- Series: The Jerusalem Spy Series Book 1
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Kaplan Inc; 2 edition (August 8, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0990526305
- ISBN-13: 978-0990526308
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 140 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #369,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Damascus Cover (The Jerusalem Spy Series Book 1) Paperback – August 8, 2014
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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 five novels.
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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...
We also have an insight in to the perils of the Syrian Jews and the horrific situation they were in. For anyone who questions the validity of why Israel must be there, this is a small example.
Well done Kaplan on a fab read, I couldn't put the book down and stayed up late to finish it.
The narrative was past pace, with lots of geographic descriptions and characters that balance each other.
I did not anticipated the plot twist and left me wanting more....
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Ari finds himself being given desk jobs; his best days of spying for Mossad are behind him,...Read more
Nothing not to like.
I did read them in order, but it really does not really mater.
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