The Book of Dog

The Book of DogAuthor: Lark Benobi

Publisher: Vegetablian Books

Release Date: September 6, 2018

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Reviewer: Jessica Higgins

Very odd take on end times prophecy mixed with today’s dystopian flair.

In the wake of a yellow puff-ball mushroom cloud, a yellow fog is making its way across the world. Rivers have run dry, earthquakes are occurring, and volcanoes are erupting in multiple events that may be signaling the end of the world.  Through all the chaos, six women are tied together through a common prophecy.  As people continue to vanish, causing many to believe the rapture has occurred, a series of events has been set into place that could be the end of humanity as we know it unless the six women are able to work together and bring it to an end.

So, this book was really different. I’ve read a lot of end times prophecy books and this followed (partially, or at least hinted of) the biblical revelation.  However, it wasn’t in a serious manner.  In fact, most of it was hilarious.  It got to the point that it was so crazy, that I just kept turning the pages to see what would happen next and I never saw what was coming next.  It kept getting nuttier with each page, but the story line was enjoyable all the same.

This is definitely a book that needs to be read by a mature audience. There is quite a bit of language throughout as well as some rather graphic sex based material that would not be suitable for a young audience.  If you are looking for something different and can keep an open mind, check this out.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.

Without Warning

without warningAuthor: Joel C. Rosenberg

Series: J.B. Collins #3

Publisher: Tyndale

Release Date: March 14, 2017

Rating: 5 Stars

Reviewer: Jessica Higgins

Will ISIS strike on American soil? This is Rosenberg at his best!

J. B. Collins and Yael were part of a team that successfully rescued the President of the United States. Now back in the US for two months, J.B. has been recovering and the President has been launching air strikes and driving ISIS back out of Iraq, but J.B. feels it is not enough. He wants the President to go after the leader, kill the snake by cutting off the head. Then the unthinkable happens.  At the State of the Union address, mortar shells start hitting the capitol building.  A full attack has been unleashed against the President, vice-president, and all the members of congress.  Although the President survives, several members of congress do not.  J. B. expects retaliation, but the President seems to be in denial.  What’s worse is now the attack has turned personal when the terrorist find J.B. and his brother Matt’s family.  If the president is not going to stop ISIS, maybe J.B. can do just that.

This was an incredible ending to the latest trilogy by Rosenberg. All three books flow seamlessly together and can easily be devoured in a short period of time.  The way he writes current events into a novel can be truly frightening.  Suddenly the ideas he has don’t seem so farfetched.  I was glad to see that J.B.’s personal struggles were finally resolved in this book and that he had peace.  I can definitely say that I didn’t expect the ending.  That made me feel like it was cut a little short, even though it is the longest book in the trilogy by far.  I was also really impressed with how Matt handle his suffering.  I thought he might have gone into depression, but he stayed strong throughout.  I was also really disappointed in the romance between Yael and J.B., but given the ending, it is probably for the best.

With high tension, fast-paced suspense, and well developed characters, this trilogy needs to be read by all!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.

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?

The Third Target

The Third TargetAuthor: Joel C. Rosenberg

Series: J.B. Collins #1

Publisher: Tyndale

Release Date: February 6, 2015

Rating: 5 Stars

Reviewer: Jessica Higgins

ISIS is growing fast and we have no idea where they will strike next, or do we?

J. B. Collins is a very successful foreign war correspondent working for the New York Times. He followed in the footsteps of his grandfather who did some pretty foolish things. However, J.B. may have just trumped anything his grandfather could have ever done by taking an invitation to meet in person with one of the leaders of ISIS in Syria. Already a torn country ravaged by its civil war, Syria has become a stronghold for many followers of the Al-Qaeda split off and are very dangerous.  J. B. gets his interview and manages to safely get away, but not before he can confirm that ISIS has procured chemical weapons.  But will his interview put a target on his back once his story goes public?  Or will ISIS keep him around as long as they can use him?

Rosenberg is well known for his end times novels and this is no exception. He keeps the novel on a fast pace with lots of action in a very realistic current events setting.  J.B. embodies everything that Rosenberg typically has for a main character.  He is successful.  He has a job that puts him in the line of fire for current events.  And he is not a Christian, yet.  But he has people in his life that urge him to give his life to Christ.

I really enjoyed this book. The current events make you think about what could happen today.  The tension keeps you moving through the book at a fast pace.  And the potential love interest makes you root for the romance within the suspense.  I can’t wait to read the next one!