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The Tehran Initiative

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5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

The exciting action-packed story line grips the audience from the onset and never slows down

In Tehran, CIA agent David Shirazi enables the Islamic Republic of Iran's highest ranking nuclear scientist Dr. Najjar Malik and his family to escape to the United States (see The Twelfth Imam). However Shirazi remains in country undercover as he continues his inquiry ...
In Tehran, CIA agent David Shirazi enables the Islamic Republic of Iran's highest ranking nuclear scientist Dr. Najjar Malik and his family to escape to the United States (see The Twelfth Imam). However Shirazi remains in country undercover as he continues his inquiry into the actions of Muhammad Ibn Hasan Ibn Ali who claims to be The Promised One Mahdi. He has told millions of euphoric Muslims that he will with Allah's blessing re-establish the Caliphate and rule the world with an iron fist in peace.

Shirazi's fears that Iran is going nuclear are affirmed when the country tests an atomic weapon. In Jerusalem, the Americans try to calm the anxiety of the Israeli leaders who fear a nuclear attack followed by a holocaust that will exceed WWII. The debate inside the Knesset is adopting the Bush Doctrine of First Strike by taking out the Iranian nuke facilities. Waiting for the anticipated attack will lead to Israeli annihilation; first strike will lead to a Holy War. Shirazi and his unit must disable the nuclear warheads that Iran possesses before either enemy takes the first strike attack.

The sequel to the frightening The Twelfth Imam continues the alarming premise that The Promised One will unite the Muslim world in a fundamentalist Caliphate that will not remain passive but take the war to the enemy infidels. The exciting action-packed story line grips the audience from the onset and never slows down as Shirazi and his team try to prevent Iran going nuclear. Although the hero's ability to avoid direct fire starting with the Malik scenario is miraculously implausible, fans will appreciate the world on the brink warning story line with a strong subplot involving Shirazi's spiritual awakening.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on August 30, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

good political thriller

Let me begin by admitting I know little to nothing about the sects of Islam or their beliefs. I am not overly aware of Mid-East politics or policy. And, although I am Christian and have a good understanding of the Bible, I am not in any way a scriptorian. In other words...
Let me begin by admitting I know little to nothing about the sects of Islam or their beliefs. I am not overly aware of Mid-East politics or policy. And, although I am Christian and have a good understanding of the Bible, I am not in any way a scriptorian. In other words, I am likely the epitome of the readership for this novel. It is Christian Fiction and there are lots of references to Biblical prophesy throughout the book. Technically, this is a very well written book. The writing style is strong and flowing. Joel Rosenberg hooks the reader from page one and the story flows effortlessly from there. I have not read the first of this series and I did not at any time feel like I was missing out. 'The Tehran Initiative' reads well as a stand alone book. Although I am sure the character development began in the first novel of the series, there was no hesitation, on my part, in getting involved with the characters in this book. The author has included a list before the story that explains who each character is and where they fit in the intrigue. I have said it before and I'll say it again - I love it when authors do this! I had no trouble keeping up with the characters while reading but it was nice to know there was a fall back if I needed it. The main character of the novel is David Shirazi, a CIA operative working undercover in Iran. As a sub-plot, David struggles to balance his loyalty to his country and job; his devotion to his family and his desire to have a 'normal' life and family of his own. His struggle is palpable. It was heart wrenching when he had to leave his parents for the assignment which is central to the story. Although essential to the plot, the one problem I had with Mr Rosenberg's novel was the portrayal of Islam and the Islamic people as either naive followers or outright evil; the nemesis of the Christians. I am sure there are followers of both religions that feel this way but I am not one of them. It is a peeve I have with a lot of Christian fiction that the purpose of the books seems to be more to convert than to educate, enlighten and edify. I certainly felt this was true of 'The Tehran Initiative'. It would have appealed to me more if the story had been kept, while at the same time weeding out some of the 'Bible thumping'. Often the scriptures referred to in the book were interpreted in ways I was a little uncomfortable with. (again I would point out that I am NOT a scriptorian) Overall, 'The Tehran Initiative', is a strong, compelling political thriller. My husband has been chomping at the bit waiting for me to finish so that he can start. It will be interesting to get his take on it.

posted by LetsBookIt on October 20, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2012

    Fabulous!

    For those who havent read all his books, especially Epicenter where he explains the manner of biblical references and how he wrote the story line......it would be best not to judge. I work in a job where the things he speaks of are very plausible. I love how he writes and all if his bookswere page turners for me. I even wrote a disertation on the concepts of some of his books. I read his books so fast that i am left waiting for the new ones! Love his website too. Great author. Highly recommend if u are willing to think outside the box and be open minded. Joel R is not too far off from current and future events.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2012

    Another winner in the series!

    Those who have read previous books in this series will not be
    disappointed by another winner.
    Eerily true-to-life and in line with biblical prophecies, this fast-paced and detailed book is one you will not want to
    put down until the end.
    Thank you, Joel Rosenberg for "fiction" which sounds so
    real and is definitely timely.

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  • Posted March 15, 2012

    Great 2nd in series, can't wait for the next!

    Love all of Joel's books Keep it up!

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  • Posted March 7, 2012

    OUTSTANDING BOOK

    Rosenberg is a phenomenal writer... .sometimes I wonder if he's a clairvoyant. You won't be able to put this down!

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  • Posted March 5, 2012

    Great suspense - a real page turner

    Its almost hard to separate real events in the world today from the narrative of this novel. Very true to life and very scary. Its almost as if Joel Rosenberg can see into the future when he writes his novels. An excellent suspense novel you won't be able to put down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2012

    Rosenberg is on target again

    Its amazing how accurate this so-alled fiction is with what is happening this week! Substitute real names for the fictitious ones and you'd think you were reading the news.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2012

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    reads like non fiction

    "the tehran initiative" is very hard to put down and reads like non fiction and todays headlines. iran is buiding a atomic weapon and has plans to use it real soon unless israel can make a strike but there is someone who wants to sabatage the program very tense drama keeps you on the edge of yur seat until the last page great gift idea for a friend or family member

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  • Posted January 18, 2012

    Great follow up.

    Just as riveting as the 12th Imam, and that is saying something. Can't wait for the next book. Joel Rosenberg is one of the best authors out there.

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  • Posted January 8, 2012

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    A Must Read for all Americans

    Joel does it again,

    This book is a fast past action thriller. I could not put it down once I started reading it. Joel is one of my favorite authors.
    Joel has a way of written a fiction novel, that comes straight from our newspaper headlines.It is scary to think that what he actully writes, we can see taken place in our politcal arena. The threat we face today with Iran is a serious situation. Joel shows us all in this book that we need to take Iran serious. This book is a must read for every one. Regaurdless of your politcal affiliation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Awesome book!

    I love all of Joel Rosenberg's books and this one did not disappoint! I can't wait for the next one in this series - hopefully it won't be too long!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2011

    Rosenberg Delivers Again

    What a wonderfully written and thought provoking novel! Rosenberg does not disappoint the prospective reader. His novels deliver suspense and fast paced action. I am disappointed when I finish reading only because I have to wait so long for the next installment in the series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2011

    Another great thriller in a long line of thrillers! Would be better if the were not so close to the truth of today's world situation.

    I just hope these stories are not tomorrow's headlines.

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  • Posted November 26, 2011

    Awesome book

    great insight into the Iran nuclear situation. Hard to keep what is happening now seperate from what is in the book. A must read for anyone concerned about our countries future.

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  • Posted November 26, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    Excellent sequel to The Twelfth Imam. Fast paced and great character development. This is a thriller with "end times" implications. Can't wait for the next one. Great book for discussion on various levels. One of my favorite authors.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2011

    A must read for sure!

    An on the edge of your seat read, and very timely with what is happening in the middle east right now.

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  • Posted November 25, 2011

    A great author a must read!!

    Joel Rosenberg has written several books that requires reading. He has put a whole new light on the Middle East situation. What we must do if we are to have peace in that part of the world.
    JJW39

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  • Posted November 23, 2011

    A Must Read

    This book is awesome! Joel Rosenberg has written another fabulous book that you can't put down. Once again he is right on with what is going on in the world now and what is to come!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2011

    Rosenberg's always great

    Although he always seems to utilize the same sub-plot, with the lead character struggling to find Faith, his books are also predictable well written.

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  • Posted November 22, 2011

    Highly recommend - When is the next book available!

    Couldn't put it down! This plot is so relevant to what is happening today. Such food for thought.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2011

    A good follow up to his first book

    Very good and fast paced book. Lets you see how this world operates and what can happen.

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