Rahal Abaza sat motionless in front of the panoramic view of the Persian Gulf.Opening line of “Promised Land” by Robert Whitlow
This is my first experience with a Robert Whitlow novel and Promised Land is a fascinating journey! It is the second in a series but I didn’t feel I was missing anything in starting with this one. Crossing back and forth between the Middle East and America, the story follows lawyer Hana and her husband Daud, a highly trained agent as they work to unravel the mystery surrounding them.
Hana sets out to determine the authenticity and ownership of a historical artefact bringing up an interesting debate around these significant objects which have been taken in war from their home countries and original owners.
Daud is given a mission to protect a doctor whilst transporting him into protective custody. In the process, he is identified by the terrorists coming after him and his family. It sets off a chain reaction which is explored for the rest of the book. During this adventure, Robert highlights key elements of the lifestyle of the Middle East and it’s culture which I found fascinating.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book, it’s not fast-paced but intriguing and complex. For the animal lover, the lovely dog in the story, Adam, is fine for the whole book…with terrorists on the loose, I worried the entire time! It’s a four out of five on the enJOYment scale, if you enjoy a legal drama, this is one for you!
From the back cover
With historical mysteries, religious intrigue, and political danger, Promised Land asks one momentous question: What if your calling puts you—and your family—in the crosshairs?
Despite their Israeli citizenship, Hana and Daud cannot safely return to their homeland because a dangerous terrorist ring is threatening Daud. Hana is perfectly fine remaining in the United States, working for a law firm in Atlanta, especially when she learns she’s pregnant. But Daud can’t shake the draw to return home to Israel, even if it makes him a walking target.
Hana is helping her boss plan a huge Middle East summit in Atlanta when Jakob Brodsky, her old friend and former co-litigator, asks for her help with a case. His client is attempting to recover ancient artifacts stolen from his Jewish great-grandfather by a Soviet colonel at the end of World War II. Because the case crosses several national borders, he needs Hana’s knowledge and skill to get to the bottom of what happened to these precious artifacts.
Meanwhile, Daud is called in to help a US intelligence agency extract a Ukrainian doctor from a dangerous situation in Egypt. While overseas, he can’t resist the call of Jerusalem and thus sets off a series of events that puts thousands of people in danger, including his wife and unborn child.
Bestselling author Robert Whitlow explores the meaning of family and home—and how faith forms the identity of both—in this breathtaking sequel to Chosen People.
I received a complimentary copy of the book from Thomas Nelson. through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.