From the Back of the Book:
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. 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 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.
I usually enjoy Joel Rosenberg's novels, but this one just didn't quite live up to expectation. I heard a rumor that "The Twelfth Imam" ended so abruptly readers complained. Supposedly, that changed the pace for this one...and I found that change to be a poor one. The rapid pace and abrupt drop off ending adds tremendously to an already intense story.
David Shirazi is back and gathering as much intel on the Iranian nuclear program as he can, and as quickly as he can. Problem is, our government doesn't seem to be getting the facts straight. What is the point of having an agent in harm's way if you aren't going to base decisions on the information he's gathering?
The twelfth imam is on the scene, and he's casting a wide net with his spiritual spell. Just how many will fall before he leads Iran to strike? And where will the strike occur?
Ripped from today's headlines, "The Tehran Initiative" stands as a wake-up call for readers. While the pace isn't as fast as I'd like, and the details tend to bog the story down...this is still a necessary novel for today's reader. I'm eager to see how the series concludes in fiction, and to see just how many parallels Joel creates with today's events.
All of Joel Rosenberg's novels are highly recommended...this one, just with a tad less enthusiasm.
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