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Hostage (The Navy Justice Series) by [Brown, Don]
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Zack Brewer faces a choice. It can prevent the next war. But it will cost the life of the person he loves the most. JAG Officer Zack Brewer's prosecution of three terrorists posing as Navy chaplains was called the "court martial of the century" by the press. Now, with the limelight behind him, all Zack wants to do is forget. But the radical Islamic organization behind the chaplains has a long memory - and a thirst for revenge. Now the Navy has a need for Zack that eclipses all else. When an unthinkable act of aggression brings Israel and its Arab neighbors to the brink of war, Zack and co-counsel Diane Colcernian are called to the case of a lifetime. As leading nations focus their gaze upon these two, other eyes are watching as well. Zack and Diane are in harm's way. A kidnapping, an ultimatum...and suddenly, Zack faces an impossible choice. If he loses this case, the world could explode into war. If he wins, his partner - the woman he loves - will die. And Zack himself may not survive to make the decision.

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Zack Brewer faces a choice. It can prevent the next war. But it will cost the life of the person he loves the most. JAG Officer Zack Brewer's prosecution of three terrorists posing as Navy chaplains was called the 'court martial of the century' by the press. Now, with the limelight behind him, all Zack wants to do is forget. But the radical Islamic organization behind the chaplains has a long memory---and a thirst for revenge. Now the Navy has a need for Zack that eclipses all else. When an unthinkable act of aggression brings Israel and its Arab neighbors to the brink of war, Zack and co-counsel Diane Colcernian are called to the case of a lifetime. As leading nations focus their gaze upon these two, other eyes are watching as well. Zack and Diane are in harm's way. A kidnapping, an ultimatum...and suddenly, Zack faces an impossible choice. If he loses this case, the world could explode into war. If he wins, his partner---the woman he loves---will die. And Zack himself may not survive to make the decision.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 557 pages
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  • Publisher: Zondervan (26 May 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000SEVWXW
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By Wendy Jones TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Jan. 2007
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In the title I state that this book is just as good as the last, however, on reflection I think it was even better. The plot moves along briskly, and the story draws you in. I found myself really caring about the people, and I was stunned at the ending. I wont spoil the suspense by telling you, but I didn't expect it. Don Brown is a great writer and I shall certainly read more of his books if he keeps up this standard.
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I am living this set of books, crime and faith combined together fantastically. I really recommend them. I'm enjoying the next one now
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HASH(0x8fba486c) out of 5 stars Riveting 18 Nov. 2006
By S. Peek - Published on Amazon.com
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'Hostage' is an intense book from start to finish. It contains action, drama, and classic courtroom confrontations.

It begins with terrorists seeking revenge against Lt. Zach Brewer and Lt. Diane Colcernian for the prosecution of some of their cohorts. The terror group also has more moles in the U.S. Navy plotting additional mayhem.

It is a sequel to 'Treason'. A lot of the events and characters are tied into happenings from the first book. I would definitely recommend reading 'Treason' first. Without doing so, I think readers would be missing quite a bit.

I think that this one is even better than the first book. It is extremely well written and keeps the reader on the edge of his/her seat.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8fc57438) out of 5 stars Very strong second book in Brown's series 2 May 2007
By rnorton828 - Published on Amazon.com
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Don Brown's Navy Justice series continues in Hostage, the second installment. In the previous novel, Treason, Lieutenant Zack Brewer, a JAG (Judge Advocate General) officer in the United States Navy, is charged with the task of prosecuting three radical Islamic clerics who had infiltrated the military and inciting acts of terror from within. With the help of his longtime JAG rival, Lieutenant Diane Colcernian, Brewer manages to secure convictions on charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and treason in what the media bills as the "court-martial of the century."

Hostage begins with an attempt on the lives of Lieutenants Brewer and Colcernian. The JAG officers manage to escape, but a bullet meant for Diane Colcernian claims the life a young college student. The radical Islamic terror organization known as the Council of Ishmael is seeking revenge on Brewer and Colcernian. The Council is also seeking to drive a political wedge between the United States and the moderate Muslim nations that have been allies of the U.S.

In the Middle East, tensions between Israel and her Arab allies continue to bring them closer to war. The Israeli government requests that the United States Navy fly a couple of fighter planes over the country to reassure the people of Israel. This creates a dangerous scenario for U.S. pilots, as the mission involves flying low, placing them in range for terrorists wielding stinger missiles.

Two Muslim American pilots volunteer to fly over Israel. The pilots are Council of Ishmael operatives carrying out "Operation Islamic Glory." Islamic Glory is the Council's plan to turn the moderate Muslim nations against the United States and ultimately lead to the creation a single unified Muslim state. The plot involves an act of aggression that is unthinkable, even to many Muslims, killing both Israelis and Arabs in the process.

The aftermath of the terror attack finds the United States and the Israelis disagreeing on how the terrorists should be tried. Because the pilots are officers in the U.S. Navy, the Americans believe they should be brought back to the United States and court-martialed by the Navy. The Israelis want to try the pilots in their own courts. The two governments reach a compromise that involves a Navy court-martial being held in Jerusalem with Lieutenant Brewer prosecuting the pilots.

But Zack will have to proceed without the assistance of Lieutenant Colcernian, who has been kidnapped and smuggled out of the country by a Council of Ishmael operative. The Council informs Brewer that they are holding Diane, threatening to torture and kill her. Lieutenant Brewer is faced with a deadly dilemma: if he loses the case, a war could erupt, killing millions of people. But if he wins, it could mean death for the woman he loves.

Don Brown is a born-again Christian, and this book does have some instances of characters wrestling with faith issues. But this novel is largely about the case of the rogue pilots as well as the threat of war and Diane being kidnapped and held hostage. This a story that both Christians and non-Christians can enjoy. I would love to see these book adapted for the screen as a film series. Brown offers a lot of detail without becoming overly technical. This is a very fast-moving story with short chapters that are easy for the reader to digest.

Hostage is an excellent read, and a strong second installment in Brown's series, and I might even dare to say it's actually better than the first book. I strongly recommend this novel, but I suggest you go back to the beginning of the series and start with Treason. The Navy Justice series has been quite enjoyable so far, and I am eagerly looking forward to reading Defiance, the next installment.
21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90162b54) out of 5 stars So good, it makes me want to be a JAG! 13 May 2006
By TunaTuna - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm going to be very honest...Greatest book I have ever read! What's amazing about Brown's writing is that it is in so much detail and is easy to understand. Even if you know nothing about the justice system in either the civilian or military courtrooms, he makes it easy to follow. It's the only book I have ever read that I've actually held my breath just waiting to see what was coming up next. I've actually put the book down, and stared at it for about five minutes debating whether I should pick it back up and read it, even though I was late for work. This, as well as its prequel "Treason," is worth the read, hands down, but you have to read the prequel first.

I do want to mention something said about the "Anti-Islamic" message being sent. One has to realize that this series is about terrorist attacks by Muslims, thus it's going to make them look pretty bad. I must say that I am neither Christian nor Muslim. HOWEVER, when I read this book, I didn't just all of a sudden say "Oh wow. These Muslims are really bad people. Let's not trust them." Is the series harsh on religions? Yes, but not so much that it will convert you.

If you know how to separate real life from fiction, then I believe that this is certainly worth the read.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8fba4ca4) out of 5 stars Characters lack depth though narrative is good 24 Mar. 2013
By Mohan Babu K - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I admit I like thriller movies more than I prefer reading them. I happened to check out Hostage recently and thought I would finish it in a few hours.
I was highly underwhelmed by the recurring theme of conservative leaning-to-the-right Christians vs stereotype of an Islamic fundamentalists (good vs evil?). The redeeming feature is Brown's narrative style and plot development.

Three star for narrative and one star for the character stereotypes
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8fba4e54) out of 5 stars Amazing trilogy 23 April 2012
By Phyllis - Published on Amazon.com
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This 3 book set had me up reading for two days straight. The reality of how this could actually happen is frightening beyond words. If you read these you MUST read all three and have them already bought because when you end one you will automatically pick up the next one. Great job Mr. Brown, these books are amazing, chilling and I will be reading all your books.
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