The Damascus Cover is the 1st book of The Jerusalem Spy series by Howard Kaplan
LA TIMES BESTSELLER
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“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
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
In 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)