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The Third Target: A J. B. Collins Novel

(J. B. Collins #1)

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4.27  ·  Rating details ·  5,022 ratings  ·  507 reviews
2016 Christian Book Award finalist (Fiction category)
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 inte
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ebook, 448 pages
Published January 6th 2015 by Tyndale House Publishers
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Huso I noticed it, but it's a work of fiction, so he can change names and presidential terms as he sees fit. I did notice the naïve foreign policies, so…moreI noticed it, but it's a work of fiction, so he can change names and presidential terms as he sees fit. I did notice the naïve foreign policies, so for a while I thought he was writing about Trump, but Trump is not a democrat. At least not anymore.(less)
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Negin
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
Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Rhonda Elfstrand
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?!
RACHEL
Feb 01, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
JonathanT
Jun 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
So this was fascinating! Although I will admit that some of the political maneuvering went COMPLETELY over my head. But I guess I can’t fault the book for that. However, there is one thing I can fault it for: lacking a strong cast of supporting characters. I would have enjoyed The Third Target A LOT more had the supporting characters been more developed.

Also, one other thing I can fault the book for: a ridiculous romance. Could we omit that? PLEASE? I’M BEGGING. Luckily, the romance wasn’t promi
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Jerry
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Steve
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
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Jean Wagner
Apr 16, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Emilie Hendryx
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, thriller
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
Matt
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Doug
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 polit
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Vicki Elia
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
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Opa
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aaron
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.
Mickey Hoffman
Feb 16, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What begins as a very improbable plot turns into a polemic about the "end times", replete with Bible verses.
MaryD
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.
Angel Parrish
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Dylan Cole
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Charlsa
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kristine Morgan
Dec 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although this is a work of fiction, it could very well have come from today's headlines. Joel Rosenberg lives in the Middle East and has a vast knowledge of the political situation over there. The Third Target is a fast-paced thriller that had me on the edge of my seat gasping for air as I read through some of the more intense scenes.The characters, while mostly fictional, are very true to life and the situations seem all too familiar if you follow the news from the Middle Eastern region. My onl ...more
Dave Milbrandt
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mark
Apr 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Michael Travis
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I hope there is a 2nd instalment coming... Great book and great way to learn about the Middle East.
Lauri
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Justin
Mar 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ending! Whoa.
Leonie Stanley
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Natalie Walters
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joel C. Rosenberg never disappoints. He's an author I know I can trust to deliver a thrilling story that'll have me gripped until the very end and The Third Target does not fail!!

I "read" through The Third Target through audiobook and the narrator is awesome!! I was instantly transported into the life of J.B. Collins and racing through the streets of Homs, Oman, and Washington D.C. in pursuit of the truth behind the terrorists and their attacks aimed to take down world leaders and nations. Brea
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Gary B
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
The first contemporary political thriller I've read in quite a while. It was enjoyable and with plenty of action. The story was somewhat linear and focuses on a journalist from the New York Times as he follows and then becomes part of the story in Syria, Iraq and Jordan. The primary antagonist is ISIS/ISIL and it was interesting to read about or consider some of the possibilities surrounding events in the middle east.
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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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