Traitor A thriller

Jonathan De Shalit

Book - 2018

"In the exhilarating tradition of I Am Pilgrim comes a sprawling, international high-stakes thriller that pits the intelligence of one man against one of the most successful spies ever to operate against American interests. When a young Israeli walks into an American embassy and offers to betray his country for money and power, he has no idea that the CIA agent interviewing him is a Russian mole. Years later, that young man has risen in the ranks to become a trusted advisor to Israel's... Prime Minister and throughout his career, he's been sharing everything he knows with the Kremlin. Now, however, a hint that there may be a traitor in the highest realms of power has slipped out and a top-secret team is put together to hunt for him. The chase leads the team from the streets of Tel Aviv to deep inside the Russian zone and, finally, to the United States, where a most unique spymaster is revealed. The final showdown--between the traitor and the betrayed--can only be resolved by an act of utter treachery that could have far-reaching and devastating consequences"--

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Subjects
Genres
Spy stories
Suspense fiction
Spy fiction
Thrillers (Fiction)
Published
New York : Atria/Emily Bestler Books 2018.
Edition
First Emily Bestler Books/Atria Books hardcover edition
Language
English
Hebrew
Item Description
Originally published in Hebrew under the title Boged (Yerushalayim : Keter, 2015). English language copyright 2018.
Physical Description
311 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN
9781501170485
1501170481
Main Author
Jonathan De Shalit (author)
Other Authors
Steven (Translator) Cohen (translator)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

De Shalit, "a former high-ranking member of the Israeli Intelligence Community," has the credentials to pen a solid spy novel centered on a mole hunt, but veteran genre readers will find nothing that they haven't seen before in his plodding debut. In 1983, Alon, a young Israeli parliamentary aide, walks into the American embassy in Rome and tells an official, John Roberts, that he wishes to work as an intelligence asset for the U.S. The ambitious Alon boasts that within two decades he will be in a position to provide top-level strategic information. Roberts, himself a traitor, will pass on Alon's offer to the East Germans, for whom Alon unwittingly becomes a spy. In 2013, the betrayal of the man code-named Cobra by the East Germans comes to the attention of Aharon Levin, the retired head of Mossad, who is authorized by the Israeli president to put together an off-the-books squad to identify and apprehend him. It soon becomes clear that Cobra is Alon. Readers will struggle to sympathize with the colorless Alon, whose motives never cohere. (Jan.) Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"A young Israeli man offers state secrets to the American government, but his contact there is actually a Russian mole who brings him into the fold of the KGB. Years later, there's a rumor that there's a spy at the highest levels of the Israeli government, and an international manhunt begins"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Years after a materially minded Israeli rises to the upper echelons of Israel's government by betraying state secrets to a CIA agent who is actually a Russian mole, a top-secret investigative team is forced to consider an act of brutal treachery to outmaneuver one of history's most ruthless double agents.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Years after an Israeli government advisor betrays state secrets to a CIA agent who is actually a Russian mole, a top-secret investigative team is forced to consider an act of treachery to outmaneuver one of history's most ruthless double agents.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

"In the exhilarating tradition of I Am Pilgrim comes a sprawling, international high-stakes thriller that pits the intelligence of one man against one of the most successful spies ever to operate against American interests. When a young Israeli walks into an American embassy and offers to betray his country for money and power, he has no idea that the CIA agent interviewing him is a Russian mole. Years later, that young man has risen in the ranks to become a trusted advisor to Israel's Prime Minister and throughout his career, he's been sharing everything he knows with the Kremlin. Now, however, a hint that there may be a traitor in the highest realms of power has slipped out and a top-secret team is put together to hunt for him. The chase leads the team from the streets of Tel Aviv to deep inside the Russian zone and, finally, to the United States, where a most unique spymaster is revealed. The final showdown--between the traitor and the betrayed--can only be resolved by an act of utter treachery that could have far-reaching and devastating consequences"--

Review by Publisher Summary 5

In the exhilarating tradition of I Am Pilgrim comes a sprawling, international high-stakes thriller that pits the intelligence of one man against one of the most successful spies ever to operate against American interests.When a young Israeli walks into an American embassy and offers to betray his country for money and power, he has no idea that the CIA agent interviewing him is a Russian mole. Years later, that young man has risen in the ranks to become a trusted advisor to Israel's Prime Minister and throughout his career, he's been sharing everything he knows with the Kremlin. Now, however, a hint that there may be a traitor in the highest realms of power has slipped out and a top-secret team is put together to hunt for him. The chase leads the team from the streets of Tel Aviv to deep inside the Russian zone and, finally, to the United States, where a most unique spymaster is revealed. The final showdown'between the traitor and the betrayed'can only be resolved by an act of utter treachery that could have far-reaching and devastating consequences.