THE GOLDEN LION AND THE SUN by Yoram Hamizrachi

THE GOLDEN LION AND THE SUN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Despite the Iran-in-revolution background: a routine exercise in action/thriller hugger-mugger from an Israeli novelist. Two CIA agents approach retired Israeli spy Arik Hod--and enlist him in a plan to rescue SAVAK bigwig General Said Khorasad (Arik's old buddy) and two Iranian atomic scientists from Khomeini-mad Iran. Arik is outfitted with a US team; they plan to parachute into the Kurdish mountains on the Iran-Iraq border for a rendezvous with Khorasad and the scientists. But meanwhile, before Khorasad can get away, he's arrested by the army--and must be rescued by his young aide Dariush. Furthermore, when Khorasad and Dariush go to round up the scientists in Kermanshah, they find them being terrorized by revolutionaries--who also rape scientist Yasarian's mistress-secretary, American researcher Janet. Khorasad kills the revolutionaries; the escapers scoot cross-country, through various roadblocks--shooting up police stations, radioing to their rescue team (which is arriving in a Hercules chopper). And the two teams finally meet up and are rescued from a mountaintop by an American helium ballooncraft. Lively enough--but thuggish and clichÉd, especially in the brutal sex scenes.

Pub Date: June 1st, 1982
Publisher: Dutton