The First Hostage

The First HostageAuthor: Joel C. Rosenberg

Series: J.B. Collins #2

Publisher: Tyndale

Release Date: December 29, 2015

Rating: 5 Stars

Reviewer: Jessica Higgins

Could the President of the United States really be kidnapped by ISIS?

After ISIS has attacked the peace summit in Jordan that would bring peace to Israel and Palestine, the President of the United States has suddenly gone missing. In an attempt to elude the attackers, the President was rushed off by the secret service to get on air force one.  J.B. Collins was pulled alongside the Jordanian President who managed to get to the airport in an attempt to board the plane as well.  Only one problem, air force one is gone, and the President is not one it.  Unfortunately, the airport has been hit with sarin gas, which killed all those who where present.  Not long after the attack, a new video surfaces showing Abu Kalid, head of ISIS, with the President saying that American has 48 hours to turn Islam or the President will be beheaded.  Can he be saved?  If so, how?

If Rosenberg was wanting to ratchet up the suspense in his novel, he certainly found the right formula. The next book in the series picks up immediately where the previous left off.  Fortunately, I read them back to back so I didn’t have to wait months like everyone else.  Rosenberg continues to combine tension and suspense and play up the romance between J.B. and Yael.  You really wonder if this could happen, but the way Rosenberg lays it out, it really seems like it could.  I’m starting to get a little scared of what he is writing because it really seems believable.  What could possibly happen next?

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