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The Jerusalem Assassin
     

The Jerusalem Assassin

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by Avraham Azrieli
 

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In the fall of 1995, following the Oslo peace accord, a wave of Palestinian terror hits Jewish targets; Israel’s spy agencies engage in a clandestine war in Paris, Zurich, and Tel Aviv. But when beautiful Mossad agent Tanya Galinski is mortally wounded in Amsterdam, master spy Jerusalem Gerster pursues the attackers back to Israel, where he confronts the most

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In the fall of 1995, following the Oslo peace accord, a wave of Palestinian terror hits Jewish targets; Israel’s spy agencies engage in a clandestine war in Paris, Zurich, and Tel Aviv. But when beautiful Mossad agent Tanya Galinski is mortally wounded in Amsterdam, master spy Jerusalem Gerster pursues the attackers back to Israel, where he confronts the most powerful forces and uncovers a sinister conspiracy to perpetrate an unprecedented national catastrophe—the assassination of Prime Minister Rabin.

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Josee Morgan
The Jerusalem Assassin is a bona fide political suspense thriller. In his latest creatively crafted offering, author Avraham Azrieli does a commendable job of blending political intrigue with personal interest, the result of which is a thoroughly compelling portrait of humanity at its best and worst. Drawn straight from the headlines of living, breathing history, the action in The Jerusalem Assassin both entertains and enlightens the reader, an impressive task that not many authors can achieve.

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BN ID:
2940013424449
Publisher:
Avraham Azrieli
Publication date:
09/21/2011
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NOOK Book
Sales rank:
825,857
File size:
493 KB

Meet the Author

Avraham Azrieli served as an officer in the IDF Intelligence Corps before attending Columbia Law School in New York. His previous books include The Jerusalem Inception, The Masada Complex, One Step Ahead, and Your Lawyer on a Short Leash. www.AzrieliBooks.com

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The Jerusalem Assassin 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 87 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not a huge fan of the spy fiction genre but the author, Avraham Azrieli does an exceptional job of creating the perfect mixture of complex characters, an intense political/religious setting and jaw dropping plot twists. I cannot believe this is spy fiction and I loved it! Azrieli’s characters are extraordinarily dynamic and I feel it is the strong point of the novel which carries to the last page.  This novel is exceptionally well-researched and incorporates real life historical events involving the Middle East.  I am in my late 20s so I was only 10 years old when the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin occurred but I was fascinated to learn more about the political situations surrounding the assassination. This is a great novel and such a page turner. I recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This author's style of writing took me through each chapter as if a scene in an adventure in which I was a living participant.  I enjoyed being taken in by the author's ability to place me in the story. From chapter to chapter I was at the edge of my seat wondering and anticipating what was going to happen next, and I was not disappointed!
WalterD9 More than 1 year ago
This is the second time I have picked up a novel only to realize part way through it was a second one in a series. The first time it happened it was with the Subtle Knife and the "His Dark Materials" series. It ultimately didn't effect my enjoyment of the novel then and it definitely didn't effect it this time either. After getting catching on who was who as I read along I really got into this book. I haven't read a lot of spy novels in the past but was able to jump right and it and get catch up. I am currently reading through the first novel in the series and it is just as good as this one. You could do what I did and start with the second book but I would starting with the first would be recommended. Great read overall!
EHSFLY More than 1 year ago
Mr. Azrieli has quickly become one of my most favorite authors. His writing style is a terrific combination of not too much detail but enough to get you involved with the characters and plot, while telling the whole story. His knowledge of Israel is insightful and obviously researched correctly, ( I looked up some of the historical references). His work is a joy to read and is a combination of Jack Higgins and WEB Griffin, only his reference is the Jewish community and Israel's history. I have already purchased all of his works and have read 4 so far and can't wait to read the rest. I hope he continues to keep writing, as I will certainly read any and all of his furture efforts.
Pacificbookreview More than 1 year ago
The sequel to Avraham Azrieli¿s The Jerusalem Inception, The Jerusalem Assassin keeps readers on the edge of their seats as the author navigates through the twists and turns of religious zeal, political missteps, intense human emotions, and complicated personal relationships. The beginning of the book finds Jerusalem Gerster living as a Swiss banker; the life he began living as a lie has become his reality that creates turmoil between his dedication to his past and his love for his new family. Abraham Gerster still lives as a rabbi, strictly following the laws of the Torah despite his disbelief in God and remorse over the shunning of his son. Meanwhile, Tanya has risen in Mossad, as she continues to live with the regret and guilt from her past. The puppet master, Elie Weiss, tries to fulfill his lifelong personal mission while exerting control over the lives and destinies of the other characters. Other new characters, from secret agents to an inquisitive journalist, add an additional depth to the story and intricate characterizations. In a story with so many lies and deceptions, inevitably the truth must come out. As the plot deals with the complex struggle for peace between Israel and Palestine, the characters navigate through the web of lies that had been created over the past few decades and find what really is important to them; love of country and love for each other. As the reader follows the world of secretive international organizations, assassinations, and political unrest, the story of human suffering and redemption shines through as the ultimate theme of the novel. With each unexpected turn in the novel, readers are drawn into the story, questioning who to trust and anticipating the next insight they will get from the characters in the story. Azrieli has a unique ability to interweave fiction and fact that not only intrigues but also educates the reader. Through the author¿s careful attention to every last detail, readers find themselves building a relationship with the complex characters, strongly feeling their emotions, while contemplating even larger themes that affect the world around them. While the story is entertaining, it is also a thought-provoking look into a world that many would otherwise not be exposed to.
Susan-Keefe 4 days ago
In this superb spy thriller, the author has revisited the weeks leading up to the 1995 assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. The assassination itself is shrouded in mystery, of course being such a radical leader, Yitzhak Rabin knew that was never going to be popular with everyone, however, he did what he believed to be right in his search for peace, by extending his hand to Yasir Arafat, leader of the PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization). And so the story begins… It is the 11th October, 1995, and Al-Mazir arrives at Charles De Gaulle airport. He has been sent for a meeting with Abu Yusef, and a rich Saudi prince, their sponsor. The men are eager to show the world the power and strength of the Palestinian resistance as it unites against the Zionist enemy. However, Elie Weiss is head of the Special Operations Division in Europe. Al-Mazir’s arrival has been noticed by his agents Gideon and Bathsheba, and they have other plans… Soon, readers of this book’s prequel ‘The Jerusalem Inception’ will see ghosts from the past arising. We discover that Lemmy, the thought to be dead son of Rabi Abraham Gerster, (one time leader of the Neturay Karta, an ultra-orthodox sect), is very much alive, and is now married with a son of his own. With a false identity he is living under the name of Herr Wilhelm Horch, and is vice-President of his father-in-law’s Hoffgeitz Bank in Zurich. Cleverly set in place years before for long term infiltration, Lemmy has been clandestinely working for Special Operations leader Elie Weiss all along. Despite the years not having been kind to him, aged and ill, Elie is determined to lay claim to the billions of dollars in blood money secreted for General Klaus Koenig, by his old school friend and banker Armande Hoffgeitz. The money had come from the selling of the jewels and gold from the WWII holocaust victims, and the amounts had been noted in a ledger. Many years may have passed since that day, but Elie’s memory of that time is still vivid. A survivor of such a terrible war, how could he forget its horrors, or the day, right at its end, when he and a young Abraham Gerster, after killing the general had found the ledger, and a beautiful pregnant girl, now Mossad agent Tanya. This gripping spy thriller, has a fantastic plot, which, set at such a tremulous time, in such a vehemently religious part of the world makes it enthralling reading. I found the insight into the fanaticism of the members of the PLO, and the acts they commit horrifying. That people such as the characters in this book exist is without doubt true, however, the true depths they are prepared to go to, the taking of lives without a second thought, and the lies they are prepared to tell in pursuit of their goals are incredible. I loved reading this action packed, exciting, and sexy take on a real event in fairly modern history by this talented author.
ThomMo More than 1 year ago
For those eager to read Azrieli's follow up to "The Jerusalem Inception", "The Jerusalem Assassin" does not disappoint! Picking up about 30 years later, Azrieli's unforgettable cast are joined by some new players in a tale you won't be able to put down. "Lemmy" Gerster has unknowingly followed in his father's footsteps and is working deep undercover for Elie Weiss, playing a long-con to access the vast Nazi fortune stored in a fabled Swiss bank that's tempted Elie for decades. Filling in the "gaps" in the history surrounding the assassination of Israel's Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin, Azrieli weaves a tale of deception, espionage, love and passion, taking you to unexpected places and leaving you at the edge of your seat. If you've read any of his other work, you'll love "The Jerusalem Assassin." If you haven't read "The Jerusalem Inception" yet, you should get these together because you won't want to stop reading!
AnthonyBeander More than 1 year ago
This book is all kinds of good espionage goodness. It’s a continuation from the Jerusalem Inception where all the major players returned for an encore performance albeit much older. The book starts off with a low rumble assassination that was very intense and leads up to an actual historical event that most of us are familiar with. A lot of the themes from the last book like Ultra-Orthodox religion, Religious Fundamentalism and historical facts make their way back into the book and it can be overpowering at times, but that is the nature of the beast. The way that he keeps the Nazi money going from the last book till now was very inventive and brings up topics on overseas banking practices. This book has a little something for everyone and I loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a sequel but I am hoping there is another to make it a series as the book ends rather quickly and there is still so much more that can be said. A great history book with a thrilling plot twist. Read it to the end.
LisaR6200 More than 1 year ago
After reading The Jerusalem Inception, I could not wait to pick up the sequel. I wasn't disappointed. This story was kept me on the edge of my seat from the first page to the end. I was glued to it, read it at home, on my breaks at work...just couldn't put it down until I turned the last page. Elie Weis continues his deception to try and manipulate history the way he believes it needs to be written even as he is on his death bed (or is he). Azreili is an excellent writer weaving his characters into actual historical events. He has a talent for making you a part of the story and rooting for the characters to work out before it is too late. Now he has introduced a younger generation of spies to carry on the legacy started back in WWII. Even as Abraham and Jerusalem look like they are reconciling and possibly settling into "retirement" , you just know that a normal life in the suburbs is not in their future. Especially when the fortune has not yet been resolved. Cannot wait to see what comes next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Avraham Azrieli is an incredibly talented writer who has a gift of captivating the reader and making them want more. He weaves stories throughout his novels that are just disconnected enough that they make you wanting to continue, but connected enough that you are never lost or confused. The level of mystery combined with the history, facts, and native tongue used to support the text make this unique and riveting. If you are looking for a factual yet entertaining read that is not the standard political and religious story, The Jerusalem Assassin is it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mr. Avraham Azrieli, is on my list of my favorite writers now. This is the 3rd book I have read of his creations and I think is as good as the 2 priors, this sequel of The Jerusalem Inception its great, I definitely love the way Mr. Azrieli take me inside the story and the emotions while Im being part of the book. I couldn't believe that I would enjoy this type of books, but I did thanks this creative and very talent writer. I truly recommend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading The Jerusalem Inception, I was so eager to read this sequel and I wasn't disappointed. This story was captivating from the first page to the end. I enjoyed this book a lot and was very excited as I read each page; I loved everything about the book. I felt like I was part of story because I followed it from the prequel, like I could see them on TV playing out the book. It is a very intriguing, captivating, fast paced and exciting book. I was glued to it, read it at home, on my breaks at work...just couldn't put it down till I read the whole book! Elie Weis was a very strong, determined, smart and conniving old man, but I like how everyone got united at the end...indirectly all thanks to E.W. I wonder what Whilem and Christopher will do with all that money. Will they give it to Bira who is the rightful heiress to that loot or not? Mmm...I loved the shootings, assassinations, the BMWs, Porsche, Paris, Amsterdam back to Jerusalem, helicopters and fast cars in the book. Wilhelm, Gideon, Bathsheba, Haim, Adiel...all controlled by almighty E.W... what an incredible man he was. Loved loved loved the book. I think it should be made into a movie with Vin Diesel or preferably Jason Statham as the star actors. Azireli didn't disappoint, again, I am so impressed by his novels. This is the 3rd of his novels that I have read and I'm glad to have had the privileged to read his books.
cdepuy More than 1 year ago
The Jerusalem Assassin Avraham Azrieli does it again in his thrilling sequel to The Jerusalem Inception.  Azrieli’s latest political scandal follows the intriguing cast of this novel into The Jerusalem Assasination. Lemmy, the protagonist from the first novel, returns older, married and with children.  True to Azrieli’s form, though, there’s a twist (or ten!) to keep readers on their toes.  Lemmy is a spy, put in place by the sick and aging Elie, who still obsesses about obtaining von Koenig’s Nazi fortune.  The novel centers around the true, historic event of the assassination of Israel’s Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin.  Azrieli never disappoints in his aptitude for providing a wealth of religious and cultural information to propel his historical plots into reality.  Especially interesting in The Jerusalem Assassin was the intimate perspective readers face in understanding the strained relationship between the Jews and Muslims of Israel.   Characters are complex and the plot leaves you hanging by a thread until the very end.  If you like novels that entertain, as well as educate, Azrieli’s novels are for you!  I feel a little smarter every time I finish one.  If you’ve read The Jerusalem Inception, then this novel is a definite must!
Sharronica More than 1 year ago
I read “The Jerusalem Assassin” a few days after I finished reading “The Jerusalem Inception.” I was reeled in, catching up with the lives of characters I’d become very familiar with. I often get attached to characters and wonder what happens to them in the future, and this book delivers by fast-forwarding 28 years after the setting of Inception. I love the historical facts that are interwoven into each of Azrieli’s novels, educating while entertaining.  There is plenty of conspiracy and intrigue swirling around in this story—leading you to ponder what may have ACTUALLY happened surrounding the 1995 assassination of Yitzhak Rabin. Each of Azrieli’s novels deserves a screen adaptation.
katiegracehunter More than 1 year ago
The sequel, “The Jerusalem Inception” is set almost three decades after the “Jerusalem Assassin.”  Azrieli keeps the characters consistent between the books leaving the reader with a sense of familiarity between the two plots.  Even with this sense of familiarity, I was fascinated by the story, which is suspenseful, and like all of Azrieli’s books, well researched. I too suggest reading "The Jerusalem Inception" before reading this one because it jumps right in to the story  without revisiting the characters’ pasts. If you are into suspenseful, conspiracy adventure that is intriguing and thought provoking this is the author  for you.  I’ve read 4 of his books including this one and have found them all to be spectacular reads!
QuillName More than 1 year ago
In this continuation of Israeli intrigue, I got my previous wish, to find out what happened to Lemmy and the subsequent events in this fascinating saga of post WWII events the subsequent growing pains of Israel. It chronicles the ongoing conflict in the Middle East and the machinations that must have gone in to the formation and continued existence of the new nation. The intrigue and varying levels of story occurring simultaneously kept my mind hopping. The action and intrigue are non-stop right from the first page, almost until the end. This time, I feel complete and understand why the first book in this little series ended in the way that it did. 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
MFlo More than 1 year ago
Daring and bold, this is another great book from Avraham Azrieli. This is the third book I've read of Azrieli's and, yet again, I was entranced and engaged the entire time. The Jerusalem Assassin takes its readers on a thrilling story full of suspense and shock from beginning to end.
StaceyLDubs More than 1 year ago
Well Avraham Azrieli has done it again! This book captured my attention right from the get go. Of course after completing The Jerusalem Inception I could not wait to continue the story of our favorite characters in Israel and now abroad. Seeing how far they have progressed over 30 years and truly feeling that the love they have does not go away with age makes you root for Abraham and Tanya despite Elie's very long term devious plans. I do hope this is another installment that continues after The Jerusalem Assassin because I would love to keep growing with the characters. Azrieli writes the characters in such a way that it is not just an allusion for us to fall into but true people with very deep flaws that endear them to you even more. The fact that it is surrounded but the very true and sad assassination of Prime Minister Rabin makes them come to life even more. Bravo Avraham! Thank you for the enjoyable read and simultaneously educating on some of Israel's history that I was not immediately aware of!
EmilyA143 More than 1 year ago
The Jerusalem Assassin is a wonderful follow up to The Jerusalem Inception, a following of the characters several decades later. Many sequels are unnecessary, dull or unsatisfying, but The Jerusalem Inception is a fast paced book that keeps you interested in the characters you've already become attached to. Azrieli is masterful at keeping your attention and as I maintain in reviews of his other books, he has a knack for teaching those who are not versed in the particular history surrounding the novel without drumming it in as if it we are simplistically ignorant. I've grown found of Azrieli and would eagerly read anything else he has written or writes!
Kte5432 More than 1 year ago
Captivating sequel - lives up to high expectations If you read The Jerusalem Inception, this sequel is the resolution you were waiting for.  Just like the first novel, The Jerusalem Assassin is a captivating thriller with complex characters in complicated situations.  It’s a very thoughtful read, and an enjoyable one that teaches about history by using historical events as a background for an intriguing fictional story. The author is truly talented and can tell a story in such a unique and captivating way.
ajrpoetry1 More than 1 year ago
In this second book, Azrieli speeds the pace and maintains the suspense to a breathtaking level. This is not ancient history,but very actual. The facts culminating in the assassination of prime minister Ytzhak Rabin in November 1995, the blackest day in the history of Israel, are very well known to the public. Or not. The Jerusalem Assassin was a great follow up to the first book, the Jerusalem Inception. Both books were page turning political thrillers I didn't want to put down. A well researched plot combined with highly developed characters made this book very easy to enjoy. Another great book from Avraham Azrieli.
alleshat More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing sequel to The Jerusalem Inception that jumps right into action from where the first book left off.This book is full of suspense, action, and intrigue I could notput down until I was done reading the entire thing. I stayed up late nights reading this!. This book is a must buy. five stars!!!!!.
JordanLusink More than 1 year ago
In this sequel to Jerusalem Inception, we’re catapulted nearly thirty years into the future from the last time we saw the cast of characters. In an artfully crafted, intricate plot, we learn about Lemmy’s life, as foreshadowed at the end of Jerusalem Inception; we catch up with Tanya and her spy games; we learn even more about Elie’s scheming; and we discover Rabbi Abraham’s true nature.. Even though Elie seems like a completely irredeemable character, you still can’t help but feel a bit sorry for him: someone who really seems to have no actual connections in life, who is perhaps masking that fact by taking his anger from the treatment of Jews during World War II (and let’s be honest, much of history) and transforming it into a very extreme, although understandable, “solution.” You feel for Lemmy, who has transitioned to a completely different life, with an entire family. Who has been misled (like so many others) by what he thought was right, by what Elie convinced him to do, by the journey that he embarked upon when he was such a young man. He now has to temper his family and his personal life with the mission that he believed to be right but could potentially put himself and his family in danger. Once again, Azrieli does a phenomenal job of intertwining the separate stories of the main characters, as well as having the added difficulty of having to recover thirty years of lives that we haven’t seen. Rather than revealing all at once, which would have been easy to do, Azrieli teases out the past pieces at a time, leaving you curious for the next tidbit. He also does a wonderful job of bringing it all together, and eventually merging the fictional characters lives’ with real (or based-on-real) events, closing the author’s note with an incredibly poignant sentence: “Alas, like other Mideast leaders who gave peace a chance, Yitzhak Rabin paid with his life.”
yeahlikecarlos1 More than 1 year ago
This book is a pretty good sequel to an amazing book, The Jerusalem Inception.  I found the first half of this book a bit slow, but I was definitely speeding towards the end once I hit the turning point.  I was happy to be reunited with these amazing characters again and being introduced to complex new ones.  This book is great for those who love espionage, drama, suspense and action.  The attention to detail is amazing and I felt like I was watching an Israeli James Bond-esque movie while I pictured how things were playing out.  Great read.