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Damascus Countdown

Damascus Countdown

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by Joel C. Rosenberg, Christopher Lane (Read by)

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2014 “Christian Retailing’s Best” award finalist!
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. U.S. President William Jackson threatens to support a U.N.


2014 “Christian Retailing’s Best” award finalist!
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. U.S. President William Jackson threatens to support a U.N. 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 that two Iranian nuclear warheads survived the attack and have been moved to a secure and undisclosed location. In danger not only from the ongoing missile strikes on Iran but also from the increasingly hostile and suspicious governments of multiple countries, David and his team are in a race against time to find the remaining nuclear warheads before disaster strikes.

Editorial Reviews

The first reports indicated that the Israeli strikes were successful: Iran's nuclear warheads had been taken out and, like it or not, the world was now a safer place. But CIA operative David Shirazi knows that, if anything, the dangers have escalated: His undercover sources tell him that two armed missiles somehow survived the attack and no one, not even him, can yet know when and where they will be flying. A Middle East thriller you won't easily forget.

Library Journal
In his third outing (after The Twelfth Imam and The Tehran Initiative) Iranian-born CIA agent David Shirazi has infiltrated the jihadist regime in Iran. Although Israel has successfully launched a first strike, destroying Iran's nuclear sites, two Iranian warheads have survived. David moves quickly to find the surviving warheads before the Twelfth Imam can launch a retaliation and bring about full-scale war. VERDICT Rosenberg delivers another tense political thriller with elements torn from today's headlines. Its quick plot, which has lots of twists and turns and suspenseful action, makes it a good choice for fans of Jerry B. Jenkins, Brad Thor, Vince Flynn, and Ben Coes.

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Twelfth Imam Series , #3
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Copyright © 2013 Joel C. Rosenberg
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ISBN: 978-1-4143-1970-4

Chapter One


David knew one of Iran's largest nuclear facilities—the uranium enrichment plant at Fordow—was just a few miles away over the ridge, and sure enough, a split second later, he heard the deafening roar of explosions, one after another in rapid succession. He turned and saw enormous balls of fire and plumes of smoke rising into the sky and the four Israeli jets disappearing into the clouds.

But then another strike package came swooping down behind them. Four more Israeli fighters—emblazoned with the blue Star of David on their wings—descended like lightning. He assumed their mission, too, was to attack the facility down the road. But David watched in horror as one of the jets first fired an air-to-ground missile at the heart of the mosque behind him. They were sending a message to the Twelfth Imam and to all his followers. But they were about to destroy David's plan.

His instinct was to get up and run for cover, but it was too late, and he had to do everything possible to protect Javad Nouri. That was his mission. Under no circumstances could he allow Nouri to die. He absolutely had to deliver the aide back to the Mahdi wounded but alive and indebted to David. It was, he believed, the only chance to gain the Mahdi's trust and the only shred of a chance he had to be invited into the inner circle. Then again, did any of that matter now? The war he had been sent to prevent was under way. The carnage on both sides was going to be incalculable. The entire region was about to go up in flames. What was left for him to do?

Suddenly the ground convulsed as a series of explosions ripped through the complex. The minarets began to totter. People were screaming again, running in all directions as the first tower came crashing down and the second followed. David covered his head and made sure Nouri was covered too. Then, as the smoke began to clear, he turned and surveyed the carnage. Bodies were sprawled everywhere. Some were dead. Others were severely wounded. David turned Nouri over. He was covered in blood. His eyes were dilated, but he was breathing. He was still alive.

Guns drawn, three injured bodyguards soon rushed to David's side. With his help, they carefully picked up Nouri and carried him to the white SUV, severely damaged by the car bombing nearby but still intact and still running. Together, they laid Nouri down on the backseat. One security man climbed in the back with him. Another climbed into one of the middle seats. The third shut and locked the side door, then got in the front passenger seat.

"Wait, wait; you forgot these," David yelled just before the guard closed the door. He grabbed the box of satellite phones and gave them to the guard. "The Mahdi wanted these. They don't all work. But some of them do."

Then he pulled out a pen and quickly wrote his mobile number on the box. "Have the Mahdi's people call me and tell me how Javad is. And tell me if there's anything I can do for the Mahdi himself."

The guard thanked David and shook his hand vigorously. Then he shut the door, and what was left of the motorcade raced off.

David stood there alone as the ground shook again. More Israeli jets were swooping down from the heavens. They were firing more missiles and dropping more bombs on targets just over the mountains. For a moment, David couldn't move. He stared at the billows of smoke rising from the air strikes over the horizon and tried to calculate his next move.

He looked to the street, searching for the taxi he'd asked to wait. It was nowhere to be seen, but he could hardly blame the driver. People were panicked from the gunfire, the car bombing, and the air strikes. They were fleeing as rapidly as they could in every direction. David knew he had to get away as well. He couldn't afford to be caught by the police and dragged in for questioning. He had a mission. He had a plan. He had a team that was counting on him. He knew he had to stay focused, yet he grieved for those wounded around him. So he turned and rushed to the side of one severely wounded guard who was slipping into unconsciousness. Hearing sirens approaching from every direction, David took off his jacket and used it to put pressure on the man's bleeding leg. As he did, he silently prayed over the man, asking the Lord to comfort and heal him.

Ambulances began arriving on the scene. Paramedics were soon rushing to the wounded to triage them and get the most critical cases to the nearest hospitals. Amid the chaos and confusion, David saw his opportunity. He took a pistol off the wounded bodyguard and slipped it into his pocket. Then he moved to another of the downed guards. The man seemed to be staring up at the sky. His mouth was open. But when David checked for a pulse, he found none. David closed the man's eyes, then quickly lifted a spare magazine and took the guard's two-way radio.

Firefighters were now arriving to battle multiple blazes. More police officers were pulling up as well. They began to secure the crime scene and interview what few witnesses had not fled the scene quickly enough. David tried to use the commotion as cover. He was determined not to be questioned, much less exposed. But then he heard someone shouting behind him. David turned and saw an elderly cleric, blood splattered all over his robes, pointing at him.

"Talk to that man!" the cleric said to a police officer. "He was here when all the shooting started. And I think he just took something off that dead body."

The policeman looked directly at David and ordered him to stop. David didn't dare. With a surge of adrenaline, he pivoted hard and began sprinting into the blazing wreckage of the mosque. The officer shouted again for him to halt and began running after him, blowing a whistle and calling other officers to join the pursuit.


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What People are Saying About This

Reza Kahlili
Joel Rosenberg is one of the most knowledgeable people writing about the Middle East that I’ve had the honor to meet. He has a particularly clear understanding of what is going on in today’s Iran and Syria and the grave threat these two countries pose to the rest of the world. His is an important voice in a sea of misdirected and erroneous information that distorts the truth about the realities of these countries’ intentions.
Rush Limbaugh
Damascus Countdown is fantastic—intense action, blistering pace, and eerie how close it is to real events in the Mideast, especially with Iran so close to the Bomb and Syria melting down! Rosenberg always keeps me riveted.
Anne Graham Lotz
Joel Rosenberg is unsurpassed as the writer of fiction thrillers! Sometimes I have to remind myself to breathe as I read one of his novels, because I find myself holding my breath in suspense as I turn the pages. Because his story lines are based on Biblical prophecy, they have a ring of truth that eerily echoes the news headlines. So I can't wait to read his latest novel that has just arrived, Damascus Countdown. Thank you, Joel, for novels that provide hours of reading pleasure . . . and that pack a meaningful punch!

Meet the Author

Joel C. Rosenberg is a New York Times bestselling author with more than 2.5 million copies sold among his seven novels (The Last Jihad, The Last Days, The Ezekiel Option, The Copper Scroll, Dead Heat, The Twelfth Imam, and The Tehran Initiative), four nonfiction books (Epicenter, Inside the Revolution, Implosion, and The Invested Life), and digital short (Israel at War). A communications strategist based in Washington, D.C., he has worked with some of the world’s most influential and provocative leaders, including Steve Forbes, Rush Limbaugh, Natan Sharansky, and Benjamin Netanyahu. Once a political columnist for World magazine, he now writes commentaries for National Review as well as a weekly e-mail update known as “Flash Traffic” for business and political leaders. A front-page Sunday New York Times profile called him a “force in the capital.” He has also been profiled by the Washington Times and the Jerusalem Post and has been interviewed on ABC’s Nightline, CNN Headline News, FOX News Channel, The History Channel, MSNBC, The Rush Limbaugh Show, and The Sean Hannity Show.

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Damascus Countdown 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 90 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like all of Joel's books, this one is a page turner. Action packed with a terrific storyline. Even more intriguing is how plausible the story is. Joel does a great job looking at Bible prophecy and explaining it via an amazing book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As always a scary, fantastic book. So close to reality I had to stop and decide if I was reading the book or Internet current news from time to time. I wish that everyone, especially all of Congress and people in control of future decisions concerning Iran, North Korea, Russia, Syria etc. would read this book. I believe Joel is right on in his scenarios. Thanks for sparing David, Joel. Perfect ending!!
Reader101KB More than 1 year ago
$15.65? For a Nook Book? I don't think so....I gave him a five because he's one of my favorite authors and a great person and I'm sure the book rates a 5.
JMWerner More than 1 year ago
Terrific writing; wanted more at the end; world events in the story mirror real life; Nook books are getting too expensive... I may go back to my used book store
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
$9.45 for the kindle version. BN doesn't apppear to want to compete in the ebook market.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down! What a wonderful series - and I was especially happy with the ending. I can't wait to see what he write next - whatever it is, I will be reading it! Thank you Mr. Rosenberg!
kristen4mk More than 1 year ago
The conclusion to "The Twelfth Imam" and "The Tehran Initiative", "Damascus Countdown" is the last book in this trilogy and I for one am sad to see it come to an end.  CIA operative David Shirazi, aka Reza Tabrizi is still undercover in Iran immediately following Israel's air strike.  The strike takes out much of the threat, but when you are dealing with nuclear weapons, "we got almost all of the nuclear bombs" is certainly not enough.  David and his team are directed to use all means necessary to find the last nuclear warheads and thwart the Mahdi's attempt at genocide of the Israeli nation. Joel Rosenberg is an excellent author, and this was definitely a page turner.  I also appreciated that the locations were identified throughout the book as this is a multi-layered plot with many characters and it helped me stay on track. I recommend this entire series.  You won't be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book does not exactly take up where the last one leaves off. There's an over lap which is fine but,,,, Rosenberg re-writes Davids escape from the mosque and turns it into a Jason Bourne type of escape that is far too incredible for this character. The end of "The Tehran Initiative" tells a much more "spy like" and realistic escape for our hero. Like most people, I don't like change and didn't like this re-write. Other than that and a few other technical glitches or " hard to believes", this book carries on the excellence Joel Rosenbergs fans have come to expect. It is riveting and suspenseful. The ending will make a grown man tear up. Fantastic! And lastly, I appreciate the way the Gospel is infused throughout. No other Political Thriller series I know of treats charcter development quite like Rosenberg. He captures scenarios that people can relate to and identify with. If your a believer in Christ it warms your heart. If you are new to the Gospel of Jesus or unsure about spiritual things, it serves as a witness for you to see how Jesus can change your life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not worth the money. Good book and author but publisher wants too much! Wait for used or paperback.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I usually have about 10 books in a pile that are ready to be read, but whenever Rosenberg comes out with a new title, I read it first because books by Rosenberg never let me down. Damascus Countdown is no exception. Highly entertaining and thrilling, its another page-turner that is hard to put down.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Damascus Countdown was just an average read for me. There was lots of action but to me it was just too much action. There was a lot of jumping around locations and characters that I couldn't keep up what going on and often found myself confused. I loved other novels by this author, but this one was not a good fit for me. 3 stars.
givemethebible More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Despite the fact that I have not yet read the other books in the series, I could still understand what was going on. With a lot of series books, you have to read the prior books to be able to really understand what is happening. This one was not like that. Mr. Rosenberg did not refer to the back story often enough to make it hard to follow. I really appreciated that, especially since I did not realize that this was the third book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great read. buy the kindle version for $9.11
VicG More than 1 year ago
Joel C. Rosenberg in his book "Damascus Countdown" Book Three in The Twelfth Imam series published by Tyndale House Publishers brings us to The Middle East in the possible future. From the inside jacket flap: This time, all eyes are not just on Iran, but on Syria as well. 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 operative David Shirazi has infiltrated the Iranian regime and intercepted top secret intelligence indicating that two Iranian nuclear warheads survived the attack and have been moved to a secure and undisclosed location. In danger not only from the ongoing war between Israel and Iran but also from the increasingly hostile governments in multiple countries, Shirazi and his team are in a race against time to find the remaining nuclear warheads before the most cataclysmic event in the history of The Middle East comes to pass. I think it is entirely possible that Joel Rosenberg is a spy. Not your typical spy I suppose but since I have never met one and have no reference point based on what I read all I can say is he must be some kind of spy. Mr. Rosenberg knows a lot about how governments work. He has a fascinating amount of information about what is going on in the Muslim world and he has written a fast-paced thriller to prove it. In "Damascus Countdown" Joel C. Rosenberg weaves together headlines from our current news with Biblical prophecy. This book is entertaining and will have you flipping pages as fast as you can read but, be prepared, it is also thought-provoking and will have you looking up from the page going, "wow". I do not recommend starting this book late at night because it will cost you sleep as you will not want to put it down. Mr. Rosenberg is an excellent writer and knows how to twist your nerve endings as he tightens the suspense. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Drewano More than 1 year ago
Ugg I knew what I was in for which this book since I had read the first two but I have this unbearable urge to find out how stories end and since the one before left so much open when I saw this on sale I had to grab it even though I probably wasn’t going to like it.   If you’ve read the first two then this one follows the same pattern.  The first 25% is great well written and full of action then he goes on and talked about religion for the next 65% of the book with the last 10% being a mix of the two.  Thankfully this book brings the story to an end so I can purge ever reading these again from my thoughts.  Aside from the religious aspect the ending seems a bit thrown together.  It brought the story to an end quickly but I was left feeling a bit cheated with how it ended.  There are much better action stories out there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Satisfying end to the triology.
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A page turner, and hard to lay down. Very good read.
Reli0 More than 1 year ago
This is not my style of book at all, though I will say it did captivate and hold my attention.  I won't be real quick to read another of his books right away though.  I read this one only because I am part of Tyndale's Summer Reading Program.  That said, I would call this book extremely well-written.  Joel Rosenberg flipped from character to character and place to country and back again and kept everything well organized and easy to follow.  That was no small accomplishment.  I would recommend this to anyone who likes Biblical prophecy and eschatology or to someone who just like action packed war books.  
Danny_G More than 1 year ago
A takeout of Iranian nukes by Israel starts it off and it just goes crazy from there. Imagine what it may look like if that were to happen. Joel Rosenberg has written such a novel. In it he gives the multiples story lines and what it may look like should the Middle Eastern conflict turn into more than just talking points on TV. While I did find it slightly cookie cutter, it was still an interesting, fast paced read.
thecraftyhome1 More than 1 year ago
Damascus Countdown is the third and final book in the riveting political series by Joel C. Rosenburg. Immediately after it was released I checked our local library and put it on hold. It was so popular I was about the fifth in line. In the meantime I reread the other two in the series The Twelfth Imam and The Tehran Initiative (click the book titles for my reviews of those books). I just love this series. It reads like our current headlines and is so riveting. If you enjoy political action packed books this is the series for you. Joel C. Rosenburg is a expert on the middle east and the volatile climate over there. He is known for writing fiction that eerily mirrors the real world. In Damascus Countdown David Shizari continues to hunt down the nuclear warheads that Iran has acquired before Israel and the US are obliterated. With more twists and turns than a country road this book will have you on the edge of your seat. I can't recommend them highly enough. You will not be disappointed. :)
Ice1 More than 1 year ago
Great book and series 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book seemed to get a bit preachy. I didn't care for it as much as the others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago