"A fast-paced thriller, Mother City takes readers from Cape Town to Washington, Jerusalem, and the Persian Gulf in the fight against global terror. Well researched and provocative, readers will understand what policymakers and counterterrorism specialists already know: what newspaper headlines say and what the real world is are often two very different things."
- Michael Rubin, PhD
Foreign Policy Scholar
American Enterprise Institute
"Human trafficking is the slavery and women's issue of our time, and the great twenty-first century human rights issue. Defenders of the status quo who speak of 'sex work' are no different from people who spoke of 'servants' and 'field hands' when seeking to mask the evils of African chattel slavery. Starner Jones' gripping debut novel rips the mask from our eyes, and helps move us towards a spirit of abolitionism that will rescue tens of millions of the world's most oppressed humans.
If, as should be the case, the hallmark of the twenty-first century will be the emancipation and empowerment of women, authors like Jones will lead the way to that goal. Mother City offers its readers yet further value. It highlights the extent to which radical Islam poses a threat to the hopes and values of us all-Christians, Jews, Muslims, and atheists alike. Bravo, Starner Jones."
- Michael J. Horowitz, LLB
Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute
"A deftly plotted thriller set in Cape Town's Muslim quarter, Mother City focuses on how a chance kidnapping of a special needs son of an international Jewish multibillionaire unravels a jihadist plot to use children to extort Israeli recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state. Brutal realism, disdain for established political leaders, grievances long nurtured by those injured in past Israeli military actions, and skillful use of special forces recruited from around the world meld into a story that races to its satisfactory conclusion. But paradoxically, success leaves the victors convinced that unilateral actions outside state structures constitute the only way to protect the future of the West. This is Realpolitik thinking with an edge in a world where decisive action from governments is always problematic."
-Samuel R. Williamson, Jr., PhD
Member, International Institute for Strategic Studies (London)