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"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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Rosenberg is excellent

As usual, his writing is excellent. But equally, as usual, is the mispronunciation of Biblical words and names. It's too bad.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Edge of my seat book just like the first..

I had no idea there was going to be or is another book out there about this.. being book 3? I'm so very ready to learn what is going to happen. I loved this book as did I loved the first .

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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WOW! Amazing book!

I have read all of Joel's books and he continues to amaze me. His stories are timely and thought-provoking... and The First Hostage is no exception!
I do recommend reading The Third Target first, as this is the second book in a series. If you like action-packed geopolitical thrillers, then listen to this series!
The First Hostage fast-paced, gripping, totally entertaining and will leave you on the edge of your seat!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Captivating but over the top

Story kept me engaged but at times totally unrealistic and worst case scenarios kept happening and felt very exaggerated.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great story, brilliant narration.

the story kept me at the edge of my seat it was a brilliant spy novel turn war novel.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Story is too much about a self righteous reporter

What did you like best about The First Hostage? What did you like least?

in general the story line is good. I did not care about how much the story is about the reporter himself. Way too much about how he demands access or thinks he is entitled to be involved in military planning.

What could Joel C. Rosenberg have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Move the story line off of the reporter and more on the events itself

What aspect of David deVries’s performance would you have changed?

none

Any additional comments?

The Jack Ryan series by Clancy is much better with novels about current events.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great book

Another exciting book from Joel Rosenberg. Interesting and informative. The only problem with his books is once you start playing one it's hard to put it down.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Excellent and timely!

Great engaging plot and characters. I also learned some interesting facts about the Middle East history and roots of the current conflicts,

1 of 1 people found this review helpful