When author Robert Whitlow writes a book, I want to read it. That’s why I was excited at the opportunity to read his newest book Promised Land and I loved it.
Readers are reintroduced to characters from his last novel Chosen People. Hana Abboud, a Christian Arab attorney from Israel who is living in the United States, her husband Daud Hasan a Christian Arab from Israel, friend and colleague Jakob Brodsky, and dear friends Ben and Sadie Neumann. While reading this book, I felt like I was being reunited and catching up with old friends.
The story begins with Rahal Abaza in Qatar, five years earlier he had a jarring experience that set his life on a new course that will intersect with Daud and Hana. Hana is at home and awakens for her night watch, a time of prayer, reading Scripture and worship. While she does not know the specifics of all that’s going on with her husband Daud, she is praying for him while he is in Egypt on a mission for the CIA. He will need those prayers for what he’s about to encounter.
From the get-go, Promised Land is off and running. There’s a lot of suspense, intrigue, and action, but it doesn’t interfere with the development of characters or take the place of an interesting storyline. It’s well balanced.
My favorite thing about Robert Whitlow’s writing is how he develops characters. Hana is one of the most interesting characters. It’s fascinating to see and consider what it’s like to be an Arab Christian who is from Israel. You would think that there might be conflict, but Hana is a very gracious woman who takes her faith seriously. She loves her family and is a faithful friend. I found Daud intriguing and felt on edge with all the situations and people he encounters. Jakob is an interesting fellow. He always seems to take on cases that look impossible and that will require a lot of work and research to see if they will pan out. Ben and his daughter Sadie…absolutely love them.
I don’t want to spoil the story about what happens, so I’ll leave it with a brief intro into the storyline and characters. But I hope that you will pick up a copy of Promised Land by Robert Whitlow. It’s the second book in this series but is a good stand-alone book. You may want to go back and read Chosen People so you can have a richer connection with the characters.
Robert Whitlow is a gifted writer. He tells a good story and develops rich likable characters. I highly recommend Promised Land by Robert Whitlow. If you like action, suspense, intrigue, and interesting likable characters you will like Promised Land.
I would like to thank Thomas Nelson Publishers and NetGalley for the opportunity to read Promised Land by Robert Whitlow. I was provided with a free copy of this book and was under no obligation to give a favorable review.