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Code Ezra
     

Code Ezra

by Gay Courter
 

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A Novel of the Mossad. The date: April 1979. The place: Toulon, France. The assignment: to destroy nuclear reactor parts bound for Iraq. The man in charge: Eli Katzar, master Israeli spy and leader of the Ezra project. His team: three talented agents, all women. The mission succeeds but at a terrible price, and Eli must discover which of the women

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A Novel of the Mossad. The date: April 1979. The place: Toulon, France. The assignment: to destroy nuclear reactor parts bound for Iraq. The man in charge: Eli Katzar, master Israeli spy and leader of the Ezra project. His team: three talented agents, all women. The mission succeeds but at a terrible price, and Eli must discover which of the women whom he has nurtured and trusted for more than 30 years betrayed him: Aviva, the Sabra who married the man Eli chose as her co-conspirator; Lily, the Dutch Holocaust survivor; or Charlotte, the wealthy American spy who has devoted her life to Israel—and Eli.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The author of The Midwife and River of Dreams here attempts to enter the world of espionage writing, with decidedly mixed results. At the center of this somewhat unwieldy novel (supposedly based on real-life incidents) is Israeli spymaster Eli Katzar and the three women he recruits to form his ``Ezra'' team: Charlotte, an American princess from Scarsdale; Lily, survivor of the death camps; and Israeli-born Aviva. During a mission in France in the late 1970s, an Israeli scientist is murdered and Katzar realizes that one of the three has betrayed him. The novel alternates between Katzar's attempt to discover the turncoat with flashbacks of his own recruitment and training of the three women and the dangerous careers they survived as Israeli agents. Aside from its undue length, the book suffers chiefly from the fact that Courter telegraphs the answer to the key question far too early. 125,000 ad/promo; Literary Guild selection; author tour. (May 19)
Library Journal
The ``Ezra'' group of Mossad, the Is raeli intelligence arm, has been be trayed, and Eli must find the traitor. As he reviews the files on his operatives, their histories and motivations are re vealed. Could the defector be Lily, Ho locaust survivor grown into an aloof, sophisticated woman; Aviva, tough sa bra whose lifelong byword has been sacrifice; or pampered, soft, American Charlotte, who has always been sus pected by Mossad leaders? Courter claims to have based her story on events shared by some real Israeli spies. While those events are intrigu ing, there is almost too much detail here, and the characters' motives are not entirely believable. Nevertheless, the book held this reader's attention and can be recommended as a fictional view of Israeli intelligence from the in side from 1939 to 1979. Andrea Lee Shuey, Dallas P.L.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780595168613
Publisher:
iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/01/2000
Pages:
628
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.39(d)

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