"The Twelfth Imam" by Joel C. Rosenberg
Tensions are rising in the Middle East. Iran is rapidly developing its nuclear weapons program and calling for the annihilation of Israel. The Israeli Defense Minister is threatening to strike Iran's nuclear facilities. CIA Operative David Shirazi, an Iranian-American, is sent to Tehran with only one objective: disrupt Iran's nuclear weapons program using any means necessary.
But as David gets close to Iranian government leaders he begins to learn of sightings of the Islamic Messiah known as the Twelfth Imam. News of miracles and healings are spreading and the government and clerics of Iran are preparing a final strike against Israel to bring about the End of Days. Can Shirazi achieve his objective before it is too late?
The Twelfth Imam is a fantastic, fictional-but-all-too-real look at Middle East politics and Islamic End Time theology. Rosenberg has crafted a story that is engaging, thrilling, and educational. He is not afraid to tackle the political or religious issues of the day and this makes for a great read.
The book is very easy to read. Rosenberg draws you in right away and gets you hooked. The chapters are short which helps the story flow and also allows the reader to keep the many characters and side stories straight.
This is a Christian novel and belief in Jesus Christ does play an important role for many characters. Rosenberg has carefully created characters of all religions and beliefs that are respectful and believable. I was very impressed by the amount of research he has done and how he portrayed delicate subjects with the right amount of truth and respect.
If you're looking for a fast-paced political thriller, I recommend this book. Even if you don't share the religious beliefs of the book, you will still be engaged and find yourself wrapped up in the plot. Given the current climate of the Middle East, you can't help but find yourself engrossed in this book.
I received this book courtesy of Tyndale House Publishers. The opinions expressed above are purely my own.