About the Book
Book: Chosen People
Author: Robert Whitlow
Genre: Legal Drama
Release Date: November 6, 2018
Bestselling author Robert Whitlow dives deep into the legal ramifications of a tragic event half a world away and how it affects two lawyers in Atlanta from vastly different backgrounds.
When Hana Abboud walked into the conference room, she was unprepared for the images of a horrific terrorist attack near the Western Wall in Jerusalem. But after watching a courageous mother sacrifice her life to save her four-year-old daughter, Hana knew she needed to help attorney Jakob Brodsky represent the family’s pursuit of justice against those who perpetrate acts of violent jihad. As an Arab Israeli lawyer trained at Hebrew University, Hana is uniquely qualified to step into the gap.
But they need a third partner, an investigator on the ground to help them unravel the snake pit of connections between the terrorists and an organization or company that can be sued in the American courts. Hana returns home to Israel and meets with investigator Hamid Hasan who quickly becomes more than a crucial part of the litigation team.
As Jakob and Hana investigate the case in the US, he is stalked on the streets of Atlanta by affiliates of a terrorist organization. Their pursuit of truth can only be resolved where it began: the streets of Jerusalem. But who can they trust? How deep does deceit go? Can two lawyers and a shadowy investigator impact the kind of violence and terror that has become common in our broken world?
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About the Author
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 J.D. 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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Inside the Story
Chosen People—a title that reflects both the Biblical designation for the Jewish nation as well as converted Christians—opens during a terrorist attack near the Western Wall in Jerusalem. A courageous mother sacrifices her life to save her young daughter, leaving behind a grieving husband and a motherless child.
Whitlow’s many trips to Israel and his in-depth research into the culture and laws of the Holy City are evident throughout the story. Furthermore, his experience as a lawyer gives him keen insight into the mind of his main character Hanna Abboud, an Arab Christian Israeli lawyer working in Atlanta.
“This book provides a unique perspective to this region and its peoples through the eyes of an Arab Christian who believes that the faithfulness of God and truths of the Bible are unshakable realities,” says Whitlow. “This viewpoint is rarely expressed, yet it is one that needs and deserves to be heard so that it can become part of our framework for understanding this vital part of the world and the people who live there.”
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 for a law firm, she is deemed to be just the right person to help with the case. She is both multi-lingual and well aware of the cultural differences between the nations. She is a strong intelligent woman with a lot to bring to the table. I don’t want to give anything away, but I won’t lie I was hoping for a different outcome relationship-wise for her. Having said that, I wouldn’t consider this book a romance though either.
Although I wish some differences were explained a bit more, I thought it was interesting to see the characters travel to Israel and experience what it was like in Israel. I liked that the author added a bit of tourism as I resonated with Jakob over his interest in seeing the sites of Jesus. There is a lot of division discussed in Israel in regards to not only location but ethnicity of the people. I admit to being confused in a few places because I wasn’t sure if events were handled the way they were truly due to cultural tension or some underlying deceit. It at least made for a more interesting story.
This is a book I would recommend to readers who are interested in legal fiction and relations with the Middle East. I wouldn’t consider the story very action-packed but would say it’s more about the obstacles the legal system faces in identifying and prosecuting terrorists. It’s an interesting read and will certainly leave you thinking.
*I received a copy of this book from the author through Celebrate Lit Tours and NetGalley. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.
Age Appropriateness/Content Warnings:
Terrorism can be a difficult topic to read about. There are a few executions by terrorists described in the story. I would say that while there is definitely violence in the story, it’s contained in a few short scenes. Romance plays a very little role and is clean. I would recommend for ages 15 and up.
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Great review, Becca! 🙂
I don’t know if I could read this book without crying.
Such a sad state our world is in. Come, Lord Jesus!
Definitely emotional but I would say it could also have been worse. By focusing as much as it did on more of the legalities of their situation it helped alleviate some of the more intense emotions.
Great review! I enjoy Robert Whitlow’s books.