THE HORN OF MOSES by David H. Brandin


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Computer scientist Brandin (The Technology War: A Case for Competitiveness, 1987, etc.) invites the reader into the world of David Green, a semi-retired entrepreneur who plots revenge on Arab terrorists for the murder of his son.

While taking pictures of a sunrise in Israel, Green’s son, Aaron, an aspiring photojournalist and recent graduate from a prestigious university, inadvertently catches an Arab patrol on an intelligence mission. Although it is peacetime, the Arabs and Israelis are on the brink of war. Aaron is brutally murdered for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Thirty-four years later, David Green is still thirsty for revenge. He arranges a meeting with his friends to develop a plot to kill Arab terrorists. Green and his five friends, fondly referred to as the Stony Island Gang, are a leanish, meanish, 70-something group of men who have stuck together through a gang fight, multiple marriages, affairs, divorces and a couple of prostate removals. Although they are sympathetic to their friend’s grief, the men question Green’s vendetta and the cost of their loyalty. Green’s plan, Project Moses, is named after the horns on Moses by Michelangelo. To the Jews, the horns signify the blessing of God’s radiance. To the Christians, they represent the devil. Utilizing terminally ill Jewish men, an Islamic Jihad bomb and ad hoc targets, designed to minimize the death toll of innocents, the group stages suicide bombings that kill 50 people. The first targets Hamas fighters, the second al-Aqsa martyrs. Suspicious of Israeli involvement, yet puzzled by the methodology, Palestinian factions are pitted against each other as they scramble to decipher the identity of the killers and their reasoning. Espionage, counterintelligence and paranoia are ignited at every level of government as American security network heads strive to cover their back sides. Among the sexual exploits, gossip, political ambitions and rounds of whiskey, no one is completely trustworthy. Newscast-style timelines add atmosphere and blend character and scene changes.

Spunky seniors successfully turn the tables on terrorism. A well-written modern fairy tale that achieves believability.

Pub Date: Nov. 13th, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-595-44086-3
Page count: 290pp
Program: Kirkus Indie
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