Where no counsel is, the people fall, but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.” – Proverbs XI/14 … Mossad motto
That is exactly what Namir Bethan, Director of Metsada does. The United Nations and America are sitting on their hands while Iran expands its nuclear program. The Kadima Party coalition government is pursuing appeasement, unwilling to do the correct thing – bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities like they did with Osirak. Matan Irian, a former Army Colonel, presents a devastatingly simple plan: sabotage a refinery complex in Texas City, plant evidence that incriminates Iran, and sit back while an enraged United States strikes back in retaliation.
The plan is meticulously executed and the President positions two carrier battle groups off Iran’s coast in readiness to hit back. But Matan Irian makes one small mistake, his team leaves behind a tiny piece of evidence which the FBI forensic investigator traces back to Israel. The President’s rage is now turned on his ally and demands that Israel finally acts to recognize the Palestinian’s right to exist in a State of their own. The Israeli Prime Minister rejects the American demands as naive and simplistic. When the President withdraws all economic and military aid, the Israeli government falls. Israel is faced with a cruel choice: seek peace with the Palestinians or maintain an untenable war – alone.
Reviewed by Fiona Ingram for ReadersFavorite.com *****
The author draws on current events, such as international fears of a nuclear-capable Iran ready to hit the red button at any time, to the natural anxieties of the USA bigwigs, to the defiant and entrenched recalcitrant attitudes of the Israelis towards any attempt at removing what they perceive to be their God-given rights.
The author also eases the unversed reader into the technical and forensic aspects of explosives and armaments, as well as laying bare the complexities, the chaos, and the internecine rivalry that dominate government departments in the delicate interplay of politics and war. I enjoyed the development of the characters and the dialogue.
Each character came with his or her history and motives, created in a believable and natural way. The author also has an excellent eye for visual detail to paint the picture of different environments for the reader. This is a must for lovers of political thrillers.