Tuesday, February 9, 2016

First Hostage {a Tyndale House Blog Network review}

I've needed some suspense-filled escape reading lately, so I was thrilled to have The First Hostage by Joel C. Rosenberg on hand.

Like everything else I've read by Joel Rosenberg, once I had gotten past the expository material in the first couple of chapters, I had a hard time setting the book down.

J. B. Collins has been the central character in another novel before this, The Third Target.  This story picks up right where The Third Target leaves off.

From the publisher:
“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 thoughts:

This was action packed, and kept me guessing from the very start.  Obviously, from the title, I knew that the president was going to be a hostage, and from the opening scenes, it was pretty clear it would be ISIS holding him.  Of course, carefully reading the above description would have told me that too!  But I tend to avoid reading book descriptions when I know it is an author I want to read.

The thing I truly love about Rosenberg's novels is how well-researched his materials always are.  Rosenberg has the background for it.  He lives in Israel, has worked in the Middle East for years, and teaches about Bible prophecy.

Check out the trailer:

Bottom line is that I loved the book. 

Disclaimer:   I received this book for free from Tyndale House Publishers.  No other compensation was received.  The fact that I received a complimentary product does not guarantee a favorable review.

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