1972. The Munich Olympics. Palestinian members of the Black September group murder 11 Israeli athletes. Nine hundred million people watch the crisis unfold on television, witnessing a tragedy that inaugurates the modern age of terror. Back in Israel, Prime Minister Golda Meir vows to track down those responsible and, in Menachem Begin´s words, ´´run these criminals and murderers off the face of the earth´´. A secret Mossad unit is mobilized, a list of targets drawn up. Thus begins the Israeli response, a mission that unfolds not over months but over decades. The Mossad has never spoken about this operation. No one has known the real story. Until now. In this riveting account, Aaron Klein peels back the layers of myth and misinformation about the ´´shadow war´´ against Black September and other terrorist groups. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/001349/bk_blak_001349_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the earliest days of his dictatorship, Saddam Hussein had vowed to destroy Israel. So, when France sold Iraq a top-of-the-line nuclear reactor in 1975, the Israelis were justifiably concerned. The reactor formed the heart of a huge nuclear plant situated twelve miles from Baghdad, 1,100 kilometers from Tel Aviv. By 1981, the reactor was on the verge of becoming ´´hot,´´ and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin knew he would have to confront its deadly potential. He turned to Israeli Air Force commander General David Ivry to secretly plan a daring surgical air strike on the reactor, a never-before contemplated mission that would prove to be one of the most remarkable military operations of all time. Written with the full and exclusive cooperation of the Israeli Air Force high command, General Ivry (ret.), and all of the eight mission pilots (including Ilan Ramon, who became Israel´s first astronaut and tragically perished in the shuttle Columbia disaster), Raid On the Sun tells the extraordinary story of how Israel plotted the unthinkable: defying its U.S. and European allies to eliminate Iraq´s nuclear threat. In the tradition of Black Hawk Down, journalist Rodger Claire re-creates a gripping tale of personal sacrifice and survival, of young pilots who trained in America on the then-new, radically sophisticated F-16 fighter-bombers, then faced a nearly insurmountable challenge: how to fly the 1,000-plus-kilometer mission to Baghdad and back on one tank of fuel; he recounts Israeli intelligence´s incredible ´´black ops´´ to sabotage construction on the French reactor and eliminate Iraqi nuclear scientists; and he gives readers a pilot´s-eye view of the action on June 7, 1981, when the planes roared off a runway on the Sinai Peninsula for the first successful destruction of a nuclear reactor in history. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Adam Grupper. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/000486/bk_sans_000486_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´From the blood-drenched history of the Jewish nation, we learn that violence which begins with the murder of Jews ends with the spread of violence and danger to all people, in all nations. We have no choice but to strike at terrorist organizations wherever we can reach them. That is our obligation to ourselves and to peace.” (Golda Meir) ´´July 4, 1976, was a great day to be an American, and a great day to be Jewish, and was, I am assured, an absolutely sensational day to be American and Jewish.” (George Will) During the Six-Day War in 1967, Israeli forces struck suddenly into Sinai in response to an Egyptian violation of an earlier treaty agreement that allowed Israeli ships passage through the important Straits of Tiran. In a lightning campaign, the well-trained and well-led Israeli forces, equipped with American and French vehicles and aircraft, shattered the low-quality Egyptian army forces decisively. When Jordan and Syria attacked Israel in support of Egypt, the Israelis smashed their forces also. Israel acquired most of the Sinai, as well as occupying the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and the Golan Heights. Since the Six-Day War established Israel’s military supremacy, Palestinian opposition developed a new strategy, and a greater emphasis began to be placed on covert, guerrilla actions against Israel and the development of organizations to carry out such attacks. On May 8, 1972, a new style of warfare came to the fore when four members of the Black September Organization, an amorphous branch of the Fatah movement, hijacked Belgian Sabena Flight 571 en route from Brussels to Tel Aviv. To buy time, the Israeli security establishment agreed to allow Flight 571 to land at Lod International Airport, southeast of Tel Aviv, where it was immediately escorted to the far end of the tarmac. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bill Hare. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/112412/bk_acx0_112412_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Since their formation in 1949, the Mossad has continually lived up to the name given to them, the godfather of all spy agencies. They combine intellectual leadership with a ruthlessness that has impressed both allies and foes alike. Their willingness to use extreme tactics like kidnapping and assassination to track their enemies is something out of a fiction book. It is because of these methods that the nation of Israel has been able to hold its ground in such an unstable area of the world. Israel, since its formation as a country, has been seen as a usurper of the land formerly owned by its neighbor, Palestine. An argument that will continue until one of the countries is either destroyed or disarmed. Palestine, being an Arab nation, has many allies in the surrounding areas, giving them a geographical advantage. Be that as it may, the drive and mercilessness of the Mossad is able to keep Israel´s head above water and their interests intact; however, Israel´s national intelligence agency´s reach is far greater than just the Middle East. They have a global network. The agency has performed - or has been a part of - some of the boldest and fearless operations ever executed. For example, after the Munich Massacre, Israel demanded something other than justice. They wanted vengeance. To do so, the Mossad scoured the globe for those that were a part of the terrorist group Black September and killed all the suspected conspirators. The Jewish religion has been combating anti-Semitism since the Egypt of the Old Testament - the Mossad is the result. This book is going to dive deep into the Mossad archives to illuminate other controversial missions like the operation, ´´Wrath of God,´´ that displayed their unyielding nature towards those that strike against them. It is this persistence that makes them such an effective fighting force in Israel’s arsenal. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Johnny Robinson Of Earthwalker Studios. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/091693/bk_acx0_091693_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Ricky and Tammi waited in the church for a little while, both of them sure that it was just going to be the two of them. When they got out though, things looked strange. The sky became red, and the lights were gone. Did that mean that they took all of the believers up? Did God already pass judgment and they were stuck in this hellish situation forever? He wondered, but then, he heard the sound of a horse, and he looked up. It was a giant horse, one that was probably double his size. On top of it was a black, hooded figure, and he was staring at them. He looked all over, and he smiled at them. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Miranda Crandall. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/040558/bk_acx0_040558_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Love and war in the Middle East Robert is a disillusioned reporter; Rachel an agent for Mossad. Modeled on the Song of Solomon, Black Dove explores the intricate interconnectedness between love and war, violence and friendship, and the complicated relationship between the United States and Israel. When Robert moves to Jerusalem to chase his beloved, he finds that changing addressees changes something within him, and he abandons the role of disinterested observer to aid in the transformation of the Middle East, and the United States. But what he discovers is that Mossad is actually working against a Jewish-only state, and that to aid the Palestinian people they must subvert parts of their own government. Black Dove reveals how the Middle East is a crucible for change around the world, and in the human heart. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Roger Wood. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/104111/bk_acx0_104111_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
One of AudioFile Magazine´s Best Audiobooks of 2016. Number one New York Times best-selling author Daniel Silva delivers another stunning thriller in his latest action-packed tale of high stakes international intrigue featuring the inimitable Gabriel Allon. Legendary spy Gabriel Allon is poised to become the chief of Israel’s secret intelligence service. But on the eve of his promotion, ISIS detonate a massive bomb in the Marais district of Paris, and a desperate French government want Gabriel to eliminate the man responsible. They call him Saladin.... He is a terrorist mastermind, whose network communicates in total secrecy, leaving Gabriel no choice but to insert an agent into the most dangerous terrorist group the world has ever known. An extraordinary young doctor, she must pose as an ISIS recruit in waiting, a ticking time bomb, a black widow out for blood. 1. Language: English. Narrator: George Guidall. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/002480/bk_hcuk_002480_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Number one New York Times best-selling author Daniel Silva delivers another spellbinding international thriller - one that finds the legendary Gabriel Allon grappling with an ISIS mastermind. Gabriel Allon, the art restorer, spy, and assassin described as the most compelling fictional creation ´´since Ian Fleming put down his martini and invented James Bond´´ (Rocky Mountain News), is poised to become the chief of Israel´s secret intelligence service. But on the eve of his promotion, events conspire to lure him into the field for one final operation. ISIS has detonated a massive bomb in the Marais district of Paris, and a desperate French government wants Gabriel to eliminate the man responsible before he can strike again. Acclaimed novelist Daniel Silva has thrilled, entertained, and educated listeners with 18 thoughtful and gripping spy novels featuring a diverse cast of compelling characters and ingenious plots that have taken them around the globe and back - from the United States to Europe, Russia to the Middle East. From its shocking opening to its explosive denouement in Washington, DC, The Black Widow reveals itself as Silva´s most timely and powerful novel yet. Following the success of his smash hit The English Spy, this electrifying thriller showcases Silva´s consummate skill and brilliant imagination and is sure to be a must-listen for his multitude of current and future fans. 1. Language: English. Narrator: George Guidall. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/005331/bk_harp_005331_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
COMMENT´´The Spat´´, by Hendrik Hertzberg: On Barack Obama and the Clintons.DEPT. OF DYNASTIES´´Five on Five´´, by Lauren Collins: The Romney boys´ blog.DEPT. OF PROGNOSTICATION´´How ´Bout Them Economy´´, by Nick Paumgarten: Is it 1929, 1969, 1990, or 2001?DON´T TRY THIS AT HOME´´Black Hole´´, by Lizzie Widdicombe: A voyage to New York´s Bermuda Triangle.ANNALS OF NATIONAL SECURITY´´A Strike in the Dark´´, by Seymour M. Hersh: Israel´s unexplained bombing of Syria.ANNALS OF INVENTION´´Thinking in the Rain´´, by Susan Orlean: How to build a better umbrella.POP MUSIC´´Living Pains´´, by Sasha Frere-Jones: Mary J. Blige´s chronic brilliance.THE CURRENT CINEMA´´Strangers´´, by Anthony Lane: Reviews of the new films In Bruges and The Band´s Visit. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dan Bernard, Christine Marshall. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/nyer/080206/pe_nyer_080206_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.