Criminal Element: Fauda

The Criminal Element meets Doha 12 in my latest review: Fauda is a vivid, fast-paced Israeli political thriller that features kinetic storytelling, expertly played tension, and highly authentic action sequences. It also finds time to present the human side of a conflict that’s become dehumanized over the decades. Its two…

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Murder U.S.A., a mystery anthology

Excerpts from both Doha 12 and South are featured in Murder U.S.A., a new anthology of  excerpts from new and established mystery/thriller authors now available free wherever ebooks are sold. In Washington, D.C., an image on the screen of a cell phone connects a nationwide terror threat with an unknown anthrax…

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Building 30th Street Station

NOTE: This post originally appeared on Novel Travelist on 26 Oct 2013. Sadly, Novel Travelist is going away. I’m reposting here so the information will live on after that site disappears. In my international thriller Doha 12, assassins follow Our Heroes Jake Eldar and Miriam Schaffer to Philadelphia’s 30th Street…

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Mossad as Superspy: Is the Myth Slipping?

Nathan Abrams, a professor of film studies in the UK, has written an opinion piece in The Conversation, the title of which says everything you need to know about it: “Mossad Agents Were Suave and Effective on Screen, Now They’re Ineffective Blunderers.” Is he right? In another brush with the…

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Doha 12 Escapes Cyberspace

Doha 12 has broken out of the Internet and is now available in the real world. Both Doha 12 and South are available on the Espresso bookmaking machine. These machines are essentially large, high-quality printers that can produce a trade paperback in a few minutes. You go to the store,…

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Great interview on Seeley James’ blog

Seeley James, author of The Geneva Decision and its sequel Bring It, just put up an interview with me on his blog. This one asks questions that aren’t the usual author-interview questions, so even if you’ve seen some of the others, it’s not the same. Another bonus: he’s got me up…

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Funding Israel’s Spooks

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In case you’ve been dying to know how the Mossad and Shin Bet (Israel’s CIA and FBI, respectively) are funded in the state budget, Haaretz is there for you with an explanation of how Israel keeps its secret agencies’ money secret. Apparently, the appropriations are masked in a line item…

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Women in the IDF: Still Not All-In

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Miriam has brought (don’t ask) to my attention an interview in today’s Los Angeles Times with Major General Orna Barbivai, Israel’s highest-ranking female officer and commander of the Israeli Defense Forces’ Manpower Directorate. In it, MGen Barbivai talks about some of the challenges of integrating two almost diametrically opposed groups…

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Hezbollah’s Spycraft in the Spotlight

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The ongoing terrorism trial of Hossam Yaakoub in Cyprus may have several consequences, including deciding whether the European Union will declare Hezbollah to be a terrorist organization. Its current impact is to show how much better Hezbollah operatives have gotten at basic covert tradecraft. A recent Washington Post article about…

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