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! I look forward to its future sequel and I hope this book series gets as much attention as the Left Behind Series did.
Book Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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