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The First Hostage: A J. B. Collins Novel

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“His penetrating knowledge of all things Mideastern
—coupled with his intuitive knack for high-stakes intrigue
—demand attention.”


Former director of the Central Intelligence Agency

“If there were a Forbes 400 list of great current novelists, Joel Rosenberg would be among the top ten. . . . One of the most entertaining and intriguing authors of international political thrillers in the country. . . . His novels are un-put-downable.”


Editor in chief,

“One of my favorite things: An incredible thriller
—it’s called
The Third Target
by Joel C. Rosenberg. . . . He’s amazing. . . . He writes the greatest thrillers set in the Middle East, with so much knowledge of that part of the world. . . . Fabulous! I’ve read every book he’s ever written!”


Today Show

“Fascinating and compelling . . . way too close to reality for a novel.”


Governor of Arkansas

“[Joel Rosenberg] understands the grave dangers posed by Iran and Syria, and he’s been a bold and courageous voice for true peace and security in the Middle East.”


Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister

“Joel has a particularly clear understanding of what is going on in today’s Iran and Syria and the grave threat these two countries pose to the rest of the world.”


Former CIA operative in Iran and bestselling author of
A Time to Betray: The Astonishing Double Life of a CIA Agent Inside the Revolutionary Guards of Iran

“Joel Rosenberg is unsurpassed as the writer of fiction thrillers! Sometimes I have to remind myself to breathe as I read one of his novels because I find myself holding my breath in suspense as I turn the pages.”


Author and speaker

“Joel paints an eerie, terrifying, page-turning picture of a worst-case scenario coming to pass. You have to read [
Damascus Countdown
], and then pray it never happens.”


Former U.S. senator

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The First Hostage: A J. B. Collins Novel

Copyright © 2015 by Joel C. Rosenberg. All rights reserved.

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Designed by Dean H. Renninger

Scripture quotations are taken from the New American Standard Bible,
copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

The First Hostage
is a work of fiction. Where real people, events, establishments, organizations, or locales appear, they are used fictitiously. All other elements of the novel are drawn from the author’s imagination.

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Rosenberg, Joel C., date.

  The first hostage : a J. B. Collins novel / Joel C. Rosenberg.

    pages ; cm

  ISBN 978-1-4964-0615-6 (hc)

I. Title.

  PS3618.O832F57 2015

—dc23 2015029997

ISBN 978-1-4964-0628-6 (International Trade Paper Edition)

Build: 2015-10-12 16:02:32

To our son Jacob, a brave and steady soul in dark and troubled times.

“Blessed is the man who fears the
, who greatly delights in His commandments. . . . He will not fear evil tidings; his heart is steadfast.”

PSALM 112:1, 7


Cast of Characters


Part One

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Part Two

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

Chapter 20

Chapter 21

Chapter 22

Chapter 23

Chapter 24

Chapter 25

Chapter 26

Chapter 27

Chapter 28

Chapter 29

Chapter 30

Chapter 31

Part Three

Chapter 32

Chapter 33

Chapter 34

Chapter 35

Chapter 36

Chapter 37

Chapter 38

Chapter 39

Chapter 40

Chapter 41

Chapter 42

Chapter 43

Chapter 44

Chapter 45

Chapter 46

Chapter 47

Chapter 48

Chapter 49

Chapter 50

Chapter 51

Chapter 52

Chapter 53

Part Four

Chapter 54

Chapter 55

Chapter 56

Chapter 57

Chapter 58

Chapter 59

Chapter 60

Chapter 61

Chapter 62

Chapter 63

Chapter 64

Chapter 65

Chapter 66

Chapter 67

Chapter 68

Chapter 69

Chapter 70

Chapter 71

Chapter 72

About the Author




J. B. Collins
—foreign correspondent for the
New York Times

Allen MacDonald
—foreign editor for the
New York Times


Harrison Taylor
—president of the United States

Martin Holbrooke
—vice president of the United States

Marco Ramirez
—lieutenant general, commander of Delta Force

Jack Vaughn
—director of the Central Intelligence Agency

Robert Khachigian
—former director of the CIA

Arthur Harris
—special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Matthew Collins
—J. B.’s older brother


King Abdullah II
—the monarch of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Prince Marwan Talal
—uncle of the king of Jordan and a senior advisor

Prince Feisal bin al-Hussein
—brother of the king of Jordan and deputy supreme commander of the Jordanian armed forces

Abdul Jum’a
—lieutenant general, head of the army

Ibrahim al-Mufti
—major general, head of the air force

Yusef Sharif
—colonel and senior advisor to and chief spokesman for the king

Mohammed Hammami
—the king’s personal physician

Ali Sa’id
—chief of security for the Royal Court


Abu Khalif
—leader of the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS)

Jamal Ramzy
—commander of ISIS rebel forces in Syria and cousin of Abu Khalif


Daniel Lavi
—Israeli prime minister

Ari Shalit
—deputy director of the Mossad

Yael Katzir
—Mossad agent


Salim Mansour
—president of the Palestinian Authority

Youssef Kuttab
—senior aide to President Mansour


Amr El-Badawy
—general, commander of Egyptian special forces

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