The Damascus Cover

The Damascus Cover

by Howard Kaplan


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In a last ditch effort to revive his career, washed out agent Ari Ben-Sion accepts a mission he never would have 30 years ago, to smuggle a group of Jewish children out of the Damascus ghetto. Or so he thinks.

In Damascus, a beautiful American photographer, Kim, seems to be falling in love with Ari, but she is asking too many questions. His communication equipment disappears. His contact never shows up. The operation is only hours away and everything seems awry.

Desperate to succeed, Ari might risk everything. Even his life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780990526308
Publisher: Kaplan Inc
Publication date: 08/08/2014
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 771,742
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 4.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

HOWARD KAPLAN, a native of Los Angeles, has lived in Israel and traveled extensively through Lebanon, Syria and Egypt. At the age of 21, while attending school in Jerusalem, he was sent on a mission into the Soviet Union to smuggle out a dissident's manuscript on microfilm. His first trip was a success. On his second trip to the Soviet Union, he was arrested in Khartiv in the Ukraine and interrogated for two days there and two days in Moscow, before being released. He holds a BA in Middle East History from UC Berkeley and an MA in the Philosophy of Education from UCLA. He is the author of four novels.

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EmmabBooks More than 1 year ago
Exciting Spy Thriller - Film Coming Soon An exciting and action packed spy thriller, set in Damascus, Syria. The Damascus CoverAri finds himself being given desk jobs; his best days of spying for Mossad are behind him, following a few misjudged decisions. He is bored so jumps at the opportunity to extricate some children from Damascus. What appears to be a straightforward and simple mission turns out to be full of problems and treachery . After a very slow build up, the story turns into an edge of your seat, dramatic thriller. There are plenty of moments of high tension as Ari tries to complete his assignment and avoid those tailing him and the local secret police. Who can Ari trust and will his undercover story be blown? His personal life is also tricky, which gives an added dimension to this great story. As the book nears its end all becomes clear – a great plot! There is plenty of modern history about Syria, as well as detail about the city of Damascus (which I was not so interested in). Although originally written in 1977 the story feels up to date; the absence of modern technology not being noticeable in the plot. There are a few very unpleasant (but in keeping with the story) scenes. 4*s for me, as I found the beginning of the book dragged, but when it got going – wow it was exciting. The film of this book is coming out later this year; I shall definitely be watching that, though may need to keep my eyes shut for a few parts.
MysM More than 1 year ago
Totally Authentic Spy Thriller The Damascus Cover was first published in 1977, was translated into seven foreign languages and officially banned from the Eastern European market. It was out of print for the last 3 decades and now is rereleased in digital format as well as in paperback. It is the first book by Kaplan that I have read and I will certainly be looking for the next two in the series as well as the movie based on this one which is set to be released this year because this book defines thriller. Major Ari Ben-Sion of the Mossad Haelion Lemodiin Ubitachon has more than one passport. He has to because he's a spy. The passport he uses on his missions says he's Hans Hoffmann, "import-export magnate, ex-Nazi". He speaks four different languages with no trace of an accent; he could be a native of England, Germany, France or Argentina — it was hard to pin down. He had been in Dachau prison but not as a guard. There's a dream that haunts him and it's always in German. Dov Elon is another Israeli espionage agent. Captured in Damascus, the young man is giving away nothing no matter what torture they apply and Suleiman Sarraj is an expert at torture. Sarraj is determined to learn the identity of Operative 66, a sleeper agent highly placed in the Damascus power base. When Hoffman/Ben-Sion is recalled from Cyprus and given a desk job in Jerusalem, he's slightly miffed. At 55, he doesn't feel he's passed his prime although he has noticed he's slipped a little. His marriage is over and the loneliness of his chosen career is catching up with him. He's not as sharp as he used to be, knows just how much he can drink but gets there more than he used to, doesn't know that his cover is blown, and worse, has no idea that he's responsible for the capture of his young friend, Dov Elon. When the Colonel dangles a prospective mission just out of Ben-Sion's reach, Ari doesn't realize he's being set up — the Colonel expects Ari to talk him into letting him go to Damascus. It will be his final mission. This is an intricate, finely honed plot with a main character who has no idea who he can trust. The descriptions of the settings in both Syria and Israel are evocative — you can imagine the sights, the sounds, and the smells, see the routes being taken, a feel the pressure of the crowds in the bazaar and the emptiness of the nighttime countryside. You, too, can't tell who Ari can trust and who he can't. Betrayed on all sides and with no real understanding of the mission, he stumbles along with a false bravado, misplaced confidences, and only his personal loyalty and integrity to his cause to see him through to its completion. The ending will be a total surprise to him and to the reader.
Docplacer More than 1 year ago
If you like foreign intrigue, a great mystery and wonderful writing dusted with some enticing sex. this is the book for you? A damaged and somewhat desperate Mossad agent goes to Damascus posing as a German on a rescue mission that goes horribly wrong. The characters are well defined and the action non-stop. What is known as a page-turner. You'll get an amazingly vivid picture of Damascus and the Middle East conflict. And once you've read this one, hop onto the next, Howard Kaplan's newest - Bullets of Palestine.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
In a world where no one can be trusted and you are only as useful as the information you can procure, Ari Ben-Sion is a master spy, past his prime and with far too many ethics to play in the hardened world of the brutal Middle East. He is no James Bond, he is a flesh and blood, flawed man who knows nothing else, but is willing to go to the mat for his world. When he discovers he has been a pawn in a wicked and deadly game of spy versus spy, Ari must double his efforts to save both his honor and the lives of people depending on him. The deadline is coming, his performance must be perfect and when the curtain falls on his mission, Ari discovers a heinous truth about life and death. Follow along the streets of Damascus and throughout the Middle East where the dark world of politics, espionage and double agents thrive. Discover how love and lust can be used against even the best of the best and remember, danger hides around every corner in a world strained with hate. Howard Caplan’s The Damascus Cover is a slice of the underbelly of a world in turmoil, saturated in hate and mistrust. One false move, one misplaced alliance and the death knell tolls. Bold writing, sparing nothing for sensitive constitutions, this is raw and feels far too real to not to flinch at the events in this world. Dramatic, brutal and filled with razor-sharp twists, this is a fascinating and gripping read. I received this copy from Howard Kaplan in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jonathan Rhys Myers is starring in the film. Quick, lightning read with explosive plot turns! Greatly recommended.