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Disappearance (A Mystery and Espionage Thriller Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Niv Kaplan
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)

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Book Description

What will a young man be willing to do to find the lost love of his life?

Karen Glass, an American high school graduate, is visiting a kibbutz in Northern Israel. She meets Mikki who lives on the kibbutz and they become passionately involved. They fall in love, but on her birthday, while they are on a tour of the Upper Galilee, she suddenly disappears from his car.

Mikki is devastated when the police official investigation is abandoned under questionable circumstances; the motive for the presumed kidnapping is unknown and Karen's fate remains a mystery.

Three years later, a special-forces unit stumbles upon a photo of Karen at the time of her kidnapping. Mikki's faith is finally renewed and he alerts Karen's sister, Lisa. Together they begin a perilous journey across three continents, searching for clues that will shed light on the mystery.

They uncover an ominous family secret that has cast a dark shadow on Karen and Lisa's family for many years, which becomes key to learning the truth.

DISAPPEARANCE is a suspenseful love story. It will startle you, disconcert you, capture your heart and keep you wondering how much can be sacrificed in the name of love.

Editorial Reviews


"...A perfect combination of suspense, action and romance. Kaplan's attempt to illustrate his characters' reality allows the reader to join them on crowded streets, long stakeouts and feel the dread they feel in certain situations. It turns the experience more realistic, such that thriller novel lovers like to read. Disappearance is a good book; actually it is very good..." - BOOKWATCH
"...Kaplan knows his trade well and leads the reader breathless along more than five hundred pages of intelligent and skillful writing without releasing the tension, not for one moment. I'll risk it and say this is the best thriller I've read in several months". - Amnon Jacont (Israeli Author)
"The book "Disappearance" is accompanied by a thesis that Civilian companies manufacturing weapons will do anything to accomplish their economic goals including kidnapping and murder. It will not be something out of the ordinary but for the author being himself part of this industry and from first impression, and even second and third, he's actually shooting himself in the foot..." - Yedioth Tel Aviv - Itai Ilnai
"I read it! In one wonderful weekend.  An amazing book that will fill your weekend or holiday with delight." -  Portal 1909, Tom Edisman
"Kaplan wrote "Disappearance" over a period of five years and the thorough work paid off. I read "Disappearance" in one week along with all my other obligations. From the moment I started reading it I could not put it down.  This is exactly what I expect from a thriller." - Pop Tarts -Effi Trigger

From the Author

This novel has waited a very long time to be published and could not&;nbsp;have&;nbsp;been written without the love and patience of my family and friends.<br style="font-family: verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; background-color: #ffffff;" />
Though the characters are fictional, they are all shadows of my life.<br />

Product Details

  • File Size: 2511 KB
  • Print Length: 364 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1490338551
  • Publisher: Oblivion Books; 1 edition (January 15, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,914 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Well Written "Different" Story July 28, 2013
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I found this a well written and gripping story about something very different to the regular Airport book. The setting is described so that you can almost be there and the characters easily recognizable. The story flows and I quite literally, could not put the book down. I suppose my long term military career made the book appealing to me as I could relate quite easily to the various plots. A great first novel from a writer I expect to see more of.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars for plot; 1 star for grammar, syntax, etc. August 31, 2013
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I almost did not finish this book due to the amazing number of mistakes in grammar, syntax and spelling - "repetuar" instead of "repertoire," for instance; "keeping taps" instead of "keeping tabs"; "Mousse Chocolate" (with the capital letters) instead of chocolate mousse (a classic mistake by Israelis writing or speaking English, since Hebrew places adjectives after the noun, whereas English puts adjectives before the noun), or a "suite" jacket, instead of suit jacket. Plus, the American slang is all wrong: we don't say "ain't;" we don't use double negatives routinely; and we pay attention to parallelism in sentences, like keeping a sentence in the same tense throughout! Suggestions for the author - learn about English auxiliary verbs - such as "might" instead of "may." Hire an English proofreader next time, and this won't happen!! All that said, the story was good, but I had to fight to get to the end.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty and Authentic July 24, 2013
By Geoff S
Format:Kindle Edition
I enjoyed this new bok very much - a great effort from a new author. Some minor and humorous editing glitches from the original Hebrew, but like all things Israeli very believable and authentic and with a gritty atmosphere. More from
Kaplan please.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I recommend it June 27, 2013
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The story line is very exciting, with a totally unimaginable betrayal that unfolds into a hunt for a missing girl, takes on a shocking twist...
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A first hand look June 27, 2013
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This book deals with a situation that had fascinated me for a long while. In recent years several disappearance cases have made headlines and Kaplan takes the reader into the guts of this confounding situation describing the fragile reality through his characters. The intricate plot leads the reader through a web of intrigue allowing a first hand look at the dilemmas and the actions taken to solve such a mystery...
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down July 28, 2013
By Tom
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Plot was really interesting and the book was well written.
Characters came to life.
The twists were more surprising than anything I have read in a while.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT!! July 21, 2013
By Louise
Format:Kindle Edition
I absolutely LOVED this story! The characters are wonderful, the descriptions of places really you there in your mind. I couldn't put the book down, full of action & suspense. I would have liked a little more description of what happened to all the characters afterwards but maybe that's because I felt they were real & didn't want the book to end! Just wonderful!
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31 of 40 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written generic thriller July 21, 2013
By Ella
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A young American girl disappears without a trace while on a trip to Israel. What follows is a thrilling hunt as her boyfriend and sister desperately search for her and find out that the truth will be much more shocking than they could ever have imagined. Actually I have no idea what they discover as I couldn't finish the novel; the story was alright, with enough plot twists to keep me interested but I couldn't get past the terrible writing. I know Kaplan is not a native English speaker but surely someone at his publishing company could have proof read his book. His consistently mixes up tenses, most often the future and the conditional and often uses a similar sounding but completely wrong word such as 'the man threw his cigarette to the ground and distinguished it with his foot.' Very disappointing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars a good suspenseful read, but sometimes the translation got in the way.
I enjoyed the story itself, Mr. Kaplan was able to build suspense and kept me reading until the end. Read more
Published 1 day ago by 2 cuties mommy
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
The story line was well written and interesting. The characters were identifiable and can relate to them. There were a lot of twist and turns the plot. Overall, a very good book.
Published 23 days ago by Candice Ellis
2.0 out of 5 stars too long
There were parts of this book which could have caught my interest if there had been more development and elaboration. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Mary Anna
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific
Seemed to be very long, but I really enjoyed every minute. Suspenseful, excellent characters, well executed plot, Disappearance had it all!
Published 1 month ago by janet s.
1.0 out of 5 stars Too descriptive!
I don't need a geographic lesson! The storyline could have been okay, but could not keep my interest. Too long and drawn out. Read more
Published 1 month ago by john h
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Written by someone who knows about his subject, this novel is difficult to believe. We need more authors who have "been there" and have first hand knowledge of a subject.
Published 1 month ago by Barbara D. Leachman
4.0 out of 5 stars a great read
Disappearance is extremely well written. As an author myself, I understand the time and effort that goes into a publication. Read more
Published 2 months ago by james lynch
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book!
A very hard book to put down. I felt as if I was watching a movie, but I was reading. Well written book. I would buy another book by this author.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I could not stop reading
I finished the book at 2:15 a.m. Love, love lost, love revived. Travel from Israel, to Spain, to Denmark, to Germany, to Mexico, to the USA. Good guys, and really bad bad guys. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this
This book kept me in suspense throughout. Whenever I thought the solution was at hand, another twist of the plot led in a new direction. Great read!
Published 2 months ago by Barbara S. Schur
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More About the Author

Niv Kaplan was born on Kibbutz Ayelet Hashahar in Northern Israel in 1959. At age 11 he moved with his parents to NYC for three years. After completing high school, Niv served three years in a special-forces reconnaissance outfit and had taken an active part in forming the IDF's Alpine unit which he served in reserve duty.

Niv received his BsC degree in Business Administration (Marketing) from Cal State University Northridge (CSUN) in 1992, spending close to ten years in New York and Los Angeles. He started writing "Disappearance" right after receiving his University degree, completing it in 1997. The book was written in English, translated and published in Hebrew in Israel in June, 2012, and had since become a bestseller, received praise for its suspenseful plot, precise structure, and identifiable characters, and is considered a surprise success for a first time author in Israel.

Niv's second book has been completed in English this year, translated to Hebrew and will be in bookstores this year.

Niv has been working in the Aerospace industry for the last 19 years, marketing electro-optical sensors to fighter aircraft. He lives in Tel Aviv with his wife Tali and their seven children.

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