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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Suspense
  • Language:English
  • Pages:387
  • eBook ISBN:9781623095314

Family Wars

A Novel of Modern Israel

by Ora Mendels

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Overview
From Nazi Europe to today’s threat of nuclear annihilation, FAMILY WARS tells the story of three generations of an American/Israeli family torn apart by irreconcilable goals, in a young country fighting for its life in the world’s most treacherous neighborhood. Terror, murder, betrayal and loss haunt Naomi and Lazar Kagan, as well as their sons, military hero Ari and mystery figure Rafi, their wives and, most acutely, Ben, their beloved and tormented grandson, as well as their cousin, whose conflicts reflect the challenges of modern Israel, especially the conflict between secular Israel and religious ultra-nationalists. When military intelligence chief Ari Kagan’s first wife is brutally murdered while illegally at an Israeli military base in occupied Lebanon, and his friendship with Palestinian leader, Khalid Heikal, is betrayed, the family's yearning for their original home in the U.S. tugs against their devotion to the nation they helped build and threatens them all. From Nazi Europe to today’s threat of nuclear annihilation, Family Wars tells the story of three generations of an American/Israeli family torn apart by irreconcilable goals, in a young country fighting for its life in the world’s most treacherous neighborhood. Terror, murder, betrayal and loss haunt Naomi and Lazar Kagan, as well as their sons, military hero Ari and mystery figure Rafi, their wives and, most acutely, Ben, their beloved and tormented grandson, as well as their cousin, whose conflicts reflect the challenges of modern Israel, especially the conflict between secular, modern Israel and religious extremist Israel. When military intelligence chief Ari Kagan’s first wife is brutally murdered while illegally at an Israeli base in occupied Lebanon, and his friendship with Palestinian leader, Khalid Heikal, is betrayed, the struggles in the Kagan family, whose yearning for their original home in the U.S. tugs against their devotion to the nation the
Description
From Nazi Europe to today's threat of nuclear annihilation, FAMILY WARS tells the story of three generations of an American/Israeli family, torn apart by irreconcilable goals, in a young country fighting for its life in the world's most treacherous neighborhood. Terror, murder, betrayal and loss haunt Naomi and Lazar Kagan, as well as their sons, military hero Ari, and mystery figure, Rafi, their wives and, above all, Ben, their beloved and tormented grandson, as well as their cousin, whose conflicts reflect the challenges of modern Israel, especially those between secular Israel and the religious, extremist ultra nationalists. When military intelligence chief Ari Kagan's first wife is brutally murdered while illegally at an Israeli military base in occupied Lebanon and Ari's friendship with Palestinian leader, Khalid Heikal, is betrayed, the family's yearning for their original home in the U.S. tugs against their devotion to the nation they helped build, and threatens them all. Set in Israel and the United States, this suspenseful novel tells the story of three generations of the Kagan family, reaching back to Nazi Europe, their escape to the U.S. and their idealistic committment to the young state of Israel. The story tracks four family members as each confronts the demands and threats of a nation in turmoil. The action is triggered by Shemtov, powerful chief of combined intelligence. He plans to use Khalid Heikal, a charismatic Palestinian awaiting trial for terrorism, to advance a peaceful resolution to interminable war. Against the background of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, the novel reflects the struggle within Israeli society between the ideals of the founders and the disillusionment and sense of betrayal of the younger generation, as well as the conflict between religious and nationalist zealots and mainstream citizens. In despair over his own role in enforcing the occupation, his father's militarism and womanizing and his anguish over his romance with an Arab girl, Ben Kagan becomes the spokesman for an merging effort to resist Israeli military activities and withdraw from the occupied territories. There is a national debate and grave threats from the right wing. Ben is used as a pawn in demands made upon the government. A family upheaval ensues and long-buried secrets are revealed. Thought-provoking and suspenseful, FAMILY WARS is a compelling read.
About the author
Ora Mendels was born in Jerusalem, grew up in England and Johannesburg, South Africa and emigrated to the United States with her husband, Joseph, a research psychiatrist. They settled in Philadelphia with their three children. Ora won several literary prizes and was a newspaper reporter, feature writer and columnist In Cape Town and Johannesburg, contributing regularly to all South Africa’s English language newspapers. In South Africa and later, after settling in the U.S., she was a freelance journalist, published in a number of mass circulation magazines. She has also written short stories, one of which was published in Antietam Review; another was published in January 2011 in Israel Stories. Ora has published two novels. Mandela’s Children, Little, Brown, 1987, which was translated and published in Holland and sold in Canada. A Taste for Treason, Birch Lane, 1990, won the Atheneum Fiction Award, was translated and published in Poland and was also published in paperback.
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