“The First Hostage” by Joel C. Rosenberg

The First Hostage (J.B. Collins, #2)The First Hostage by Joel C. Rosenberg
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Joel Rosenberg has had a successful run as a Christian fiction author. His experiences working with Middle Eastern dignitaries definitely helps him solidify the degree of detail he is able to write with in his texts, and he helps illuminate the tensions between Israel and Palestine for his readers. I have personally enjoyed several of his works throughout the years.

In the case of this book, I was caught off guard. My last two titles that I read by Rosenberg were The Twelfth Imam and Israel at War. As a result, the transition to the different writing style he used for this series was an initial shock to my system, as I had come to expect a particular form and fashion from each author I encounter. That said, the change was not altogether negative. For me, it was to a fashion that I did not jive with as well, but the consistent highly-rated reviews and raves online would beg to differ. His work is consistently high-quality and top-notch, providing an authoritative voice on Middle Eastern tensions and helping Western minds understand the complex relations of cultures vastly different from their own, even if it is via a work of fiction.

This book is great, and follows the voice of J. B. Collins, which for me was the turnoff, since I am not journalist-minded. I’d give this title four stars, since although there is no doubt to its quality, Rosenberg has been able to engage varying readers in the past, and I have no doubt that he is capable of this challenge with Collins as well.

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