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Tensions are rising in the Middle East. Iran's president vows to annihilate the United States and Israel. Israel's prime minister says someone must hit Iran's nuclear sites "before it's too late." The American president warns against a preemptive strike on Iran's nuclear facilities and says negotiations are the key to finding peace.
And amid it all, rumors are swirling throughout the region of a mysterious religious cleric claiming to be the Islamic messiah known as the Mahdi or the Twelfth Imam. Word of his miracles, healings, signs, and wonders is spreading like wildfire.
CIA operative David Shirazi was born for this moment. He is recruited and sent into Tehran with one objective: use all means necessary to disrupt Iran's nuclear weapons program, without leaving American fingerprints and without triggering an apocalyptic new war. But time is running out.
THE TEHRAN INITIATIVE
The world is on the brink of disaster. 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 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 massive 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. But will they be too late?
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.
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By Amazon NOT Audible on 07-31-16
Lengthy, yet it held my attention
Characters were thoroughly developed. Most surprising was the fact that the story line and setting were successfully conveyed without profanity. How nice! Other books in this genre use language (which is most likely realistic to true life). Which isn't necessary.
Finally, I wasn't expecting all of the Christian conversions in the book complete with Bible quotes. Wow! That was wonderful. Thank you to the author for stepping out of mainstream CIA stories to develop a thought-provoking story line.
An enjoyable story!
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By tlcoke on 11-13-17
Riveting Story of Apocalyptic Prophesies
Author Joel C Rosenberg does it again, using his knowledge of Israel and Islamic customs to bring this fictional Apocalyptic Story to life It is so riveting, as it could easily be the Top Story of the day on the Nightly News. The Narrator Christopher Lane brings the characters to life in this series of Love, Loss, and to ultimately finding ones purpose in life. The Story takes you from the Beirut Conflict of the late 70's through 9/11 to the Apocalyptic End Times prophesies of the Bible as the Middle East is on the brink of the Nuclear Holocaust between Iran and it's growing list of Allies and the ultimate Jihad against the Great Satan's - Israel & the United States.
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