The Twelfth Imam

The Twelfth Imam

by Joel C. Rosenberg


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The Twelfth Imam by Joel C. Rosenberg

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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 undertakes his assignment.
A native Farsi speaker whose family escaped from Iran in 1979, he couldn’t be better prepared for the mission. But none of his training has prepared Shirazi for what will happen next. 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.
With the prophecy of the Twelfth Imam seemingly fulfilled, Iran’s leaders prepare to strike Israel and bring about the End of Days. Shirazi must take action, but the clock is ticking.

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ISBN-13: 9781414311647
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 07/19/2011
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 175,811
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Joel C. Rosenberg is the New York Times best-selling author of The Last Jihad, The Last Days, The Ezekiel Option, The Copper Scroll, and Epicenter, with 1.5 million copies in print. 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, former Israeli deputy prime minister Natan Sharansky, and former Israeli prime minister 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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Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Ripped from today's headlines concerning the conflicts in the Middle East with regards to Israel and the United States, the latest book from Joel Rosenberg, The Twelfth Imam, gives us a glimpse into the very near, possible future. Using Christian fiction much like the writers of the Left Behind Series, Rosenberg takes us into the story sometime before the 9/11 attacks through the eyes of David Shirazi, who with a photographic memory and the ability to be fluent in Farsi, German and Arabic as well as English and French, it isn't long before the CIA find a real need in using David Shirazi to find out if Iran does in fact have the ability and is planning on building nuclear weapons. Toggling back and forth through the book between what David is doing to help America win the battle against terrorism since the attacks on 9/11 we are taken into the heart of evil with the apocalyptic predictions of the rising up of a Twelfth Imam who will destroy the Zionists and the Christians before bringing about prosperity and peace to the world. We see how Iran is secretly building nuclear weapons in an undisclosed location deep within the Zagros Mountains while they keep building a nuclear power plant to show the world they aren't terrorist but simply want an alternative power source. Since the invasion of Iraq, the United States isn't looking to make the same mistakes and launch an assault if that is all Iran is really doing. So in using David, they hope to learn what Iran is really up to. This book is so eye opening to the headlines we read even today with the conflict between Iran and the US and being an ally to Israel. Is this book more true than not? To find out, you'll need to read it yourself and see how it all ends. I received this amazing book compliments of Tyndale House Publishers for my honest review and I couldn't wait to reach the end. I would honestly rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars not just for the story content but for the facts you learn about the Muslim beliefs through the Qu'ran and what they really believe about God and Jesus. This book is available in Hardcover, CD and spanish formats.
Prisca_Sapientia More than 1 year ago
What if the entire eschatology of Islam is the exact opposite of Christianity's? In Joel Rosenberg's latest thriller, The Twelfth Imam, which I prefer to call "future-historical fiction", he takes the reader on a fast paced ride through the lives of two families, intertwined through their years of experiences, to educate us in this very real truth. Rosenberg weaves Islamic eschatology into the story to not only drive the plot, but to inform the reader of a real belief system within Islam. As Iran calls for the annihilation of Israel, CIA operative David Shirazi is tasked with shipping to Tehran under the guise of a German businessman to disrupt Iran's nuclear weapons program without leaving American fingerprints and without triggering a regional war. During this time, news begins to spread of a mysterious cleric claiming to be the Twelfth Imam, aka the Mahdi, who is viewed as the return of the Islamic messiah. The return of the Mahdi (and his prophet named Jesus) is a real expectation in Islam. He performs many miracles, healings, and signs, and news of his appearance spreads like wildfire. He also gives great courage to the leaders if Iran to incite a new and horrific war intended to bring in the End of Days and place the himself as the head of new worldwide Islamic government system; a reestablishment of the caliphate on a universal scale. This mirrors the Christian eschatology of an Antichrist and False Prophet as foretold in the book of Revelation. There are many well-fleshed out characters in the book which give it a feel of both thriller and drama. The time span of this book covers an entire generation, and the first third of it is spent covering character backstory, but that certainly does not make it boring. Indeed, the background brings in richness to the latter two-thirds of the story which contains a pretty cool plot twist that I didn't see coming . Ultimately, the characters are all looking for the answers to the big questions of life, and that is what makes this book highly relatable, we really do see ourselves - our humanity - in the characters of the book. The use of spy technology gives the book a feel akin to the hit TV series "24". Realistic social networking references are used in situations that just make sense, again, immersing the reader into what feels like a real-life, plausible, modern situation. Providence is occasionally used in the book to further along the plot, however, it works because God is real and can intervene in space and time. It is perfectly interwoven into the message of the book itself - that God is in control and everything written within its pages is of a "future-historical" nature that has been written before. As I generally read non-fiction, I find that it sometimes takes me a month to get through a novel. Not this one! I tore through it in three and a half days (given its length). Broken into over ninety short chapters, I found it easy to put down and pick back up throughout the day. It mixes character building and plot setup without falling into a slow, boring pace, however there are scenes of the calmer variety that are written in an engrossing fashion. Rosenberg already has a knack for writing novels that come true - just research his previous books. Indeed, two events occurred in the news that very closely paralleled the plot within the book while I was reading it. Overall, I found The Twelfth Imam to be excellent story-telling.
BillyB More than 1 year ago
Charlie Harper and his wife, Claire Harper, barely escaped Iran in November of 1979, thanks to Dr. Mohammad Shirazi and his family. Their daughter, Claire Harper, was born that very day. Charlie helps Dr. Shirazi and his family immigrate to the United States. Both families stay in contact over the years. After the tragic disaster of September 11, 2001, both families are personal impacted by it; leading to a chain of events that will change the life of Dr. Shirazi's son, David. The CIA picks David to help them infiltrate the Iranian government. The Iran leaders are planning to bring the apocalypse to Israel. Soon, word spreads of a mysterious cleric who claims to the Islamic messiah known as the Twelfth Imam. The Twelfth Imam is a fast-paced, action-packed apocalyptic religious thriller. The author has wonderful mixed in real life headlines into this fiction tale of suspense and intrigue. The plot will haunt you way after you have read the last page. It is a great read!
FictionWithFaith More than 1 year ago
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 in Tehran. From there starts the story of Charlie Harper, an American trapped inside a country he loves, that now sees him as the enemy. He soon realizes that trying to get out of Iran alive with his pregnant wife and their American passports is no longer an option. But Charlie is determined to find safety for his wife and unborn child. And as the violent attacks against them increase in intensity and frequency, he retaliates in kind and does the unthinkable. And that's just within the first 25 pages! The Twelfth Imam, is a fast paced, action filled, hold on to the seat of your pants suspense ride. The intrigue and political upheaval in the area continue on for decades, spurred on by rumors and visions that the mystical Twelfth Imam, a descendant of Mohammed, has returned to claim his kingdom which includes plans to annihilate all Jews and Americans off the face of the earth. But when Israeli Intelligence is able to secretly confirm that Iran has almost completed their nuclear weapons program, they prepare to strike first, and everyone, including the President of the United States, feverishly work to keep peace. Joel C. Rosenberg masterfully takes you on tour of the Middle East, immersing you in the various cultures and religious beliefs of Iran and Iraqi Muslims, while keeping you abreast of the inner workings of the CIA. He even manages to throw in a little romance! Highly recommended. I enjoyed reading every page of this book. A first degree page turner. Joel C. Rosenberg - you have a new fan. Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.
Garrett Shurling More than 1 year ago
this is my first read from Rosenburg, and its aswome. His genius blend of fact and fiction keep the reader both intertained and enlightend at the same time!
The-Little-Man-in-China More than 1 year ago
In an age when particular sects of Islam certainly do seek to achieve the ultimate goal of world domination in the name of Allah, a book that seeks to understand the spiritual underbelly of such an event has hit the presses. I have been a fan of Joel Rosenberg for many years, and the fact that he saturates himself daily in the goings on of the Middle-Eastern world adds to the unintentionally prophetic plausibility of this, his most recent novel (check out his personal website sometime---the man is a genius). Although Rosenberg himself is a born-again Christian, and all of his books angle from that direction, The Twelfth Imam does not even cover a thread of Christianity until the second half of the book. This fact alone drew me into the story, for I Rosenberg displayed for me a glimpse of the Middle-Eastern world through the eyes of an Iranian Muslim. The action and intrigue of this CIA thriller held my interested until the very last page, and I cannot wait until Rosenberg releases Part Two. As far as thrillers go, I think The Twelfth Imam is top notch. And as I have found in all of Rosenberg's novels, it is so refreshing to put up an action-packed novel that not only teaches us about life and faith, it does so without the filth fiction-lovers have come to expect. © 2011 E.T.
Victoria Whitehead More than 1 year ago
The history is astounding and how he can weave the story line thru out. He is such a great author. I cannot wait to see what he writes next.
Kelf More than 1 year ago
While the description deals mostly with the problems surrounding Iran and Iraq, I find that I was actually most drawn to the more domestic issues, so to speak. I found the protagonist relationship with a girl that seems to have dropped off the grid more intriguing than when the CIA operative is fighting to prevent the utter destruction of two nations. I think that's more of my personal draw than the author's fault, if it's even a fault at all. The plot as a whole is fascinating. It takes place all over the Middle East to various parts of North America. It really delves deep into the culture of Iran and Iraq and the differences and the beautiful and also disastrous culture that the Iranian and Iraqi culture harbors. The author of this book could not have done much better with the characters. The main character is clearly defined, yet I also felt my passion in some of the side-characters who are fighting as hard as the protagonist, just for different things. The transformation of several characters was utterly beautiful and I loved watching them grow. All this said however, I felt my heart was more with one character that does not even appear for most of the book then any other character, save possibly the protagonist. Perhaps this was because of the protagonist's deep feelings for her, or maybe it was just me. You be the judge. I learned more in this book then any other fictional book I've ever read. Yet, it didn't feel like I was reading some boring attempt to intertwine fact and fiction. It felt smooth and natural. It flowed-and I loved the outcome. While this book was fantastic, I cannot give it a full five stars(pens). I think it was great, but I just don't think it will be one that resonates with me for the rest of my life. But don't take that as a negative for this book-go and get the book, you won't regret it.
Ben_Umnus More than 1 year ago
The Twelfth Imam is a suspense thriller, motivated by politics, religion, and has a hint of romance. The story focuses on three characters throughout the book: CIA agent David Shirazi who is infiltrating Iran for the sake of National Security and revenge, physicist Najjar Malik who grew up under Muslim influence but despite his beloved wife and his job he feels something is missing in his life, and Ayatollah Hamid Hosseini who's the psychotic religious leader of Iran until he meets the legendary Twelfth Imam of Islamic prophesy. A friend of mine gave very high recommendations for Joel Rosenberg so I knew I had to read Joel's newest book. I like how the book was not difficult to read, yet the story was neither simplistic nor lacking in description. I couldn't help but find this was also very educational and well thought out. And as scary of a thought as this is for me to admit, I agree with the Washington Times in that the events within this story could easily take place soon... I've read plenty of novels over the years and without hesitation this was one of the best fiction books I've ever read! Disclaimer: Ben Umnus was given a free copy of this book by Tyndale House Publishing, but he was neither paid for his review nor was he commanded by Tyndale to write a positive review. This review is the personal, written opinion of Ben Umnus.
Caitlin Madison More than 1 year ago
You must read this book! Most people did not like the ending because it leaves you hanging, but I loved it and cannot wait until the second one in the series comes out.
TEST NOOKUSER More than 1 year ago
for those of you who called it a book without an ending... be advised this is the firstpart of a trilogy!!!! just like Lord of the rings! please be informed before you review!! apart from that the book is great!! if acomplishes the full attention of the reader, and the desire to read the next part!!!!
UKbookworm More than 1 year ago
I downloaded this book on October 21st to my Nook and read it in just 2 nights!! I couldn't put this book DOWN!! I will now have to wait impatiently for the sequel!!! Rosenberg is one of my favourite authors. I like how he educates while telling the story, I can feel my pulse racing in certain parts of the book wishing the characters would "hurry up or to get down" I was disappointed the book had to end.... Now I'm wondering what David will do next? Will he and Marseille ever get to reconnect, What about Eva? what does she know that she's not telling David? What about Davids mother? His father? What about Najjar and his family?? I definitely recommend this book!!
barry2B More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Joel Rosenberg's latest book. The ending of course leads you to the sequel, but I wish it would have not ended quite so abruptly. The story moves along and is believeable with a few shockers thrown in for good measure. I for one can't wait for the next one to come out.
MarkInVegas More than 1 year ago
Well worth the read. This fact based nover will both teach and entertain. Rosenberg's mastery of the Biblical and Koranic history requires no suspension of disbelief as he moves the plot along. Normally I don't start reading a book until the sequel is available, but in this case it slipped up on me.
JeffW1967 More than 1 year ago
Though not as explosive as his Dead Heat series, The Twelfth Imam was fast paced action from pretty much the beginning to the end. The way I see this series setting up is that the Twelfth Imam will be the Antichrist in Christian eschatology. Looking very much forward to book 2 and seeing what adventures David has in store.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I Think this is Mr Rosenberg's seventh book. Love it love love it! Bought the audio book, now I'm going to buy the hardcover to put with my collection. It's a thriller!
secfiddle More than 1 year ago
Because of the situations today in the Middle East and especially with Iran on the brink of having nuclear power...this is a very real scenario. It scars me to think how close to the truth it could very well be.
RuthCA More than 1 year ago
I have read all of his books and they are excellent. I recommend all of his novels.
terdsie More than 1 year ago
The Twelfth Imam By Joel C. Rosemberg Tyndale House Publishers Tension rises in the Middle East. As the apocalyptic leaders of Iran call for the annihilation of Israel and the United States, CIA operative David Shirazi ships 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. As David begins to infiltrate Iranian government circles, news spreads throughout the region of a mysterious cleric claiming to be 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. With the prophecy of the Twelfth Imam seemingly fulfilled, Iran's military prepares a final strike that will bring about the End Of Days. Shirazi must take action to save his country and the world, but the clock is ticking. This is my first experience with a book by Joel Rosenberg. I had no preconceived ideas about his writing, only a vague notion that The Twelfth Imam was about the end of days. What I found upon entering Rosenberg's world blew my mind. The Twelfth Imam starts out almost as a description of history. In 1979, the American embassy in Tehran was overthrown and 66 hostages were taken. Rosenberg weaves his characters through the actual history of that time, even bringing them through a narrow escape that allows two families to start their lives over in the United States. Rosenberg then moves us ahead through the history of Iran, the death of Ayatollah Khomeini, and the resurgence of Shia Islam into political power. Then, Rosenberg introduces a character that has the potential to be the Jack Ryan of the 21 century. The CIA catches wind of Iranian nuclear weaponry that may be in the final phases of manufacture and testing. They send one David Shirazi into Tehran to find out the truth of the matter. What he discovers is beyond belief. There is an integral connection between Iranian political power and the legends of the Twelfth Imam, the Mahdi, the prophesied Islamic messiah. David must find a way to neutralize the nuclear threat from Iran while keeping his involvement a secret from the religious and political leaders, all while dealing with severe inner personal conflicts that threaten to destroy his effectiveness as a CIA covert operative. This book reminds me of a ski jump: It starts out with some speed, it quickly gains more momentum as the plot thickens, then you reach the point where you are committed -- you are going too fast to stop, and then . . . This book made me laugh and cry. It was simultaneously tense and fast-paced, while also being laid back and refreshing. I literally got chills as I read this book and the desperate certainty of the plot settled in. This book is not for the faint of heart, nor is it something that should be read for relaxation. If you allow it, this book can challenge you and make you face a reality you may not have ever considered. Or you can just put it back on the shelf and walk away. The choice is up to you. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. 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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In the Islamic Republic of Iran, the civilian leadership feverishly pushes the nuclear weapons program as the Ayatollah demands Muslims begin the Jihad to destroy Israel, American and the rest of the infidel west. However, this time it is different as citation from Holy Scripture claims the End of Days apocalypse is now as the Twelfth Imam will surface to lead Islam to glorious victory in the name of Allah. The CIA takes this fundamentalist threat more seriously than the usual babble from President Ahmadinejad because this danger comes from the religious leaders making the proclamations. Soon, rumors fly across the Middle East and beyond that a cleric claiming to be the Mahdi messiah has begun performing miracles. Since the family of CIA operative David Shirazi fled Iran when the Khomeini Revolution occurred in 1979, he fluently speaks Farsi; thus he is assigned to go to Teheran to sabotage the Iranian nuclear weapons program, a key element in Armageddon. This is a great thriller that uses twentieth century history, present day economics and politics and scripture from biblical holy books to tell a terrific Islamic perspective to the End of Days belief as the Twelfth Imam is the messiah. Fast-paced from the moment David treks to Iran and never slowing down, Joel C. Rosenberg provides a powerful tale that readers will appreciate. Harriet Klausner
booksbucksandbeyond More than 1 year ago
I don't want to give too much away so I will keep it brief and vague, but I will tell you that The Twelfth Imam is a GREAT book. My husband does not enjoy reading per se, but he jumped in to this book with both feet and absolutely loved it. Apparently, it will have more books to follow and at the end of it, Matt was like, I cannot believe I have to wait so long for the next book to come out! He was bummed...which that, in and of itself, will tell you it is an incredible book. Joel Rosenberg uses current events and Biblical prophecy to bring his stories to life. He is incredibly intelligent and you can tell that he really does his research. You are translated to locations all across the globe along with the characters as they travel to and fro. Grab a copy of this book and if you like it, check out some of Joel Rosenberg's other books! You will not be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thought I should finally begin to read Joel’s books since it seems that everything he writes inevitably comes true. This book was AMAZING! From cover to cover, you will only put this book down to maybe eat and rehydrate. On to the next one!
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Keeps you going with vivid detail and excitement.