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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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 topics such as terrorism.
I think the thing that struck me most was Whitlow’s ability to write Hana’s character. An Arab Israeli attorney who is working in the US, but called back to Jerusalem for a case. Not only is that interesting in itself, but she’s a Christian. You see a little bit of how Israeli’s must feel in our country today – assumptions made just because of their heritage. Whitlow certainly makes you pause, take a breath, and feel empathetic for those who know who are in similar situations. But he also brings to light the very truths of terrorism and some of the lies we believe about it. Yes, this is a work of fiction, but if you really think about it, it is easy to see how it mirrors today’s world.
This novel is full of action, contemplative moments, and even hope. Whitlow is an author I always look forward to reading, and I really hope he chooses to write more suspenseful novels like this. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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
Guest Post from Robert
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.”
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