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"Lior Samson is nowhere near as famous as John Le Carré, but he has written a suspenseful and timely novel, ... fast-paced, ...filled with the way computers, programming, and other technical black magic combine to pose a major threat and are used as well to spot and neutralize it. ... I cannot say enough good things about this novel and recommend that you check it out and purchase it." - Alan Caruba, BookViews

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Lior Samson is a university professor, consultant, and science fiction author with more than a dozen books and hundreds of articles to his credit, including the political thriller, Bashert. He lives with his wife and their two children in Massachusetts.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Gesher Press (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984377212
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984377213
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,681,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I write to get readers turning the pages and thinking about what they read. My thought-provoking thriller, CHIPSET, was a finalist for the 2014 Eric Hoffer Book Award. And who am I?

I am Lior Samson, although you won't find that name on my passport or my mailbox. Lior Samson is my pen name. I am frequently asked why I write under a pseudonym, particularly since my "real" name is hardly a secret and would easily be discovered by anyone with Internet access. In this benign deception, I carry on with a long tradition and follow humbly in the footsteps of far greater writers, writers like the brilliant author of contemporary spy novels who publishes under the pen name of John le Carré, although his identity as David Cornwell has been known for many decades.

To friends, family, colleagues, and the Post Office, I am Larry Constantine, but writing under a pen name serves several purposes, including marking out my full-length fiction from all the other writing I have done. I have been writing professionally all my adult life, and, over a varied career spanning more than four decades, I have had 23 books--including one Jolt Award winner--and hundreds of papers and articles published. One of my essays even garnered a Simon Rockower Award from the American Jewish Press Association. My novels and short fiction as Lior Samson are a new direction, markedly different from most of what has gone before.

As a professional member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the author of a number of science fiction short stories, I did not expect that I would end up writing contemporary thrillers when I finally got around to my first full-length novel. What happened? The novels are simply the stories that demanded of me to sit down at the keyboard and tell them--now--not stories of fantasy or the far future or other worlds, but stories of this world in our age, of the issues and problems and challenges we and our children face.

My pen name also helps me to brand my fiction with a particular point of view that quickly becomes apparent to my readers. Of course, I try to write stories that are, first and foremost, engaging and entertaining, that keep readers turning the pages. But I also write from a place, a perspective from which I want to challenge my readers and, by challenging them, begin a conversation that will extend beyond the book and to others. I want to get my readers thinking and rethinking some of the issues that bedevil the modern world and modern society, issues like the nature of extremism and its relation to terrorism, the roles of religion and politics in current events, our dependence on technology and its growing fragility, the nature of love and commitment in a fluid and fractured society.

When I am not writing novels, I write serious choral and instrumental music, sing baritone wherever I can, cook gourmet meals, teach at a university in Portugal, and try to keep pace with my two teenage children. It's a full life.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Semaj Eel Snikwah on October 26, 2010
Format: Paperback
Loir Samson has done it again! In this, the second book of a trilogy, we follow the lives of many of the characters who struggled in that earlier episode as they once again are pulled, serendipitously and often reluctantly, into the latest crisis. Not far into the text we learn of the accidental discovery that the Dome of the Rock, the Moslem Mosque built on the site of the long destroyed ancient Jewish Temple Mount, is the likely target of some sort of attack. Whoever the attackers are, we soon learn, they have been able to obtain an unknown quantity of nuclear material. Who are these terrorists? Why would they want to destroy the Dome and also make the Mount so radioactive as to make it uninhabitable? And what exactly is the plan?
A technologically oriented Christian anthropological team, a cabal of tech savvy teenage computer hackers, a free lance journalist, and, of course, the Mousad conspire, sometimes consciously and sometimes unwittingly, to understand and interfere with the plan. The action builds to a crescendo in a fast and furious all out effort to stop the attack. In the end, everything from a spy satellite, the Israeli Airforce, and a couple of creepy robots engage in a wildly chaotic effort to derail the triply redundant plot that is guaranteed mathematically to be successful.
The text is riveting, the images cinematic. The Dome!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
Billions of people around the world find the Dome of the Rock sacred, and it has become quite the target. "The Dome" is a political thriller from Lior Samson, as he follows a terrorist plot surrounding the sacred place and terrorists who wish to destroy it. Set amongst the turmoil of the Middle East, Samson makes for an exciting thriller that will be hard to put down. "The Dome" is an excellent read, and very highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James A. Anderson on July 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
Lior Samson is back with another taut and exciting thriller. The Dome continues with characters first introduced in Samson's earlier novel, Bashert. I enjoyed it, but I liked this one even better. You don't need to have read Bashert to enjoy The Dome, but it helps the reader appreciate how the passage of time has changed the characters and how they have developed.

This is an exciting read built around the politics of the Middle East and there's plenty of action and spine-tingling adventure with Israeli spies, terrorists and even university professors. Samson is the pen name of Larry Constantine, a university professor himself. He writes of academe with experience and sometimes takes a dig at the pretences of his own profession. I like his writing a lot. It is crisp, sardonic, sometimes amusing and highly entertaining. He's a real story teller.

I highly recommend this book. Unforunately it is currently only available in paperback. I understand a Kindle version is pending. But if you don't want to wait, the higher priced paperback is well worth the read. There is also a preview of his latest novel, Web Games. Sounds like a real winner that I plan to read next.

James A. Anderson
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nash Black VINE VOICE on October 17, 2012
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THE DOME by Lior Samson continues the story of ordinary people with extraordinary talents who inhabit the world of Israel's international secret service.
Three "saviors" of the world the Sage, the Wizard, and the Wonk obtain a shipment of necular fuel and plan to wipe-out The Dome, which three major religions hold sacred. By doing so, in their convoluted thinking, they are saving the world from its history and beginning a new slate.
Karl Lustig is an American living in Israel who is married to a woman with a young son. The son is an enterprising young man who has many of the traits of his father who was Karl's best friend.
Bini and his friends love to hack into web sites and discover some strange items that are intriguing such as the mapping of old passage ways under The Dome.
Internet chatter alerts the authorities, but few strong leads emerge until the director pays a visit to his old friend, Karl. The results of the boy's friends sends him on a mission against time to prevent an international distaster. This quest demands the corrperation of all sects who make the middle east their battle ground.
A fast read that will have you flipping the pages of this fine espionage thriller with a deft touch of romance.
Nash Black, author of SANDPRINTS OF DEATH.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SPIKE6454 on March 28, 2012
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This my first review of a book. The Dome is a book I would recommend to anybody. Then plot was suspenseful & unpredictable, the characters were well formed and interesting & the flow of the book was pretty good. In a way I would like to say at first I thought the plot a little on the unbelievable side, but the more I read & the more I think about the world today I can see it as very plausible. My one negative critique would be the usage of so many Jewish phrases w/o some interpretation. The Kindle dictionary doesn't provide definitions so I would have liked for there to have been a small dictionary of terms that could have been accessed, or possibly an interpretation in parenthesis after the word. That said I was able to guess at the meaning of most by the context in which they were used. I'm looking forward to more by the author in the future.
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