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Chosen People

(Chosen People #1)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  717 ratings  ·  158 reviews
Bestselling author Robert Whitlow returns with an international legal drama that speaks to critical issues of our day.

“You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation...”

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
Paperback, 448 pages
Published November 6th 2018 by Thomas Nelson
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Nov 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Many thanks to Robert Whitlow, Thomas Nelson Fiction and Netgalley for providing me with ARC in exchange for my honest review.*
My first book by Robert Whitlow was an interesting read though not a revelation. It seems that there is everything that a good Grisham-like novel needs: a legal pursuit against whoever was behind the terrorist attack in Jerusalem in which an American tourist is killed and her daughter injured, intelligent lawyers, one or two twists and turns, some background of Arab Chr
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
I definitely enjoyed this novel. Jakob (American Jew) and Hana (Arab Christian) are both young lawyers in Atlanta and join forces to bring justice following a crime of terror that occurred in Israel. The story is strongly about character development while they work toward building a case for the surviving victims.

It was small things about this novel that I loved. Young Sadie was a delightful character as was Hana's dog Leon. Jakob's Uber driver Emily was also a wonderful secondary character.

Chosen People by Robert Whitlow

Fascinating book. The three main characters were so different. The two I thought might get together were Hana Abboud, an attorney who is an Israeli/Arab Christian, and Jakob Brodsky, also a lawyer but referred to himself as a secular Jew. Surprisingly, he didn’t even know Jesus was a Jew. That’s pretty secular! Then there was Daud Hasan, also an Arab Christian and citizen of Israel. Hana and Daud both live in Israel, although temporarily Hana is working for a firm
Hallie Szott
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 unti ...more
I learned many things about law, terrorism and Israel by reading this book. That is the reason for my high rating.
Our book club has read quite a few of his books over the years. He is one of my favorite authors.
Genre: Christian Legal Suspense
Hana, Daud and Jakob are the main characters.
Setting: Atlanta,GA and Jerusalem, Israel.
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a great thriller as Whitlow always writes, but it was far more than that. There was much about Israel, West Bank, and surrounding nations. I really enjoyed the dialogue that revealed the different people that live in Israel and profit from them. The variety of views from Christian,Judaism,and Muslim all combine in such a small piece of land. I found the facts about all of this very fascinating.

The story itself was well done. I loved the suspense as well as the personal relationships for
Chautona Havig
What Did I Think of Chosen People & Do I Recommend It?

The short and sweet of it is that it’s exactly like and nothing like I expected—at the same time. I called every major plot point and also got twisted on a twist of a twisted twist, so I was wrong, too. How’s that for fun?

The characters? In classic Whitlow style, you really care about them. You believe them. Hana exhibits a beautiful blend of strength and femininity. Jakob? I loved every bit of him. Sadie?
Oh, dear. Sadie… That girl can move i
Carole Jarvis
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

Chosen 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 f
Robert Whitlow is known for his legal thrillers, and his newest release certainly doesn't disappoint. He always seems to write about things that are current topics. This book focuses on compensation for those killed or injured in a terrorist attack. Whitlow's writing is fast paced and includes amazing characters. With twists, turns, and unexpected surprises the suspense doesn't stop. His characters are masterfully woven into the plot line and each one plays an important part in the story. Faith ...more
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Today was different. As a Russian Jewish man, he watched the Jewish people moving across the square, something grew inside him. At first, he wasn't exactly sure what it meant. Then, suddenly, it hit him. He was a part of them, and they were a part of him. And with that realization, a floodgate opened, not of ethnic pride, but an awareness of the sadness and success and tragedy and glory and pain and persecution and achievement and prejudice experienced by the Jewish people for thousands of year ...more
Colleen Fauchelle
Mar 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
This is our book club book for the month. It could be a while till we get together because NZ is in lockdown for a month.
I didn't love this one, it took me a while to work out why and it is because it is mainly a sitting down and talking sort if book.
It's about a murder of a woman on holiday in Jerusalem 4 years ago and the Husband wants to get to the bottom of what happened was it a terrorist attack or a random attack. So he hires a lawyer who needs the backing of a well off firm to help fund
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chosen People by Robert Whitlow is a contemporary Christian legal thriller that will have you glued and guessing from the start. Theories and counter theories will fly through your head as you try to join the dots.
The novel deals with both terrorism and homeland security. Terrorism in Israel threatens the American people. A legal team must travel to the Holy Land searching for answers.
Chosen People has a very cleverly constructed plotline that is complicated and intricate, having the reader turn
Nov 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
Despite some interesting tidbits on the land of Israel (especially having been there personally), Israeli/Arab conflict, and Judaism and Christianity, this book was disappointing. Especially for a "thriller," it was dry and dull, with legalese and telling-not-showing making it even more tedious (there is excessive detail about unimportant things, like clothing, but at the same time, frequent whole conversations and "scenes" that are left out); and the characters felt detached, with robotic actio ...more
Becca-Rae Weidel
Islamic Terrorism is a very real and scary threat in the world today. Chosen People dives into a legal attempt at holding people in terrorism accountable for their actions. Through a complex hierarchical chain of lawyers and legal agencies, Ben Neumann is seeking restitution for the murder of his wife at the hands of two terrorists. 

Hana Abboud is an interesting character with a unique perspective that she is able to bring to the table. Raised in the Middle East but living and working in America
Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
I've read a few of Whitlow's books now, but this one was totally different than the ones I have read, and that was absolutely okay with me. Whereas his other books had me hooked emotionally, this one had me sitting on the edge of my seat, watching and waiting to see what would happen next for Hana and Jakob. Warning - this book does have some heavy content that may be a little tough to read. The reality is that it does happen in real life, and it was interesting to see Whitlow's perspective on t ...more
Edward Arrington
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have enjoyed every Robert Whitlow book that I have read, which includes every one I have been able to get my hands on. I watch for his new releases because I know the story will be good. In this case, the title also captured my imagination. Knowing that the Bible refers to the Jews as God’s chosen people, I checked the back cover to see how that played into this story. The author did not disappoint as he wove a beautiful story of a young Christian Arab Israeli lawyer and her work with a Jewish ...more
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog-reads

I have been a avid fan of Robert Whitlow's for a long time. I like John Grisham's works, but am always looking for an author with similarities, but has a Christian themes running through it. You will find this in Robert's works.

This is the latest legal thriller than can be ripped from the headlines. It is international intrigue with ties to religious facets that include terrorist attacks both abroad and on U.S. soil. Join me and other reade
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

"If the Lord wakes you in the night, do you know what to say?"

Hana Abboud has always had an instinctive urge to pray, especially in the middle of the night. Now a Christian Arab Israeli attorney involved in an international terrorism lawsuit from her office in Atlanta, Hana finds herself seeking the Lord's guidance at every turn; an innocent life was lost, a husband grieves the death of his wife, and a precious little girl is motherless; justice needs to be served.

Teaming with Jewish l
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this. I didn't realize it at the time but this is a "Christian novel" or a novel in the Christian genre. Truthfully, though I am a Christian I avoid a lot of Christian novels because i feel Christianity is often portrayed in a trite and silly manner often making character completely un-relateable or they come off as if they have no real struggles... either that or it's all about the romance. I was pleasantly surprised that this dealt with something more meaningful (terrorism in ...more
Dave Milbrandt
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read Whitlow before and was not as impressed as others. He seemed like John Grisham lite. In Chosen People, the legal fiction writer has matured in his storytelling. His style may not be as easy as the king of legal fiction, but he has developed a skill all his own. There was a great deal of tension throughout the story, but the ending seemed a bit rushed. A pretty good read overall.
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
A quick read and holds interest ... leaves the last 100 pages to culminate the plotline. I was hoping for a deep legal drama. If you're uncomfortable with religion, this title may be a little too "churchy" for you.
Lynn Trollope
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Captivating story! I was transported into the story and read all 423 pages in 24 hours. Would love to see this as a movie on the big screen.
Gwen Baggett
Jan 19, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a very well-written and effective exploration of the often complicated subject of Christian Jews and Christian Arabs. If read for that purpose, and done so from a Christian perspective, I find no fault in it. However, although the characters were wonderfully drawn and the plot was intriguing, it moved at a painfully slow pace. I did not find it compelling reading and there was no real tension until 85% of the way through the book. Had the author used his obviously great understanding of ...more
Margaret Kazmierczak
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
My Penny’s worth

The book begins with the wisdom of an old man.
“This is for you,” Anwar said: “Tell me if it tastes sweet.” “Did you know that the Lord says to ‘taste and see’ that he is good?” “He wants his goodness to be as real to you as the sweet juice in your mouth.” Hana one of the main characters is called from a young age to walk with God all the days of her life. This calling, being a chosen person, has a great impact on her life and future career.

Lovely interaction with God’s word
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Enjoyed learning more about Arab Christians who live in Israel and about their perspectives and culture's influence in their faith. As always, he weaves a beautiful story of grace and mercy.
Nora St Laurent
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m a Robert Whitlow fan, so when I had the opportunity to read this novel I jumped at the chance. This novel deals with subject matters no one wants to think are possible. The author first introduces readers to a very young Hana talking to her grandfather as he discusses the biblical story of Hannah and her son Samuel. He says to her, “If the Lord wakes you in the middle of the night, do you know what to do?”

“She replies, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.”

Then fast forward many years
Jessica Higgins
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Terrific international legal thriller!

Hana Abboud has always known that she would leave a chosen life ever since her uncle blessed her when she was a little girl in Israel. Now an international trial lawyer in Atlanta, she is surprised when she is suddenly pulled into a briefing by one of the senior partner’s to consider a case. Their firm was contacted by another young lawyer named Jakob Brodsky, who has taken on a long shot case concerning a family that took a trip to Jerusalem where the wife
Lisa Johnson
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Title: Chosen People
Author: Robert Whitlow
Pages: 448
Year: 2018
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Wow! I have read this author’s many novels and enjoyed them, which keeps me always on the watch for his next release. Here is his latest and most book inspiring to date! In the back, readers will learn he has wanted to publish the book for the last 15 years and decided now was the time to do so. It was worth the wait!
You can find out the synopsis of the story on any website, so I won’
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
Warning: do not relax while reading this latest high-stakes legal thriller from Robert Whitlow. While it’s tempting to do so when the text slows in places (particularly in the middle), giving in to that temptation would ultimately be a mistake. The slower pace at times can be attributed to the author’s tendency to tell rather than show details of character and setting, but ultimately the choice works for his proven style. Intriguing international law combines with the continuing complex and char ...more
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Robert Whitlow is the best-selling author of legal novels set in the South and winner of the prestigious Christy Award for Contemporary Fiction. A Furman University graduate, Whitlow received his J.D. with honors from the University of Georgia School of Law where he served on the staff of the Georgia Law Review. A practicing attorney, Whitlow and his wife, Kathy, have four children. They make thei ...more

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