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Operation Bethlehem Reviewed by Norm Goldman
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Thursday, September 7, 2023


Author: Yariv Inbar

‎Publisher: Genera Ventures Ltd (July 18, 2023)

ISBN: ‎ 978-9659310616

Yariv Inbar's Operation Bethlehem recent novel plunges readers headlong into espionage's gripping and treacherous world. 

Inbar weaves a narrative that is both an exhilarating espionage thriller and a deep contemplation of the human experience through the captivating character of Daniel.

The storytelling is a tour de force, combining meticulous character development, extensively researched trade craft, and a plot structure brimming with surprising twists to deliver a book that is unequivocally enthralling.

At the novel's heart is Daniel, an Israeli intelligence operative whose life is marked by profound losses. 

The skillful character development of Daniel endows him with a richness and complexity that makes him both relatable and mysterious. 

Readers will find themselves drawn to Daniel as he embarks on a dangerous solo mission, driven by a quest for purpose in the face of his turbulent past. 

The depiction of Daniel's internal conflicts and emotional expedition ensures that readers are not mere spectators but engaged actors in his account, gripping onto each perilous twist and turn of his mission.

As the plot unfolds, readers are taken on a suspenseful journey alongside Daniel as he infiltrates a psychiatric hospital in search of a hidden national treasure. 


The yarn delves into the profound personal and national identity theme, highlighting the costs and risks of pursuing such identities. 
Daniel's perilous journey and his entanglement in a high-stakes mission compel readers to confront the challenging dilemmas surrounding the sacrifices demanded by national allegiance and the ethical ambiguity inherent in pursuing a noble cause.

The exploration of these moral subtleties adds intellectual depth to the book, elevating it beyond the typical spy thriller.

One strength of the novel  is the author's meticulous research and intimate familiarity with the Israeli intelligence community. Through Inbar's depiction of covert operations, and political landscapes, he creates a world that is both authentic and captivating, drawing readers in.  This authenticity is further enhanced by the mastery of authentic and engaging dialogue. 

Readers gain insight into their mindsets and motivations through the characters' conversations, making the storytelling even more interesting. 

The psychological depth of the dialogue adds authenticity to the narrative, making it a vehicle for exploring the characters' intense emotions and moral dilemmas.

The narrative structure  is a roller coaster ride of unforeseen twists and turns. We are taken in by bold, erratic narrative risks that keep us eagerly anticipating the next revelation. 

The writing is sharp and descriptive, creating vibrant settings and dynamic characters that transport readers into a world that is both exhilarating and introspective. 

The juxtaposition of high-stakes espionage with profound introspection is one of the novel's greatest strengths, ensuring that readers are entertained and deeply moved.

In the end, what we have  is a riveting literary achievement that immerses readers in the enigmatic realm of Mossad operatives. 

Yariv Inbar's expertly crafted plot, authentic portrayal of the intelligence world, and examination of the human experience in espionage make this book stand out among its peers. 

It is a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat, challenging your ethical and philosophical beliefs, and resonating with you long after you've turned the last page. 

If you are searching for a truly exceptional read that combines the best elements of spy thrillers with profound introspection, Operation Bethlehem is an absolute must-read. 

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