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a Walk Through Damascus
Reviewed in the United States on October 3, 2014
Ari Ben-Scion, the main character in this book, is an aging spy who still believes he is at the top of his game. His one weakness he recognizes is an attraction to women, because the life of a spy is by necessity lonely. Forced to do paperwork for a time, Ari practically begs for a field assignment. The one given him involves more danger than he bargained for, including one very beautiful and attractive woman. Ari soon learns that his age and vulnerabilities could jeopardize the mission.
This is a beautifully written book about the middle east, its longstanding history of enmity and rivalry, about love, and about brutality. It is highly atmospheric, it reads like a walk through Damascus. But it's a guarded walk, because spies and enemies are all around. Whether or not you enjoy spy novels, you will appreciate this book.