is. What do Muslim women get??? A few Muslim men told me good Muslim women get to be at the front of the sex line. Every Muslim woman gets mad at me when I bring this topic up How dumb is that.

The Quran also mentions having 4 wives is an option: But if you fear that you will not be just, then [marry only] one or those your right hand possesses. YES, it appears Allah doesn't particularly understand human women, or love for that matter. The Twelfth Imam character shows this perfectly: He talks of love and peace - but it's all propagandish Crap for the gullible.

Often that is all it takes. But this is an exciting story Joel Rosenberg has delivered. I don't think he has a Muslim friend left on the planet NOW! It's easy for some people to assume a story like this has no foundation in reality BUT: Joel has done his homework, he even includes numerous events throughout the series that actually happened. So this issue is very close to home. Yesterday a Muslim murdered a soldier at the Canadian Parliament and then got his head blown off. Not many Muslims seem to perfect the getaway plan concept. That works in OUR favor. Good people stuck in an evil worldview is a fixable difficulty.

As Joel Rosenberg's book shows: So there is always hope for people. If you know a Muslim please pray for them. My wife refers to this book as the 12fth Omar. Nov 08, Cathy rated it it was amazing. 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.

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As the CIA agent tries to get c This is a must read! As the CIA agent tries to get closer to the truth behind Iran's nuclear capabilities, the scientist is trying to run away from his responsibilities to capacitate those same nuclear facilities. In the end, Rosenberg relies on his deeply religious convictions to pit the forces of the Twelfth Imam through Satan's power against those of Jesus. One not only learns about Shia predicitons regarding the Twelfth Imam or Mahdi, but Rosenberg ties those predictions into what Christians know from John's Revelations and other Old Testament and Book of Mormon prophecies regarding the second coming of the Messiah.

Very interesting, and done with such flare that I ending up reading through the night just to see what was going to happen. That does not happen very often. 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 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 long time student of eschatology, this one hits home as much as any other novel ever has. Make no mistake, however, this is a top rate thriller for everyone. A Christian background isn't required to get the most out of the reading experience. I couldn't put it down and read it as quickly as I've ever read a novel of this length. I'm already eagerly anticipating the release of the next one Apr 10, Dan Cooley rated it it was amazing.

Iran Nuclear Deal Predicted. He won the Gold Medallion for Best Novel in He is a graduate of Syracuse and does impeccable research. As a result, the book is a great read — although it did take me a few chapters to get into it. A bit too much back-story for me. I got mine free from the library. Oct 31, Sandra Stiles rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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. Even though we know that Iran hates Israel and America, we find as in the book that many Muslims can still be reached for Christ.

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I would recommend this book to any one who claims Christ as Savior. Mar 18, Elyse rated it did not like it Shelves: I didn't realize when I borrowed this library book that it was published by Tyndale House Publishers.

'12th Imam,' Key Facet Of Islamic Prophecy, Fuels Middle East Turmoil

Much more conservative than my religious, political, and metapolitical beliefs. I tried to hang on, but finally put it down halfway through. May 15, Kristine added it Shelves: First, the author writes about the MC observing as two women get beaten as Iranian students bust into the US embassy in Tehran. Already a vibe that this story is full of bad decisions which only lead the reader to feeling frustrated and annoyed. Jan 06, Brandee Watson rated it really liked it. The storyline kept my interest. I couldn't put the book down around chapter Completed reading the book in six days.

Feb 27, Colleen rated it did not like it. Rosenberg is a genius for manipulation and marketing, at any rate, although not much of a writer. 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 Rosenberg is a genius for manipulation and marketing, at any rate, although not much of a writer.

I would like you to please buy my next book! Except the first character we're introduced to, Charles Harper, view spoiler [who turns out to be a spy, shocker, hide spoiler ] is an incompetent idiot who essentially view spoiler [gets he and his wife's unborn child killed hide spoiler ] when he tries to escape from Tehran following the capture of the American Embassy. At one point he is literally on Embassy Row looking at other allied embassies Since you guys are like, friends? Except that much of the rest of the first half of the book details the week that the actual protagonist, David, spends in Canada as a teenager which, granted, drives his decision to join the CIA as well as some other threads of the narrative Also, kind of pervy.

Except that when, finally, we fast-forward some but not before a morass of David's self-destructive teenage BS , to him being an actual spy Which is his cover. Which is all he ever does that's remotely spy related for the rest of the book. Seriously -- extent of his 'secret spy action' consists of making encrypted phone calls with a dumb spy call sign which makes no sense because, isn't the call encrypted anyway? Except that, hey, there's a nuclear missile program!

Jesus and a Islamic figure who's an avatar for Satan and oh God, the racism of that one Zionism was invented over a millennium after his birth! Iranian security has just been alerted that the defecting Iranian nuclear scientist is staying at this motel, and his innocent wife, baby, and mother-in-law are about to get captured! Perhaps now David and the scientist will have to break them out from Iranian custody, and But it's not worth reading and therefore, you're doing a crappy job of getting your message out if you just bull your way through with "I don't feel like thinking of anything plausible so instead will detail lots of telecomm talk and cite the Quran and the Bible a ton.

Tabrizi, Shirazi, Esfahani, Birjandi, Jazini Also-also, Muslims whom Jesus magically converts all over the freaking place suddenly pray like evangelical American Christians. Which is really amazing how Jesus did that, y'know? Oct 27, Giovanni Gelati rated it it was amazing. The novels that I have missed to date are: I will back track eventually but for now I had to stay focused on The Twelfth Imam.

Here is the synopsis from the inside jacket of the cover: And amid it all, rumors are swirling throughout the region of a mysterious religious cleric claiming to be the Islamic Messiah known as the Twelfth Imam. Word of his miracles, healings, signs, and wonders is spreading like wildfire. It is always running out, that is why it is a thriller. If they had too much time the novel would have more pages and the plotline would sag and lag a bit making it boring and monotonous. But I digress yet again. The plotline he crafts is gut wrenching, sad, and moving. Their view on life and the quality and quantity of it blow my mind.

Rosenberg blew me away with his ability to suck me right into the history of Iran, the viewpoints, his characters, and his incredible plotline. I am sorry I have not read his other work, but I will get to it. At the minimum this novel should make it to your Shelfari or Goodreads —to read- lists. If you put it there move it to the top though. What are you reading today? Go to Goodreads and become our friend there and suggest books for us to read and post on. Thanks for stopping by today; We will see you tomorrow. Have a great day. It started as a very pro-America anti-muslim young adult thriller but became utterly unbelievable towards the end with a highly Christian slant.

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I was very disappointed and only finished it because I was stuck on a plane. Here's what I like about this book: Here's what I don't like about the book: When the last page is over the book isn't finished. My reaction to this was, "What! OK, I can handle that, but when most authors write a series, each volume is more-or-less self-contained. On page Loc in the Kindle version he quotes Sura 4: In the previous verse, Sura 4: So the Qur'an is saying that those who believe in superstition and false objects of worship are those whom Allah curses. Well I suspect Jews and Christians would say the same of those whom they consider believers in superstition and false objects of worship.

The way Rosenberg presents the quote and others is helpful for his story, but is not entirely accurate.

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  • He also portrays the Twelfth Imam as anti-Christ. I'm not conversant with the issues involved here, but according to the Wikipedia http: So, if the Wikipedia has it right, Jesus will be a follower of the Twelfth Imam and they will work together to bring peace and justice to the world.

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    This is a far cry from Rosenberg's version of the situation. I realize this is a book of fiction, so the author should be allowed to do what he wants. But in "A Note from the Author" following his non-ending, he explains how he has made "an effort to create a realistic setting for this story". His misquotes from the Qur'an and his portrayal of the Twelfth Imam as an anti-Christ with mass destruction of Christians and Jews in his heart appear to me to be destroy his claim of a realistic setting.

    Then she heard the man tell what her family had done yesterday, from the flight to Qom for her birthday, the mosque they visited even the prayer they wrote together. Her father finally asked, "Who are you? The cleric reached out to her, praying in an unknown tongue and she fell to the ground, writhing in convulsions that stopped at his touch. When she opened her eyes, the dark-eyed stranger helped her to her feet where she began to "speak When he read the Ayatollah's speech," 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. Shirazi must take action, but the clock is ticking. The world is on the brink of disaster, and the clock is ticking. 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 just arrived on earth.

    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. President William Jackson threatens to support a U.

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