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Promised Land

(Chosen People #2)

4.50  ·  Rating details ·  70 ratings  ·  33 reviews
With historical mysteries, religious intrigue, and political danger, Promised Land asks one momentous question: What if your calling puts you—and your family—in the crosshairs?

Despite their Israeli citizenship, Hana and Daud cannot safely return to their homeland because a dangerous terrorist ring is threatening Daud. Hana is perfectly fine remaining in the United States,
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Paperback, 400 pages
Published January 14th 2020 by Thomas Nelson
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Staci
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2020
Promised Land builds upon the delightful tale that began with Chosen People. The bond between young Sadie and Hana is rightfully different now with the passage of time, but it's still an important relationship for both of them. The action was a little lighter than the first in the series. What was stronger was the message of marriage as a partnership and turning to God for guidance. Daud and Hana faced more than one trial within the pages and I loved seeing how they so realistically worked ...more
Leslie
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recently I finished reading Robert Whitlow's book The Promised Land. This was most exciting as I finished the book just prior to visiting Israel myself. Before reading this book, I read The Chosen People which is the first book in the series. Reading it first is really important to understanding The Promised Land as it introduces Hana and Daud and many of the other characters. The Promised Land also picks up where the first book left off as any good sequel should do.

As a legal thriller, The
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Curtis
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I do not get or take the time to read fiction. I love and enjoy fiction but rarely have the time to read it. This when I do get to read a good fiction it has to be good. I grew up reading Tolkien (naming two kids after characters in his works) and expect fiction to grip me from page one.
I only requested this work b cause I have read a few of the authors works years ago and enjoyed them, but was hesitant. Sometimes we find authors get worse as the years go by, losing their edge on creating a
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Laura Langley
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Robert Whitlow's novel "Promised Land" gives readers a glimpse of what it means to be an Arab Christian from Jerusalem. If you're looking for realistic, modern-day fiction, Whitlow provides in this novel that follows the lives of ex-intelligence officer Daud and his wife Hana, an accomplished lawyer fluent in Arabic, Hebrew, and English. The couple's determination to carve out a life of safety and security for themselves rubs up against their love for Israel, their homeland--which isn't so safe. ...more
Jessica Higgins
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another terrific story with one of my favorite characters ever written!

A lot has changed since Hana and Daud were married. They feel that they can no longer stay in their homeland of Israel because of enemies Daud made while working with the Mossad. They believe it is best to return to America and live in Atlanta, which is where Hana’s law office. Hana continues with her work and Daud sets himself up a company to assist corporations looking to open an office in the middle east as his primary
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Ian
This is my first Whitlow story and as it's the second in the series I hadn't read the first one. However, I don't think I missed anything by not having done so.

This is a challenging one for me to review. There's much to like about the story and other aspects to it I found a little lacking. Let's start with the positive. Hana Abboud Hasan is an excellent character, she is strong and vulnerable, smart and tremendously caring for everyone who comes into her orbit. I particularly appreciated how
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Cathy Morgan
Daud and Hana are settling in to life in America. As Arab Christians who grew up in Israel but were forced to leave after an incident in Jerusalem, they have the language skills and Middle East contacts to help in a range of situations, and Daud is sent to Egypt to extract a Ukrainian scientist who is looking to sell his knowledge to the government there. He arrives only just in time to save the man's life - thus putting himself in the crosshairs of the people who had attempted the ...more
Sue
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was my first book by Robert Whitlow and is definitely won't be my last. I think that this book could have been much better for me if I'd read the first book in the series Chosen People. I was confused by several things that would have probably made more sense if I'd read the books in order. I plan to read Chosen People and then re-read Promised Land. After that I will amend my review if needed.

Hana and Doud are a newly married couple who live in Atlanta. They are both originally from
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Floyd
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Robert Whitlow has been one of my favorite writers for a number of years - Promised Land did not disappoint. Daud and Hana Hasan are both involved in international careers - Daud working as a security consultant for organizations seeking to expand their presence into the Middle East and Hana working as a lawyer for a law firm serving international clients. Both speak multiple languages and have a cross-cultural background that serves them well.

Daud also occasionally contracts with the CIA using
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Nora St Laurent
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had read the first book The Chosen People and looked forward to reading the sequel. Book, one had readers get to know the main characters before their paths crossed, it took readers through Israel, went into the drama Hana and Daud went through when they first met and started working together. The story was fast paced and suspenseful.as their travels took them back and forth from the Promised Land and the US.

This story picks up with Hana Abbound Hasan who is a strong, smart, vulnerable and
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Kelly Hodgkins
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rahal Abaza sat motionless in front of the panoramic view of the Persian Gulf.“ - Opening line of “Promised Land” by Robert Whitlow

This is my first experience with a Robert Whitlow novel and Promised Land is a fascinating journey! It is the second in a series but I didn’t feel I was missing anything in starting with this one. Crossing back and forth between the Middle East and America, the story follows lawyer Hana and her husband Daud, a highly trained agent as they work to unravel the mystery
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Nora St Laurent
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I had read the first book The Chosen People and looked forward to reading the sequel. Book, one had readers get to know the main characters before their paths crossed, it took readers through Israel, went into the drama Hana and Daud went through when they first met and started working together. The story was fast paced and suspenseful.as their travels took them back and forth from the Promised Land and the US.

This story picks up with Hana Abbound Hasan who is a strong, smart, vulnerable and
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Betti
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
‘There is a promised land without and a land of promises within. Both realms are yours to possess if you pass the tests.’ - a blessing from Great-uncle Anwar

Having throughly enjoyed Chosen People, I was looking forward to getting to know Hana and Daud a little better. This book certainly did not disappoint! As Christian Arabs they are in a unique position to influence many, especially since they are both fluent in several languages. Since Israel is no longer a safe place for them, they live and
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Loraine
Promised Land, the second book in the Chosen People series, continues the story of Arab Christians, Hana Aboud and Doud Hasan who now live in Atlanata, Georgia. Hana is a lawyer and works with American companies setting up business in the middle east as she speaks 4 languages. Doud is an ex-Mossad agent, but now has his own private investigative and consulting agency. Caught up in a terrorist attack in Jerusalem, Doud is still being pursued by one of the terrorists' brother. This story takes the ...more
Claudia
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Like every Robert Whitlow book I have ever read, I did not want this book to end. Readers cannot help but get deeply involved in the lives of Hana Abboud Hasan and her husband, Daub, Christian Arabs living in Atlanta, Georgia. Hana and Daub married following the harrowing events told in Book One of Whitlow's Chosen People series. (I won't include any spoilers for those who haven't had the pleasure of reading it yet.) Daub has moved his security business to live in the United States where Hana is ...more
Ebos Aifuobhokhan
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book should be made into a movie. Action packed, suspense filled and engaging.

I liked the couple Daud and Hana. Their relationship was unique due to a lot of hurdles they crossed to be together. Daud was a security personnel who works intelligence and that took him a lot to the Mideast where his heart was and where he hoped to make a life. Hana a lawyer who works with a law firm where she does legal work and helps translate Hebrew to English and vice versa. Their mideastern heritage opens
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Meghan
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

At first when I read the description of Promised Land I had a lot of expectations of inspiration from this book and I am glad to say that I was not disappointed. Robert Whitlow does a phenomenal job correlating each chapter creating a flow that is easy to grasp and easy to love. The back stories of Daud and Hana are so strikingly motivating that it made me
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Susan
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Newlyweds Hana and Doud are adjusting to married life in Atlanta. She has her job at a law firm, friends, and dog. He has his security consulting job that takes him all over the world and into more dangerous situations than he lets on to Hana.

When her friend Jakob asks for her help in recovering stolen artifacts for a client, it gives Hana and Doud the opportunity to partner on a project. It also gives Doud the opportunity to travel to Jerusalem, where he falls in love with a house. At the same
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Christine Lowe
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Robert Whitlow is one of my favorite authors. The subjects he chooses to write about are always interesting and I often learn something new. He writes from a Christian viewpoint but is not preachy.

The Promised Land has mystery, intrigue, family dynamics and Middle East politics to keep the reader interested. The characters are skillfully crafted and believable. One of the themes is the importance of hope for peaceful coexistence between Christians and Muslims in the Middle East. We see in the
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Susan
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Newlyweds Hana and Doud are adjusting to married life in Atlanta. She has her job at a law firm, friends, and dog. He has his security consulting job that takes him all over the world and into more dangerous situations than he lets on to Hana.

When her friend Jakob asks for her help in recovering stolen artifacts for a client, it gives Hana and Doud the opportunity to partner on a project. It also gives Doud the opportunity to travel to Jerusalem, where he falls in love with a house. At the same
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Floraljoy
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Captivating read full of mystery and intrigue:
This book seamlessly combined politics, intrigue and religion. It was fast paced and action filled yet still with a human interest side that made it spellbinding. I thought the authour gave an accurate portrayal of the situation in the Middle East and it provided insight into both sides of the equation. The book was informative yet the plot wasn't bogged down by all of the facts.
I also found Hanna's faith and quiet times with God inspiring and
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Joyce
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a complimentary copy of this book.Opinions expressed in this book are completely my own.
Absolutely loved this book.Its my first time reading a book by this author but after reading this I’m going to get his other books. He seamlessly combined politics,spying,the Middle East extremely well into a carefully crafted story that had a lot of human interest and being a Christ follower.
Not a lot of fiction is written about Middle Eastern Christians and set in today’s turbulent times. This
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Melissa
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Robert whitlow is an author I found on accident. I purchased a book at a clearance sale because I love historical fiction and I love learning about Israel. I requested to read this book because I loved the first one so much. This author has an easy to read writing style and his work is action packed. I was on the edge of my seat. Imagine my delight when I realized this was the follow up book to the first one I read. I can’t wait to read more by this author. Thank you so much for the opportunity ...more
Melissa
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Robert whitlow is an author I found on accident. I purchased a book at a clearance sale because I love historical fiction and I love learning about Israel. I requested to read this book because I loved the first one so much. This author has an easy to read writing style and his work is action packed. I was on the edge of my seat. Imagine my delight when I realized this was the follow up book to the first one I read. I can’t wait to read more by this author. Thank you so much for the opportunity ...more
Janet
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am a huge fan of Robert Whitlow. I have read several of his books. He is a masterful story teller. This book is definitely not my favorite. I had a difficult time getting into the story and relating to the characters. To me, it drug on it was hard to keep interested. About two-thirds of the way through, the main characters Hana and Daud finally came alive for me and I enjoyed the story more. Maybe I am not as “worldly “ as I think I am. I won’t stop reading Mr. Whitlow’s books- I might even go ...more
Pernette
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Incredible! I would give Promised Land 10 stars if I could. Robert Whitlow did an excellent job creating his characters, Hana and Daud and creating the storyline. He must have done tremendous research and it shows. This is a very action-packed, fast-paced novel. The intrigue and mystery are so intense it is palpable. Promised Land was one of those books where you know something bad is going to happen and you don't want to finish it. Hana and Daud are both Christian Israelis living in Atlanta. ...more
Tom Burkholder
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In the book Promised Land, author Robert Whitlow continues the story of Hana Abboud and Daud Hasan. Now married and living in America, Daud is struggling to stay safe from his past. While Hana is happy in America, her lawyer friend Jakob Brodsky has an intriguing case that keeps pulling her and Daud back to the Middle East. But are they safe returning?
This is a great continuation to the story, showing how life and family can be wonderful but also complicated. I would highly recommend this book.
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Sonya Aydell
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first novel I have read by Robert Whitlow, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. Promised Land is the second book in the “Chosen People” series. I read it without reading the first book and had no problems following the characters and storyline. Daud and Hana’s story takes the reader from Atlanta, Georgia to Israel while weaving a gripping tale of intrigue and suspense. I was impressed by the author’s attention to detail and character development. The storyline had so many twists and ...more
Emily Yager
Robert Whitlow is a new to me author, so this is the first book that I have read by him. This work of fiction takes a unique look at what it's like to be an Arab-Christian from Jerusalem. A realistic look in today's modern world, specifically Middle Eastern politics. Mixed with a bit of mystery, intrigue, and a touch of family drama. Promised Land is an interesting read that tells a story from both sides of the fence that focuses on real issues that everyone is (or at least should be) aware of.
Doug Yonce
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent sequel makes me wish I’d read the first book first. The main characters show us that our citizenship is not really here on earth as they blend American, Israeli, Arab, and Christianity all together in an excellent blend of adventure, intrigue, and faith. Robert Whitlow novels are always winners, but this one moves the bar even higher.
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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 ...more

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