Lit·er·a·ture - noun - 1.writings in which expression and form, in connection with ideas of permanent and universal interest, are characteristic or essential features, as poetry, novels, history, biography, and essays.
However, we just finished this first novel of the second political thriller series by Joel Rosenberg, The Twelfth Imam.
Some years ago we had read all of Joel's first novel series: The Last Jihad, The Last Days, The Ezekiel Option, The Copper Scroll, and Dead Heat. We actually read The Twelfth Iman, when it was first published in 2010, but had never purchased the follow-up book, The Tehran Initiative, and we felt we had forgotten so much of the story line of The Twelfth Imam that we needed to re-read it, before purchasing and reading The Tehran Initiative.
What was a real "shocker" to us was that while reading the following on page 377,
"On May 28, 1998, Pakistan conducted five nuclear weapons tests, triggering an earthquake that measured 5.0 on the Richter scale. On October 9, 2006, North Korea conducted a nuclear test in the North Hamgyong province, resulting in a 4.3 seismic event. On May 25, 2009, North Korea conducted another nuclear test, resulting in an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.7. David was no physicist or geologist. He had no way of knowing for certain. But on its face, it did seem possible that an earthquake could be triggered by a nuclear test or a series of tests. Was that what had just happened? If so, how huge must the nuke have been to trigger an earthquake measuring 8.7 on the Richter scale?"
on the 14th of August, we realized that the below had been reported reported on TV:
Magnitude 6.4 - NORTHWESTERN IRAN2012 August 11 12:23:17 UT
- This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.
|Depth||9.9 km (6.2 miles)|
|Distances||20 km (12 miles) WSW of Ahar, Iran|
60 km (37 miles) ENE of Tabriz, Iran
95 km (59 miles) E of Marand, Ira
Now I don't know what you make of this, but we do know that Joel Rosenberg's novels, while being fiction, have been very close, in many respects to factual. So, what is this latest earthquake of 6,2 magnitude saying to us? I certainly do not know for sure, but I must say..........makes us think and wonder.
I highly recommend this novel, if you enjoy fictional thrillers and we can't wait to start reading the next one, The Tehran Initiative.
Comments welcomed as always.