The Volunteer: The Incredible True Story of an Israeli Spy on the Trail of International Terroristsby Michael Ross, Jonathan Kay (With)
In 1982, a twenty-something named Michael Ross left home to backpack across Europe. Little did he know that his vacation would set in motion a chain of events that would hurl him into a career where the bosses are seasoned spies, and the work is tracking the world’s most dangerous terrorists. The Volunteer is a fast-paced memoir that provides insight/i>
In 1982, a twenty-something named Michael Ross left home to backpack across Europe. Little did he know that his vacation would set in motion a chain of events that would hurl him into a career where the bosses are seasoned spies, and the work is tracking the world’s most dangerous terrorists. The Volunteer is a fast-paced memoir that provides insight into our world, both pre- and post-9/11, told by a man on the front lines in the war against terror.
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.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
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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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Very easy read. I'd highly recommend this book for anyone interested in espionage thrillers.