Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Book Review - The Twelfth Imam

The Twelfth Imam by Joel Rosenberg

I liked this book from the first page. I wasn't sure I was really going to get into this book, but I had nothing to worry about. It was excellent from the first page to the last.

The protagonist, David Shirazi, is a CIA agent who is called into an undercover operation in Iran. His parents were born in Iran and were given asylum after the 1979 uprising. David knows and understands the Iranian people like no other CIA operative.

As David starts to infiltrate himself into the government of Iran, he starts to hear talk of a Twelfth Imam. He has heard of the Twelfth Imam because he was raised a Muslim by his Iranian parents. However, he's amazed at how the top government officials are really focused on ushering in this Twelfth Imam. As part of this, they are developing a Nuclear program to rid the world of Israel and the United States. David's dilemma is how to convince the US government that Iran's belief in the Twelfth Imam is of vital importance to figuring out how to deal with Iran.

David's personal life is just as complicated as his work with the CIA. He thinks about a woman from his past and is interested in a woman in his current life. No one in his private life knows about his work with the CIA so it's a juggling act to keep everything balanced.

This is an excellent book that I found hard to put down. There was only one thing about it I didn't like; it ends on a cliff-hanger so I will have to wait for the next book to find out what happens next. I hope Mr. Rosenberg doesn't wait too long to write the next book so I can read it!

This book was provided to me by Tyndale House Publishers for review

God bless you - Julie

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