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Posted April 9, 2000
an extremely talented writer who's been there and done it, which underscores this fast paced story with a gritty, intelligent, realism. the relationship between the primary characters adds a terrific subplot. i enthusiastically recommend this novel, however i do offer one word of caution: you'll be shortchanging yourself if you don't first read his two prior works, which together make a superb tiology of action and suspence.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 5, 2000
As with his book The Heat of Ramadan, Hartov has, with the Devil's Shepherd, painted a portrait of multi-dimensional characters and plot twists viewed through the eyes of one who has himself charted paths in harms way on cold dark nights who also posseses Le Carre like strokes of fiction-writing mastery. The Devil's Shepherd is a global journey through treachery and danger that brings to life the sobering world of the spy, and why we are all fascinated and enamored by them.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 21, 2000
The Devil's Shepherd, like is previous novels, THE HEAT OF RAMADAN and THE NYLON HAND OF GOD, are masterpieces of the spy and thriller genre. No one today writes spy novels like Hartov. He is up there with the best of the best like Le Carre and Forsyth. Hartov, a former Israeli Paratrooper and Aman (Israeli Military Intelligence) operative, writes with authority and an insiders knowledge. This sense of realism shows on every page. What sets Hartov's work apart from most technothrillers today is Hartov's ability to create living and breathing characters. Even the minor characters are distinct and well drawn. The characters are not supermen or superwomen, but real people with families, hopes and dreams, and fears and desires. Hartov's mastery of characterization also extends to his descriptions of time and place. His descriptions of everytihing from late night planning sessions in smoke filled rooms to covert actions in dark alleys come alive in rich, crisp detail. You will swear that you know these people and that you are there with them as they carry out their derring-do. I also think that this book, as well as his previous books, transcends the genre and will appeal to a wide range of readers who treasure a good story with rich detailed characters and locales. No matter who you are this one will surely blow you away!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.