The Damascus cover book by howard kaplan

The Damascus cover book by Howard Kaplan: Damascus cover was first published in 1977, It was translated into seven foreign languages. Damascus cover was officially banned from the Eastern European market. It was out of print for the past 3 decades because of some reasons. Now this book is releasing in paperback as well as digital format. This is Kaplan’s first book. It will be very interesting to see the movie based on this thriller book.

Major Ari Ben-Sion of the Mossad Haelion Lemodiin Ubitachon ( a character in this book) has more than one passport.  He is a spy in this book. According to his passport which he uses on his mission says he is Hans Hoffmann (ex-Nazi).  Hans Hoffmann has a very good skill to speak four different languages very fluently. He may be a native of France, England, Germany or Argenta. He used to be in Dachau prison but not as a guard. In Germany, it is a dream to haunt him.

Dov Elon is one more Israeli espionage agent. He has been  Captured in Damascus. He is the young man who is giving away nothing no matter what torture they apply. Suleiman Sarraj is an expert at torture.  Sarraj is determined to learn the identity of Operative 66. he is a sleeper agent highly placed in the Damascus power base.

When Hoffman/Ben-Sion is recalled from Cyprus and given a desk job in Jerusalem. he’s not happy.  At 55, he still feels positive thoughts and never regrets himself although he has noticed he’s slipped a little. His marriage has been finished and his loneliness helps him to choose.  He’s not as sharp as he used to be, knows just how much he can drink but gets there more than he used to, doesn’t know that his cover is blown, and worse, has no idea that he’s responsible for the capture of his young friend, Dov Elon.  When the Colonel dangles a prospective mission just out of Ben-Sion’s reach, Ari doesn’t realize he’s being set up — the Colonel expects Ari to talk him into letting him go to Damascus.  It will be his final mission.

This is a complex, very clearly honed plot with the main character who has no idea whom he can trust.  The descriptions of the settings in both Syria and Israel are expressive — you can imagine the sights, the sounds, and the smells, see the routes being taken, a feeling the pressure of the crowds in the bazaar and the emptiness of the nighttime countryside. You, too, can’t tell who Ari can trust and who he can’t.  Betrayed on all sides and with no real understanding of the mission, he stumbles along with a false bravado, misplaced confidences, and only his personal loyalty and integrity to his cause to see him through to its completion.  The ending will be a total surprise to him as well as it surprises the reader.


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