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From the devastated concrete jungles of Syria and the desert sands of Jordan, to the carpeted halls of Washington D.C. and the dark cursed cells of Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, this edge of your seat thriller follows the terrifying and bloody trail left by ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Woven into this heart pounding tale is an underlying thread of modern Middle Eastern history told from the perspective of a talented author and Washington insider. Personally, I couldn't help but sometimes wonder where the fiction ended and a veiled version of the real story began.
This novel really builds the tension and action towards the last part of the book and leaves some major unanswered questions for what I hope will be a sequel.
I can say this was an entertaining read with an underlying history that deserves our attention. Told from a Biblical Christian world view this novel offers a unique take on current events that will leave you thinking long after you've finished the last page.
Time now shifts to the present, and we encounter NY Times journalist J.B. Collins--grandson of the journalist we saw in Part I. Like his grandfather many years ago, THIS Collins is off to an interview--not with a king, but with "one of the world's most feared jihadi commanders." The CIA has advised Collins not to go; his NY Times editor has similarly ordered him not to go. Of course, Collins conducts the interview with the ISIS leader. The terrorist denies having any chemical weapons, despite Collins' pushing him to admit having WMD. The reporter gets assurances from Mossad that ISIS has poison gas, and wants to use it.
Collins' interview with the ISIS leader is soon published, but things only get more dangerous for Collins (if possible.) During a meeting with a beautiful Mossad agent, he is nearly killed by a car bomb. Barely recovered, he is then "abducted" to the White House to meet with POTUS--the President of the United States, who is anxious to not rock the boat until the Middle East Peach agreement is signed.
The danger increases as Collins pushes to confirm the story of WMD--in spite of warnings and attempts on his life. In Israel, the Mossad confirms that ISIS has poison gas, and Collins prepares to unleash his story. But first, he goes to Iraq to interview the #1 ISIS terrorist, now in Abu Ghraib prison. Surprisingly, the ISIS leader admits they have the weapons. In fact, Collins is soon forced to witness the effects of the gas.
And so continues the action in THE THIRD TARGET. The details are sometimes horrific, and the main character has to consider the possibility of his own death. Collins begins to question the purpose of his own existence--what is he on Earth for? Are any of these events really foretold by the Bible?
✔ All in all THE THIRD TARGET is a fun, exciting ride from Jordan to Syria--and from there to the White House. The writing is excellent, and the scenes are exciting. There are tons of characters, so to keep you from getting lost, the author helpfully provides a "Cast of Characters" at the very beginning of the book. These include the journalists, the Americans, the Jordanians, the Terrorists, the Palestinians, and the Israelis. The author also provides interesting historical tidbits along the way. For example, the history of Jordan, and the background of some of the locations in Israel.
I really enjoyed this book! Highly Recommend!
The Third Target begins with the premise that ISIS has obtained weapons of mass destruction and plan on using it to further establish their caliphate and destroy Israel. A relevant premise to be sure. ISIS has been all over the news recently as they’ve marched through Mosul and have expanded their territory and left unspeakable horrors in their wake. But we’ve only known about ISIS for about six months now—much, much quicker than the time it takes to research, plot, write, rewrite, edit, format, and publish a novel.
And Rosenberg’s publishing team at Tyndale even expedited the process. Originally scheduled for a mid-March release date, the explosion of ISIS into the public knowledge drove them to amp up the production schedule and get the novel out in early January. I, myself, managed to read an advance copy in late October.
And only time will tell how much of Rosenberg’s novel comes true. Now, of course, this is a novel. Rosenberg does not pretend that he’s telling the future and, I’m sure, shakes his head at all the pundits that call him a “modern-day Nostradamus.” His novels are a possible and, if left unchecked, likely scenario, which is why Rosenberg writes the worst-case scenario while actively campaigning for the best-case option. The Third Target is exquisitely researched, wonderfully written, and terrifyingly real.
J.B. Collins is a foreign correspondent for The New York Times. He’s been to hell and back and gotten the Pulitzer to prove it. But all that’s going to be a cakewalk compared to what’s about to happen to him. He’s got a source insisting that ISIS has obtained chemical weapons. Against his boss’s orders and his better judgment, he sneaks into Syria in order to interview ISIS’s commander. And it all goes downhill from there.
Meanwhile, the American government continues to downplay the ISIS threat, insisting that there’s no way the radical sect could have weapons of mass destruction. As Collins uncovers the story, he finds himself fighting a battle on two fronts as he struggles to survive in the East and have his message heard in the West.
The story begins to coalesce around the important nation of Jordan, a tenuous ally to Israel and the U.S. and the only buffer betwixt Israel and radical Islam. The story’s multiple fronts—peace talks between Israel and Palestine, the looming ISIS threat, and Collins’ own personal brokenness and loss—all converge and rush forward to an intense and pulse-pounding climax that seems ripped from the newspaper headlines.
Let me finish by saying this: the story isn’t over. I won’t ruin the ending for you, but Rosenberg is clear that he plans on writing more, on diving deeper, on throwing Collins into even deeper danger. And I don’t know whether to be scared or excited. I’m excited for where the story is going. It’s an incredible story. I just want it to stay between the covers.
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