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Carole JarvisJonesboro, GeorgiaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Suspenseful and relevant for todayNovember 23, 2018Carole JarvisJonesboro, GeorgiaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleChosen People is the first of Robert Whitlow's books that I've read, and it is impressive. I obviously can't compare it to his previous books, but I understand that with its backdrop of Islamic terrorism, the theme and pacing are different. Chosen People is well written, suspenseful and entertaining, but also relevant and compelling.
I was intrigued by Hana Abboud, a Christian Arab Israeli working in an Atlanta law firm. That combination of faith and nationality is something I had never thought about. In Hana's words, "More and more Christian Arabs, especially in my generation, identify as Israelis even though we're not Jewish." Whitlow's passion for the subject matter and knowledge of the Middle East is off the charts, and one of this book's strengths is all that I learned. I thought I had a decent understanding of the Middle East, but Whitlow's writing opened my mind up to a new awareness and clarity. From that standpoint alone, I'd like to read this book again, just to see what I might have missed and take in even more.
The idea of bringing a lawsuit to hold the perpetrators of terrorism accountable is also intriguing, and might also be a dangerous undertaking. The danger started on American soil, then picked up dramatically once the characters reached the Middle East. Suspense runs high and it's not obvious who can be trusted. Young Sadie, daughter of a victim who sacrificed her life for Sadie, captured this reader's heart. There's also a romantic thread that I enjoyed.
The diversity of faith and cultures Christian, Jewish, Muslim made the story so realistic. Hana's love for the Lord and her spiritual witness is truly inspiring. And in thinking of God's chosen people, Whitlow imparts so much to reflect upon. Even if this book isn't in the style you usually enjoy, it is well worth reading. Highly recommended.
I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5suspense and romanceNovember 21, 2018ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5I enjoyed this suspenseful story that takes place in Atlanta and Jerusalem. There were many twists and turns before we know if there is someone that can be sued for a terrorist killing of a mother. I loved the characters and liked the bit of romance in the story. I enjoyed also learning a bit of different culture. I received a copy of this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
Kendra4 Stars Out Of 5Chosen PeopleNovember 19, 2018KendraHana Abboud, a Christian Arab Israeli lawyer, and Jakob Brodsky, a secular American Jewish lawyer, work together in a lawsuit on behalf of an American killed by terrorists in Israel. Adding Daud Hasan, an Arab investigator, to their team, Hana and Jakob attempt to find truth and bring justice, but find themselves in much deeper water than they expected. Hana's faith and intimate relationship with God anchor the story line, and suspense and action keep this book moving right to the end. There is romance, but not in an overly sexual or explicit way. For example, "They embraced and kissed." No further details, which I appreciated. The author shows that justice may not look exactly like what we expect, and also makes it clear that a relationship with Jesus is available to anyone from any background or culture. I don't read a lot of fiction, but I did enjoy this book.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher (Thomas Nelson) in exchange for my review.
ClaywalkerfanTulsa okAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5exciting bookNovember 17, 2018ClaywalkerfanTulsa okAge: 55-65Gender: femaleChosen people
This is fast reading book where Hana is a lawyer that speaks several languages and is from Israel. There was a terrorist attack on a mother and her young daughter, the daughter is left without a mother. Sadie the young girl was my favorite part of the book and also the puppy that Hana finds.
To me the book kinda left me wandering if there if there was going to be more in a future book but I don't believe it is a series. There was one guy in the book that wasn't sure if he was a bad guy or good guy. This is a type of a thriller book, not really one I normally read but it did keep me interested.
I received an advanced copy of the book from the publisher through Celebrate Lit. I was not required to write an positive review. This is my own opinion.
AnnelrBrighton, MIAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Compelling Legal ThrillerNovember 15, 2018AnnelrBrighton, MIAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Chosen People by Robert Whitlow is an intriguing legal thriller. Having read a number of this author's books I was very interested in reading this one and was not disappointed. Mr. Whitlow knows how to write legal fiction with action, intrigue, and a number of twists to the plot that increase the suspense and keep a reader's interest high. The premise of the book could be taken right from news headlines as the focus is on a terrorist incident that happened in Israel and how to hold the terrorists accountable, to bring justice and closure to the American family involved. The characters are a diverse mix--a secular American Jewish lawyer, a Christian Arab Israeli lawyer working in the United States, and an Arab Israeli private investigator; young children and old uncles; American Uber drivers and Israeli taxi drivers. The mix of nationalities and religions add depth to the story and the author gives good insight into those differences and the impact those differences make on the every-day lives of Arabs and Israelis living in Israel. Readers are given a glimpse of Israel as the characters travel there to begin their investigation into the incident and Whitlow describes well a number of places in Israel. Having recently traveled to Israel, I found his descriptions to be accurate and able to draw me back into the scenes. I liked how throughout the story Hana's faith is strong as she turns to God for wisdom and guidance. She recognizes that her heritage and ethnicity is not what defines her but her relationship with God transforms everything about who she is and how she relates to others, regardless of their heritage or ethnicity. A good lesson for each of us to learn. Chosen People is a great read as it weaves together a story of terrorism, the intricacies of international justice, and personal faith.
I received a complimentary copy of this book via CelebrateLit. A favorable review was not required and opinions are my own. This review is part of a CelebrateLit blog tour.