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  • Posted November 21, 2010

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    Review by Cym Lowell

    Imagine that your precious only daughter has just graduated from law school and seems enchanted with a young Palestinian that she worked with in law school. The young man has invited her to come to Israel to work on the defense of a Palestinian accused of triggering a bomb in a prominent Israeli hotel that murdered the U.S. President, the Prime Minister of Israel, and the Hamas leader shortly to become President of the newly established Palestinian state, as the leaders were about to announce their agreement.

    You are also a famous trial lawyer who has defended a long line of detestable characters, winning a reputation as a genius.

    Your daughter defies your wishes, as young people will do, and goes to Israel to begin work on the case. Shortly thereafter, she is kidnapped.

    What would you do? Probably go to Israel as Abraham Ringel and his former spy wife did.

    The Trials of Zion is a fine thriller written by a famous lawyer and law professor, perhaps envisioning himself in the situation of his protagonist. In any event, this is a superbly well crafted story. It flows easily. Mr. Dershowitz includes an interesting history of families that immigrated to Israel at the time of the American Civil War as elements of the Zionist movement. The stories of these families shed light on the intrigues of the story.

    In thrillers, it seems there is often violence and one dimensional characters. In The Trials of Zion, you will enjoy a touching story full of characters who have histories, secrets from each other, romantic interests, fears and hopes, and content. This is a story that I was sad to see end.

    Aside from the excellent story and fine writing, the background of The Trials of Zion provides an interesting commentary on the real world struggles of the people of the Holy Land, and the role of Iran today, without judgmental commentary one way or another. In the end, the identity of the bad guys provides a clever, fascinating, thoughtful, and surprising ending.

    Put this one on your list!

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  • Posted September 30, 2010

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    Can there be true peace in the Middle East?

    Having a father who is one of the leading criminal defense lawyers in the country can be hard to live up to, especially when you too, have become a lawyer as well, graduating at the top of your class. The one advantage it does offer is that it opens the doors for you with clients and companies that would love to have you work for them. Emma Ringel is about to get the opportunity of a lifetime.

    When the latest in peace talks between Israel and Palestine, erupts with a terrorist bombing that not only claims the lives of the leaders of both countries but our own President of the United States, Emma finds herself being tasked with helping to defend the one man who claims responsibility. Problem is, she is being asked to find him innocent of the charges.

    In this latest suspense thriller The Trials of Zion, by Alan M Dershowitz, we find Emma and her boss, Habash Ein knee deep in the most dangerous place in the world and defending a man that every one wants to see executed. No one wants to see him found innocent and some are willing to task whatever risks are needed to make sure that Faisal Husseini winds up dead.

    I received this amazing book, compliments of Hachette Book Groups for my honest review and loved it. It had me on the edge of my seat wondering just how this was going to turn out. It had me challenged in coming up with how it was all going to play out in the end and never disappointed. For anyone who loves crime and justice along with the element of suspense, then this is the book for you. I would rate it a perfect 5 out of 5 stars.

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  • Posted September 9, 2010

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    a fabulous tale that enables the reader to see how different the Israeli jurisprudence system is from that of the United States

    In East Jerusalem in the near future, American President Moore, Israeli President Ezratti and Palestinian President Yassah reach a major peace agreement seen on television round the world. As they hold hands in unity, a bomb explodes killing thirty one people; many of whom were heads of state including Moore. The Martyrs of Jihad claim responsibly and Israeli police arrest Muslim radical Faisal Husseini caught videotaping the assassination scene. He is accused of the murders.

    Palestinian Human Rights lawyer Habash Ein asks his Yale friend, twenty-six years old Jewish attorney Emma Ringel to come to Israel to assist him in defense of Husseini. Over the objections and concerns of her father celebrity lawyer Abe, she accepts. Abe is forced to assist Emma as pressure mounts from all sides on her. Some even threaten the Ringel loved ones if the deliberation ends the wrong way. Complicating matters for daughter and father are those threatening them and others they cherish leave them to know if they obtain an acquittal or not, someone is apt to try to harm them or their loved ones.

    The third Ringel legal thriller (see Advocate's Devil Just Revenge) is a fabulous tale that enables the reader to see how different the Israeli jurisprudence system is from that of the United States. The courtroom scenes are especially superb as Alan M. Dershowitz takes the audience inside the Israeli legal world. Although the thriller elements feel unnecessary, The Trials of Zion is an entertaining novel that highlights how convoluted reaching peace in the area has been.

    Harriet Klausner

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