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-Book Review: “The Third Target”

by Dr. D ~ February 16th, 2015

by Joel C. Rosenberg (Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.,  2015, 448 pages)

Another non-stop action adventure from Joel C. Rosenberg. This is the first installment in a new series that, as usual with this writer, seems to have been taken right off the pages of world news.

This time Rosenberg writes a fictional story about ISIS and the ruthless potential of this group to go beyond its roots as merely an al Qaeda terrorist cell to become a major player on the international stage. Rosenberg claims that he never even heard of the group when he began his research. But while he was writing this novel, ISIS rose up to become a major player in the Middle East. A group which is growing in infamy in the West and stature among radical Islamists.

Here’s the publisher’s blurb about this fictional story:

When New York Times foreign correspondent J. B. Collins hears rumors that an al-Qaeda splinter cell—ISIS—has captured a cache of chemical weapons inside Syria, Collins knows this is a story he must pursue at all costs. Does the commander of the jihadist faction really have the weapons? If so, who is the intended target? The U.S.? Israel? Or someone else?

With tensions already high, the impending visit of the American president to the region could prove to be the spark that sets off an explosion of horrendous proportions. Knowing that terrorist forces are already trying to bring down two Arab governments in the region—Iraq and Syria—can Collins uncover the truth before it’s too late? Or will the terrorists succeed in setting their sights on the third target and achieving genocide?

Besides the action story there is a second theme running throughout. The main character (JB Collins), who on the outside is a world known highly successful journalist, on the inside like most of us he is dealing with a number of personal issues surrounding friends, family, and a former wife. He is also challenged to consider his understanding of religion and the place of God in his life which he has substantially ignored up to this point. Meanwhile, a friend who is a Jordanian prince is pushing him to become a Muslim while his brother who is a Christian minister is talking to him about Jesus.

I highly recommend this book and any of the others that Rosenberg has written in the past. The action in the novel is an exciting ‘can’t put it down’ ride. But the potential for some of the story to become a reality is also very chilling. In that regard it is thought provoking and possibly a portend of what we may soon be facing in the near future.            *Top

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