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The Damascus Cover by Howard Kaplan

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The Damascus Cover is the 1st book of The Jerusalem Spy series by Howard Kaplan

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LA TIMES BESTSELLER

TRANSLATED INTO 7 LANGUAGES

“KAPLAN IS UP THERE WITH THE BEST” – CLIVE CUSSLER

In a last ditch effort to revive his career, washed out agent Ari
Ben-Sion accepts a mission he never would have 30 years ago, to
smuggle a group of Jewish children out of the Damascus ghetto. Or so
he thinks.

In Damascus, a beautiful American photographer, Kim, seems to be
falling in love with Ari, but she is asking too many questions. His
communication equipment disappears. His contact never shows up. The
operation is only hours away and everything seems awry.
Desperate to succeed, Ari might risk everything. Even his life.

Feature film starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers and John Hurt in theaters 2017.




A Word from the Author

Author Howard Kaplan pictureIn 1977, The Damascus Cover rose on the Los Angeles Times best seller list for 3 months in hardcover. All then ten paperback reprint houses bid on the rights for the paperback version which went to Fawcett, the highest bidder at auction.

Now, nearly 40 years later, a film of the novel is finished for release in theaters in 2017, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Match Point and The Tudors), Olivia Thirlby, (Juno, Goliath), Jurgen Prochnow (Das Boot and The Da Vinci Code) and Navid Negahban, who played Abu Nazir in Homeland. Some changes have been made due to the long passage of time but the director/screenwriter told me several times he found himself always returning to the spine of the novel as it worked so well.

With the film coming out, I decided to reissue The Damascus Cover as an ebook and paperback. It’s been out of print all this time. This fast-paced spy novel is full of plot twists, intrigue, a central love story, all set in Damascus. With both Syria and Israel so prominent the film producers see the novel and book as very timely. The story itself about can one use one of their own people without their knowledge, to reach the desired goal is timeless so it needed no update at all. In fact, the detailed descriptions of Damascus in the novel make the novel a bit of a historical text as what the city was like before the current destruction.

(Howard Kaplan, December 2016)

 

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The Dance of the Jester by Koos Verkaik

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The Dance of the Jester by Koos Verkaik

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Suddenly, at the end of the twenty-first century, the world changes. The tycoons rule and name themselves kings. The times are rife with extravagance and decadence, extreme power and richness. The world is one big party. And there is chaos!
No one seems to wonder how this all came to be. No one seems to wonder what is actually happening. No one seems to care about anything anymore. Except for some odd outsiders. One of them is Oscar Man, the illegitimate son of tycoon Otto Man. Once he was a prince; then he became a pariah, a jester, with nothing to lose for himself and so much to win for the world

In these turbulent times, the Second Renaissance, strange creatures come into power and try to subject every single human being to their will. They make the poor jester Oscar Man dance. But ultimately Oscar will manage to solve the biggest problems the world has ever faced!




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author-koos-verkaik-pictureThe Dance of the Jester brought me from The Netherlands to the USA: Mr. Bill Thompson (the editor of Stephen King and John Grisham) invited me to discuss the book. On a scorching hot day, we found ourselves in his office in the Empire State Building in New York and together we revised and polished the manuscript and made changes in the plot.
The book is published in The Netherlands (De Dans van de Nar) and now in the USA.
I call it my most intellectual book.

(Koos Verkaik, November2016)

 

 

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An Incaredible Adventure by Paul James

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A Incaredible Adventure – A First Novel by Paul James

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An incaredible adventure
A tale of ghostly intervention,. inca treasure,and aliens. A story with not one, but two sets of bad guys, spread over three continents. This story has action, adventure,some comedy, a little romance and a breathtaking plot. Come on lose yourself in it’s pages.



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author-paul-james-pictureMid west girl on a years sabbatical is visited by the ghost of none other than William Shakespeare who tell her a story of Sir Walter Raleigh and treasure hidden in South America. She decides to act on the information, and sets in train a series of events that will see her travel over three continents, get involved in all sorts of trouble, and finally succeed. The plot has a mixture of romance and some light hearted humour in it too. I set out to write it with the intention of entertaining and amusing my reader. I find the Inca and other South American cultures fascinating and had often wondered how they had built structures very similar in style to those in Cambodia, Egypt and Mexico when there was little or no contact between these civilisation. My story gives one possible explanation.

(Paul James, November 2016)

 

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