Book Review: The Twelfth Imam

The Twelfth ImamThe Twelfth Imam by Joel C. Rosenberg

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So, I must say that my understanding Islam and it’s tenants is above average. I also have a special place in my heart for the Persian people. All of that given, this is a great book and one heck of a ride through the ideologies of the current regime.

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The story is given from the POV of an American born son of two Iranian ex-pats, they are refugees from the 1979 revolution. In addition, the wild card of 9/11 is tossed into the deck as an unexpected event that plays out well and not contrived. This pushes our antagonist David to join the CIA and vow to kill Osama. Now since the series started before the assassination this universe might deal with his death at a point but not in this book.

With his training and field experience almost complete, David is thrust into Iran as an IT telecom guy. This gives him access to a world of high-end tech that the regime needs to integrate. On top of this the leadership, both political and religious have been planning for the revealing of the Twelfth Imam and a nuclear Iran to protect the coming global caliphate. Toss in a nuclear scientist who is assassinated by Mossad, a trigger shy US President, and a Shia cleric having a crisis of faith, you have a really interesting scenario that could play out in any number of ways.

The strong point of the entire story is that the relationships developed between the characters provide a needed balance for the the overwhelming amount of diplomatic complexities and religious ideologies. I really want to know what will happen next for David and the whole group not just the nukes or the impending apocalypse that Rosenberg is eluding to throughout the story.

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