Joel C. Rosenberg has a knack for creating edge of your seat thrillers that you can’t put down until you find out what happens in the end. “Damascus Countdown” is no different. The third installment of Rosenberg’s “Twelfth Imam” series picks up where the last book left off in dramatic fashion. The reader is instantly sucked into the events transpiring in the Middle East and in the life of CIA operative David Shirazi. Here is a quick summary from the publisher:
“All eyes are on the Middle East. Israel has successfully launched a first strike on Iran, taking out all of their nuclear sites and six of their nuclear warheads and causing The Twelfth Imam to order a full-scale retaliation. U.S. President William Jackson threatens to support a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning the Jewish State for unprovoked and unwarranted acts of aggression.
Meanwhile, CIA operative David Shirazi has infiltrated the Iranian regime and intercepted information 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 missile strikes on Iran but also from the increasingly hostile and suspicious governments of multiple countries, David and his team are in a race against time to find the remaining nuclear warheads before disaster strikes.”
Filled with interesting characters and intense action, Rosenberg’s books are always quite riveting. I would recommend this book and the entire series to anyone interested political thrillers written in a way that weave Biblical themes together with modern day, albeit very frightening, scenarios. At 480 pages, it’s not exactly a quick read, but it will keep your attention through the duration. As is the case for all of Joel Rosenberg’s fiction, when the book ended, it left me wanting more.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale in exchange for an honest review.