Loved the 1st book and now this one, I could not put it down. So sorry book number 3 is not available. I even called the publisher and they don't have it either. The story is very current to things going on right now. It is a page turner.
Well written, held my attention. I was a little concerned as to whether Wendy Poole was interested in Zack as more than a friend while the search for Diane was still going on. On the publishing side, a few comments: On the back side of the first inside page, under 'Also by Don Brown', book 2 is titled as "Defiance", yet the facing page says "Hostage" is book 2. Is there a third book? Lastly, on page 326, Judge Norgaard is identified on the 5th line of the page as Judge Brewer. Sloppy job of proofreading.
If you like the TV shows JAG and NCIS you will love this book. It combines military, legal, and love in a Christian fiction action story that draws you into the story in the first few pages. I couldn't wait to get started on book three. Glenn D. Scott, Lt Col USAF Retired.
Better than Mr. Brown's first book, Treason.He seems to get better with more experience. Nice to have a book without all the bad words and sex that so many authors have included.Have read the third book "Hostage" in the series. It is even better.
Am I the only one who could see the profoundly anti-Islamic bent that shone through so clearly to me? Every single Islamic person in this book was portrayed as a terrorist. In many cases, a character would be cast into suspicion simply because of their religious affiliation, and the author seemed to endorse this as an acceptable practice. When the captain of the USS Truman was accused of this kind of racial profiling in a court of law, never once did the author use a character in the book to condemn this overt racism. The underlying message of the book seemed to be that every Muslim in the US Armed Forces is a potential terrorist and, therfore, Muslims should not be allowed to serve in the military. All Muslim authority figures (Abdur Rahman, Hussein Al-Akhma) were portrayed as zealots who nonetheless reneged on all of their religious observances (eg. they drink wine, contemplate sexual misconduct etc). Not one positively portrayed Muslim character can be found in this book. On a personal note, I am not Muslim, I am an evangelical Christian. What scares me is how easily a non-Christian reader could pick up the same undercurrents that I did and assume that all Christians think in this bigoted way. This a characterization that the Christian community does not need. It is important that we work to foster a positive, tolerant image and propaganda like this goes 180 degrees to this goal. The scariest element of this book is that it is so well written, with a story that kept me turning the pages long after I should have gone to bed or back to work. The subtle way in which this book wove its subversive message into a page-turning adventure keenly reminds me of The DaVinci Code. The ideas contained in this book are no less explosive or wrong. Christians Do yourself and others a favor and DO NOT recommend Hostage to your non-Christian friends. To those who don't share my faith, I'm sorry for this book's position. We don't all think in this bigoted way.
A quick paced, thriller with a touch of romance, and a lot of heart. This novel is very well written with about as high of stakes as you can get. If Zack Brewer does what his conscious and country require, he'll have to live with knowing his actions caused the horrible death of the woman he loves. Don Brown is an amazing writer. This book was near impossible to put down. I recommend this and his first novel, Treason, highly!