Both entertaining and sobering: "The First Hostage" by Joel C. Rosenberg


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about the book...


“The president of the United States . . . is missing.”

With these words, New York Times journalist J. B. Collins, reporting from the scene of a devastating attack by ISIS terrorists in Amman, Jordan, puts the entire world on high alert. The leaders of Israel and Palestine are critically injured, Jordan’s king is fighting for his life, and the U.S. president is missing and presumed captured.

As the U.S. government faces a constitutional crisis and Jordan battles for its very existence, Collins must do his best to keep the world informed while working to convince the FBI that his stories are not responsible for the terror attack on the Jordanian capital. And ISIS still has chemical weapons . . .

Struggling to clear his name, Collins and the Secret Service try frantically to locate and rescue the leader of the free world before ISIS’s threats become a catastrophic reality.

my review...

The second book in the J.B. Collins series is a riveting read, filled with tremendous action scenes, compelling characters, and a plot that left me deep in thought as I considered the evil ways of ISIS. It was very difficult to step away from the story for even a minute as I wanted to find out what happened to the US president, and what lay in store for Collins himself. The events of the story are all too realistic to consider, as I could imagine them playing across the headlines of the world much too easily. Rosenberg does a great job at keeping the story moving swiftly for most of the book. There were a couple of moments where things seemed to slow down for me, especially when Collins is engaged in introspection and asking questions to himself in a way that seemed to go on a bit too much. But when Collins suits up to join operatives in flying into a village in Iraq, the writing pace went into hyper-drive and I couldn't stop reading until I reached the last chapter. I came to the last sentence feeling like I immediately needed to spend more time praying for the nations of our world and for God to intervene and act against the forces of evil that are at work. I greatly appreciate that I can pick up a well-written fiction book like this one, and learn about current events, history, and Biblical prophecy all in one. I look forward to what lies in store next for J.B. Collins!

Readers who enjoy contemporary suspense-filled novels that seem ripped from the headlines will want to pick up a copy of "The First Hostage". I award the book a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.

An egalley has been provided courtesy of the publisher, Tyndale, for the purposes of this unbiased review.


about the author...

Joel C. Rosenberg (www.joelrosenberg.com) is a New York Times best-selling and award-winning author of 10 novels and five non-fiction books, with more than 3 million copies sold. 










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