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The Devil's Shepherd by Steven Hartov
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The Devil's Shepherd

by Steven Hartov

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Baum en Eckstein, twee Israèelische geheime agenten, moeten naar Afrika. In een door rebellen verscheurd Ethiopièe moeten ze een Tsjechische informant gaan ophalen, samen met een groep joodse kinderen, die hij onder zijn hoede heeft in een vervallen weeshuis. De informant zal zijn informatie over een infiltrant in het geheime Israèelische nucleaire wapenprogramma pas vrijgeven als hij en de kinderen veilig in Israel zijn. Voor Eckstein en Baum, ook bekend van 'De hand van God' en 'De hitte van ramadan', wordt het een verschrikkelijk zware opdracht, die een uiterst dramatische ontknoping kent. De twee agenten nemen het in een gevecht op tegen de rebellen, zodat de kinderen ongedeerd kunnen ontkomen. De achteloos meegegeven technische informatie, de rake sfeerbeelden van de Israèelische militaire instellingen en de belevenissen van de hoofdpersonen maken duidelijk dat de auteur met kennis van zaken schrijft. Daarnaast is de typering van de personages bijzonder geslaagd, vooral in hun strijd met zichzelf, met hun twijfels en vragen en onzekerheden. Zo krijgt het 'avontuur' een duidelijk psychologische meerwaarde.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0688141218, Hardcover)

Nothing curdles the blood of an intelligence officer more than the simple word mole. Its utterance by a defecting Czech spy has sent the entire Israeli intelligence community reeling. And so Jerusalem's spymasters have no choice but to summon top military intelligence agent Major Eytan Eckstein and his lumbering, brilliant partner Lieutenant Colonel Benni Baum, sending them into Africa and a wilderness of mirrors, where no one is safe and nothing is as it seems to be.

Jan Krumlov, a dashing counterintelligence expert from Prague, claims to know the identity of a traitor hidden deep within an ultrasecret Israeli nuclear weapons program. But Krumlov is on the run, being hunted by assassins, and he will not surrender his prize unless he is rescued from his mountain lair in the wilds of Ethiopia. Eckstein and Baum know that they have already stretched their luck too thin and should in fact be retiring from "the Game," yet the fugitive Czech must be spirited back to friendly territory. For if he dies, his secret dies with him.

Thus begins "Operation Sorcerer," but what should be a simple covert assignment turns more deadly by the hour. Krumlov is hiding behind a bodyguard of ruthless mercenaries, a beautiful French nurse with a tragic past, and a throng of starving Ethiopian orphans. And all of them are under assault by a corrupt United Nations officer, an African warlord, and a band of rebels, determined to capture the Czech and his Israeli rescuers and sell them off to the highest bidder.

With a vortex of intrigue and the thunder of gunfire, The Devil's Shepherd hurtles from Tel. Aviv to war-torn Sarajevo, to Rome and Addis Ababa, to a climax that crackles with the kind of action and atmosphere only a veteran soldier and master storyteller like Steven Hartov could write. This is the thriller that will assure Hartov's title as "Israel's John le Carré."Israeli intelligence agents Eytan Eckstein and Benni Baum are paired once again in this thriller about espionage, betrayal, and redemption. Having just escaped with their lives from a harrowing operation in war-torn Africa, the duo must return to the Dark Continent to extract a Czech defector from the hands of his would-be assassins.

Jan Krumlov claims to know the identity of a mole deep within the covert Israeli nuclear weapons program, so Jerusalem's spy masters have no choice but to spirit him back to friendly territory. But the name of the atomic spy is just the first of Krumlov's secrets, and as Operation Sorcerer progresses, Eckstein and Baum suddenly find themselves marked men hunted by ruthless Ethiopian rebels and shadowy gunmen determined to block their escape.

With a vortex of intrigue and the thunder of gunfire, The Devil's Shepherd hurtles toward a breathtaking climax that crackles with the kind of action and atmosphere only a veteran soldier and master storyteller like Steven Hartov could create.Israeli intelligence agents Eytan Eckstein and Benni Baum are paired once again in this thriller about espionage, betrayal, and redemption. Having just escaped with their lives from a harrowing operation in war-torn Africa, the duo must return to the Dark Continent to extract a Czech defector from the hands of his would-be assassins.

Jan Krumlov claims to know the identity of a mole deep within the covert Israeli nuclear weapons program, so Jerusalem's spy masters have no choice but to spirit him back to friendly territory. But the name of the atomic spy is just the first of Krumlov's secrets, and as Operation Sorcerer progresses, Eckstein and Baum suddenly find themselves marked men hunted by ruthless Ethiopian rebels and shadowy gunmen determined to block their escape.

With a vortex of intrigue and the thunder of gunfire, The Devil's Shepherd hurtles toward a breathtaking climax that crackles with the kind of action and atmosphere only a veteran soldier and master storyteller like Steven Hartov could create.

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