A Death in Tel Aviv

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
492 Pages
Reviewed on 03/02/2023
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Author Biography

Richard J. Reese is a professional historian interested in subjects like wars, revolutions, discoveries, personalities, and events that shape the lives of ordinary people in their times. CRY, ANGRY HILLS and MY BLOOD MY LAND, are all about these elements interplay in the modern Middle East, and how Arabs and Jews are who they are in their own worlds. His other novels, THE YEHUDAH SCROLL, and HENRY WAKEFIELD'S WAR, delve into conflicts that were unnecessary and tragic. Based on a real landmark case before ROE, A SMALL MATTER OF INJUSTICE is a tale of the 1920s and one woman's fight against the US Supreme Court to protect her right to choose.

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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

A Death In Tel Aviv by Richard J Reese follows Karl-Heinz Stimmer, a SS man as he makes his escape from punishment and hides in plain sight in Tel Aviv, Israel. Given the moniker of Die Wespe, Karl-Heinz is the Nazi Rachel never forgot. Karl gets into Palestine as Holocaust survivor Menachem Silberberg. He can fool other people, but not Rachel. Reporting him to the authorities is simple, but for Agent Ahavah Sharit it is anything but that. It is a race against time for Ahavah to figure out who Menachem is, why he is here in Israel, and what he wants from the Jewish people. Little does she know Karl-Heinz is reaching the crescendo of his mission. Will Ahavah figure things out in time? Or is the next big tragedy ready to happen at any moment?

Filled to the brim with action, A Death in Tel Aviv is the story you will re-read for years to come. It has action, mystery, suspense, and a touch of drama to make sure the audience is satisfied with every turn of events. There are plenty of characters in the story, but I don’t hate anyone as much as I love to hate Karl-Heinz. He is the kind of villain who is just so terrible that you cannot help but admire him a little. Richard J Reese carves the perfect picture of Karl-Heinz, allowing you to read his mind and then decide how much you should dislike him. Ahavah’s character is wholesome without being a Goodie Two-Shoes. She knows how to play dirty, and she isn’t afraid to do so. The descriptions are so real that they sent a chill down my spine. It is terrifying to think how something like this can happen, without us knowing until it is too late. But what a story it is!