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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Damascus Countdown (David Shirazi) by Joel C. Rosenberg

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. US President William Jackson threatens to support a UN Security Council resolution condemning the Jewish State for unprovoked and unwarranted acts of aggression.
            Damascus Countdown doesn't disappoint.  As with Rosenberg’s other novels, this one reads like it was snatched from the headlines of the daily news. The plot is entirely plausible, the tension between the Middle Eastern countries is palpable, and the characters are realistic. Damascus Countdown carries an echo of prophetic fulfillment mixed with story lines straight from modern newspapers.  Rosenberg skillfully wove the story around two close families, the Shirazi's, the Harper's, and their children. The story-line seemed so current, so fresh that the author seemed at times to be prophetic. The underlying story of his renewed love for his childhood friend, Marseille Harper, was taunt with frustration as his job always seemed to call him away at the most inopportune times.

            David Shirazi is a top CIA agent and undercover operative within the Jihadist caliphate.
Rosenberg does a phenomenal job of combining action that is fast-paced and fun to read with a storyline that moves along well. The action is believable and realistic. Characters incorporate Old Testament prophecies that hint at the events being described. The reader experiences the struggles of young faith along with Shirazi, who must attempt to balance Christian belief with the demands of a CIA operation. We are introduced to other converted Muslims, whom are concerned for their countrymen's souls,’ which leaps off the page and adds another dimension to the story.

Overall Rating: (read all my reviews)(read all my reviews)           While the book is a work of fiction, it is close enough to reality to be believable. Great Story and I highly recommend. If you like political thrillers this book as well as the others in the series is a must read, definitely another best seller.      

I received a copy of this book from the Tyndale Blog Network bloggers program for my review.