The Spy's Gamble (The Jerusalem Spy Series) Kindle Edition
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Los Angeles Times
"Kaplan's grasp of history and scene creates a genuine reality."
The Jerusalem Post/Report
"In no small feat, Kaplan's novels are routinely praised by the Israeli, Jewish, Arab and mainstream press. In seeking what's actually happening on the ground, a balance organically appears on the page...Kaplan depicts an Israeli military patrol in the al-Amari refugee camp in Ramallah that shows the reader what such moments are like both for the soldiers and the residents. Occasionally, while on patrol Palestinians toss small refrigerators from roofs at them. Frightened soldiers squeeze off rounds. They pass a number of triangular stone monuments their faces covered with the names of Palestinians killed in clashes with the soldiers.
The Spy's Gamble and the search for the missing Prime Minister ends in a greatly unexpected twist. Novels are meant to push the envelope and challenge us. Howard Kaplan certainly does that yet again with this one and does so shockingly."
Israel Book Review
"A must read. Another edge of the seat from start to finish novel by Howard Kaplan. The Spy's Gamble, written with the same character strength and style of the author's previous Mid-East thrillers is intertwined with drama, intrigue and history. It's a great read and for the inquisitive and inquiring reader, forces you to recall and reevaluate Mid-East politics spanning the 1940's to today. If you enjoy well-written historical based fiction when the characters operate within familiar geopolitical events, you want to read The Spy's Gamble as well as Kaplan's other books."
From the Author
- File Size : 681 KB
- Publication Date : June 5, 2018
- Print Length : 263 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 1720606218
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07DF86VDS
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #435,496 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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Essentially, the story revolves around the disappearance of the Israeli Prime Minister. When he takes a ride on a new stealth submarine just off the coast of Norfolk Virginia, he vanishes. How does a military submarine simply disappear... and who could be responsible? This is the question which Israeli Intelligence is assigned to answer. However, this is no easy feat and the Israeli contingent soon find themselves looking to Ramzy Awwad, a former PLO Intelligence officer, for assistance. Can these traditional adversaries possibly work together to solve this mystery? Or perhaps this is a doomed mission which could ultimately lead to devastating and disastrous results!
Make no mistake, the plot of this political espionage thriller is altogether gripping and will keep you on the edge of your seat. It is full of twists and turns and the reader is constantly predicting outcomes, only to self-correct when things suddenly turn in another direction. It really is pure engagement! However, while the plot is electrifying and engrossing, it is the historical elements which are seamlessly interwoven into the story which truly captured me. I have a deep appreciation for authors who painstakingly research and then turn that material into top-notch fiction. This is just such the case with Howard Kaplan and The Spy's Gamble. He has in-depth and superlative knowledge of the Middle East conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians. This keen awareness is blatantly obvious throughout the book. The humanistic theme of reconciliation, compassion and compromise permeates the story and shows a deep understanding of long standing issues.
Do not be fooled into thinking that this novel is a mere history lesson however! Indeed, as previously mentioned, it is thoroughly exciting and captivating. The story is further supported by a cast of characters who are carefully developed and intriguing. You have the cryptic Israeli intelligence officer Shai Shaham, who seems to be both cunning and vulnerable at the same time. Then there is Eli Bardin who is undergoing his own personal life crisis. Be that as it may, he is steadfast in his determination to do what is right. There is also the former PLO intelligence officer Ramzy Awwad, whose crafty nature acts as a conundrum throughout the novel. What is he really up to anyways? Nevertheless, the one thing that these 3 dynamic men and the variety of other characters in the novel have in common is that they are all very human. The novel and its characters show that the unique trait of humanity is all encompassing. They all feel love, hate, grief and rage. When political affiliations are cast aside they are all inherently human. For instance, the bus accident in which a Palestinian family helps a busload of Jewish children is just one example of this in the novel. The suffering which the continuing conflict brings has a profound impact on everyone.
Overall I found this to be a superb novel. Howard Kaplan has a unique command of the written word and it seems to flow almost effortlessly. His knowledge of the subject matter greatly enhances the top quality of his book. I give this novel my highest rating.
I am excited for the release of "The Damascus Cover", Kaplan's first novel to be recreated into a motion picture.
Top reviews from other countries
If you are interested in the Middle East, details of the history, geography, conflicts are easily woven into the narrative.
It was hard to put this book down.