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When the Israeli prime minister boards a new stealth submarine in Norfolk, Virginia, intending a celebratory ride and the sub vanishes, it sets in motion a suspenseful story that intertwines the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a story of what could be. 

Shai Shaham - an Israeli intelligence officer - contacts old friend and adversary Ramzy Awwad - a former PLO intelligence officer and one of the great writers of his people - for help in locating the missing prime minister. But can they trust each other? Can their friendship withstand the turbulent political landscape?

Eli Bardin - an agent who is feeling the strain of being away from his wife and children for so long in the field - is also tasked to contact Ramzy for the help in finding the missing sub. It seems the Russians have great interest in the technology, and he must locate the prime minister...because losing him is a national calamity that threatens to upset a delicate political balance in the most terrifying ways.

Starkly depicting the excesses of both sides and moving through actual events, The Spy's Gamble relies on in-depth research to weave a thrilling tale of suspense of reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians.

©2018 Howard Kaplan (P)2018 Howard Kaplan

Critic Reviews

"Kaplan is...without peer in his grasp of the delicate and explosive relationship between the Israelis and the Palestinians. This is a thriller in the best tradition of the genre." (Los Angeles Times)

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  • 11-29-18

Not sure what’s worse, the writing, the distortions, or he narrating.

This is absolutely the worst book I have ever listened to. It was a complete disappointment. He author and the narrator should be equally credited for failing to engage, entertain and stimulate, while distorting facts, mangling names and twisting reality in a shallow attempt at spy fiction.

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Spy Thriller!

This is both an exciting thriller and a dive into the history of the conflict where I learned a lot. The author clearly has a passion for both peoples, and gives us rich characters on both sides--their hopes, dreams, fears, triumphs and shortcomings. I particularly liked the relationship between Shai and Ramzy and their efforts to trust each other, despite the politicians keeping a much longed for peace just out of reach. Well written too.

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Very strange narrator?

The narrator ruined it for me. He sounded almost robotic. His pronunciation of Israeli names of streets and people was stilted, often wrong. The story was difficult to follow, jumping around, with poor introduction to new chapters.