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Lion of Judah Hardcover – August, 1993

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 313 pages
  • Publisher: St Martins Pr (August 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312100167
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312100162
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,410,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The disillusioned former Mossad officer who blew the whistle on his old organization (By Way of Deception, 1990--not reviewed) now gives us his first novel, about...a Mossad officer who goes it alone, disillusioned with the organization. When Shaby Talaat, a Syrian National Security middleman whom Mossad op Natan Stone's been running as Foul Play, lucks into a hot secret--that an agent called the Fox has been gathering and training members for a new Syrian-backed Palestinian terrorist unit whose mandate is to assassinate moderate Palestinians who are ready for peace talks with Israel--Natan moves swiftly to infiltrate the group and spike its plans. His masters at Mossad, however, have other ideas, since they have no objections to the assassinations. (In fact, Mossad, Natan learns in a particularly entertaining aside, had been perfectly willing to assassinate Jimmy Carter when the Camp David negotiations seemed to be giving away too much to the Egyptians.) So Natan goes off the books to place somebody (who, ironically, turns out to be Nadin, a notorious terrorist's daughter, and another free-lancer like himself) inside the Fox's lair--not realizing that Col. Karl Reinhart, the former Stasi terrorist head who's now working with the Syrians, is on to him and, eager to protect the mole he's had lodged in Mossad for years, plans to kill two birds with one Stone by fingering Natan as the mole. As his old comrades chase him all over Beirut, Paris, and The Hague, Natan has to figure out a way to safeguard Nadin without blowing her cover--at the same time identifying and exposing the real mole once and for all. Anybody who doubts he can do it all, and do it his way, hasn't spent much time among Israelis. Authentic, offbeat tradecraft and clever touches throughout make this worthwhile despite its unmemorable characters-- including the hero--and chop-socky prose. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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Victor Ostrovsky was born in Canada and raised in Israel. At eighteen he became the youngest officer in the Israeli military at the time, eventually rising to the rank of lieutenant commander in charge of naval weapons testing. He was a Mossad case officer from 1982-1986. Victor Currently lives in Scottsdale Arizona where he writes and paints and has an art gallery Ostrovsky Fine Art in old town Scottsdale.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "plato008" on February 12, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I read this book in three days. This is quite fast for me. The author is very skillful about telling several stories at once. You never know what is going to happen next in any of these stories. It seems every minor detail in the story seems to have dramatic consequences to what happens next. Additionally, the action in the book is very fast. I was not bored for a single page during the entire book. However, the book did not have enough descriptive detail for my taste. I would have liked to get to know the characters and the cities they operated in in greater detail.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Adams on March 8, 2008
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I did not mind this book, it just failed to really grab my interest. So I wrote a small review to really encourage people to read his first book, 'By Way of Deception'. That is a fascinating non-fictional account of the extremely important Israeli Mossad, as told by an ex-agent.

'The Other Side of Deception' is also enlightening and well written though it contains a few weak spots in my opinion.
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12 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 6, 2004
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After reading all three of Ostrovsky's books recently, I am firmly of the mind that all three must be read to understand Israel's deep objection to them and the absolute necessity for Americans to become familiar with them.
Ostrovsky is not American; however, anyone who takes the time to study these books, including the roman a clef LION OF JUDAH, will realize that he has presented the intellectual means for Americans to discern what is only now appearing on the web under the disturbing website [...]
LION OF JUDAH is a fictionalized account of what Ostrovsky could not say otherwise. He states this in one of his books and in a rare interview. I was expecting the dreary pastiche of most spy novels. I found myself reading it for the details I knew were overlooked in the real-time reporting of the world events he recounts.
The Caveat mentioned in the title of my review belongs to the writer's craft. Ostrovsky ignores the professional writer's rule that you don't advance a story in your character's quotes. That said, he no doubt felt he had no option. Ostrovsky was fighting against time in the early 90s to get his story out before the Mossad figured out a way to eliminate him. Staying in the public eye is one way to keep yourself alive.
He finished writing his three books over a decade ago. In 1997, the Mossad set out to bankrupt and ruin him financially. [Search Google for an article he wrote in a US-based Middle East journal.] I gather he is now doing what he always wanted to do, which is paint. He is an artist.
Ostrovsky's books should be critical reading for every anchor intoning on national TV and Cable. White House pool reporters should be forced to have Ostrovsky's valuable insight in the arsenal of their thinking patterns.
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