Joel Rosenberg is unsettling.
He has a gift for getting things right and writing about it in a way that helps his readers understand difficult issues – issues that are both real and horrifying. That scary nature of his writing may dissuade you from picking up his books, but it is his accuracy that should convince you of the need to read what he says.
Now, I understand that we’re talking about ‘fiction’ here. But, I actually think that this is the proper medium for people wanting to understand events and their context. Joel Rosenberg’s fiction (and non-fiction) takes what we know, fills in the gaps of what’s missing, and presents the possibilities of what might result. After all, it is the exploration of ideas (and their implication) that is the single most redeeming virtue of fiction. Fiction that helps you understand the world, is fiction worth reading.
This is not to say that other forms of fiction are illegitimate. They certainly have their place, and you’ll find my electronic bookshelves lined with many examples.
But, fiction that helps you understand the reality of our apocalyptic future?
A true gem.
And, it seems that we have one of those gems in the form of the Tehran Initiative by Joel C. Rosenberg. If you haven’t picked up any of his books, I suggest that you start now.
Author Joel C. Rosenberg has been called a modern-day Nostradamus. His fiction writings have been viewed by many as intriguing, yet eery, as they often highlight major world-wide events months before they actually occur.
Don’t believe me? Consider the author’s track record. In January 2001, Rosenberg began working on his first novel, “The Last Jihad.” The book, which is a fictional account of a U.S. war with Iraq (yes, this preceded the actual war that America launched in that region), describes the highjacking of an airliner in an attack on America.
Then, there was his second novel, “The Last Days,” which starts by recapping the death of Yasser Arafat (and published 13 months before the Palestinian leader perished). Call it coincidence of divine providence, but Rosenberg definitely seems to have a knack for clairvoyance.
Earlier this month, the communications advisor and famed novelist released his seventh work of fiction, “The Tehran Initiative” (additionally, he has two non-fiction books under his belt). In his latest work, Rosenberg creates a story that he hopes will both entertain and educate readers. A description of the action-packed book reads:
“The world is on the brink of disaster and the clock is ticking. Iran has just conducted its first atomic weapons test. Millions of Muslims around the world are convinced their messiah—known as ‘the Twelfth Imam’—has just arrived on earth. Israeli leaders fear Tehran, under the Twelfth Imam’s spell, will soon launch a nuclear attack that could bring about a second holocaust and the annihilation of Israel.
The White House fears Jerusalem will strike first, launching a preemptive attack against Iran’s nuclear facilities that could cause the entire Middle East to go up in flames, oil prices to skyrocket, and the global economy to collapse. With the stakes high and few viable options left, the president of the United States orders CIA operative David Shirazi and his team to track down and sabotage Iran’s nuclear warheads before Iran or Israel can launch a devastating first strike.”
The Blaze also references these illuminating videos of Joel Rosenberg talking about his new book:
Here is Joel interviewed by the 700 club. I was pleasantly surprised at how illuminating that interview was.
This comes from a radio interview:
You can fine The Tehran Initiative for sale on Amazon.