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The Hell Of Osirak: (Betrayal) ((Betrayal, Redemption and Salvation Trilogy) Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Good Reads Review from Mal's Blog - NightlyReading
Dec 25, 2013
4 of 5 stars
Read in December, 2013
Freshman author Jaye Rothman certainly creates a riveting thriller with an entwined romance ingredient combining for a great read. The Hell of Osirak is a creative combination of multiple genres. I found the narrative fresh simply due to fact there is a substantial plot - this is not some lesbian erotica that's a dime a dozen out there. True, this novel incorporates romance but that's the defining line - a romance not erotica. 
Those of you that know me know I tend to favor strong female protagonists, especially when they take on occupations conventionally held by men. Dvora and Nikki are two very strong characters both in a position and field largely dominated by men. 
Incorporating the nonfictional event of Osirak creates an enthralling read. Rothman has no problem capturing the readers attention with loads of suspense. A few surprise twists and turns gained my full attention and interest creating my focus to never stray. Rothman gave enough info on the background and history of the two characters without weighing the reader down. Having their past, present and questionable future explored transitioned well. 
The Hell of Osirak is an exciting novel, with two incredibly strong women with a intricate past and shaky future in a field full of excitement and danger. The ending was superb, a true surprise.
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From the Author

I have always been an avid reader of thrillers and espionage books. I spent years scanning the bookshelves searching for a spy novel that featured a believable female protagonist but I never found one.
So I decided to write a book that fitted the bill. So Nikki Sinclair was conceived!  There is no other protagonist in fiction like Nikki Sinclair who is sexy, gutsy and a lesbian who happens to be a spy.

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  • File Size: 458 KB
  • Print Length: 221 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: BookBaby (June 3, 2014)
  • Publication Date: June 3, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KR100N4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #753,624 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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About Jaye

London-born author Jaye Rothman is a seasoned explorer, having travelled all over Europe, as well as to the United States, Australia, and Africa. She has also lived on a kibbutz in Israel.

A long-time lover of Cold War espionage stories, Jaye wrote her first book, The Hell of Osirak, in 2013. This volume, the first of a trilogy, introduces British agent Nikki Sinclair, a tough and uncompromising hero for all lovers of dark spy drama.

When she's not writing, you will find Jaye engrossed in a new book, she is an avid reader, or tending to her beautiful rose garden.

Jaye currently lives in Auckland, NZ with Izzy, her large and loyal English bull terrier-lab-pointer cross, whose soft white fur is adorned with coffee-coloured splashes.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jenny Jacobs :-) on December 10, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This book just took my breath away!!It has two themes basically,which are intertwined brilliantly!The novel has elements of truth in it..And seems very plausible,very very real..I kinda find it hard to categorize this book as a novel themed on LGBT/Lesbian genera or as a historical fictional!!I'd say,the book belongs to both of these categories EQUALLY!!Which makes this book a masterpiece..It is very rare to find a lesbian themed book which is not erotica and NOT just a graphic description(s) of a series of sexual scenes..It is very tastefully written and the other pro-Israel/spy/Mossad theme steals the show!!

The danger Iraq's Osirak nuke plant created for Israel was very real,Saddam Hussein WAS brutal enough to use chem weapons/poisonous gases on Iraq's own people as we saw,Israel did herself and our world a big big favor by taking out his nukes...And the whole story is written on this backdrop..Israel has saved millions of lives by taking out Osirak..And the novel based on this real incident,shows much of how various state spy agencies interact,or at least interacted during that time..And shows us the complexities of their relations..

The other interesting aspect of the book was the dilemma lesbian agents have to face while working for these agencies.My heart was broken for Nikki Sinclair,the main character of the book as she has to sleep with men to gain intelligence.She is a strong willed character and she is very REAL in a sense,she is vulnerable,not invincible,and that makes you root for her!Her ordeal is heartbreaking,but her will to prevail is very strong,as she goes through her services as an agent for the UK(Britain),she experiences everlasting love form a fellow Israeli spy Dvora only to get her heart broken again and again,just to bounce back!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By sara whanslaw on December 24, 2013
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Jaye has identified a niche in this field where she combines the excitement of the secret service (MI6 and Mossad) and a Lesbian love affair between two foreign agents. This story introduces us to the two main characters who we eagerly follow and grow attached to throughout the novel. At times you can almost feel yourself immersed in their characters and soon visualise yourself in their situations. Both myself and my husband thoroughly enjoyed this first novel as she has researched well, using her knowledge of each of the countries represented to make a realistic story. We eagerly await the next in the trilogy.
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London born author Jaye Rothman makes her literary debut with a zinger of a book - THE HELL OF OSIRAK - and though she now lives in New Zealand, she has worked on a kibbutz in Israel and lived in South Africa and spent time in Europe researching her novels. Rothman is an inspired writer, fascinated by the espionage genre and frustrated by the lack in the literature of a credible female protagonist for this sector of writing. And as Rothman states, `There is no other protagonist in fiction like Nikki Sinclair who is sexy, gutsy and a lesbian who happens to be a spy.'

Jaye Rothman cares enough about her readers' knowledge of the topic of her book that she has written a fine explanation about `Osirak'. 
'The Governments in the west were terrified the oil embargo of 1973 could be repeated at anytime. That was why in 1975 France's President Chirac made a deal with the Iraqi's to ensure their supply of oil would be uninterrupted and unrestricted. In return the Iraq's wanted a nuclear reactor, the construction started in 1979. 
In the same year two nuclear cores were destroyed in France before they could be shipped to Iraq. There was speculation that the Mossad were involved. However, this only set the project back by six months. 
In June 1980 the first shipment of highly enriched uranium arrived in Iraq. The Israelis attempted directly and indirectly to negotiate with France to halt the construction of the reactor, but their attempts were unsuccessful. There was strong internal opposition in the Israeli Knesset (Parliament), to take any military action against the Iraqi's. Some opponents thought it would further increase the world's animosity towards Israel. Prime Minister Begin and the Cabinet met in October 1980, and made the decision that the attack would have to go ahead.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary Selikow on March 11, 2014
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A thrilling, fast paced spy novel, which doesnt have a dull moment. Set in Britain, Israel, South Africa, Zaire, France, Iraq and New Zealand. It is a novel where you really do not know what will happens next.
I could really get into the skin of Nikki Sinclair , a beautiful lesbian superpy besotted with memories of her Israeli lover Dvora Bar Zahavi, and sent on dangerous missions around the world for MI5 while battling prejudice against her for her homosexuality, her past demons and her dedication to serving her country.

the lesbian love scenes were tasteful and quite exqusite, while the traumatic rape Nikki undergoes five times during the book is disturbing and heatbreaking.
What makes Nikki so endearing is that she is a combination of both toghness and vulnerability, she is not some cartoon superheo
Her story is in many cases a sad one from her rejection by her parents because of her being a lesbian (the birthday and Christmas cards she sends them even are unreturned) to the way M15 forces her into the beds of men even after her traumatic rape.
Nikki met Dvora during her training in 1973 when a lot of countries still cooperated freely with Israel before the years of isolation imposed on Israel by perfidious enemies.
the heart of the novel revolves around the race to obtain the microfilm details of Iraqi tyrant Saddam Hussein's nuclear plans to destroy Israel which culminated in 1981 in the Israeli raid that destroyed Saddam's Osirak nuclear plant
I found myself biting my nails for both heroines, cheering for them (especially when Nikki kills one of her tormentors and rapists, also being one of Saddam's key men at Osirak)
Apart from that is great to read fiction that gives a sympathetic portrayal of Israel, in an age when it all so fashionable to demonize that tiny country struggling for survival.
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