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The Damascus Cover (The Jerusalem Spy Series Book 1) Paperback – August 8, 2014
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Los Angeles Times
"In the best tradition of the new espionage novel. Kaplan's grasp of history and scene creates a genuine reality. He seems to know every back alley of Damascus and Cyprus."
"A fine, taut, tense spy story full of furious action."
St Louis Post-Dispatch
"It's suspense all the way through."
Chicago Daily News
"Exceedingly rich in color about the Syrian capital."
"The plotting is beautiful."
"... a smartly paced criss-cross laced with enough Mid-East semicruises to snare the MacInness armchair tourists."
American Library Association (starred review)
"A mission inside Syria, a last love affair, and the unfolding of the plot within a plot are handled by the author with skill and a sure sense of the dramatic."
US Review of Books
"Kaplan spins an intricately nuanced plot that bobs and weaves between trepidation and treachery. He paces his tale with the speed and skill of a Formula 1 driver. Yet he never rushes the details of time, place, and atmosphere. His writing style is admirably spare, revealing just enough to make us ask questions and want to know more. Between his pages brutality shares space with intimacy, and we are reminded that both action and inaction have consequences. Originally penned in 1977, Kaplan's narrative never feels dated, which is proven by the fact that some forty years later it has now been turned into a major motion picture. If the film is only half as good as the novel, it will be more than worth the price of admission."
About the Author
HOWARD KAPLAN, a native of Los Angeles, has lived in Israel and traveled extensively through Lebanon, Syria and Egypt. At the age of 21, he was sent on a mission into the Soviet Union to smuggle a dissident's manuscript on microfilm to London. His first trip was a success. On his second trip, he transferred a manuscript to the Dutch Ambassador inside his Moscow embassy. A week later, he was arrested in Khartiv in the Ukraine and interrogated for two days there and and two days in Moscow, before being expelled from the USSR. The KGB had picked him up for meeting dissidents and did not know about the manuscript transfers. He holds a BA in Middle East History from UC Berkeley and an MA in the Philosophy of Education from UCLA. He is the author of four novels.
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Top customer reviews
This is a beautifully written book about the middle east, its longstanding history of enmity and rivalry, about love, and about brutality. It is highly atmospheric, it reads like a walk through Damascus. But it's a guarded walk, because spies and enemies are all around. Whether or not you enjoy spy novels, you will appreciate this book.
I understand Kaplan wrote other novels and I would like to read them. Unfortunately, I cannot find them, either online or in my local library.
Damascus Cover was a best seller in it's day and is enjoying a new audience as it becomes an action flick with Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the lead role. Any film with a "complicated" character is lucky to get jonny and I see this as a win/win for the novel and it's star. Having read the book, I'm looking forward to this film. I will say, Rhys Meyers, in his thirties, has put himself up against expectations... his character is supposed to be...fifty, with all the world weariness that "fifty" implies. So, once again, Rhys Meyers may have to win the book's fan's over. But he seems to THRIVE on that mission...
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