The Twelfth Imam
by Joel C. Rosenberg

Joel C. Rosenberg is a great Christian author. His "Last Jihad" series is a tremendous series of novels that everyone should read. His latest effort, "The Twelfth Imam", departs from that series, but still follows similar lines as it explores Christianity and Islam beliefs.

The protagonist of the novel, David Shirazi, is a CIA operative whose parents fled Iran during the 1979 Iranian revolution. Born and raised in the United States, David is unconcerned about the Muslim world until 9/11 personally affects him. He is recruited by the CIA and hunts Bin Laden until world events cause the CIA to pull him from that assignment and send him to Iran. These events, the accelerated development of Iranian nuclear capabilities, combined with weak global resistance to these developments, are all stepping stones for the emergence of the promised Islamic messiah, the twelfth Imam.

A fast-paced page turner, the only real problem with the novel is it ends too soon, setting the pace for a sequel of course, but very unsatisfying for the reader. It is a great book otherwise and is interesting in its exploration of both Christian and Islamic beliefs. I recommend it for everyone interested in this type of thriller.

James Shelton
Reviewed by James Shelton