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The Third Target

(J. B. Collins #1)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  5,915 ratings  ·  562 reviews
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, he knows this is a story he must pursue at all costs. Does the commander of the jihadist faction really have weapons of mass destruction? If so, who is the intended target? The U.S.? Israel? Or someone else? With ...more
Hardcover, 450 pages
Published January 6th 2015 by Tyndale House Publishers
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Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who like modern-day thrillers
Although a bit wordy and predictable at times, this was an enjoyable thriller. I love that Rosenberg writes about such timely and relevant subjects.

Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)
Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
After a somewhat slow start, this book took off in an almost prophetic way. I often had to remind myself that Mr Rosenberg was writing before the events in Jordan had taken place and not after. It is frightening how very close he has pegged the situation with ISIS and the strength and courage of Jordan's leader, King Abdullah ll. Perhaps it is not so hard to predict the coming crisis that ISIS is predicating and its role in the extreme wants of the Jihadists, that of Israel's destruction and the ...more
Tracie Crawford
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A warning we should heed

Another fabulous book by Joel C. rosenberg. This time his insights on ISIS should give us a warning on this group and wake up our minds to the path this group is taking.
Feb 01, 2015 rated it did not like it
The plot was a decent one, but the main character was just not very interesting, & he was downright egotistical & annoying to me. The way he seems to escape death so many times would never happen realistically. He has no concept of survivor skills & put people around him in danger for his own gain. ISIS would have killed him in Syria or taken him hostage & that would have been more realistic. He would neither be treated like royalty by foreign governments/monarchies, nor courted by spy agencies. ...more
Rhonda Elfstrand
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I don't know how Joel Rosenberg does it, but he has captured the headlines once again. My only question is ... When does the next one come out?! ...more
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Jean Wagner
Apr 16, 2015 rated it did not like it
Great idea. Fine writing. Exciting action and a generally likable and interesting protagonist. But. When I got to the altar call in the middle of the story, I quit. I also stop reading novels that rely too heavily on vulgar language, sex or polarizing political views. I would greatly enjoy a straight up thriller written by Mr. Rosenberg. This isn't. ...more
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Joel C. Rosenberg proves himself to be "a modern Nostradamus" once again, by telling about the evil actions of terrorist group ISIS/ISIL...before most people had ever heard of them. A chilling read, but a great one, and very timely. ...more
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
You really need to suspend disbelief for this for this book. Protagonist is like a comic book hero.
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Rosenberg presents yet another political thriller with aspects pulled from the headlines, sure to interest a large cross-section of readers. New York Times foreign correspondent J. B. Collins is given a once in a lifetime opportunity, to interview a high-ranking official of ISIS. Collins can use this exclusive as a means to learn much about the organisation and its structure. While the governments of Iraq and Syria have both been targets, Collins learns of a third target, one in which terror wil ...more
Time and time again Rosenberg has written novels that have turned out to be things that have happened in reality, almost as if he were a prophet. How does he do this? He says it's simply from studying Old Testament prophecies which describe events to occur in the End Times. Then he uses his imagination to create a story of events that could logically happen. Once again he is spot on in realism, and he doesn’t disappoint with his latest book, tying the conflict inherent in the Middle East with th ...more
Mickey Hoffman
Feb 16, 2015 rated it did not like it
What begins as a very improbable plot turns into a polemic about the "end times", replete with Bible verses. ...more
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-it, loaned-out
If you're afraid of Middle East events or Bible prophecy you should probably avoid this book. Joel C Rosenberg is a CHRISTIAN author with his finger on the pulse of Middle Eastern events & politics. As such you should expect his novels to be flavoured that way. If I pick up a book by a secular author I can expect it may contain things I'm not comfortable reading and read it with that understanding.
The Third Target gives exactly what you'd expect from Rosenberg, a reasonably fast-paced political
Vicki Elia
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
Audiobook Review

As the resident apostate, this is a critical review. Rosenberg is a superb thriller writer, with excellent knowledge of the Middle East, and nails this story as current and timely with the feel of real-time reporting in the middle of world-wide ISIS terrorism. The story is non-stop action and tremendously well-founded in geopolitical facts. For all this superb writing, the non-Christian or secular consumer is subjected to proselytizing that actually does not deepen the novel, but
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Joel Rosenberg is one of my most favorite authors. This thriller is so intense and timely that I just blasted through it in just a couple of days. I won't spoil anything about it, just read it, it was great. ...more
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great book by Joel Rosenberg, timely in its assessment of current events in the Middle East.
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An exciting beginning of the 3 volume J. B. Collins series. Here is a story that can very well take place in the not too far future. It gives the present condition of the world and where it could lead to. The story starts out slow but picks up speed as you read further along. As a matter of fact, it is a wonder why J. B. Collins survived to the end. But I have a feeling it is not over yet. I am looking forward to the next volume. There are Scripture references used which is good. However, I was ...more
First- Warning!!! This book ends in a cliffhanger!

Second- The narrator struggled with the foreign/ whispering voices which made it hard for the listeners to understand the dialogue.

Third- The book itself kept me interested most of the time, though the beginning was rather slow.

Note: There is mention of Faith, and belief in Jesus as the Savior, but it's not overpowering and takes up just a little of the plot.
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first in a 3 book series.... Mr. Rosenberg wastes no time. The action packed ride starts immediately.

If you enjoy tons of action, along with very plausible plot lines..... Then this is the series for you. He does not disappoint.
Angel Parrish
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: snagged-library
Saved $14 because I Snagged @ The Library!

WOW. Rosenberg does it again! Not since the Left Behind series have I felt so smack-in-the-middle of events happening in a country with which I'm completely unfamiliar. And yet I could not put it down.

About the concept: I'll admit it--I'm not as knowledgeable about matters in the Middle East as an informed citizen should be. I probably don't know as much as I should about the arguments pro & con regarding a fully realized Palestinian state and how it aff
Dylan Cole
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Emilie Haney
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller, audiobook
What a truly excellent book! This is my first Rosenberg novel and it definitely will not be my last. I have so enjoyed the way in which Rosenberg writes! His main character J.B. is such a relatable character! I love how he has been created with flaws in the midst of all of his good qualities. I quickly found myself rooting for him. I also love the journey that he's taken on in this book – at first it seems like there isn't much he could do as a journalist but that's completely proven wrong by th ...more
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow! That was some finish to the first book in his new series. Once again, Joel C. Rosenberg writes a provides us a novel that is full of timely and accurate information in regards to the geopolitical climate of the Middle East and USA, and he does it in this fast-paced and riveting story. I'm ready for the next installment. It is critical that we as U.S. citizens understand the religion-based politics that guide the actions of all those in the Middle East so that we understand how our own decis ...more
Dave Milbrandt
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I normally enjoy Joel C. Rosenberg and The Third Target was no different. The "ripped from tomorrow's headlines" quality of this book elevates it beyond its competitors. The author did his research and it shows. The ideology behind the recent Jordanian response to ISIS is forecast in this book. The author obviously is an expert in Middle East affairs and the way he weaves that expertise into his narrative is eminently powerful. The protagonist is engaging and dynamic, plus his internal conflict ...more
Apr 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you like Tom Clancy, Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, Clive Cussler, this book is in the same genre and is as good or better. What is particularly amazing is the author started this in 2010-2011 before ISIS was recognized! The parallels to what is geopolitical reality now is scary.

What is the premise, ISIS gains WMD while the creation of a Palestinian State is all but a done deal. A page turner that I could not put down but again, the reader must like thrillers. I would strongly recommend this for a b
Jim A
Jul 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Run of the mill terrorist novel. The main difference is the protagonist is an international journalist for the New York Times as opposed to the usual government operative.

For me, Rosenberg has a writing style that took some getting used to.
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
a 5 despite the ending. Didn't realize it was going to be a series. Now I'll have to wait a year to find out what happens. ...more
Michael Travis
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I hope there is a 2nd instalment coming... Great book and great way to learn about the Middle East.
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Just a little on the predictable side , but if you like Rosenberg , you'll like this one . ...more
Leonie Stanley
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Third Target by Joel Rosenberg is the first book in the J.B. Collins series, who is an award-winning New York Times correspondent. From the first words in Chapter one tension was building. It opens with A.B. Collins rushing to meet the king. The traffic is crazy and as it is time for prayers, there is no quick way to get through or even around the thousands of people descending on the mosque.
We start our journey in Jerusalem during the year 1951, mere months after the assassination of the 58
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Joel C. Rosenberg is the founder of The Joshua Fund and the New York Times best-selling author of THE LAST JIHAD (2002), THE LAST DAYS (2003), THE EZEKIEL OPTION (2005), THE COPPER SCROLL (2006), EPICENTER (2006) and DEAD HEAT (2008) with m

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