The Jerusalem Inception

The Jerusalem Inception

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by Avraham Azrieli

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New spy novel shows Israel close to losing Six Day War

Avraham Azrieli takes readers into the inner workings of Israeli intelligence services on the brink of the Six Day War in his historical fiction novel, “The Jerusalem Inception”

COLUMBIA, Md. – In Avraham Azrieli’s new spy novel “The Jerusalem Inception” …  See more details below


New spy novel shows Israel close to losing Six Day War

Avraham Azrieli takes readers into the inner workings of Israeli intelligence services on the brink of the Six Day War in his historical fiction novel, “The Jerusalem Inception”

COLUMBIA, Md. – In Avraham Azrieli’s new spy novel “The Jerusalem Inception” (ISBN 1451549512), the protagonist abandons the path of rabbinical ordainment for the love of a beautiful Mossad agent and joins the fight to save his country.

Relying on recent disclosures about what instigated the greatest Mideast war, “The Jerusalem Inception” tells the story of courageous yet flawed men and women who are engaged in a race to prevent a national calamity. It starts at the Talmudic seminary of Neturay Karta, a fiercely anti-Zionist Orthodox sect in Jerusalem, and continues through the corridors of power and the annals of covert operations as the Jewish state is caught in a titan match between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. Faced with the most dangerous moment in Israel’s short history, the agents of the Mossad and its sister spy agencies will stop at nothing to prevent a second Holocaust.

The characters bring to life the divided city of Jerusalem in 1967, as the threat of a devastating Arab invasion sharpens every emotion and heightens ideological fervor, from religion to love, vengeance, patriotism and the most basic of all – individual and national survival. The protagonist, Jerusalem “Lemmy” Gerster, is the quintessential recruit, except that three conflicting forces vie for his future: His father grooms him for rabbinical leadership; his lover lures him out of Orthodoxy to share a secular and passionate life; and a sinister master spy sees in Lemmy a most promising candidate for a clandestine career. The suspense climaxes on the early morning of June 5, 1967, as Lemmy crosses the border into east Jerusalem carrying explosives on a mission that will determine Israel’s survival against the Arab nations and their Soviet patrons.

While the characters in “The Jerusalem Inception” are fictional, the story is told against real historical events involving the political and military leaders of the time, the dire conditions in the besieged city of Jerusalem, and Israel’s international isolation as it faces the Arab’s preparations to cloud the entire Jewish state with poisonous gas. A detailed bibliography of sources is appended to the novel.

Initial reviews are promising. “The dramatic outcome of the 1967 war continues to dominate the Middle East. If you want to know what really happened (and at the same time fall in love with a striking cast of unforgettable characters) then ‘The Jerusalem Inception’ is for you. In the best tradition of ‘Eye of the Needle’ and ‘The Bourne Identity,’ this one is a hit!” —Stephen J. Wall, author of ‘The Morning After’ and ‘On the Fly.’

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Avraham Azrieli’s novel, “Jerusalem Inception” is a historical thriller that follows the lives of three holocaust survivors and how they persist during the aftermath of the war. This story will captivate you and all I can say is - good luck trying to put it down!  Azrieli’s created realistic characters for this story like Elie Weiss, who cannot satiate his need for revenge and imposes it on everyone he comes in contact with. This character is a master manipulator and puppets all the other main characters throughout the novel. The story has many twists and turns and at some points I was completely shocked at some revelations during the novel! Another reason why I really enjoyed this novel was because it was full with rich detailed history; the author did a great job researching the Israel conflict, Judaism traditions, 1967’s 6 day war, and WWII. Due to his diligence, I really appreciated the novel more and gave the setting a great authentic atmosphere. Great Read! Highly Recommend!  
DesLaDL More than 1 year ago
I recently read Azrieli’s first novel, “The Masada Complex” and became enthralled with this author’s writing. Once again Azrieli’s ability to paint a vivid picture captured my interest. Revolving around more graphic war events, “The Jerusalem Inception” took me longer to read as I needed breaks from it. To be fair, I finished Azrieli’s first novel during a busy weekend. The good and bad for me of this book is that Azrieli’s writing style makes you become immersed in the pages and lost in the story as if the events are playing out right before your eyes. I was curious as to the foreign language so I also took breaks to translate the German lines. But the context clues are actually good enough. After reading this novel I can say I’m a true fan of this author’s writing.  Des
Hayley12 More than 1 year ago
I love the amount of detail Avraham Azrieli puts into his books, and this one is no different! Very fast-paced and detailed. One of those books you never want to put down. I am also a sucker for love stories, and the love triangle gave this action-packed book a perfect balance! Definitely recommend! I would also recommend  Avraham Azrieli other book "The Morman Canidate." 
Alex 10 months ago
The author has managed to take a complex subject as related to the existence of Israel with enemies from the outside as well as within and weave it into a thriller. The scars of the past with the constant threat of extinction is the driving force behind the creative fictional story which is based on many true historical facts. Human nature unique to each of the main characters is the other dimension woven into the story. This book however requires familiarity with Israel and its history, past and recent. It is my opinion that lacking this knowledge may lose the reader. The fundamental issue remains a thorn in Israel’s side; the balance between extremes for the survival of a nation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this novel. Having known nothing of the war in the Mideast from 1967 on ward, this novel was a great historical lesson as well as a captivating tale of love and war. Through the power of the Jewish/Islamic religions, I found myself in a tale the likes of which I had never seen; I highly recommend.
Tarasin More than 1 year ago
The Jerusalem Inception is like a good full body red wine; flavorful, strong, and takes time to enjoy.  The book gives an insight into  the lives of two generations of Jewish people, holocaust survivor during and after WWII, and the next generation of Jewish in the new country of Israel.  The existence and survival of Israel is an amazing story, as the constant hostilities from its neighbors, the tight rope that it has to walk with diplomacy and force for its survival, and the internal conflict between orthodox Jews and conservatives. If you want to get a glimpse of what it is like to live in Israel, The Jerusalem Inception is for you.   Again Avraham Azrieli, writing style and research makes The Jerusalem an intriguing novel to read.
ThomMo More than 1 year ago
In The Jerusalem Inception, Avraham Azrieli tells the tale of a young man losing his faith while the still relatively young state of Israel struggles to withstand enemies at it's borders and misguided fanatics within. Between the historical events taking place in Israel in the mid '60s, Azrieli creates an intriguing story of espionage, passion, deception and devotion you just can't put down. Jerusalem Gerster was the son of an influential rabbi, but when a surprise visitor from his father's show up unexpectedly, his whole life changes. Jerusalem becomes embroiled in plots beyond his understanding and plays a pivotal role in ensuring Israel's future sovereignty-and survival. Azrieli's depiction of events fits seamlessly into the history of the region while bringing the gravity of the situation to life and providing a perspective unmatched in any dry historical account. 
AnthonyBeander More than 1 year ago
This book took me completely by surprise. It has an espionage mixed with Nazis, with a little dose of violent beginnings that I didn’t expect. This book has an isolationist undertone to it but only concerning the host nation trying to stay safe in a troublesome time. Then you get a curve ball thrown at you a few chapters in that sets the tone for the rest of the book. Nazi money is just an extra added bonus. I personally like books that start in one era and changes pace to move into the future with the same players being reunited even though this reunion definitely felt forced and was used for all sorts of dramatic effect. If you like religion sprinkled with spy then this is definitely for you. Overall an excellent read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very talented writer who portrays a captivating story about the Holocaust and the lives of people involved. Azrieli writes with wonderful detail but it is done in a subtle way that allows the reader to feel the moment without being so wordy that you get caught up on the text. Although I have never read any other work by this author, I have become a true fan of his work and would love to read other pieces that he has written. His style is one that I suspect will translate to other pieces with the same beauty that he writes this with. This is a beautifully written and heartfelt story. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Following ultra orthodox Lemmy through his journey from Talmudic scholar, to rebellious free thinker to military infiltrator was nail biting. His character is both brave and vulnerable. The fictional and historical facts are so cleverly interwoven that it's easy to believe this is how history was formed. 
LisaR6200 More than 1 year ago
This is the second book that I have read by the author. This book kept me on the edge of my seat as you follow the story of three people brought together during World War II and follows them through the Six Day War. They took very different paths after the war and yet came together again for love of country. Very fast-paced and detailed. One of those books you never want to put down. Definitely recommend, can't wait to read the next assignment that Jerusalem has and where his father and friends end up.
EmilyAnne89 More than 1 year ago
The Jerusalem Inception is the second book I have read by Avraham Azrieli, and like The Mormon Candidate, the story opens with a dramatic death. Several, in fact, and the speed (and ways) in which emerging characters incur injury and annihilation within the first few chapters is, in a word, horrifying. Given the historical setting in which the book opens (the Alps outside of Nazi Germany, 1944), it’s an effective way to set up the ride to come. As the story flash forwards twenty years, the sometimes sweet, survival-inclined characters we met in the opening have developed into multi-faceted individuals, each driven by desire and a penchant for vengeance, entangled in a personal, religious and political web in Jerusalem during the Six Day War. In short, a captivating read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An intriguing history thriller. This is a book filled with an in depth view of not only the Jewish history but of the complications of war: love, tragedy, deceit, coming of age, and the brutal pain brought upon the characters from a simple lack of communication and the manipulation of a "friend" for the good of the country.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This author did it again for me, the way he writes is so captivating, even I don't like this type of histories and I get so sensitive for being connecting with friends and family that were part of that history, Mr.Azrieli took me inside each page wanting to know what is it going to happen next. The way he transmit suspenses and the twist on it, its just great! I recommend this book, and it is in my list of gifts for next holidays.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First, I would like to confess that I am not an avid book reader. While as a youth I had an insatiable appetite for reading, as of late I honestly can not remember the last time I have finished a book. However, "The Jerusalem Inception" literally gripped me from beginning to end!! I read it during work breaks, lunch breaks, breaks at home and everywhere in-between. Azrieli has constructed a masterpiece from beginning to end!! This fictional story, which encircles around the aftermath of the Holocaust and its survivors, is woven together with so many layers of historical truth that your mind races in utter suspense from page to page. What I appreciated the most was that it was entirely unpredictable, which only heightened the levels of suspense for me. There were numerous times my mouth dropped open in amazement to what the plot of the story had just revealed. The character development was also on point. I related to each person and their inner conflict ... even Elie. The story engaged me in such a way that I was pulled into their world. I am normally disappointed in the way stories/movies end these days, it seems as though there is this mass build-up of a climax and then everyone just calls it a day, but that was not my experience with this work. Truthfully, my mind cannot escape its' curiosity of, "what happened to them next?!", so I look forward to sequel ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Jerusalem Inception is a historical romance novel which follows three young Jews, Elie, Abraham and Tanya, as they fight to survive in Nazi Germany. 20 years later all 3 Jews end up in Israel and meet under strained circumstances. Elie became a Special Operations Agent for the Israeli Govt , Abraham became a Rabbi and a mole and Tanya a Mossad Secret Agent and then we have Lemmy Abraham’s son who was greatly used by Elie. The main character in my opinion was Elie Weiss. He controlled everyone around him, he was a Puppet Master who used Abraham, Tanya and Lemmy as his Puppets. Helped Tappuzi, Eshkol (even though Eshkol didn't keep his part of the promise he made to Elie) Rabin etc. Made Abraham think Tanya was dead and vice versa...staged the circumstance that brought Abraham, Tanya and Lemmy together...indirectly caused what happened to Abraham's wife and Lemmy's best friend- Sanani, when they sabotaged the attack from the other region. He created the circumstance which made Lemmy and Tanya's path cross, used Tanya to get to Lemmy who started doubting all he believed in and then joined the Israeli army then at the end makes Lemmy disappear without any one of his victims being the wiser. He was cunning, manipulative, deadly, vengeful, efficient, smart and ambitious; however, I'm glad that at the end of the book, he still didn't get his hands on Gen. Klaus' fortune. I enjoyed the book thoroughly because I also learned about the Jewish religion and some of the historic events that took place in Israel. This is an action packed novel with lots of history, religious traditions, suspense and romance. Loved it! A sequel to this book would be great because I’d love to read about ‘Wilhelm’s’ life as a secret agent in Germany.
cdepuy More than 1 year ago
The Jerusalem Inception, by Avraham Azrieli, is the second novel by this author that I have read.  It was riveting from the start of the text, and the novel continued to hold my interest until the very last page! Tanya, a pregnant seventeen-year-old Jew, is running away with Klaus von Koenig, a Nazi general that saved her from the gas chambers.  The US is winning the war against the Germans and the Holocaust is coming to an end.  Koenig has stolen a fortune in valuable possessions from the Jewish people, knows they must flee, and entrusts Tanya with his bank ledger.   Enter Abraham and Elie, two young Jewish men that have managed to survive the concentration camps by hiding in the forest, stealing food and killing German soldiers whenever they had the opportunity.  After noticing the general’s car approaching they use a tree branch to run the car off the road and murder the general.  Noticing Tanya, they plan to kill her too until they realize that she is also Jewish and her life is spared.  She joins them in their attempt at survival in the freezing winter forests of Germany.  She and Abraham fall in love, but one horrible day he is shot by German soldiers and presumed dead.  Tanya fears Elie, described as a man with “devil’s eyes,” and escapes into the snowy forest after he tells her Abraham was filled with bullets like “a bloody sieve.”   Two decades later, readers, and Tanya, find out that Abraham is in fact alive and married, with a teenage son, Jerusalem “Lemmy” Gerster.  Abraham is a rabbi-mole put in place by Elie to ferret out information, and ensure non-violence from the strict Jewish insular sect of Neturay Karta.  Tanya is a Mossad agent, still in love with Abraham, while Elie has become head of the Special Operations Department and remains obsessed with obtaining General von Koenig’s fortune.  Tanya begins to form a relationship with Lemmy, lending him forbidden books, making him question his beliefs, and ultimately seducing him. True to Azrieli’s style, this novel is full of unexpected twists and turns that will shock and appall you.  Tanya presents a strong female lead, but ultimately disappoints in her decision to seduce her original lovers child.  It is hard to resolve her intentions with her actions.  The inception of Lemmy does not disappoint, though.  A phenomenal read!
franknbeth More than 1 year ago
“The Jerusalem Inception” by Avraham Azrieli  .  The prequel to “The Masada Complex” and “The Jerusalem Assassin”.   “The Jerusalem Inception” plot follows Jerusalem Gerster ‘Lemmy’ through his molding into a highly trained tool driven by anger,  bitterness, love, fanaticism…too many emotions to cover in a short review.  You learn more about the other three main characters of  the series, Elie Weiss, the spider at the center of many worldwide plots, Abraham Gerster, Lemmy’s father and mole, and Tanya,  a Mossad agent working her best to help the Israeli nation but caught in Elie’s web.  This one makes you hate Elie Weis even more. Prepare for some heartstrings to be pulled.  “The Jerusalem Inception”  also gives some insight into the world of the time.  Several  times I said to myself....”I remember seeing that in the news”…as the fledgling Israeli nation flexed its muscles as the world seemingly  turned a blind eye to the acrimony of the surrounding Arab states.  “The Jerusalem Inception”  is a good read and I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“Jerusalem Inception” is a sensation tale. It’s got all the elements of great historical fiction—love, war, intrigue, real historical figures, and well-rounded characters of the author’s imagination. I learned a lot about Jewish/Israeli culture from this novel—things I never picked up in school. I’m genuinely impressed with the author’s attention to detail. While reading intense scenes of violence or secrets on the verge of spilling, I found myself on edge. The story is truly intense, revolving around Holocaust survivors struggling in Nazi Germany in 1945 and jumps forward to their lives in 1966/1967 Israel, around the time of the Six Day War. Their lives change dramatically over the course of two decades, intertwining in unexpected ways.  I'm not a fan of spoilers, but just know that I highly recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Jerusalem Inception by Avraham Azrieli This historical novel was fascinating to me. It covers a period in world history that I’ve always been drawn to and opened another facet of WWII that I had not really thought about before. It made that time and the immediate aftermath (20 years or so post WWII) more personal and real to me. Abraham, his son Lemmy, his lover and his wife..all very real people to me, bearing the scars of a horrific time in our collective history. As always Mr. Azrieli’s work is meticulously researched and well thought out. He weave history, culture and psychology in to a very compelling story. I wanted to know what happened to Lemmy next and how that chapter in the history turns out.
katiegracehunter More than 1 year ago
The Jerusalem Inception is a very well written page turner.  No surprise here, as I've read two other of Avraham Azrieli's books this year.  They are all well researched and leave the reader turning pages to find out what will become of the main characters.   This piece of historical fiction is a bit political with a great romantic plot to boot.  I'd highly recommend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book unexpectedly drew me in. I kept reading and reading because there are so many quick plot twists and turns that kept me engaged. I enjoyed all the historical references, especially the reference to Eichmann in Jerusalem by Hannah Arendt. If you are into violence, lies and deception, lust and sex, manipulation, tied in with the history of Israel, then this is the book for you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am so happy to have been introduced to Avraham Azrieli and his work! I could not put The Jerusalem Inception and finished it within a week. He has artfully mastered weaving a thrilling and exciting fictional story into the real lives of our heros from the 1967 6 Day War. As I am a descendant of a Holocaust survivor this story brings me closer to my family and the suffering they endured not only during the war but the decades that followed. Even though WWII had ended, Israelis and Jews were still fighting for their freedom and Avraham writes it beautifully. His attention to detail leaves you wondering what is going to happen next. His ability to craft multiple story lines at one time but bring them all together shows his true talent. You feel connected to Tanya and Abraham as well as Lemmy. You feel their pain, sorrow and ultimate hope for a better future. I absolute cannot wait to read the next journey in this gripping tale of heroism, family values and above all love for each other and love for Israel!
MFlo More than 1 year ago
An interesting read! I am not one to read many books like this, but the Jerusalem Inception is captivating and worthy of checking out. Avraham Azrieli does a great job writing a fascinating story about love, war and the consequences when the two intertwine. The more the story unfolds, the more you feel a connection with the characters and their individual stories. A well written book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago