The Volunteer: The Incredible True Story of an Israeli Spy on the Trail of International Terrorists

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Overview


When Michael Ross decided to go backpacking across Europe, he had no inkling that his vacation would lead to a life tracking down the world's most dangerous terrorists. In Israel, out of money and alone, Ross began working on a Kibbutz—and fell in love with both the country and an Israeli woman. After converting to Judaism, Ross was recruited by the country's secret service—the Mossad—as an undercover agent. In the years that followed, he played a significant role in capturing al-Qaeda members responsible for the embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, and worked jointly with the FBI and CIA to uncover a senior Hezbollah terrorist living in the United States. His never before revealed story makes an action-packed biography.
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Editorial Reviews

George Jonas
“[It’s] James Bond in a T-shirt and slippers . . . a page-turner, filled with well-observed, convincing detail.”
Publishers Weekly

It's not surprising for an ex-spy to have an uncomplicated, us-them worldview. Accordingly, Ross, former member of the Israeli spy agency, Mossad, allows for little nuance in this memoir, which maintains a nearly colonialist view of the Muslim world, positing Israel as "a microcosm of the civilized world's struggle against a murderous ideology" and drawing unsupported parallels between Palestinian nationalist Islamism and al-Qaeda's world-spanning nihilism. Canadian-born Ross is clearly proud of his service to his adopted homeland and accepts Israel's view of its place in the Middle East. He discusses Arab torture without mention of its Israeli (or Western) counterpart and claims Israel has "given" the Palestinians a state, though Israel's occupation of Palestinian lands remains intact. When describing his operations, Ross's tone is engaging, and details of spycraft remind readers that real spies don't live in movies-"everyone," for instance, "talks when tortured." Readers looking for such tales will be better served than those looking for a cogent analysis of the region. (Sept.)

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Jewish Book World
“The Mossad is truly a secret society of the highest order...The Volunteer is an insider's wrenching insight into a very private club.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602391321
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Ross was an agent in the Mossad from 1988–2001, tracking terrorists all over the world. He lives in Vancouver, Ontario.

Jonathan Kay is both the managing editor and an op-ed columnist for the National Post. His reporting has earned him two National Newspaper Awards. He lives in Toronto, Canada.

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Table of Contents


Preface     V
Arrival     1
Soldiering On     9
Into the Breach     25
Deployment     55
Charles     65
Two If by Sea     73
Princes of Persia     89
Khartoum: Terror Central     101
The Road to Ankara     117
Dangerous Liaisons     129
A Failure to Launch     143
Ramez     155
The Mashaal Affair     173
The Oslo Shell Game     185
A Mega Scandal     193
Just Call Me Mr. Bob     207
Out of Zimbabwe     227
Odd Jobs     241
A Pre-emptive Strike     251
Secret Relay     273
Looking Forward     287
Acknowledgments     293
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2008

    Good Read

    Not as exciting as James Bond because Hollywood glamourizes law enforcement and espionage to make money whereas the true professionals do it to save lives. Very detailed and intriguing leading to an interesting read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2007

    True tales .....

    I couldn't stop reading, I couldn't put it down

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