The First Hostage

Title:  The First Hostage (A J. B. Collins Novel #2)
Author:  Joel Rosenberg
Pages:  448
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Tyndale
My rating is 5 stars.
What occurs in this novel I learned from Joel Rosenberg’s recent blog post happens six seconds after the close of the first book in the series, The Third Target.  Before you begin either book plan on being glued to the action for hours because it is nonstop from start to finish.  In some ways the evil that nations were fighting against defied description.  The characters who fought to protect the innocent and leaders had actions, thoughts and decisions that were at times surprising.
J. B. Collins is living through more experiences of hell than he ever has had on any major news assignments because every time he turns around his life is on the line.  Whether it is due to ISIS or other unknown assailants, J. B.’s level of frustration grows as he can’t reconcile faith in Jesus or his access to report the danger he witnesses firsthand.  Trying to identify those who are backing ISIS and seeing how far they had infiltrated our government was extremely thought-provoking and added tension to the tale.
Israel is trying to help locate those who are guilty of causing mass destruction and those who have captured the President and hidden him.  I read this novel in one sitting because I was very engrossed in the nail-biting tension and a possible romance for J. B.  Plus the danger and loss of friends that J. B. had suffered was a high cost he never thought would be attached to his journalism career.
There is so much to this book and the prior novel that isn’t revealed in the review, but I believe it is worthwhile for people to read and consider the picture though fictional that is being painted on the pages.  As in Old Testament times, I see there is major spiritual warfare going on.  Some of the various Muslim characters in the book are radical and others are peaceful, bringing the challenge to rightly identify the enemy.
I enjoyed the twists and turns of the plot along with those who come together regardless of differences to halt the killing some wished to unleash on people.  I hope you take time to read both books as Joel Rosenberg is a well-informed Middle East columnist and author.  Joel brings his understanding of current events into the world of fiction, which makes the stories more tantalizing and believable.

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