Without Warning (J. B. Collins Series #3)

Without Warning (J. B. Collins Series #3)

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Overview

The exciting conclusion to the J. B. Collins series!
Over 100,000 copies sold
Top-ten appearances on national fiction bestseller lists:

  • New York Times
  • USA Today
  • Publishers Weekly
  • Washington Post
“Guaranteed sleep loss for the reader of this can’t-put-down novel.” —World magazine

As he prepares to deliver the State of the Union address, the president of the United States is convinced the Islamic State is on the run, about to be crushed by American forces once and for all. But New York Times foreign correspondent J. B. Collins tells the president he’s dead wrong. With the Middle East on fire, the Israeli prime minister dead, and Amman in ruins, Collins fears a catastrophic attack inside the American homeland is imminent. He argues that only an all-out manhunt to capture or kill Abu Kahlif—the leader of ISIS—can stop the attack and save American lives. But will the president listen and take decisive action before it’s too late?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781491587706
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 10/01/2017
Series: J. B. Collins Series , #3
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 546,573
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Joel C. Rosenberg is the New York Times best-selling author of 10 novels—The Last Jihad, The Last Days, The Ezekiel Option, The Copper Scroll, Dead Heat, The Twelfth Imam, The Tehran Initiative, Damascus Countdown, The Auschwitz Escape, The Third Target, and The First Hostage—and five works of non-fiction. Joel's titles have sold more than 3 million copies. Visit www.joelrosenberg.com.

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Without Warning

A J. B. Collins Novel


By Joel C. Rosenberg

Tyndale House Publishers

Copyright © 2017 Joel C. Rosenberg
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4964-0616-3


CHAPTER 1

THE WHITE HOUSE, WASHINGTON, D.C.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15

I had never been in the Oval Office before.

But I'd always imagined my first time going differently.

The tension wasn't immediately apparent as I stepped into the most coveted executive suite on the planet. But it would come. It had to. I would force it. And when it did, my fate would be sealed.

At first, the president and I were both on our best behavior. As far as he was concerned, our past battles were water under the bridge. Yes, in Amman he had been blindsided by an enemy he neither truly understood nor saw coming. But in his eyes, the successful rescue effort had been enough to shift the balance of power, and he had adapted quickly. Tonight, as he addressed the nation and the world in a live televised speech to a joint session of Congress, he was at the top of his game. Soaring in the polls. Confounding his critics. Seemingly destined to leave the American people the legacy of peace, prosperity, and security they so desperately longed for.

The president beckoned for me to be seated, then took a seat himself behind the Resolute desk, built from the timbers of a British naval vessel abandoned in a storm in 1854. As he did, he opened a black leather binder embossed with the presidential seal. He picked up a Montblanc fountain pen and excused himself for a moment to make a few final edits to his speech before we loaded into the motorcade to head up to Capitol Hill together.

With every passing moment, my anxiety grew. In less than an hour, Harrison Beresford Taylor, the nation's forty-fifth president, would deliver his annual report to the legislature. He would assert unequivocally, as he had on every other such occasion, that "the state of the union is strong."

Yet nothing could be further from the truth.

I could take it no longer. It was time to say what I had come to say.

"Mr. President, I very much appreciate you inviting me here. I know you have a great deal on your plate right now. But I have to ask you, not as a reporter, just as me. Do you have a plan to kill Abu Khalif or not?"

It was a simple, direct question. But it immediately became apparent that Taylor was going to avoid giving me a simple, direct response.

"I think you're going to be very pleased with my speech tonight, Collins," he said, leaning back in his black leather chair.

"Why?" I asked.

"Trust me," he said with a smile.

"That's not exactly in my nature, sir."

"Well, do your best."

"Mr. President, are you going to lay out for the American people a plan to take down the ISIS emir?"

"Look, Collins, in case you haven't noticed, in the last two months we've ripped ISIL to shreds. We're targeting all of their leaders, including the emir. We've stepped up our drone strikes. We've taken out twenty-three high-value targets in the last six weeks alone. Is it going as fast as I'd like? No, and I'm pushing the Joint Chiefs. But you need to have patience. We're making great progress, and we're going to get this thing done. You'll see."

"Mr. President, with all due respect, how can you say we're making progress?" I shot back. "Abu Khalif is on a genocidal rampage. As we speak, he's slaughtering Muslims, Christians, Yazidis, and anyone who gets in his way: beheading them, crucifying them, enslaving them — men, women, and children. We're getting reports of unspeakable acts of cruelty, worse every day. He's murdered your friends and mine. This is the guy who held you captive. If we hadn't gotten there when we did, he would have taken a knife and personally sawed off your head — or put you in a cage and burned you alive — and uploaded the video to YouTube for the entire world to see."

"And now we have them on the run," Taylor countered. "We're blowing up their oil fields. We're seizing their assets. We're blocking their ability to move money around the world. We're shutting down their social media accounts and cutting off their communications."

"It's not enough, Mr. President," I insisted. "Not unless you're going after the emir directly. You're hitting his men and his money, but, sir, you can't kill the snake unless you cut off its head. So I must ask you again: have you signed a presidential directive to take Abu Khalif out, or not?"


(Continues...)

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Rosenberg’s fast-paced plot paired with his extensive knowledge of the Middle East practically guarantees sleep loss for the reader of this can’t-put-down novel.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This third book in series was so gripping. It was filled with fast paced events, heartache and sacrifice . What an unexpected conclusion. Well done. Thanks for continuing to open our eyes to the world events and dangers. I am saddened that so many are tying our current president's hands as he continually tries to ensure our safety.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one story that will continue to pop into my head in the future. Hard to put down. Excellent read on many fronts. I hope we have JBs out there protecting us from bad political choices in reality.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVED IT. COULDN'T put it fown
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As usual, captivating, complex storylines that you can’t put down. Keep it up Joel!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Riveting, exciting, a great story! Terrific Author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn’t put it down. Kept me wanting to read more.
PatGMoore More than 1 year ago
I discovered Joel C. Rosenberg as an author recently. Everything I read in reviews on his books were fantastic and spot on. I just finished Without Warning and had a hard time putting it down. The plot could be taken from today's headlines on what is going on in the world and in the news. While this is fiction it is riveting and there is plenty of action, suspense, interaction between characters. While this is part of a series you can read it as a stand alone. This is only the second book I've read by Joel Rosenberg but I've already bought another series by him. This is definitely not a romantic suspense by any means. J.B. Collins is a war correspondent for the New York Times and has an instinct for a story and what trail to follow. There are twist to the story that you won't be expecting and some of the characters from his previous book are brought into this one there is just enough background information that you won't be lost. I bought this book through a local indy. bookstore and no one asked me to review this book. All opinions are my own and I only give 5 star ratings to books that either touch my heart, my emotions or are truly page turners. I did shed a few tears and I read over half of the book in one sitting and finished it up today (the next day). I highly recommend this book to anyone that likes a good thriller and fiction that could happen today. I read a review that said Joel C. Rosenberg's books are almost prophetic and that some of the things he wrote about years ago have happened. I know what I read could happen today or tomorrow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best ending ever. It’s time J.B. Collins got it right.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And terrifying. Well done!
VillaSyl More than 1 year ago
Without Warning begins as the President prepares to deliver the State of the Union address. The president of the United States is convinced the Islamic State is on the run, about to be crushed by American forces once and for all. But New York Times foreign correspondent J. B. Collins tells the president he’s dead wrong. With the Middle East on fire, the Israeli prime minister dead, and Amman in ruins, Collins fears a catastrophic attack inside the American homeland is imminent. He argues that only an all-out manhunt to capture or kill Abu Kahlif―the leader of ISIS―can stop the attack and save American lives. But will the president listen and take decisive action before it’s too late? Rosenberg continues to deal with today's political world with a very realistic plot. Correspondent Collins continues to pursue his insightful journey into the depths of mid-east politics; plenty of twists and turns, enough to ensure you won't figure out the conclusion. Nevertheless, it provides a possible realistic picture of all the participants. Quickly moving, it provides a really enjoyable read. Not the conclusion I anticipated nor wanted. When you start reading the book just make sure you're not busy and have a few days to just stay focused on the read because you will have a hard time finding many stopping points where you'll be ok to put it down for a while. If you like political intrigue this book is great by one of the best political novelists. I received a digital copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers and NetGalley for my review.
CaraPutman More than 1 year ago
What a fantastic, amazing end to this series! Wow, just wow. It didn't got as I expected, but was much better as written. The suspense was taunt. The characterization surprising and a perfect build from the prior book. And the twists literally had my gasping.
EA_Hendryx More than 1 year ago
An epic ending to a fantastic trilogy. Rosenberg will have you on the edge of your seat, tugging at emotions and gripping your attention through the whole book. Following on the heels of the two, action-packed novels before this, Without Warning lives up to its suspense/thriller title and delivers a powerful, thrilling, and heart-wrenching end to the J. B. Collins series. We pick up close to where we left off with The First Hostage and jump straight into a very action-packed beginning. It's something I really appreciate about Rosenberg's writing--he grips you with the action but also has the ability to instruct you on issues, thoughts, and (of course) J.B.'s journey as a character. This book was, in a word, heart-wrenching. I won't say much about why to avoid any spoilers but I will say that it took a few turns I was not expecting--at all. Though, to be fair, everything that happened was logical to the plot and only aided in furthering the story. Yes, there are some hard things, but there is hope too. Such beautiful hope. I stared this whole series through audiobooks, something I'm really glad I did because I was able to really get a handle on pronouncing some of the names. But I was also able to see how it was to read a tangible copy and I really enjoyed it. The audiobooks are truly fantastic, but there is something to be said about holding the book in your hands. I would recommend not only this book, but really the whole series! I've told so many people about this series and about Rosenberg's fantastic writing. In my mind he's on par with some of my other favorite authors like David Baldacci and Roine Kendig with the way he writes and the themes he incorporates. If you like political/action thrillers I think you'll be a fan of this. One last thing of note for me is the reality that Rosenberg addresses faith in such a real, tangible way. I absolutely loved J.B.'s personal story coinciding with the overall plot of the three books. It was real, refreshing, and at times extremely honest. My rating: 5 _______________ I received this book for free but was under no obligation to post a review. I do so under my own motivation and the opinions I have expressed in this review are honest and entirely my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WOW.... SPEECHLESS
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept me reading far into the night.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Joel is such a gifted writer. Just wish i didn't have to wait so long for his next book. But it will be worth the wait!!!!
tickmenot More than 1 year ago
Real Life in the Pages of Fiction? Terrorists are attacking multiple cities across The United States, and the President is reluctant to launch counter measures against it. This is despite the Capitol Building being bombed while the President was in it—and a successful kidnapping of the President a short time earlier by this same group. J. B. Collins, on the other hand, a New York Times reporter, has no qualms about publicly identifying ISIS as the group responsible for all the destruction. He also attempts to warn the American public that this is only the beginning of attacks, and the worst is yet to come. In an effort to prevent that, J. B. finds himself talking with the president who once again doesn’t want to escalate anything involving the ISIS group. While Collins is trying to drum up American attention about the dangers of ISIS, his family is viciously attacked. Collins himself becomes a wanted man by the terrorists, and he must constantly watch over his shoulder for potential assailants. If he can’t get the American president to listen to him, he must find someone powerful to hear him out before it is too late. With the clock ticking before ISIS makes another deadly attack, J.B. attempts to meet with world leaders in the Middle East. Suddenly he has some unexpected resources open up that just might help him do that. The question is, if he is able to plead his case with these other countries, will they be willing to work together to stop ISIS? Because one country alone will not be enough, and everything must happen quickly because there isn’t much time. This is a fast-paced thriller with lots of twists and turns along with incredible chase scenes—normally I am not a fan of those, but it really works in this tale. Collins’ discussions with the different country’s heads of state are so realistic they sound like that have been taken straight from today’s headlines. But what will really surprise the reader is the ending—it is definitely one that I didn’t see coming. All I can say is, “Wow!” Without Warning is Book 3 in the J. B. Collins Series, but this tale can be read on its own. I highly recommend this 5-star book to anyone who enjoys exciting thrillers, fictionalized accounts of today’s world, or Christian fiction. Tyndale House Publishing has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of Without Warning, for the purpose of review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
BusyProfessional More than 1 year ago
Full of right-wing religious and political claptrap. Do not read this to make sense of international relations. Don't let Trump read it! However, it's well-written, which is why it gets two stars.
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SemmieWise More than 1 year ago
** “Or when the apostle Paul wrote, ‘For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.’ ” ** Joel C. Rosenberg wraps up his J.B. Collins series with the extremely intense and very timely “Without Warning.” A couple of months have passed since the bombing of the peace summit in Jordan and kidnapping of U.S. President Harrison Taylor by Abu Khalif, the leader of ISIS. Khalif believes he has been chosen by Allah to bring about the and of the world, and he has promised to bring his battle to the United States. The problem? President Taylor doesn’t believe him, or the warnings given to him by New York Times war correspondent J.B. Collins. So when a number of attacks hit Washington, D.C., seemingly “without warning” according to the president, Collins knows he must take matters into his own hands to bring down Khalif — especially when things get personal. What follows is an intense, action packed novel straight off of today’s front pages. With short, quick chapters, “Without Warning” is a face-paced political thriller. Collins is involved in non-stop, dangerous, heart-pounding incidents that will make the reader not be able to put the book down. Besides being a political thriller, Rosenberg offers up a novel featuring family values, the ultimate meaning of love, and sacrifice. It deals with regret, not wasting one’s life, determining what’s truly important, and vengeance versus justice. And most importantly, it tackles the matter of the heart — both on the earthly plane, as well as the spiritual level. The ending is a bit of a shock, but ultimately satisfying. Anyone who loves intense political thrillers or action novels will love “Without Warning.” Rosenberg never fails to brilliantly bring today’s stories onto the pages of a fiction novel, managing to both educate and entertain the reader. Five stars out of five. Tyndale House Publishers provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.
slm76 More than 1 year ago
ISIS is constantly in our headlines. Barely a day goes by when we don’t hear of more attacks by them (including one on the day I’m writing this review) or of more sympathizers and supporters being taken into custody. They have one aim: to create an Islamic State of their specifications. Whoever doesn’t agree with their ideal is their enemy. The J.B. Collins series, of which this is the final book, focuses on the hunt for their leader. Joel C. Rosenberg has created a very real “what if.” Many of Collins’ opinions on ISIS and political correctness are possibly Rosenberg’s own, and they’re ones I’ve heard many times. Haven’t we heard former leaders state that Islamic State is on the run? Didn’t we hear our previous government refuse to use the term “Islamic terrorism” because of the slight possibility of causing offense? The president in Rosenberg’s narrative could very well be our country’s previous president. I don’t think it’s a spoiler to say that the U.S. Capitol building is attacked early on in the book. (It’s mentioned on the hardcover’s flyleaf.) It isn’t the first time an author has taken out the Capitol in a terrorist attack either: Tom Clancy did it back in the mid-1990s and the Kiefer Sutherland vehicle Designated Survivor uses a similar plot device. Once the attack starts, the novel flies at a frenetic pace. The hits keep coming, some out of left field, and some of them are personal. The intensity level lowers for a time midway through, but the plot never stops moving. The ending is a stunner, but don’t cheat yourself by reading it out of order. I stayed up late to finish Without Warning, and I don’t regret it! It’s a definite five star read. I do suggest, however, that you read the J.B. Collins books in the order in which they’re published. This isn’t a book you can read out of context. The First Hostage starts at the moment The Third Target ends, and Without Warning starts two months after the final events of The First Hostage. Each book builds upon the other not just in terms of the plot but also in character development. The J.B. of Without Warning is not the man we first meet in The Third Target. But if you love political thrillers, then I can definitely recommend this series. Thank you to the Tyndale Blog Network for my complimentary copy of Without Warning, which I received in exchange for my honest review.
NadineTimes10 More than 1 year ago
The president of the United States, Harrison Taylor, is about to deliver the State of the Union address, all set to assure the American people that their greatest foreign threat is being squelched. New York Times national security correspondent J.B. Collins adamantly disagrees, beginning to fear that the president won't take necessary action before it's too late in Without Warning, a novel by author Joel C. Rosenberg. Well. Even as riveted as I was to the J.B. Collins novel that precedes this one, The First Hostage, I don't think a thriller has ever left me at such a level of shaken speechlessness when it finished. Not a thriller--not until now. And though I don't altogether like having to snap out of speechlessness to come up with words for a book review, I can't say I'd have it any other way, after being punched in the soul by this novel. No, I'm not much of a political or doomsday kind of person, but this fiction lover appreciates being stretched by this type of reading. I'm not a big fan of sermons in novels or when a character seems to adopt some "church speak" at an unnatural speed, as I feel happens in this book. And I found J.B.'s thoughts to be redundant in places, as if he didn't fully trust me to remember or understand the magnitude of what was happening. But his story had me inhaling the pages in notably fewer sittings than I'd normally take for a novel of this length. And I'd highly recommend it to any other fans of ChristFic thrillers who can stand a solid punch in the soul. Gee. Nothing like being punched in the soul by love. _________________ Tyndale House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.
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