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1.03.2016

The First Hostage ~ Review

The First Hostage
A J.B. Collins novel #2
By Joel C. Rosenberg

Everything suddenly went wrong - the peace summit in Amman, Jordan, has been the target of a devastating attack that claimed the lives of many high ranking officials from both the region and the United States.  Even more troubling the president of the United States is missing and presumed a high value hostage of ISIS!

And New York Times journalist J.B. Collins finds himself on the front-lines of this deadly attack.  But the potential destabilization of the region is but one possible outcome.  Throw in a hostage situation with the American president at the mercy of ISIS and the whole world could become destabilized.

Time is in short supply as ISIS makes its demands.  But before any action can be taken a traitor must be found and dealt with. And the evidence takes an unexpected turn.

This is a fast-paced book that will keep the reader in suspense as to the outcome.  How does one find a hostage when the perpetrators have such vast resources and means at their disposal?  This is a book that will appeal to many as it is a contemporary setting.  ISIS is a daily news story and this book looks at a what-if scenario that is not unbelievable.

This is the second J.B. Collins novel, but reading the first book The Third Target is not necessary to following this story.  This is in fact the first book by Joel C. Rosenberg that I have ever read and I had no problem with following the story.  Though I will admit I did order a copy of the first book (last night) as I enjoyed both this book and the writing of Mr. Rosenberg.

Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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.