#BookReview of The Spy’s Gamble by Howard Kaplan @kaplanhow #LoveBooksGroupTours #thespysgamble

Posted September 7, 2018 by Zoé in Book Reviews, Reviews and Stuff / 0 Comments

#BookReview of The Spy's Gamble by Howard Kaplan @kaplanhow   #LoveBooksGroupTours #thespysgamble

The Spy's Gamble by Howard Kaplan
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on June 5, 2018
Genres: Fiction
Pages: 262

“Kaplan is...without peer in his grasp of the delicate and explosive relationship between the Israelis and the Palestinians. This is a thriller in the best tradition of the genre.” -Los Angeles Times

When the Israeli Prime Minister boards a new stealth submarine in Norfolk, Virginia intending a celebratory ride and the sub vanishes, it sets in motion a suspenseful story that intertwines the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a story of what could be.

Shai Shaham—an Israeli intelligence officer—contacts old friend and adversary Ramzy Awwad—a former PLO intelligence officer and one of the great writers of his people—for help in locating the missing prime minister. But can they trust each other? Can their friendship withstand the turbulent political landscape?

Eli Bardin—an agent who is feeling the strain of being away from his wife and children for so long in the field—is also tasked to contact Ramzy for the help in finding the missing sub. It seems the Russian have great interest in the technology, and he must locate the prime minister...because losing him is a national calamity that threatens to upset a delicate political balance in the most terrifying ways.

Starkly depicting the excesses of both sides and moving through actual events, THE SPY’S GAMBLE relies on in-depth research to weave a thrilling tale of suspense of reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians.

When this tour came up I thought why not, why not read something that is not in my normal remit on a day to day basis. I am glad that I did! 

This book is part of a series called The Jerusalem Spy series, and I have not had the pleasure of reading the first books, so off I toddle, however, these are all standalone books so you aren’t missing out. This story does not shy away from the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians. This book is very ‘now’ with the war and conflict happening. 

The forefront of this story is the disappearance of the Isreali Prime Minister, as he boards a new stealth submarine, this was meant to be a happy celebratory day. Nope, instead one of the most claustrophobic places to be, a submarine, disappears without a trace. What could be more intense than that! Ever since the days of Tom Clancy’s The Hunt for Red October, submarines now terrify me. 

Sometimes with this genre it gets heavy, your concentration starts to wain and it can be stilted at times, however with this book I found it easy to read (Google is also my friend) and the pages just flowed.

Being a political thriller made a nice change for me, as I do enjoy this genre and I love to learn more information on a political system and how it works especially in different regions. The wealth of knowledge and research done for this book was immense and fantastic. Despite my learning, I was on the edge of my seat as we are propelled through the story into the unknown. 

The ending, well goldfish gulping.. hello! That was me! I did not see it coming, and it just topped this in-depth political thriller off. No words. 

I read a Q&A with the author, where he was asked how would describe his book in one sentence what would it be? (His answer sums the book perfectly)

The Israeli and Palestinian peoples hope and quest for peace.

Q&A held on On the Shelf Reviews

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*Thank you so much to Kelly at Love Books Group and the author Howard Kaplan for a copy of this book in return for my honest and unbiased review*

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About Howard Kaplan

Howard Kaplan is a native of Los Angeles and 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 then 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 Philosophy of Education from UCLA.

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