Book Review: The First Hostage: A J. B. Collins Novel, by Joel C. Rosenberg
The First Hostage is a white-knuckle thrill ride you won’t be able to put down. It blends front-page headlines with thrilling suspense. The first sentence grabs your attention—“The president of the United States … is missing.” and doesn’t let go until the final page.
The First Hostage is the latest offering by author Joel C. Rosenberg. It is the second book in the series on the Islamic State involving New York Times foreign correspondent J. B. Collins as the main character. The book picks up where the previous book, The Third Target, leaves off. Collins is reporting from the scene of a devastating attack by ISIS terrorists on an Arab-Israeli peace summit in Amman, Jordan. Israeli and Palestinian leaders are critically injured, Jordan’s king is fighting for the survival of his kingdom. And the U.S. president is missing and presumed captured.
The book takes the reader along on the search for the President. You travel from the battlefield to underground bunker where plans are laid out to a military detention center and back again. J. B. Collins goes from covering the story to being in the center of the story himself.
As Rosenberg has proven in his previous books, he has the unique ability to blend fiction and non-fiction. He weaves the reality of current events in the Mideast with a fast paced, believable story. You find yourself on the edge of your chair wondering how the story will turn out.
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