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The Last Of The Wise Lovers: Mystery & Conspiracy (Suspense and Espionage Literary Fiction Book 1) by [Amnon Jackont]

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Ha'ir, October 1991: "Jackont's psychological attention is precise and intelligent, never lapsing into pointless depths, and it doesn't impair the book's soft touch and easy flow - it only makes it more enjoyable".
 
Hadashot, September 1991: "Suspense with added value - it is not clear if Hebrew literature needs another Amos Oz, or to what purpose, exactly. But readers are in great need of good readable books such as this one".
"Tel Aviv" (Yediot Ahronot) September 1991: "The Last of the Wise Lovers is an enjoyable book to read on a September evening. I imagine during for other months as well".

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From the day I started writing, I knew that one day I would deal withthe boy who discovers that his mother isn't faithful to her most important andsignificant relationship, to her marriage to his father. I took my inspirationfor the characters and the story from an event that occurred in Brussels,Belgium, where I lived with my mother for a few months when I was seven.
We were living next door to distant relatives of ours, Jean Paul andAdele. I loved them very much. Jean Paul was an engineer and built ship modelsfor me that I would sail in the pool in the nearby park. But I was obsessedwith the beautiful Adele, who sang chansons to me and told me about heradventures in the French Resistance during World War II. It was 1955, andEurope loved heroic stories like those of Adele, who had hidden British spieswho'd parachuted into occupied Belgium, right under the noses of the German forces.I adored her. I spent many hours at her home, listening to her songs and herstories and helping her with all her housework. She was my whole world in thatstrange city.
Sometimes, when Jean Paul wasn't home, Adele would take a small travelbag from the cupboard, put her nightgown and a few cosmetics in it, and go out.She would return a few hours later, with her bag in hand and her face glowing.
One day, while she was packing her bag, I quickly left the apartment,and waited on the other side of the street. I had no idea what she would do orwhat would happen. All I knew was that I had to understand where Adeledisappeared to and why she took her nightgown and cosmetics with her, when shehad no intention of being away from home for the night.
And then she appeared and began to walk quickly, her thin heelsclicking. She stopped a few streets away, at the entrance to a small park andwaited, leaning on the stone gatepost. Suddenly, a tall man appeared at thestreet corner, wearing a long raincoat. He quickly approached her and theirlips met in a long kiss. Then he took the bag from her, took her by the waistand they both walked into the park, away from me.
Something inside me exploded. I suddenly found myself standing alone ina street with a name I didn't know, and I couldn't remember how to get home."Adele!" I shouted tearfully, "Adele!"
She stopped, turned to me and held her arms out. I ran to her as fast asI could and when she hugged me, she asked, "How did you get here?"
"I wanted to know where you were going with the bag and nightgown," Ipanted, and peaked at the man standing next to her.She giggled, then immediately turned serious. "This is Sheldon," shegestured to the man. "He's a British pilot that I have to transfer today toAntwerp."
I examined the man. He was very good looking, black hair and olive skin."He doesn't look British and the Germans have already been beaten."
"Shhhh..." she whispered, "He doesn't look British so that he won't bediscovered, silly, and other enemies have taken the place of the Germans. TheRussians, for example...you mustn't tell anybody about what you saw. Sheldon'slife is in your hands now..."
They took me by taxi back to the top of the road we lived on, and Inever told anybody. Five years later, after we returned to Israel, my mothertold me that Adele and Jean Paul had separated. "She had lovers," she said,"but he managed to live with that somehow. But then the French Secret Servicefiles were opened, and it turned out that she had collaborated with the Germansduring the war. That he couldn't forgive. He was in the resistance, you know,and hid British spies that parachuted..."

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00FYVMAAS
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Oblivion (August 4, 2014)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ August 4, 2014
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1083 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 189 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.7 out of 5 stars 72 ratings

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Amnon Jackont was born in Israel in 1948 and grew up in Ramat Gan. He was born to a bourgeois family that immigrated to Israel after WWII from Belgium and received a European education which laid emphasize on good manners. Yet, he soon realized that a well behaved boy cannot survive among children whose parents had come from different countries and preferred to settle accounts by fists rather than politeness.Since he was robust and physically strong, he had no problem dealing with belligerent boys.Yet apprehensive least he should harm other kids, he learned how to practice self-control.

In 1966 he was drafted to the IDF and participated in operations which are still kept in the dark. He was first wounded when the truck he rode hit a mine; he luckily survived and woke up in the hospital with a broken back. Four years later he was wounded again, while in service in a hostile foreign country, where he was imprisoned for several months before being released. His military experiences continually provide him with materials for his books.

After his service, Jackont became involved in a variety of business activities (insurance, securities and real estate) for over two decades. In 1997 he decided on a change of career and turned to the academic world. He completed his BA in the Department of History at Tel Aviv University in three years and graduated with honors. He then spent four more years writing a PhD dissertation. After the completion of his thesis, he began teaching prose-writing in a unique method, which he had developed, based on the dismantling and reassembling of theindividual's life experiences.

He has written eight novels, a collection of short stories, a financial-documentary book, and the biography of one of the heads of Mossad. All of his books became best sellers in Israel and some were translated into several languages including Chinese and Japanese. He is also the editor of some 200 books of various genres: from thrillers, to history and philosophy.

When asked which of his occupations he liked in particular, Jackont answers, "The combination between all of them..."

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