Final Stop, Algiers: A Thriller

Mish­ka Ben-David; Ron­nie Hope, trans.
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By – November 2, 2017

Final Stop, Algiers: A Thriller by Mish­ka Ben-David; Ron­nie Hope, trans. | Jew­ish Book Coun­cil

Mick­ey Simhoni, a for­mer Mossad offi­cer and grad­u­ate of the esteemed Beza­lel Art Acad­e­my, is about to launch his new career with a gallery show. His fam­i­ly has come from Haifa, and he is wait­ing for his girl­friend, Dol­ly, to appear. A near­by ter­ror­ist bomb inter­rupts the event. After learn­ing that Dol­ly was one of the casu­al­ties, Mick­ey joins the Mossad as an oper­a­tive. He wants revenge.

The author, a for­mer Mossad offi­cer, gives read­ers a look at the ardu­ous train­ing required and the dan­gers that oper­a­tives face in the field. The detailed plan­ning that goes into invent­ing a cov­er and exe­cut­ing a mis­sion become clear as Mick­ey begins his work. Mickey’s cov­er takes him to Toron­to, where he meets a for­mer girl­friend, Nik­ki; the two had a pas­sion­ate but brief rela­tion­ship in Tokyo ten years ear­li­er. Old feel­ings are rekin­dled and the cou­ple must face the stress of under­cov­er spy work and its effects on their rela­tion­ship. Mick­ey wants to suc­ceed in the Mossad, but he also wants a life with Niki. Read­ers will want to keep turn­ing the pages to see how Mick­ey and Niki han­dle the sit­u­a­tion. Mick­ey will also make some star­tling dis­cov­er­ies about his own fam­i­ly of Holo­caust survivors.

This is a roman­tic thriller that will appeal to a wide range of read­ers. Although artist/​spy Mick­ey Simhoni is no Gabriel Allon, he is ded­i­cat­ed to his coun­try and car­ries out his mis­sions. Niki is a will­ing ally. Pub­lic libraries and syn­a­gogue libraries that col­lect fic­tion will be inter­est­ed in Final Stop Algiers, and book club mem­bers will enjoy dis­cussing the polit­i­cal and social issues that emerge in the story.

Bar­bara M. Bibel is a librar­i­an at the Oak­land Pub­lic Library in Oak­land, CA; and at Con­gre­ga­tion Netiv­ot Shalom, Berke­ley, CA.

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