City of Secrets

City of Secrets

Book - 2016
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A moral thriller about the Jewish underground resistance in Jerusalem after World War II follows the experiences of Brand, a hunted refugee, who assumes a different identity and commits himself to the revolution while accepting increasingly dangerous missions.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Viking,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780670785964
Characteristics: 194 pages : illustrations


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Jan 01, 2019

This is a fictionalized account of people involved in the Zionist underground in Israel just after WW II and ultimately the bombing of the King David Hotel which took place July 22, 1946.
The protagonist, a survivor haunted by his memories of the WW II death camps, is a cab driver and member of the underground in Jerusalem. O'Nan's characters come alive amid the chaos and confusion of the time and his detailed "geography" adds depth to the story. It took me back to my reading of Exodus by Leon Uris in the early 60's.

Oct 13, 2017

Wonderful storytelling with no superfluous words. Subtle yet full characterizations. This is a very well written story on the Jewish fight for a country against the British Mandate of Palestine. Well worth reading.

Apr 16, 2017

Excellent writing and I learned a lot about post-World War II Israel , but I wish I had more knowledge about the politics and political groups in Israel. What I did get was a feel for those immigrants who had lost everything in the Holocaust and came to Israel to begin again. Brand and Eva are interesting immigrants who have lost so much. But because I lacked so much background information it wasn’t a compelling storyline.

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