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TMI – Not that kind

Usually, when we are on social media, someone will say something that is more information than we need to know, that would be best kept to themselves. Oftentimes, someone (usually me) will respond TMI. If you are not up on the current internet lingo, TMI means “Too Much Information”.

In reading excellent stories, we sometimes come across a different kind of TMI, absolutely NOT related to the above (ultra-personal things), but I don’t want to start on a negative for such a very good book. Let me start with this, Chosen People was not a book that required me to read the first few chapters, hoping it would grip me. It got hold of me in the first pages. I could feel the depth and the heart at the beginning.

About the Book

Book: Chosen People

Author: Robert Whitlow

Genre: Legal Drama

Release Date: November 6, 2018

Publisher: HarperCollins

Bestselling author Robert Whitlow dives deep into the legal ramifications of a tragic event half a world away and how it affects two lawyers in Atlanta from vastly different backgrounds.

When Hana Abboud walked into the conference room, she was unprepared for the images of a horrific terrorist attack near the Western Wall in Jerusalem. But after watching a courageous mother sacrifice her life to save her four-year-old daughter, Hana knew she needed to help attorney Jakob Brodsky represent the family’s pursuit of justice against those who perpetrate acts of violent jihad. As an Arab Israeli lawyer trained at Hebrew University, Hana is uniquely qualified to step into the gap.
But they need a third partner, an investigator on the ground to help them unravel the snake pit of connections between the terrorists and an organization or company that can be sued in the American courts. Hana returns home to Israel and meets with investigator Hamid Hasan who quickly becomes more than a crucial part of the litigation team.

As Jakob and Hana investigate the case in the US, he is stalked on the streets of Atlanta by affiliates of a terrorist organization. Their pursuit of truth can only be resolved where it began: the streets of Jerusalem. But who can they trust? How deep does deceit go? Can two lawyers and a shadowy investigator impact the kind of violence and terror that has become common in our broken world?

My Thoughts

As I said above, I was gripped by the story immediately, in fact, the summary caught my attention. And the subject matter is very current. There are twists and turns, and OH WOW!! moments, where you have to stop a minute, maybe go back to see if you missed something. I really enjoyed the story so much. There are many little facts added too, things to educate, enlighten. And that’s where TMI comes in. I think it needed a tiny bit more content editing and decision making about what needs to be there and what is extraneous and doesn’t necessarily advance the story. Even though I started my post mentioning it, it is not a big enough issue for me, to delete a star. If I did, I’d take a half off, the story was that good. I love when the quality of the story telling and the subject matter is compelling enough to override any writing flaws.  I also appreciate that Robert Whitlow doesn’t shy away from Christian principles, even when selling under a secular umbrella, instead of using the secular umbrella to write less Christian material.

I received this book as a gift, I was not obligated to provide review or compensated in any way, except have a great read.

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About the Author

Robert Whitlow is the bestselling author of legal novels set in the South and winner of the Christy Award for Contemporary Fiction. He received his J.D. with honors from the University of Georgia School of Law where he served on the staff of the Georgia Law Review. Website:, Twitter: @whitlowwriter, Facebook: robertwhitlowbooks

Guest Post from Robert

Inside the Story

Chosen People—a title that reflects both the Biblical designation for the Jewish nation as well as converted Christians—opens during a terrorist attack near the Western Wall in Jerusalem. A courageous mother sacrifices her life to save her young daughter, leaving behind a grieving husband and a motherless child.

Whitlow’s many trips to Israel and his in-depth research into the culture and laws of the Holy City are evident throughout the story. Furthermore, his experience as a lawyer gives him keen insight into the mind of his main character Hanna Abboud, an Arab Christian Israeli lawyer working in Atlanta.

“This book provides a unique perspective to this region and its peoples through the eyes of an Arab Christian who believes that the faithfulness of God and truths of the Bible are unshakable realities,” says Whitlow. “This viewpoint is rarely expressed, yet it is one that needs and deserves to be heard so that it can become part of our framework for understanding this vital part of the world and the people who live there.”

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