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Bashert Paperback – June 10, 2010
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This fast-paced thriller blends a back story of a college theft by brash nerds linked by fate (bashert) with a present-day chase. [In this] believable and intricate tale . . . [t]he reader is treated to well-developed characters and settings, a mysterious plot, and explanations unexpected and satisfying. - US Review of Books
About the Author
Lior Samson is the pen name of an award-winning author of more than two dozen books, including eight other novels, a novella, and a collection of science fiction short stories. A designer and emeritus university professor, he consults on design and security issues.
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Mitchell Rossing is a teenage con-man in the making who bluffs his way into MIT, gets bounced and takes a job as night janitor. Free to explore at night he discovers unguarded uranium rods. Two other young friends help him steal the supply and sell it to Israel. The two friends stay on board the converted Navy vessel they used for transportation against the orders of the buyers. Mitchell witnesses the destruction of the ship and his friends.
It takes a bit of adjustment to bounce back and forth between the late 1960s and the present, but Samson manages to make the flash back transition a smooth read.
Mitchell is murdered and the life of Karl Lustig (a brief MIT friend) is turned upside down when he realizes someone is out to kill him and he has no idea why. His stolen driver's license is discovered on Mitchell's body and he finds a silver tube in his pocket with a message from Mitchell's wife.
A good read, but some important communications hinge on German and Hebrew which takes a bit of study to understand. I do have a German dictionary on my shelf, but not the stratospheric IQ of the characters.
A good read for fans of the almost possible, it could have happened espionage/thriller that doesn't depend on constant random violence to tell the story.
Nash Black, author of SANDPRINTS OF DEATH.
Why could I do that? Because the novel was engaging. Not just the plot, although that was engaging. I loved the characters. I've met these people--at temple, at work, on bicycle trips, in workshops, in life. They are real people, who do what real people do. They are not perfect characters. Nor are they too-stupid-to-live characters. They are real.
For me, the romance made the novel complete. There was just enough romance that the novel felt finished.
You don't have to just buy this book for summer reading, although it's perfect for the beach. It's also perfect for a snowy day. Or for a fall day when you don't want to rake leaves. Or for a spring day when you want to escape chores. If you want a few minutes to escape into an alternative suspenseful action novel with great characters, with just a little romance, buy this book. You will not be sorry.
I enjoyed the story and writing style of Mr. Samson. Bouncing between the past and the present, America, Europe, and Israel, the story moved quickly, with many plot twists and turns. I must say that there were a couple of things toward the end that surprised me, and that's a good thing. I can usually figure things out before they happen.
If you like thrillers with real, fleshed-out characters and not just cardboard cutouts blowing things up, try Bashert.
Samson writes with a crisp elegance like John Le Carre and weaves his plot magically, sustaining suspense throughout the novel. The ending is a satisfying and surprising climax.
My only complaint is with the excessive use of computer jargon and technical detail which baffles us computer dummies. It bogs the story down a little here.
But overall, this is a good read. I look forward to reading his next in the series, The Dome, as soon as it is available on Kindle. I highly recommend this book.