The First Hostage by Joel C. Rosenberg


Journalist J. B. Collins has just (barely!) survived an ISIS attack on a peace summit in Amman, Jordan, only to find that the President of the United States was kidnapped during the aftermath of the attack. The ISIS mastermind behind the attack has given the United States a mere forty-eight hours to convert to Islam or pay the jizyah tax, or he has vowed to behead the President or burn him alive. Racing the clock, suspicions, doubts, fanatics, and his own fears, J. B. must aid the King of Jordan and other Middle Eastern and American military leaders to try to save the President before more innocent lives are lost to ISIS and their attempts to usher in their own world-wide caliphate.

I always look forward to a Joel C. Rosenberg book. Each one (and, yes, I’ve read every one of his fiction pieces and most of his nonfiction, too) has everything I love: Biblical truth, action, tension, and both immediate and eternal relevance. Rosenberg’s latest, The First Hostage, has all that and a slate full of great characters. I’m very impressed with his handling of his lead character, J.B. Collins. He’s a practically perfect representation of an average American these days – living on adrenaline, putting himself in (very) dangerous situations, afraid to die, but not ready (or willing) to believe the Truth, because there are other things that are so much more important or exciting happening. He seems so real, I found myself praying for a fictional character!

If you like a great story, full of excitement and Scriptural truth, you’ve got to read this. **Note: This is the second novel in the J.B. Collins series. I would suggest that you start with The Third Target – also fabulous! – to get a fuller picture of the storyline, but it’s not absolutely vital to enjoying the story. Happy reading!

Many thanks to Tyndale House Publishers and NetGalley for the digital copy of this novel for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my very own! 🙂


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