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The Ambassador

"You will dine with the Devil, Dan. You will do everything the Devil requires. Whatever it takes, you will maintain the transfer of Jews from Germany to Israel. Remember not to fear him. After all, he thinks it is you who is the Devil."

 

1937. In a fictional turn of historical events, the British Cabinet accepts the recommendations of the Peel Commission, establishing a Jewish State in the Land of Israel. Dan Lavi is a young diplomat sent by Ben-Gurion to serve as the country’s first ambassador to Berlin, in an effort to save as many Jews as possible under the controversial Transfer Agreement. Surrounded by the terror and atrocities of the Third Reich, Dan struggles to uphold good relations and diplomatic protocol with those who want him dead, to negotiate Nazi party politics and Allied pressures, to reconcile his love for his family with his loyalty to his country, and to stop the Final Solution – even if it costs him everything. Yehuda Avner’s political insight meets Matt Rees’s novelistic skill in this fast-paced counter-historical thriller about a diplomatic mission to the Devil.

 

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Click the link below to hear Matt Rees, co-author, talk about the new book with Miriam L. Wallach on her radio show, "That's Life".
http://www.nachumsegal.com/thats-life-with-miriam-l-wallach-august-13-2015

 

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ISBN 9781592643882
author Matt Rees, Yehuda Avner
Pages 339
Language English
Binding Hardcover
Author Yehuda Avner , Matt Rees

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Praise for The Ambassador

"As constant threats against Israel are increasing...the publication of this novel cannot be any more relevant." - The Algemeiner (Read the full review here)


"...a compelling, intricately plotted page-turner..." - JPost (Read the full review here)


"The characters... speak with authentic voices...They have honored the true purpose of history, which is to learn from past times so that the future might be better." - BookPleasures.com (Read the full review here)


"The Ambassador is boldly imagined, remarkably compelling and, ultimately, painful in the manner of a scar that yields both phantom and actual ache." - Canadian Jewish News (Read the full review here)


"...an undeniable authenticity, as many exchanges are based on actual recollections and documentary evidence." - UK Jewish News (Read the full review here)


"The genius of Avner and Rees’s book lies in how little they change." - Foreword Review(Read the full review here)


"...a thriller that interweaves fictional characters and events with historical ones in a fast-paced, absorbing story..." - Chicago Jewish Star (Read the full review here)


"It is the kind of book that is impossible to stop once begun—a thriller with dynamic characters and a carefully executed plot." - Amos Lassen (Read the full review here)


"A work that stirs the mind and imagination in ways that are never simple or comforting." - Huffington Post (Read the full review here) 


"...a fascinating alternate-history tale." - Booklist (Read the full review here)


“a superbly crafted novel with a story that will linger in the mind and memory long after the book itself is finished” – Midwest Book Reviews (Read the full review here)


 “Brought tears to my eyes” - The Reporter Group (Read the full review here)

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Yehuda Avner
Yehuda Avner (1928 - 2015) served as adviser and English speechwriter to Israeli Prime Ministers Rabin, Begin, Meir and Eshkol. He is a former Israeli Ambassador to Brita...
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Matt Rees
Matt Rees is an award-winning novelist. He is the author of four mysteries about Palestinian sleuth Omar Yussef and of historical crime novels about Mozart and Caravaggio...
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