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4.0 out of 5 stars Competent and enjoyable Mossad spy novel, 26 May 2014
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This review is from: Duet in Beirut (Kindle Edition)
'Duet in Beirut' is the author's first novel and the start into his post Israeli military career as an author. It involves a rather surprising mission (for a spy novel) and is largely happening (as suggested by the title) in Beirut.

The protagonsits are both Mossad / ex-Mossad members of a team that has been unsuccessful in an assassination attempt in Beirut about a year prior to the book's main storyline. This, together with their family lives back in Israel adds an enriching component to the book, making it more than just an action filled spy novel.

Where I feel the author scores particularly well is in portraying the soul searching many serving members of intelligence / military outfits go through, especially after missions involving killing / assassinating in the interests of one's country. Some of the politics of secret service organizations (as much as the military censor would allow) is also portrayed, and done so with a relatively mature and balanced perspective (similar in this respect to the coverage of strategic military decision making in Marlantes' Matterhorn).

What the book perhaps lacks is a credible counterparty to the Mossad team - in this respect it is certainly not up to the level of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy or similar John Le Carre novels).

But overall a very solid debut and a good way to spend some relaxing hours, with a solid mix of action and reflection. Can very well imagine reading other books by the author as they come out.
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