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- Publisher : Pan; New Edit/Cover edition (May 30, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 528 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1509862323
- ISBN-13 : 978-1509862320
- Reading age : 18 years and up
- Item Weight : 12.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.16 x 1.38 x 7.72 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #493,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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. Only Ken Follett could keep all this understandable for the average
Nat Dickstein and his later to be wife Suza (who is the spitting image of her Mother), fall in love shortly after meeting in Oxford. But are soon separated as Dickstein is given an assignment to commander a shipment of Uranium to later by used to build booms for the Israeli army. If he succeeds, will he want to walk away from the army, or continue to remain a soldier.
His life has changed dramatically with his meeting and falling in love with Suza, but he sees himself as duty bound and must complete his mission.
This one plays Israel against Russia, and is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your chair (or wherever you find a comfortable place to sit.
The main focus of the book is a race to nuclear weapons between Israel and islamists in Egypt. With a creative Mossad agent, some luck, assistance from friends, and old debts called in, the Israeli's are well on their way to hijacking a shipment of nuclear fuel. A chance encounter blows the cover of the Mossad agent, and the story becomes a race of time and trial of wits. A twist is thrown in here which I won't disclose, but it adds intrigue and intensity to the story. It also explains the title, which puzzled me until that point.
The story is told from the perspective of the Israelis, but it is not without balance, and it clearly shows the politics and background of many of the issues we faced then, and now, in that volatile part of the world. The only real weakness of the book was the final showdown which was somewhat improbable, but the rest of the book was full of intrigue, suspense, cleverness and plain good storytelling and it easily overcame the one small weakness of the end.
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As a non-Jewish Brit living in Israel, Follett's understanding of Israeli Jewishness and the pain of the Palestinian plight is remarkable - I can only think he spent time here before putting pen to paper. I also commend him for being fair and not anti-Israeli (unlike so many of left-leaning views). The description given by a senior Egyptian to his wife about the Palestinians becoming the Welsh of the future is sadly accurate (and Follett is proudly Welsh) - but there is a loose end in the book: whatever happened to Pyotr Tyrin? Maybe he went down with the ship...