by Michael Benzehabe


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Very imperfect people can save us--people like Zoe. Zoe Mousa was an orphaned Jew raised in a Muslim household. An odd arrangement, but they loved her and she loved them. Eventually, she saved them the way they saved her.

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ISBN-13: 9781535350310
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/16/2016
Pages: 302
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.63(d)

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Unassimilated 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
-csparks_ More than 1 year ago
I read this book too and I really loved it. I had not expected a thriller type book & almost put it down when I saw that it was. I decided to try a few pages and got caught up in it and carried it with me until I suddenly found the book had ended. I REALLY enjoyed the brief, concise descriptions. On page 217, “I never knew what to expect from her. You could measure her spirit by the megaton, but her confidence by the teaspoon. She's sharp as a razor and soft as a breath. You would like her.” This author knows how to capture a mood, to turn a phrase. I always appreciate a book that makes me think & to understand how people see things from a different perspective and this book does that in spades. I look forward to his next book.
1jLEVY More than 1 year ago
This is a book about crossing borders: within and without. An unforgettable self-journey.
BitterCritter More than 1 year ago
Something quotable in every chapter. I laughed, cried, and worried for Zoe. Compelling read.
RandyBabbs More than 1 year ago
As an actor, my eyes light up when the written word rolls off my tongue. I found myself reading and re-reading certain paragraphs, just to taste the beautiful prose. Not all writing is meant to be spoken . . . but this is. It's art. It's a movie waiting to happen. I call dibs on the role of Saul Newman.
LFrankel999 More than 1 year ago
Imagine a central character who is a Middle Eastern refugee dealing with PTSD and culture shock. Then think about how she’ll deal with being thrown into an undercover assignment for the FBI. Will she sink or will she swim? I certainly found this scenario intriguing. Protagonist Zoe Mousa is a wonderful character. Yet many readers will never find out about her because the cover of this book is so misleading. Perhaps the author thought it might increase sales. Ben Zehabe may not realize that his cover amounts to deceptive advertising. It is an appropriate cover for erotica, but there are no sex scenes in this thriller. Not only this, but it’s a poor representation of the central character’s values. Zoe prefers to dress modestly in accordance with her upbringing. Another marketing problem posed by this cover, is that no one will want a post about this book including the cover to be going out to their friends’ feeds on social media. It could cause problems for their friends at work, or in a home containing children. This book deals with some important themes. In addition to the challenges facing immigrants, there is also the issue of technology’s increasing role. The TV show Mr. Robot has brought the power of hackers to cause disruption to the fore. The hacking element in Unassimilated caused me to reflect even more on how vulnerable our technology makes us. Although I found only one typographical error, I need to point out an inconsistency in this novel. Ben Zehabe doesn’t seem to be aware that the United States has an agency that deals with overseas espionage called the CIA. The FBI is limited to domestic operations. This is the second time that I’ve seen this error in a thriller. Zoe makes some serious mistakes in judgement, but I felt that they are very much in character considering her background. My affection for Zoe deepened over the course of the narrative as I learned her entire story. I recommend this book to anyone who likes character complexity with their thrill rides.
MikeDaVoice 6 months ago
Just re-read this again. THE TRUE TEST OF A GOOD BOOK! It not only holds up to a second read, but I was happy to be back and caught clever details I missed the first read. This might be a classic.
Reader_Views More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Sheri Hoyte for Reader Views (01/17) “Unassimilated” by Michael Benzehabe is an entertaining, action-packed story about Zoe Mousa, a quirky girl Jewish girl from Iran, adopted, and raised by a Muslim family after her parents are murdered. Zoe thinks immigrating to the U.S. is the fast-track ticket to a life of happiness and fulfillment, but her life is full of complexities and challenges that will soon cause her to wonder why she even bothers. Zoe works as a temporary employee on assignment for the FBI cracking code, when she discovers critical information about an impending worldwide cyber war. Zoe suddenly finds herself wanted by several organizations–the CIA, Homeland Security, and the Chinese mafia to name a few, and her problems have only just begun. “Unassimilated” is a fascinating book that captured my interest from the very first page. There are so many layers to the story. Delicious, intriguing layers with multiple twists and turns, insuring there is never a lull in the plot. There is a bit of everything in this book: espionage, murder, mystery, action, love, romance, and betrayal; all delivered with just the right tone and tempo that kept me reading well into the night for several nights in a row. Zoe is one of the most unique characters I have met in a long time. She doesn’t shake hands, she’s afraid of crossing the street, and she’s desperate to fit into the U.S. culture. I laughed and cried and felt embarrassed and even frustrated at times, watching her work her way through significant cultural differences, yearning for acceptance, fighting to support her family, looking for love, or whatever was driving her at any particular moment. She is as endearing as she is peculiar and I enjoyed not being able to predict what she would say or do next. I highly recommend “Unassimilated” by Michael Benzehabe. This captivating story flows with words crafted seemingly effortlessly, and will appeal to readers across the genres. I look forward to checking out more work from this author.
GarrettZ More than 1 year ago
When Zoe Mousa emigrates to the United States to begin a new life as an American citizen, her past follows her down a rabbit hole that opens up intense intercontinental danger and intrigue surrounding an impending cyber war. She has many obligations to some old friends who saved her life, however, and she must balance her dedication to her country, her past, her love, and her blood to reevaluate how "Judaism centered her, but Islam shielded her." Zehabe's novel Unassimilated is a surprisingly well crafted combination of spy thriller, romance, and drama that moves forward at a steady and engaging clip. The tone, structure, and speed that matches any true thriller scene-by-scene is impressive and fun to read. It was an enjoyable book that ultimately allows itself for enjoyment by any audience, and thematically has a lot to say about our current world in terms of inter-faith/inter-culture resentments, surveillance, relationships, and much more – but as international thrillers aren't always my favorite type of book, it was the great characterization, interpersonal relationships, and topical content that really convinced me to pick this book up. My only complaints about the book really are some factual errors and a cover design that is strikingly alluring but somewhat unrelated to the contents of the book. An enjoyable read that zips by at a surprising clip!