Code Ezra

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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 ...
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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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.
John Barkham
“A superior, multilayered espionage and betrayal…Intense, ambitious…it never relaxes its grip on the reader!”
Leola Floren
“A captivating thriller…timely and fast-paced.”
Clay Tucker
“Exciting…brilliant…superior…recalls John LeCarré’s The Little Drummer Girl…a pleasure to read."
Andrea Lee Shuey
"...Held this reader's attention and can be recommended as a fictional view of Israeli intelligence from the in side from 1939 to 1979."
Kathleen Christison
"It has an indefinable quality that all novelists strive for: Something about it makes the reader want to get back to it when it's been put aside."
Barkham Reviews - John Barkham
“A superior, multilayered espionage and betrayal…Intense, ambitious…it never relaxes its grip on the reader!”
Detroit News - Leola Floren
“A captivating thriller…timely and fast-paced.”
Nashville Tenneseen - Clay Tucker
“Exciting…brilliant…superior…recalls John LeCarré’s The Little Drummer Girl…a pleasure to read."
Library Journal - Andrea Lee Shuey
"...Held this reader's attention and can be recommended as a fictional view of Israeli intelligence from the in side from 1939 to 1979."
Christian Science Monitor - Kathleen Christison
"It has an indefinable quality that all novelists strive for: Something about it makes the reader want to get back to it when it's been put aside."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595168613
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse
  • Publication date: 12/1/2000
  • Pages: 628
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.39 (d)

Meet the Author

GAY COURTER HAS WORKED CONTINUOUSLY IN FILM AND television production since graduation from Antioch College and has produced more than 200 documentary and educational films. She is author of five bestselling novels with over three million copies in print worldwide including The Midwife, The Midwife’s Advice, Code Ezra, River of Dreams, and Flowers in the Blood. Her non-fiction works include The Beansprout Book and I Speak For This Child, and How To Survive Your Husband’s Midlife Crisis.
Gay has served as a volunteer in the Florida Guardian Ad Litem program since 1989 in which she acts as the court appointed advocate for neglected and abused children. Her book about her experiences, I Speak For This Child: True Stories of a Child Advocate, brought national attention to the cause. She has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Day One, NBC Weekend Edition, and in Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor and other national publications as an expert on these issues and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
Gay has also received the Child Advocate of the Year award in Florida for her work as a Guardian Ad Litem, the Sharon Solomon Child Advocate Award from the Florida Center for Children and Youth, and special recognition from the Florida Chapter of American Women in Radio and Television, Inc. for her work on Where’s My Chance? The Case for Our Children, which also won an Emmy. Gay received her second Emmy from the National Academy of Arts and Television Sciences, Suncoast Chapter, for a series of public service announcements called Solutions for America’s Children. She has been selected as one of the 10 most admired women in Citrus County twice—in the community service and arts categories. In 2004, Gay, her husband, Philip, and daughter, Ashley, jointly won the Angels in Adoption award from the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute.
Gay is married to her collaborator in documentary films, Philip Courter. They have produced almost hundred films on child welfare topics and specialize in media about children’s issues and strengthening family. Clients include National CASA, the National Council of Family and Juvenile Judges, the Pew Commission on Children in Foster Care, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, and the North American Council on Adoptable Children. www.gaycourter.com.
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