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Publisher's Summary

"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.
©2015 Joel C. Rosenberg (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Susanna on 03-03-16

Good story!

If you like action, thrills, and warriors, you'll like this. The lead character is a journalist who tangles with ISIS, gets in their crosshairs, and has to save the President from them. Worth a credit.

That said, there is a small downside. Rosenberg wanted to weave in Christianity, which as a Christian myself I have no problem with. However, it was clunky, feeling more like an afterthought than a story element. Every time the story veered into Bible and faith talk, the story slowed and the passage felt stilted. It never actually moved the story forward. I like the instinct but the execution could use some work.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Panchi on 08-07-16

Another great book by Joel Rosenberg

If you could sum up The First Hostage in three words, what would they be?

Suspenseful, captivating, entertaining

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It was very hard to put down, but would be too long for one sitting.

Any additional comments?

I didn't think I would enjoy this book subject, but it was referred by many friends. They were right! I'm really looking forward to his next book!

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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