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Chosen People

Chosen People

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Chosen People

évaluations:
4.5/5 (19 évaluations)
Longueur:
510 pages
8 heures
Éditeur:
Sortie:
Nov 6, 2018
ISBN:
9780718083755
Format:
Livre

Description

From the streets of Atlanta to the alleys of Jerusalem, Chosen People is an international legal drama where hidden motives thrive, the risk of death is real, and the search for truth has many faces.

During a terrorist attack near the Western Wall in Jerusalem, a courageous mother sacrifices her life to save her four-year-old daughter, leaving behind a grieving husband and a motherless child.

Hana Abboud, a Christian Arab Israeli lawyer trained at Hebrew University, typically uses her language skills to represent international clients for an Atlanta law firm. When her boss is contacted by Jakob Brodsky, a young Jewish lawyer pursuing a lawsuit on behalf of the woman’s family under the US Anti-Terrorism laws, he calls on Hana’s expertise to take point on the case. After careful prayer, she joins forces with Jakob, and they quickly realize the need to bring in a third member for their team, an Arab investigator named Daud Hasan, based in Israel.

As the case evolves, this team of investigators will uncover truths that will forever change their understanding of justice, heritage, and what it means to be chosen for a greater purpose.

  • First of the Chosen People novels (Chosen People, Promised Land)
  • Christian fiction set in the USA and in Israel
  • Full-length novel (over 120,000 words)
Éditeur:
Sortie:
Nov 6, 2018
ISBN:
9780718083755
Format:
Livre

À propos de l'auteur

Robert Whitlow is the bestselling author of legal novels set in the South and winner of the Christy Award for Contemporary Fiction. He received his JD with honors from the University of Georgia School of Law where he served on the staff of the Georgia Law Review. Website: robertwhitlow.com; Twitter: @whitlowwriter; Facebook: robertwhitlowbooks.


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  • (3/5)
    Two years ago, while on a trip in Jerusalem with her husband and young daughter, American tourist Gloria Neumann was killed in a terrorist attack. Now, lawyers Hana Abboud and Jakob Brodsky must take their investigation of this case from Atlanta to Jerusalem to seek justice for the Neumann family in Chosen People by author Robert Whitlow.This was my first time reading this author who's been on my radar for a few years. The mix of heritages and ethnicities drew me to this legal drama, Jakob being Jewish and Hana being a Christian Arab Israeli living in America. I once read an enlightening memoir written by an Arab Orthodox Christian and Israeli-Palestinian-Arab citizen, so I was as interested in learning more about Hana's character as I was in finding out about the case at the center of the novel.The reading was slow going for me, taking a few tries and about half the book before I really got into it. I didn't find the plot development as tight or gripping as I would have liked. The writing style isn't quite as sharp as I'll admit I expected, and certain explanations throughout the book are like little info-dumps.One of the romantic storylines is rather rushed and trite, developed through clichés. It also seems to force (rush) the romantic characters into their ending. Unless a book is a romance novel where a certain kind of ending is mandatory, I think love stories are sometimes more poignant and believable when they're left a bit open-ended, without major, permanent commitments or a happy wrap-up that seems like it should have at least taken more time.Nevertheless, I enjoyed the international legal suspense in this novel. I'll likely read more by this author in the future.___________BookLook Bloggers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.
  • (4/5)
    After a terrorist attack in Jerusalem leaves a young girl motherless and her husband grieving, Hana Abboud finds herself involved in an antiterrorist lawsuit where the elusive truth may change everything the young lawyer understands. A tightly-woven plot, filled with twists, turns, and unexpected reveals, keeps the suspense building in this page-turner narrative. The characters are credible, the settings well-defined, and the story intriguing. Terrorism and homeland security make the narrative relevant to today; readers will find much to contemplate and to appreciate in this strong-on-faith contemporary Christian thriller. Recommended.
  • (4/5)
    I 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.
  • (5/5)
    This has been one of the most intriguing books I've read. It starts innocently about a law firm wanting to sue for the death of a woman. What entails is a much more in depth look at Islamic terrorism and details of a culture we very rarely get a peek into. The author is very versed in his description of Jerusalem. I walked beside the characters as they visited the empty tomb. I could feel the overwhelming peace as they each took a turn going into the room where the tomb was. The author has always been a gifted writer, but this book has shot him to the top of master story telling. The story is very detailed and I loved following alongside Hana as she investigated a tragedy that we only hear about on the news. The details of the crime were vivid and it enhanced the brutality of the murder. Hana is a very determined woman who impressed me with her faith. I usually talk about the different characters in my review , but for this book I want to concentrate on the story itself. The author is very gifted in weaving a story about terrorism that involves a lawsuit that reaches far across the waters. There is definitely danger in the story and I wasn't sure who to trust. The twists the author puts in makes the story suspenseful and one that keeps you on your toes. I have to say I felt like I was watching a movie because the authors words are so powerful and vivid. The saying " A picture is worth a thousand words" would be almost perfect to describe the book. However the story is many more words that took me away to a realistic view of what terrorism and betrayal looks like. I have often wondered what it would be like to visit Jerusalem and with the help of the author I felt like I was there placing my hand on the wall. I could hear the prayers that wailed from the people as they placed their hands upon the wall. Yes, I loved the book not so much for the characters, even though they were well written. I loved the book because the author doesn't sugar coat anything in re guards to Jesus. He is not in your face about Jesus, but in a compassionate way, reveals how much Jesus loves all people. Yes I said all. The story is a good suspenseful book which keeps the tension going. The author has gotten my full attention with this outstanding story of deceit, loyalty, terrorism, compassion and chalked full of interesting facts about a country we all need to pray for.I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
  • (5/5)
    Robert Whitlow is one of my favorite authors. In fact, he is also one of my husband’s favorites and one of my book club’s favorites. We are all very excited when a new novel is released. So it was with the great anticipation of a good read that I opened the cover of Chosen People. Oh, my goodness! Chosen People moves up to the top of the list for best book by Whitlow. This book has it all! It gets a highly recommended rating from me.Chosen People is legal drama at its best — an intriguing case, determined attorneys seeking justice, and clients that deserve the best of outcomes. Add to this a timely backdrop of international terrorism, a mix of cultures and beliefs, and the setting of Israel, and you get a book that is sure to please the most discerning of readers. Whitlow has succeeded in bringing to life the vibrant world of modern Israel from the perspectives of Israeli Jew and Arab, and those who visit from other parts of the world. The lawsuit that main characters Hana, Jakob, and Daud pursue is a complex mix of American anti-terrorism laws, financial investigations, and dark underworld connections. It kept this reader engaged throughout. The early parts of the book deal heavily with the case, but it soon becomes apparent that there is danger for all who are connected to the case. And while I loved the intricacies of the law, the characters were the real star. I had several favorites, but it is Hana Abboud, an Israeli Arab Christian working as a lawyer in Atlanta, that captured my imagination. She is obviously skilled in her work, but her faith is real and alive and was inspiring on many levels. She cares for all people regardless of their ethnicity or religion. Hana indeed is a woman who lives out her faith in tangible ways. She describes it to her co-counsel in this way: . . . my relationship with God through Jesus is my core. I know that’s a religious statement, but it’s not just a belief or an idea; it transforms everything about who I am and how I relate to all people, regardless of who they are and where they come from.” (p.354). What a great statement! There are many powerful, faith-filled moments in this book that add a depth to an already excellent legal suspense novel.My book club will be reading Chosen People in the coming months. I cannot wait to hear where our discussion will take us. Grab this book and some friends — you will want to talk about it when you are finished.Highly Recommended.Great for Book Clubs.Audience: Adults.(Thanks to Thomas Nelson for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)
  • (4/5)
    Robert Whitlow's legal suspense stories never fail to intrigue. His knowledge of our country's legal system adds credibility to his novels. In Chosen People Whitlow demonstrates that his knowledge is not limited to our country's borders, as this book is set in both the U.S. and the Middle East. Whitlow confronts the need to hold those who fund terrorism accountable. He also gives his readers a glimpse into the complexity of being a Christian of Middle Eastern heritage. Hana Abboud, a Christian Arab Israeli, practices law at a firm in Atlanta, Georgia. Because of her knowledge of the languages and cultures of the area, Hana is asked to represent the firm in a case involving the death of an American woman killed by terrorists in Jerusalem. Hana would be working with an attorney from a small firm, Jakob Brodsky, a secular Jew from a Russian background, who had approached a senior partner of the larger firm about being co-counsel in the case. Their first order of business would be to uncover connections between the terrorists and a funding entity who would then be sued. Little did Hana and Jakob know the impact this case would have on their own lives. I would recommend Chosen People, and indeed any book by this author, to fans of mysteries and suspense. Whitlow's work appeals to both men and women. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
  • (3/5)
    I have enjoyed Robert Whitlow’s legal thrillers in the past, so I couldn’t help picking up Chosen People. The premise fascinated me with its ties to terrorism, crime, and cultural and religious differences, and I enjoyed seeing the characters navigate through these aspects to uncover evidence for the lawsuit. While there are times when the cultural and religious explanations bog down and distract from the story, it is full of twists and turns (both predictable and not) that kept me guessing until the end. So, if you enjoyed Whitlow’s books or legal thrillers in general, consider checking out Chosen People—you might enjoy it. Thanks to Celebrate Lit, I received a complimentary copy of Chosen People and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.
  • (5/5)
    What an introduction to a new author! As one who normally reads historical fiction, I loved the details of history in Hana's family, all the wonderful details from Israel and the Biblical truths thrown into the mix. Terrorism is real in our world, even if we feel safe in our cities and towns here in America. I can't imagine visiting an ice cream shop and watching someone be attacked and killed. The intrigue, romance, mystery and spiritual warfare kept me at the edge of my seat. Was it even possible to find out who was behind the attack in Hurva Square and thus seek damages for those left behind? A mugging, car bomb and abduction all create questions about who really is involved and are international players included. I loved the fact that redemption happens wherever you are regardless of who you are.I received this ARC through CelebrateLit and this review gives my personal impressions and opinions.