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Full Name: J. B. Collins
Nationality: American
Organization: None
Occupation Reporter

Creator: Joel C. Rosenberg
Time Span: 2015 - 2017


J. B. Collins is a reporter.

His job title is that of foreign correspondent for the New York Times. As he tells us in the first recorded adventure, he is a "part of an elite group, a small cadre of foreign correspondents whose lives were devoted to covering wars and rumors of war, revolutions, chaos, and bloodshed of all kinds. It's what I'd gone to school for, nearly twenty years earlier. It's what I'd been doing for the New York Daily News and the Associated Press and the Times ever since. I loved it. I lived for it."

He goes on to talk about how some said his devotion to such dangerous action was due to an addiction and those like Collins were "adrenaline junkies". He certainly does not go to any effort to counter that argument. "To me, risk was part of my job, and it was a job my colleagues told me I wasn't half-bad at. I had won an award for covering a Delta Force firefight in Kandahar, Afghanistan, with another Times reporter in 2001. And I had even won a Pulitzer for a series of articles I wrote in 2003 when I was embedded with the First Brigade of the U.S. Army's Third Infantry Division as they stormed Baghdad. The awards were gratifying. But I didn't do this to win awards. I did it because I loved it. I did it because I couldn't imagine doing anything else."

In addition to spending a lot of his professional time next to the troops in both Afghanistan and Iraq, he also spent a good amount of time with the native soldiers the Americans were helping train. And he "loved having beers and trading gossip with the spooks from Langley and MI6 and every other intelligence agency on the planet who had come to play in the Big Game".

Collins' interests in foreign affairs got its start with 'war stories' told him by his grandfather, legendary foreign journalist A.B. Collins, the father figure for the then teenaged J.B. when his father ran off when J.B. was 12. It was the elder Collins who would go on to teach the younger one not only the love of the good story in war-torn areas but also how to fish and hunt, the latter's use of weapons being a very useful skill when heading into areas where everyone, it seemed, had a rifle.

Collins' membership in this compendium comes because his investigations will take him into the camp of, and later hunt for, a notorious Islamic terrorist, put him deeply in the search for the American Chief Executive when that man goes missing, and trying to convince an American leadership that their belief that ISIS was all but crushed was woefully inaccurate and that a major attack in America was imminent.


Number of Books:3
First Appearance:2015
Last Appearance:2017

1 The Third Target The Third Target
Written by Joel C. Rosenberg
Copyright: 2015

"When New York Times foreign correspondent J. B. Collins hears rumors that an al-Qaeda splinter cell - ISIS - has captured a cache of chemical weapons inside Syria, Collins knows this is a story he must pursue at all costs."
"With tensions already high, the impending visit of the American president to the region could prove to be the spark that sets off an explosion of horrendous proportions. Knowing that terrorist forces are already trying to bring down two Arab governments in the region—Iraq and Syria—can Collins uncover the truth before it’s too late?"
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2 The First Hostage The First Hostage
Written by Joel C. Rosenberg
Copyright: 2015

"The president of the United States . . . is missing."
With these words, New York Times journalist J. B. Collins, reporting from the scene of a devastating attack by ISIS terrorists in Amman, Jordan, puts the entire world on high alert. The leaders of Israel and Palestine are critically injured, Jordan’s king is fighting for his life, and the U.S. president is missing and presumed captured. 
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3 Without Warning Without Warning
Written by Joel C. Rosenberg
Copyright: 2017

"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."
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In spy fiction, reporter get into the neatest problems, snooping around for the next great scoop. J. B. Collins takes this to such a major height, you gotta wonder about his sanity even as you applaud his gumption.

Case in point, working really hard to get into the camp of a major terrorist leader who would be just as happy to slice your head off as to talk it off. Reading about this, I'm shaking my head and thinking that no story - none whatsoever - was worth that kind of risk and nothing that terrorist had to say would interest me enough to risk my neck.

But Collins is that insane - oops, dedicated.


My Grade: B+


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