Without Warning by Joel C. Rosenberg

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. Tyndale House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.

Without Warning by Joel C. Rosenberg

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

(Click the title to find the book description/blurb.)

The president of the United States, Harrison Taylor, is about to deliver the State of the Union address, all set to assure the American people that their greatest foreign threat is being squelched. New York Times national security correspondent J.B. Collins adamantly disagrees, beginning to fear that the president won’t take necessary action before it’s too late in Without Warning, a novel by author Joel C. Rosenberg.

Well. Even as riveted as I was to the J.B. Collins novel that precedes this one, The First Hostage, I don’t think a thriller has ever left me at such a level of shaken speechlessness when it finished. Not a thriller–not until now. And though I don’t altogether like having to snap out of speechlessness to come up with words for a book review, I can’t say I’d have it any other way, after being punched in the soul by this novel.

No, I’m not much of a political or doomsday kind of person, but this fiction lover appreciates being stretched by this type of reading. I’m not a big fan of sermons in novels or when a character seems to adopt some “church speak” at an unnatural speed, as I feel happens in this book. And I found J.B.’s thoughts to be redundant in places, as if he didn’t fully trust me to remember or understand the magnitude of what was happening.

But his story had me inhaling the pages in notably fewer sittings than I’d normally take for a novel of this length. And I’d highly recommend it to any other fans of ChristFic thrillers who can stand a solid punch in the soul.

Gee. Nothing like being punched in the soul by love.

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Here’s my review of the preceding novel, The First Hostage.

 

The First Hostage by Joel C. Rosenberg

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Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. Tyndale House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.

The First Hostage by Joel C. Rosenberg

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

(Click the title to find the book description/blurb.)

After scrambling for his life from a deadly scene in Jordan, New York Times journalist J.B. Collins is caught up in a mission to save the now missing U.S. president in The First Hostage by author Joel C. Rosenberg.

I stepped into the action of this high-stakes thriller without any knowledge of what happened in the novel that precedes it, but the story didn’t leave me feeling lost, and by a quarter of the way through, I was engrossed.

The first-person narration is rather conversational, which I hadn’t expected. The hero addresses the reader as “you” here and there, and his style keeps his story down to earth. I couldn’t help but to feel claustrophobic and unnerved by heights along with him, and particular disturbing and devastating scenes he comes across aren’t merely sensational, when seen through his eyes. Instead, the devastation can’t help but to pull on one’s compassion. Then, the story ends with enough of a conclusion to let you breathe (no jarring cliffhangers) but enough of an opening to leave you in anticipation for more.

The genre is still fairly new territory for me, but I’ve little doubt that this novel has much that will keep other thriller fans on the edge of their seats–or on their toes, as I was.

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Here’s my review of the next J.B. Collins novel, Without Warning.

Without Warning